A few years ago, there were just three classes of motorhomes: Class A (built on a specially designed chassis); Class B (panel-type vans with RV features), and Class C (RV bodies on automotive-built van frames). Since then the RV industry has added Super C and Class B+ categories and now Thor Motor Coach has invented a new Class A subcategory: recreational utility vehicle (RUV).
Thor debuted its new RUVs, called the Axis and the Vegas, at its open house for dealers in September. The new models are designed for customers who don’t want anything much longer than an SUV. The RUVs measure just over 25 feet in length, and are 11 feet tall and eight feet wide. They are designed to be easy to maneuver and fit into spaces too small for most RVs.
Dana Simon, vice president of sales and marketing, said, “We see this unit fulfilling a need for those who are new to RVing, those who are seasoned veterans looking to downsize and anything in between.” In addition, he said, the new models will be priced comparably to an SUV.
The coaches offer multiple sleeping areas, including a drop-down overhead bunk. Rear twin beds can convert to a king bed. The vehicles are powered by Ford V-10 engines. More information can be found at thormotorcoach.com.