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Workhorse Custom Chassis’ R-Series diesel-engine Class A motorhome chassis are in production and Rexhall Industries Inc. and Damon Corp., are the first OEMs using the new platform.
Rexhall of Lancaster, Calif., is using R-Series chassis on its RoseAir, RexAir and Aerbus models while Damon of Elkhart, Ind., and now a subsidiary of Thor Industries Inc., is using R-Series chassis as an option for its Ultrasport line.
A RoseAir built on the R-Series was used in Workhorse demonstration drives at the Family Motorcoach Association (FMCA) rally near Buffalo, N.Y., in July and at the Harrisburg, Pa., show in September.
“We received excellent feedback on it and the other units demonstrated,” said John Margalski, director of RV sales at Workhorse.
More than 160 people participated in Workhorse demonstration drives at Buffalo and Harrisburg and 96% of those responding in post-drive surveys said they would like their next motorhome built on an R-Series chassis, according to Workhorse.
RoseAir and Ultrasport Class A’s built on the R-Series chassis will be displayed at the National RV Trade Show in Louisville Dec. 2-4.
Workhorse is a unit of commercial vehicle chassis manufacturer Grand Vehicle Works which is majority-owned by Carlyle Group, a private equity-fund company with most of its investments in the aerospace and defense industries.