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The uniquely designed Stilletto fifth-wheel trailer – a 36-foot prototype of which was shown for the first time at the 2000 Louisville Show – will go into production early next year, according to the new owner of the brand, Madison Bay Holdings Inc., Seattle, Wash. “We hope to be a significant factor in the RV business and tie in the marine industry for RV dealers who want to cross over,” said Madison Bay Chairman and CEO Richard Ruelos, who has worked in marine manufacturing and distribution for more than 30 years. Stilletto was developed by Stuart Lamar, a former executive with Trail Wagons Inc./Chinook RV, Yakima, Wash., but never went into general production. Publicly owned Madison Bay purchased the company that owned Stilletto in late June and by mid-August, Ruelos said, management was in place and manufacturing facilities were being arranged. He said production would begin after the company establishes a dealer network. Stilletto will be built using a process that results in a two-piece shell comprised of nine layers of laminated fiberglass that provide the unit’s structural integrity in a fashion similar to that of a boat. The coach also will feature an independent suspension system that will allow it to be lowered to the ground so there is only a five-inch step up into the coach’s interior. Up to three aluminum-framed slideouts will be included among Stilletto’s floorplans.