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Old 01-13-2011, 04:28 PM   #15
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Is there any talk about a gasser that WH was willing to share?
Rumor has it; There does not appear to be any option for a gasoline powered chassis anytime soon. There just isn't an engine that can do what the 8.1L Vortec did so very well.

Workhorse does provide a gasoline engine for a smaller commercial chassis for the step van market but these rigs don't run 18 to 24K of GVW.

UFO is still a viable option if any of the OEMs want to buy it. It'll be powered by the MaxxForce7 engine and the Allison 1000MH Transmission for applications of 22,000 GVWR and less. Whatever this vehicle might be I don't expect it'll emerge as a UFO since there isn't any more option to be Universal fuel. (unless the thing can burn kerosene, diesel and JP4/5)

Don't sell Workhorse and Navistar short just yet as not being a player in the RDP market for chassis over 26,000 pounds of GVWR. There maybe something in the works but only your hair dresser knows for sure!

The Union City plant is still very much capable of producing anything they can think of. The last Workhorse RDP was an R-Series but I don't expect that name to make a comeback. The R-Series was originally manufactured in Haggerstown, IN. The production was later moved to Elkhart, IN as the Custom Chassis Products, LLC, a joint venture between Monaco and Workhorse took shape. CCC assets were later sold off and the Elkhart facility was sold.

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Sure hope it's fast talk, in November 2010 Diesel sales were down 10%, gas sales were uo 52%.
Fred, Going on the GMC site we can see this engine:

Vortec 6.2L Variable Valve Timing V8 SFI with Active Fuel Management; with 403HP and 417 lbs/ft of torque but I don't expect that it's enough iron to move a large motorhome.

In Cadillac trim, the 6.2L puts out some 556HP and 551 lb/ft of torque with a Supercharger. This engine I expect is cost prohibitive and would be of unknown reliability and value in a heavy motorhome. Not sure but I think this engine may also be in the Vette.

There's this as well: The Corvette Z06 is powered by a 7.0 Liter LS7 aluminum block V8 with an 11.0:1 compression ratio. It delivers an SAE-certified 505 hp at 6300 rpm and 470 lb.-ft. of torque at 4800 rpm. The engine employs lightweight titanium intake valves and connecting rods and contains a high-performance dry-sump oil system, which distributes pressurized oil to protect vital components under high-g driving conditions.

Suitable for motorhome??? Maybe not.
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I saw a Serrano this past summer and it was a very beautiful MH. Just did not see in on the Thor web site??
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Just did not see in on the Thor web site??
They hid it in "Specialty" in between Class A and Luxury Diesel.

In the past the Damon Avanti was powered by the MaxxForce5 on the W16 chassis however MaxxForce5 could not be made 2010 Emissions compliant. Damon kept the Avanti but changed the chassis to the Freightliner MC-L and it's powered by a Cummins ISB.

Four Winds and Damon are now merged and are now called Thor Motorcoach.
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paz, I'm surprised that you didn't recognize anyone...
I guess I meant specifically iRV2 people. If Ed was there, I didn't see him. Maybe next year.
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Yes I found the Serrano too. Its a very nice MH and the gentleman I met with one was from Quebec and he said it was a great driving MH. Sorry for the mis information. I actually had checked 2 out of 4 of the "speciality units" but did not check the Serrano.
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I'm manning the booth at the Western Area FMCA rally and I have Serrano just outside the booth, The Serrano has G670 19.5's
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I'm manning the booth at the Western Area FMCA rally and I have Serrano just outside the booth, The Serrano has G670 19.5's
Dan, Those are most likely G rated tires. If you can check that let us know. I believe it would be the Model 33A that is the W22D. Have you seen anyone from Four Winds other than dealer reps?
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The show was over this afternoon so the Serrano is gone.
the one they had was a 31 or 32 is was a W20D. The first person that drove it bought it.
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Tampa show

Did anyone see the new telescoping slides. They showed one on HGTV RV show, opens to 4'-0". Hope they have one at the Ocala show 01/27/11.
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Did anyone see the new telescoping slides. They showed one on HGTV RV show, opens to 4'-0". Hope they have one at the Ocala show 01/27/11.
You might be surprised but that technology isn't something new. The first time I saw those was on a National RV bedroom slideout back in 2007. Exactly like a telescope this feature was installed in the bedroom slideout. In my opinion it's not KISS and may invite extraordinary service requirements later on in the vehicle's lifespan.
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