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Workhorse Group announced today plans to re-enter production of RV chassis at the Workhorse plant in Union City, Ind.
Workhorse has been recognized as a leader in RV chassis throughout the strong RV marketplace of the mid-2000s, according to the press release. The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association estimates RV volume was nearly 33,000 units per year in 2007, dropping to 5,900 units in 2009, and has been on a steady incline, with Class A motorhome 2014 volume of over 21,800 units per year.
The steady growth back to strong current RV volumes, coupled with industry demand and interest, has resulted in the Workhorse brand re-entering the RV chassis market, the firm noted.
“Our RV manufacturing customers have always relied on the dependability and performance of the Workhorse RV chassis,” said Stoney Steenekamp, president of AMP Trucks Inc., a subsidiary of Workhorse Group Inc. “Today, we believe the RV market is strong once again. With the growing demand we have recently seen, it just made sense for us to begin entering back into production.”
Over the years, the Workhorse brand established itself as a leader in building RV chassis, with dependable product solutions and strong support through a network of more than 400 dealerships and service centers across the country, the release noted.
Workhorse intends to ramp up production of the Class A motorhome chassis at the Workhorse Union City, Ind., plant, which is currently in limited production of the Workhorse E-GEN vehicle, an EPA-approved electric truck chassis with onboard generator for the medium-duty truck segment. The E-GEN vehicle allows fleet operators to choose gasoline, electric, propane, or CNG fuel options.
The Workhorse RV chassis line will be an improved design, offering both 6-liter and powerful 8.8-liter gasoline engines, coupled with an Allison transmission. The 8.8-liter engine is designed to match diesel towing ability and mileage.
“It gives us great delight to once again take our place in the RV Chassis market,” said Steenekamp. “We believe the demand is there, we will be building an improved RV chassis line, and we fully expect our Workhorse W-16 and W-22 Class A Motorhome chassis to quickly be recognized as leaders in the category.”
SOURCE: Workhorse Group press release