August was a busy month for Monaco Coach Corp. executives as the company works to digest its recent acquisition of former rival highline diesel motorhome builder SMC Corp.

Monaco personnel met with Beaver and Safari motorhome owners during their respective club rallies prior to the Family Motor Coach Association (FMCA) rally in Redmond, Ore., Aug. 14-16.

Beaver and Safari are the most popular brands of SMC, which Monaco acquired at the end of July.

“It (the Beaver and Safari club rallies) were a good opportunity to meet all the coach owners and we assured them that we are going to try to protect their investment and their vehicles,” said John Nepute, Monaco’s president. “That seemed to go over pretty well with them.

“We had a couple of seminars where we got the input of the owners – what they like and don’t like,” Nepute continued. “And we got some very good ideas from them, and we will be trying to incorporate those ideas, just like we do with the Monaco and Holiday Rambler products.”

Assuming Monaco maintains its and SMC’s production volume during the next several months, then Monaco could become the retail market share leader in the combined gas and diesel engine Class A motorhome segment.

Prior to the SMC acquisition, Monaco was No.2 behind Fleetwood.