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At least three motorhomes on the new Workhorse W24 gas engine chassis will be seen at the Florida RV Super Show, which opens today (Jan. 13) with a trade-only day at the Florida State Fairgrounds east of downtown Tampa.
The Class A motorhomes built on the new 24,000-pound GVWR-rated chassis at Tampa were assembled by Georgie Boy, Gulf Stream and National RV, according to Workhorse Custom Chassis, a unit of Highland Park, Ill.-based Grand Vehicle Works LLC.
The retail portion of the “Tampa Super Show” opens Wednesday (Jan. 14) and continues through Sunday (Jan. 18).
In addition to the coaches built by Georgie Boy, Gulf Stream and National RV, Workhorse has W24 “orders in our system now” from Holiday Rambler, Newmar and Winnebago, according to Bob Wert, vice president of RV sales, marketing and product planning at Workhorse.
“Regular production models for (motorhome manufacturers) will start coming off our line in mid-February and we expect the first coaches built on them (the W24) to start showing up on dealer lots by the end of March,” Wert said.
“We also are scheduled to provide prototypes to Coachmen, Fleetwood, Four Winds, Tiffin and Triple E this month,” he said. “R-Vision, Rexhall and Forest River also currently have prototypes they are using to design floorplans.
“We’ve had tremendous interest in this product. It’s looking like a very quick rollout.”
The W24 is the RV industry’s largest capacity gas-engine Class A motorhome chassis to date. It features a 30,000-pound GCWR (gross combined weight rating), giving it a three-ton towing capacity
Because the W24 is only 200 pounds heavier than the Workhorse W22, which has a 22,000-pound GVWR, the W24 has 1,800 pounds of additional payload capacity, allowing motorhome builders to include more features such as extra slideouts.
Powered by the 340-hp 8.1-liter GM Vortec 8100 gas engine, the W24 also includes several diesel-pusher motorhome features such as advance quadraulic brakes, an Allison 2100 MH transmission, optional push-button shifter, 50-degree wheel cut and premium Bilstein shocks, but all in a gas Class A motorhome price range, according to Workhorse.