Renegade Custom Coaches & Trailers, a Bristol, Ind.-based firm that moved into a larger factory last July, sees growth opportunities in the RV sector.
The company sold 202 motorhomes and 175 race car transporters last year primarily to people involved in auto, motorcycle, ATV and boat racing, said Chuck McKibbin, president and owner of the firm. Consequently, McKibbin believes it could sell 2,000 units a year by targeting the mainstream motorhome market.
Renegade does not belong to the Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA) and McKibbin does not plan to exhibit Renegade units at the RVIA-sponsored national trade show in Louisville in late November. However, McKibbin said he might exhibit Renegade units at future Louisville shows.
Instead, Renegade will exhibit at the Performance Racing Industry Show in Indianapolis Nov. 29 to Dec. 1, he said.
Renegade units are inspected by engineering standards certification firm T.R. Arnold & Associates, McKibbin added.
Renegade uses medium duty truck chassis for its motorhomes. The Freightliner FL112 chassis is most commonly used. It includes a 430 horsepower (hp) Caterpillar engine and a transmission that can produce 1,650 foot/pounds of torque, McKibbin said.
The smallest chassis used by Renegade is the Ford F650, which includes a Cummins 225-hp engine and Allison 5-speed transmission.
The Freightliner FL70 and Kenworth T2000 and T800 chassis also are used.
Retail prices for Renegade units range from $100,000 to $200,000, although most fall in the $130,000 to $150,000 range, McKibbin said.
Currently, Renegade sells through cargo trailer dealers, but when retail market conditions improve, McKibbin said the company will begin assembling a body of RV dealers.