More than 4,000 Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) coaches are expected to converge Aug. 14-16 at the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center in Redmond, Ore., for the 38th Annual Summer Grand International Convention – FMCA’s second national event of the year.
“We expect to reach our estimated attendance target of about 4,200 families,” said Jerry Yeatts, director of conventions and commercial services for the Cincinnati-based association.
At least 500 supplier exhibitors will be on hand at the “Redmond Rendezvous,” within sight of Mount Hood. Also on hand at FMCA’s first convention in Oregon since 1975 will be an array of new 2002 Class A motorhomes, including Fleetwood Enterprises Inc.’s new Revolution, the result of a new research-and-development push at the Riverside, Calif., firm.
Foretravel Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas, a company that only occasionally redesigns its upscale motorhomes, is bringing the first stylistic upgrade of its Unicoach line since its 1994 introduction. Built on Foretravel’s own chassis equipped with 370-450-hp Cummins engines, the restyled $300,000-$543,000 Unicoach will have a reconfigured body, new interiors and more daring exterior paint treatments. “I mean, it’s brand new, totally different,” says Gary Whitsett, director of marketing. “The only thing that will be the same will be the flat parts of the sidewalls, and even those are painted more attractively.”
Country Coach Inc., Junction City, Ore., will unveil new triple-slide Allure and Intrigue models and the new 36-40-foot Mystique Class A, an affordable ($190,000 suggested list) coach featuring double slideouts, side door entry option, four interior wood trim choices, full body exterior paint, independent front suspension and a 350-hp Cummins engine.
Along with revised gas products, Monaco Coach Corp., Coburg, Ore., will show upgraded Monaco Windsors and Holiday Rambler Navigators in addition to an array of triple-slide pushers (see page 20).