Originally Posted by Mr_D
So, they were already building prototypes before Winnie bought them out?
We know Ron built a rig for himself for advertising and took it with him as part of the deal.
Not that I'm aware of.
Ron's Allure 480 was also a "proof of concept" adding the "look and feel" to the new Allure model design plans. It was the only "new construction" prototype that I was aware of. And yes Ron kept the coach; well deserved I might add.
I was told that Winnebago was sufficiently enthused about the quality and look of Ron's Allure 480 and the other new model design plans that they approved funding for building and production line refurbishing, and for new/updated molds and the construction of two additional prototype CC models for proof of concept approval.
I was led to believe that production CC models would begin rolling off the assembly line by mid-2017. That all production lines for CC models would be within the same segregated CC only building. Also that the new production CC models would continue utilizing the CC Dynomax chassis and not a relabeled Freightliner or Sparten chassis.
Purely conjecture on my part - but if the production line(s) are complete it is possible for one or more production Allures could be completed in 2017...
And that's about all the DW and I recollect from the visit.
I reckon we'll know by this fall if what we were told proves true.