MHC Group Inc., a 10-month-old motorhome and fifth-wheel manufacturer from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., will introduce its new Desert Fox series and a Summit model with an optional sky deck next week during the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) Winter Convention in Oklahoma City.
The Desert Fox is the first Class A motorhome built on the Spartan Motors Inc. mid-engine Me2 chassis and the diesel engine unit will retail in the $275,000 to $325,000 range, according to Gordie Hakes, owner of MHC.
Meanwhile, the Summit with the sky deck is a 39-foot diesel pusher that will retail in the $250,000 to $275,000 range, said Hakes, who also is the owner-operator of Painted Post Car Mart, an RV dealership in Painted Post, N.Y.
Hakes bought certain assets of the former MountainHigh Coachworks last May, after MountainHigh, a former Thor Industries Inc. subsidiary, was foreclosed by its lender.
Among the assets Hakes acquired are the Summit, Pinnacle, Residency and Travel Eze brand names. Summit is a diesel pusher series, Pinnacle and Residency are gas engine Class A’s and Travel Eze is a fifth-wheel series.
Hakes also moved his 98-employee manufacturing operation from Ontario, Calif., to a smaller, 60,000-square-foot leased facility in Rancho Cucamonga.
Although Hakes entry into RV manufacturing coincided with the downturn in the motorhome wholesale market, he said MHC has been extremely busy. “We are setting up new dealers while the major manufacturers are withdrawing,” Hakes said.
MHC currently has “26 or 27” dealers including some as far from the production plant as Virginia and upstate New York.
Hakes wants MHC to continue to be a small, nimble and innovative niche market player. The Desert Fox and the Summit with the sky deck option were created and brought to market within 60 days and he said the company plans to introduce a Class C motorhome during May.
MHC’s success is attributable to factory manager Fred Salazar, a former MountainHigh, Thor and Fleetwood employee, and the hard work of its production employees, Hakes said.