Monaco Coach Corp. has an Australian motorhome builder as a customer for its Roadmaster chassis, the company confirmed.
Monaco’s Australian customer is Swagman Motorhomes Pty. Ltd., a builder of Class A’s and Class C’s in Gold Coast, Queensland, located near Brisbane.
The Roadmaster chassis will be used on Swagman’s 30-foot Australis model, which was introduced last June. It also will be used on a 27-foot Australis and on Sawgman’s 36-, 38- and 40-foot Australian Dream models, which will be released during June 2002, said Roy Setaro, engineering manager at Swagman.
The motorhomes for the Australian market were “purposely desgined between Swagman and Monaco’s Roadmaster Chassis Division to meet Australian design rules,” Setaro added.
The Australis on the Roadmaster platform will be a 30-foot Class A powered by a 210-horspower (hp) Cummins engine with a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The relationship between Roadmaster, located in Elkhart, Ind., and Swagman is about one year old, according to Mike Duncan, a Monaco spokesman.
So far, Roadmaster has shipped 12 chassis to Swagman, said Terry Wells, chassis development manager at Roadmaster. Five more chassis are in production and five more are on order, Wells added.
Swagman already builds its 33-, 36- and 38-foot Australian Dream models on the Freightliner XC chassis.
Its other Class A model is the Signature, a 25-footer that comes on an Isuzu chassis with a 4-cylinder diesel engine.
Swagman’s Class C is known as the Sprinter, a 23-foot unit that comes on a Mercedes-Benz chassis powered by a 5-cylinder diesel engine.
Australia has a population of about 17.5 million people and Swagman estimates 3 million Aussies currently enjoy the RV lifestyle.
Swagman, which hopes to ramp up its production to one coach per day within the next five years to meet a growing demand, has been looking for ways to trim production time and sees the partnership with Roadmaster as a step in that direction.
Roadmaster uses the Westport Axle, which features an arm on each side, making it adaptable to left- or right-side steering. In Australia, drivers sit on the right side.