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Although the Unicat Class C motorhome from UnicatAmericas Inc., Palo Alto, Calif., may resemble a military assault vehicle, it is in fact a sturdy motorized RV built in Germany and imported to the U.S. “This is a for-real, off-road vehicle,” explained UnicatAmericas President Avi Meyers while at the Florida RV SuperShow Jan. 16-21 at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa where the Unicat made its North American debut. Built in Europe since 1995, Unicat – described by Meyers as an RV for the “adventurous” – is intended to be driven in roadless places where typical RVs cannot travel. “This isn’t meant to be a looker, it’s meant to be a performer,” he said. “The Unicat is a very purposeful vehicle for roadless areas in Alaska, Chile, the Australian Outback or even the Sahara Desert.” Built on a 33,000-pound GVWR International 7400 series extended cab truck chassis and powered by a 310-hp International diesel engine, the 30-foot Unicat’s body consists of fiberglass on a stainless steel superstructure with marine-like fiberglass interior walls and teak floors. Meant for “real off roading,” Unicat is equipped with its own desalination system, an 8-kw generator, oversized fuel tanks, cab roof rack, two 15,000-pound hydraulic winches and a stainless steel bumper that folds manually beneath the coach when camping. UnicatAmericas buys International chassis in the U.S., ships them to Dettenhein, Germany, where the coach is fabricated and then returned to the U.S. for sale. Retailed manufacturer direct, Unicat’s MSRP is $600,000.