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Newmar Corp., the Nappanee, Ind.-based manufacturer of mid- to highline motorhomes and towable RVs, experienced “above average” sales during last week’s National RV Trade Show in Louisville, said Dick Parks, president.
Newmar’s sales were “slightly above last year unit wise” Parks said.
“Dealers were fairly optimistic,” he added. “Most of them had decent years financially (in 2002).”
Earlier this year, Newmar introduced the Essex “entry-level highline” diesel and the Scottsdate mid-priced gas Class A motorhome. The Essex and Scottsdale were “pretty well” received by dealers at Louisville, Parks said. “We thought our product (across all brands) was received fairly well. Everything was fairly normal.”
Meanwhile, dealer order volume at Damon Motor Coach, Elkhart, Ind., was “up considerably,” said Gary Groom, president and CEO. “We had lots of traffic. We had a lot of interest in our quadslide Escaper LX 400, which is our first (four-slide model). There was lots of dealers looking at that, and lots of interest from our competitors.”
The Escaper LX 400, is 40-foot mid-line diesel on the Freightliner XC chassis with a Cummins 400-hp engine. It includes full-body paint, opposing bedroom and opposing living room slides and carries a suggested retail price around $200,000. It also is available on a Spartan chassis as an option.