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Old 09-23-2007, 12:30 PM   #1
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Just back from a trip to RV country in northern Indiana. Highlights of the trip were tours of the Dynamax factory in Elkhart and Showhauler in Middlebury. They make a remarkable product. You almost have to see it to believe it. I see that a few people here have these coaches. We would like to hear from you what you like or don't about your RV. The idea of having the protection of the heavy chassis, not to mention huge carrying capacity, seems appealing, but we don't really know the downsides. One story we heard was about a Showhauler owner whose stopped coach was struck on a freeway by a loaded 18-wheeler at full highway speed. As badly as the back end of the coach was smashed, all the occupants walked away.

For those who may not know, Dynamax, Showhauler and a few others build motorhomes on full-size heavy truck chassis such as Freightliner Columbia and Volvo. (GCWR 80,000 lb.) I saw large numbers of these on the road coming back to Texas. Freightliner and Volvo combined seem to own a HUGE chunk of the over-the-road truck market. These are technically Class C, but there's a world of difference from the usual class C on a van chassis.

Dynamax builds a very elegant aluminum frame and fiberglass coach with lots of luxury touches. The top-of-line Grand Sport Ultra is really stunning.

Showhauler builds a completely custom coach on a chassis that you choose. Even a used one. They work with either Freightliner or Volvo chassis. The structure is welded steel and exterior is aluminum. Everything is very high quality, and they will customize nearly anything about the coach.

Anyone having one of these, or other "Super-C" motorhome, please let us know what you think.

These are the two factories we toured:

Dynamax
http://www.dynamaxcorp.com

Showhauler
http://www.showhauler.com
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Just back from a trip to RV country in northern Indiana. Highlights of the trip were tours of the Dynamax factory in Elkhart and Showhauler in Middlebury. They make a remarkable product. You almost have to see it to believe it. I see that a few people here have these coaches. We would like to hear from you what you like or don't about your RV. The idea of having the protection of the heavy chassis, not to mention huge carrying capacity, seems appealing, but we don't really know the downsides. One story we heard was about a Showhauler owner whose stopped coach was struck on a freeway by a loaded 18-wheeler at full highway speed. As badly as the back end of the coach was smashed, all the occupants walked away.

For those who may not know, Dynamax, Showhauler and a few others build motorhomes on full-size heavy truck chassis such as Freightliner Columbia and Volvo. (GCWR 80,000 lb.) I saw large numbers of these on the road coming back to Texas. Freightliner and Volvo combined seem to own a HUGE chunk of the over-the-road truck market. These are technically Class C, but there's a world of difference from the usual class C on a van chassis.

Dynamax builds a very elegant aluminum frame and fiberglass coach with lots of luxury touches. The top-of-line Grand Sport Ultra is really stunning.

Showhauler builds a completely custom coach on a chassis that you choose. Even a used one. They work with either Freightliner or Volvo chassis. The structure is welded steel and exterior is aluminum. Everything is very high quality, and they will customize nearly anything about the coach.

Anyone having one of these, or other "Super-C" motorhome, please let us know what you think.

These are the two factories we toured:

Dynamax
http://www.dynamaxcorp.com

Showhauler
http://www.showhauler.com
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We have a United unit on the Columbia chassis. 450hp and 12 speed Meritor trans, runs hills like a raped ape and is a dream to drove. No swaying when trucks go by, no hassles. Getting 10.5 on mileage and out best is 11.75. We pull a crew cab pickup with a golf cart in the back and you don't know it's there. Rides smoot and carries our familly easily without feeling cramped. Any questions just ask
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Take a look down in the Truck Conversions forum. Warpath, the founder of iRV2.com, has owned a couple of Showhaulers and, along with others, has posted a lot of good information down in that forum.

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We are very happy with out '05 Grand Sport. Tows like a dream! We are now getting just a tad over 9 mpg with 13K miles on it. The workmanship is outstanding, and I have only found two things the could have been done differently.
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