March '17

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26 • RV PRO • March 2017 rv-pro.com R V M A N U F A C T U R E R S Combining Class A & C Features So, why did TMC take a perfectly good Class C chassis/ body and basically convert it to a quasi-Class A? "We do not think of it as just a Class C chassis, as it has ben- efits of being a smaller Class A chassis," Krider says. "The chassis is the only Class A chassis with an independent front suspension on a gas platform. We saw this, as well as the overall reduced weight of the vehicle, as benefits of comfort and handling. "Also, the strip chassis has a short front overhang, so the engine is directly over the wheels, once again leading to improved driving dynamics," he says. "Finally, the E-series chassis is built with a more traditional 16-inch tire and rim, so finding a spare off the beaten path should be easier." Was there initial confusion among dealers as to whether these shorter units were Class A's or Class C's? "I don't think so," Krider says. "It's always been a Class A and is intended to be a Class A. When people saw it, everybody knew it was a Class A. "At that first Open House, dealers sensed, 'this is not your typical small coach.' There was a good use of space and features like captain's chairs, dinettes and a bedroom slide-out in the back, which gave you a 28-foot motorhome in the campground. It didn't look like everything else on the lot." Following the 2013 Elkhart Open House Week, Thor CEO Bob Martin said prophetically, "Dealers seemed very intrigued by what was truly almost a new category – a new twist – in the Class A market. It offers a new size, new price points and new chassis." Despite their small size, the Axis and Vegas make the most of their available space. The RUVs offer multiple sleeping areas, including a drop-down overhead bunk, and rear twin beds that convert to a king-size bed.

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