If you could design and build the motorhome of your dreams, what would
you include on your list of must-have features? Would you choose gas or
diesel? Full-body paint or graphics? One, two, three or more slides? The
thought of a 35-foot-plus canvas, awaiting a creative and innovative
touch, was the start of the CT Coachworks Siena you see pictured on the
The Siena is the result of three minds well known to the RV
manufacturing community: the late John Crean, founder of Fleetwood
Enterprises, his son-in-law Steve Thomas, and Steve’s wife, Susan. While
Crean has passed on, Steve and Susan have continued to evolve the dream
under their CT (Crean-Thomas) Coachworks name, and have grown their
keep-it-simple philosophy into this present-day coach.
What makes this coach so unique are the appliances. The kitchen
is equipped with full residential-style appliances that stand out
remarkably, especially when you consider the Siena is a gas-powered
motorhome. It also includes a washer and dryer as standard equipment.
The Siena has 7 feet of headroom in the main cabin and 6-1/2 feet in the
We found the 42-inch LCD high-definition TV up front was easy
to view from the 76-inch faux leather sleeper sofa and the dinette, and
the TV also functions as a computer monitor. Imagine a GPS measuring 42
inches … no squinting to read those road maps.
The Siena rolls on the Workhorse W22 chassis with a
front-mounted GM Vortec 8.1-l V-8. With 340 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque,
the Siena took us up the California coast toward Hearst Castle climbing
the occasional 6-percent grade at a respectable 55-60 mph.
One of the features that is sure to catch a prospective buyer’s
pocketbook is the fully equipped price of the Siena, $127,732, ready to
roll with the goodies described above and more; there are virtually no
options except for a king bed. Our trip up the California coast was easy
and comfortable, thanks to the compliant Workhorse chassis. We’d like
to see the fuel-economy improve, which would be icing on the cake for a
coach that feels and lives like a lavishly equipped diesel-pusher
without the price tag.
For more details about the CT Coachworks Siena 35V, pick up the July 2008 issue of MotorHome on the newsstand — then subscribe to MotorHome
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CT Coachworks, (951) 343-8787, www.sienamotorhome.com