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TAMPA — Foretravel Motorcoach and Spartan Motors teamed up to introduce the Foretravel Iron Colt (ic-37), a 37-foot Class A diesel RV targeted toward new RV users just entering the Class A segment or experienced adventurers looking to downsize in size, but not in features.
Unveiled in Tampa today at the Florida RV Supershow , the Foretravel ic-37 is built atop Spartan’s K2 450 chassis to provide the best in technology, stability, safety and maneuverability, the press release explained.
The ic-37 features Spartan Motors’ Safe Haul integrated tow braking system and Connected Coach, a technology bundle that includes a digital dash display of the coach’s instrument panel cluster and navigation components in a single, easy-to-read format.
Additionally, the ic-37 includes fuel level and DEF level gauges, as well as keyless start technology.
Recognizing a gap in the RV marketplace, Foretravel designed the ic-37 to be smaller in length and shorter in height, while increasing horsepower to preserve towing and power capabilities associated with the Class A diesel segment.
The ic-37 offers a 150-gallon fuel tank, 122-gallon fresh water tank, and 130-gallon combined gray and black water tank.
“We have also added a gray water bypass system so water can bypass the tank entirely and go right outside the coach, Tyle Fore, director of marketing and a factory coach specialist at Foretravel Motorcoach, told RV Daily Report.
Although shorter in length at 12 feet, 3 inches at ride height, the ic-37 maintains the same luxury and craftsmanship standards of Foretravel’s larger footprint models, he explained.
“Our ih-45 model is built on a larger format Spartan chassis, and our research led us to translate the design into a more compact footprint to serve a wider array of customers,” Fore added. “Building the ic-37 on a Spartan chassis, the industry’s premier foundation, allowed us to continue our 50-year tradition of providing customized luxury adventures.”
Features unique to the Foretravel ic-37, riding on the Spartan K2 450, include:
- Cummins L9 450-horsepower diesel engine
- Allison 3000 MH transmission
- Three-stage engine compression brake
- Suspended adjustable pedals
- 17,000-pound independent front suspension with air disc brakes
- 24,000-pound drive axle with air disc brakes
- Spartan Connected Coach featuring push-button start and next-generation digital dash
- Safe Haul chassis integrated air supply for tow vehicle brake systems
“Our K2 450 chassis offers the premium foundation in every sense,” said Steve Guillaume, president of Spartan Specialty Vehicles. “Spartan chassis are recognized for safety, comfort and quality, and we’ve pushed the industry forward with technology one would expect in a luxury driving experience.
“A state-of-the-art digital dash, push-button starting, integrated tow vehicle braking, and other features appropriately align the driving experience to what one would expect in a luxury car, and we are pleased to partner with Foretravel to bring the Iron Colt to market,” he added.
Spartan offers RV manufacturers a network of nearly 300 authorized service centers across the United States to provide RV owners with 24/7/365 support.
The Iron Colt motorhome lists a manufacturer’s suggested retail price between $550,000 and $575,000. It comes with double or triple slide options, and is easier to handle on the road, Fore explained, adding that the shorter length will make it easier for the motorhome to get into national park campgrounds.
“We saw a void in the market for a higher-end, shorter coach,” said Fore. “After only building 45-foot coaches for the past seven years, this is an opportunity for us to maximize the market.”
The Iron Colt can be viewed through Sunday at Booth 145 in the Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds.
SOURCE: Spartan Motors press release and RV Daily Report interview