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Prior to the recession, Winnebago Industries and the current Monaco RV were giants among motorhome manufacturers. But high fuel prices followed by the crash of the housing market left the entire motorized segment of the RV industry — including Winnebago and Monaco — stalled on the side of the road.

At the 49th Annual National RV Trade Show, both companies have been showcasing their plans for re-establishing themselves in the market. They are confident the recreational vehicles they have on display will resonate with retail customers and create new jobs in their Elkhart County, Ind., factories.

New Towable Line for Winnebago

Winnebago has chosen to return to producing towables after a 30-year absence while Monaco is drawing upon the components and expertise available from its new owner, Navistar International Corp.

While standing in the new Winnebago brand travel trailer, Fred Hershberger, national sales manager, expressed his company’s self-assurance.

“If you can dream it, you can build it,” he said. “We can do anything we want to do.”

New Winnebago Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

New Winnebago Travel Trailers & Fifth Wheels

Innovation, Quality & Customer Service Focus for Monaco

Since the summer of 2009, when Monaco Coach Corp. was bought out of bankruptcy by Navistar and renamed Monaco RV, production has returned to the once-closed plant in Wakarusa, Ind. This summer, the Indiana operation was given a boost when Navistar announced it was consolidating motorhome production from Oregon to Wakarusa and creating about 400 new jobs.

Although it is a smaller company trying to regain market share, Monaco has the advantage of the Navistar name and experience, Crews said. Monaco motorhomes, in particular, are built with a Navistar engine on a Roadmaster (a Navistar subsidiary) chassis.

“We are the only manufacturer in the world that builds the engine, the chassis and the house,” Crews said. “We’re not a house builder. We’re a motorhome builder.”

To grow, the company has chosen to focus on innovation, customer service and quality, Crews said. Customers have a “Lexus mentality,” meaning they want the RVs to function properly, which makes quality especially important.

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2011 Winnebago Itasca Impulse Class C Motorhome

2011 Winnebago Itasca Impulse Class C Motorhome

The event has been dubbed “Family A’Fair.”

The Family Motor Coach Association hosts motorhome conventions twice a year in varying locations with the purpose of celebrating the motorhome lifestyle and is making a long-overdue return visit to Madison, having met in the city back in 1984.

Motorhome exhibits and more

Convention activities include a motorhome exhibition that brings together major motorhome manufacturers and dealers from throughout the United States and Canada, as well as manufacturers and distributors of a multitude of RV accessories and components, and suppliers of various services related to RVs.

For those considering the purchase of a motorhome, the convention provides an opportunity to view an assortment of makes and models all in one location. A variety of 2011 models, in many different sizes and price ranges, will be on display, and some manufacturers will have 2012 models ready as well.

In addition to the motorhome show, highlights include RVing seminars on a variety of topics related to motorhomes and RV travel, tours involving local sites and scenes, evening entertainment, and numerous social activities.

The Public is Invited

While the convention is organized for Family Motor Coach Association members, the organization also invites members of the public to attend and provides various admission options. For those who want to view only the motorhome exhibition, admission costs $7 per day; children 12 and under are admitted free with an accompanying adult. Those with an active military ID are admitted free also.

Anyone who would prefer to take in the exhibits and also attend seminars and entertainment may purchase a Daily Passport, which is available for $65 per person ($55 for FMCA members).

Those who own a motorhome are invited to take part in all of the activities and also to bring their motorhome and stay with the rest of the group at the Alliant Energy Center or Lake Farm Park. The price for non-FMCA members is $205 per motorhome (with two people) prior to July 6, 2001, and $235 after that date; this non-member fee automatically grants a one-year FMCA membership to the motorhome owner. The FMCA member price is $155 for early-bird registrations and $185 after July 6.

Thor Motor Coach introduced a new 34SS Daybreak Motorhome floor plan with an innovative exterior kitchen at the 45 annual Timonium RV show in Maryland.

The Daybreak 34SS floor plan launched with an optional fully functional exterior kitchen on the camp-side of the coach. It features a 15,000 BTU easy clean stainless steel LP grill, 19” widescreen HD TV, and a 4.6 cubic foot mini fridge. Another industry first for a motorhome is the integrated single bowl sink. This sink drains just like the interior sinks, into the grey water holding tank. This is a very desirable upgrade compared to many trailers that simply drain onto the ground.

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