Gulf Stream Coach Inc. introduced) a Class C motorhome on the Chevrolet Kodiak C5500 chassis on Monday (June 2).
Although other motorhome builders are working on prototypes, the Gulf Stream unit is the first standard production Class C built on the Kodiak, according to Jack McKenna, General Motors Corp.’s assistant brand and marketing manager for fleet and commercial operations. McKenna attended the opening day of Gulf Stream’s national dealer meeting Monday.
Gulf Stream’s meeting at its manufacturing complex in Nappanee, Ind., will continue through next Monday (June 9).
The advantage of the Kodiak chassis is its greater load-carrying capacity, said Brian Shea, president of Gulf Stream’s motorhome operations.
The Kodiak has a gross vehicle weight rating of 19,500 pounds and a gross combined weight rating of 26,000 pounds. That means, Gulf Stream’s Class C on the Kodiak chassis, which the company has given the brand name “Endura”, can haul four people with full water and fuel tanks and a full load of vacation supplies, and still have 2,000 pounds of available cargo-hauling capacity, Shea said.
The Endura is a 34-foot Class C with two 10-foot superslides and a floorplan to similar to other Gulf Stream Class A motorhome floorplans, Shea said.
The Kodiak C5500 chassis used by Gulf Stream includes an 8.1-litre, 325-horsepower Vortec gas engine and an Allison 1000 series automatic transmission.
The Endura is priced to retail in the mid-$80,000 range, making it Gulf Stream’s top-of-the-line Class C.
Class C’s built on Ford Motor Co. cutaway chassis will continue to be the “bread & butter” of Gulf Stream’s Class C lineup, but the Endura will carve out “a good niche for the Class C customer who wants to tow more,” Shea said.
Class C’s built on the Kodiak chassis, which General Motors’ Chevrolet Division began marketing to the RV industry during the Louisville Show in December, also will be attractive as a rental-market vehicle, for customers who would, otherwise, rent a Class A, Shea said.