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Summit Coaches, Inc and The Stiletto

The merger with Summit Coaches, Inc has resulted in Madison Bay Holdings acquiring the right, title, and interest to manufacture and market the revolutionary “Stiletto” 5th wheel coach.

The Stiletto features a patent-pending, 4-wheel air ride suspension, and is the only recreational vehicle that can be lowered the ground level or raised up to 20″ of ground clearance. The Stiletto is the result of forward thinking and is a quantum leap in technology in the recreational vehicle industry. The quality, style and flexibility of this coach are unmatched by any company product.

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From a distance or up close, the Stiletto commands attention! The body is constructed utilizing the latest advances in maritime and aerospace composite materials. The shell is built with molded fiberglass without the use of any wood products, creating a body that prohibits rust, rot, or leaking. The result of this fabrication process gives the body unsurpassed strength and durability while providing a lightweight and highly insulated coach.

Construction

The 38-foot Stiletto fifth-wheel is not only shaped radically different from any other trailer, it also employs construction techniques and engineering principles from other industries such as automotive, aerospace and marine into the RV industry. For example, instead of the typical flat-panel stick construction, we use the coach’s form as the structural component.

The Stiletto has no framework. Instead, it is made from structural composite. Its various curves and arches are what create the trailer’s structural integrity. The Stiletto uses a two-piece, nine-layer shell comprised of fiberglass and high-density foam with bonding agents, which is then vacuum-drawn. The pieces are joined in similar fashion to a deck and hull on a yacht. There is no plywood in this coach, it’s all composite — the flooring, the interior walls, the studs … everything. The only wood is the solid hardwood cherry cabinetry inside. Underneath the unique body is a 2″ x 8″ x 5/16″ tube steel frame, which is actually integrated into the body mold. Channels in the shell accommodate the chassis rails, and then the shell is bonded and bolted to the chassis. Instead of traditional axles and leaf springs, the Stiletto rides on four-wheel independent air suspension, featuring control arms made of 1.5-inch-thick steel plate. The coach can be lowered completely to the ground. The first step into the coach is four inches off the ground, then you’ve got another five-inch step, and you’re in the coach which can be especially useful for those with knee, leg or back problems.

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In addition, the 36-inch- wide door can be fitted with an ADA (American Disabilities Act) compliant door, which folds down to double as an access ramp for wheelchairs. Inside, the Stiletto features a full walk-around queen-size bed in a rear bedroom, while the front overhead bunk area is occupied by a console housing a standard 36-inch television, VCR and CD player with surround sound. Behind the console is where all of the fifth-wheel’s vital systems are housed. These include a 175 psi air compressor and air tanks (for the air suspension and/or to run air tools, inflate a raft, etc.), optional central air conditioning system (when standard roof air is specified, this area can be used for added storage or a children’s bed) and a heat pump. Ventilation and air intake for these systems is provided by a vent in the nose of the trailer; heat is exhausted through the roof with solar-powered fans. Every effort has been made to make all the surfaces on the coach a flush fit and all of the glass used in the coach is automotive-style frameless glass bonded to the frame — much the way an automotive windshield is. The 38-foot Stiletto has a UVW of approximately 12,000 pounds which has already been obtained in the pre-production unit. Gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr) will be 18,500 pounds, and the fifth-wheel will hold up to 200 gallons of fresh water, up to 100 gallons each of black and gray water and 24 gallons of propane. The Stiletto comes standard with a 10-gallon water heater, a 30,000 BTU furnace, twin 13,000 BTU roof air conditioners, a 6.5 kW propane Onan AC generator, 2000 watt Trace inverter, 50 amp converter/charger and electric leveling jacks.

Features & Equipment

Leather Lounge Chair and Ottoman
36″ Color TV w/ Satellite;
DVD /CD Player
AM/FM Radio & UHF/VHF Antenna
74″ Leather Sleeper Sofa w/Storage
Cedar Lined Wardrobe
2 Parson Chairs w/ Dining Table
Tiled Entry & Kitchen;
Berber Carpets
Porch Light & Lighted Entry
Pantry, Linens & Cooking Utensils
Moen Water Filtered Kitchen Facet
3 Burner Stainless Steel Cook top
Microwave Oven; Wall Phone
Domestic 10 cu. ft., 2-Door Refrigerator
Cherry Hardwood Cabinets
Laminated, Surfaced, Molded Countertops
Pre-Wired for 12 Volt Solar Panels
Electric Dump Valves;
Auto Leveling Jacks
Solar Protected Exterior Windows
Wheel Independent Air Glide
Suspension
Vacuum Flush Toilet System
85 gal. Water Tank & 42″ Shower Stall
35 gal. Black Water Tank & Flush Kit
50 Gal. Gray Water Tank
50 Amp Power Cord
Onan Generator (6.5KW)
(4) 6 Volt Golf Cart Batteries
50 Amp Converter/Charger
2 Domestic Roof A/C 13,000 BTU
Cherry Hardwood Chair Rails Throughout
Brushed Aluminum Insets
Privacy Shades & Roof Air Vents
Cargo Liners & Lighted Assist Handle
16′ Awning Girard/ Wind Sensor /Remote
30,000 BTU Furnace
24 gal. Propane Tank
10 gallon Hot Water Heater
System Monitor Panel & LPG Alarm

Specifications

Height: 10 1/2 feet
Width: 8 1/2 feet
Length: 38 feet
Body Construction: Fiberglass Composite
Suspension: 4 Wheel Independent Air Ride
Chassis: Steel

The Industry

RVs are motorized or towable vehicles that combine transportation and temporary living quarters for travel, recreation, and camping. Major RV products are motor homes, travel trailers and folding (or “camping”) trailers. Motor homes account for about 45 percent of industry revenue, travel trailers for 45 percent, and folding trailers for 10 percent.

Motor homes are complete, self-propelled units. Travel trailers are complete units that must be towed by a car or truck. “Fifth-wheel” trailers are towed from a mount in a pick-up truck and extend over the bed of the truck. Folding trailers have walls that unfold to form the camping unit.

The recreational vehicle (RV) manufacturing industry in the US consists of about 800 companies with combined annual revenue of $12 billion. The largest companies include Fleetwood Enterprises, Winnebago Industries, and Thor Industries. The industry is highly concentrated with the five largest manufacturers holding more than 60 percent of the market share.

The demand for RV’s is driven by consumer income and demographics. As “Baby Boomers” move into retirement years a significant amount of financial resources will be focused on recreational vehicles (RV’s), the new passion of the retirement years.