Spartan Motors Inc. President and CEO John Sztykiel presided over the opening of the Nasdaq Stock Market in New York today (Dec. 16) as part of a visit to Manhattan to publicize the introduction of his company’s updated Me2 midengine diesel motorhome chassis.
The Travel Supreme ME 41-foot motorhome, which was introduced during the National RV Trade Show in Louisville earlier this month, also is at the Nasdaq MarketSite on Times Square in Midtown Manhattan today.
Sztykiel believes the updated Me2 provides improved performance, better ride and handling and gives motorhome manufacturers more design options.
For example, the Travel Supreme ME, built by Travel Supreme Inc. of Wakarusa, Ind., has a garage at the rear for hauling motorcycles, personal watercraft, snowmobiles, a small car or whatever equipment an RVer wants to use at his or her destination.
However, the midengine placement of the Me2 chassis also allows motorhome manufacturers to design a room at the rear of the coach that is at a lower level than the main floor. Positioning a hot tub at the rear of the coach is another possibility, Sztykiel believes.
The Travel Supreme ME is equipped with a 400-horsepower Cummins diesel engine and it will retail in the $300,000 to $350,000 range, but Sztykiel believes shorter wheelbase versions of the Me2 with lower horsepower engines could be used for less expensive coaches.
In addition to supplying diesel-engine motorhome chassis, Spartan also builds fire trucks at its Luverne Fire Apparatus Co. and Quality Manufacturing Inc. subsidiaries and its Road Rescue Inc. subsidiary builds ambulances.