Georgetown 359TS

Selecting a motorhome is a never-ending give-and-take proposition. Features you love on a
gas chassis may not be available on a diesel, and vice versa, making it a study in
trade-offs. If you want a gas coach, choices have historically been limited to front power
with a mid- or rear-entry floorplan and the familiar cockpit doghouse. If you’re interested
in diesel power, most pusher setups concede a bit of valuable living area in back to
accommodate the various powerplant intrusions into the rear cabin — exactly where open
floor space is desirable. Most consumers (and many coach designers) would probably note
that the perfect coach has yet to be built — although Workhorse recently solved many
current limitations by creating its UFO (as reviewed in the October 2006
issue
of MotorHome), a one-chassis-does-it-all design. The UFO addresses the
shortcomings of traditional front-gas and rear-diesel chassis by offering a choice of gas
or diesel power — in pusher configurations. Plus, those very same propulsion systems sit
lower in the frame rails, allowing an unbroken floor plane from bow to stern. That gives
coach designers a blank slate, with maximum flexibility in floorplan design regardless of
the chosen power. Forest River is one of the first manufacturers to build on this new
platform, offering a 37-footer under the Georgetown banner. The company chose its master
suite 350 floorplan, with desk and sitting area (normally built on a front-engine chassis),
to showcase the versatility of the Workhorse UFO. On the road, the UFO — while not capable
of light speed — made very respectable 0-60 mph times, getting us to freeway speed without
effort. Workhorse has set a new bar height for multi-engine option, multifloorplan coach
applications. As builders like Forest River explore new possibilities for this chassis,
rest assured that the best is yet to come. For complete details and full test impressions
of Forest River’s Georgetown 359TS, pick up the April 2007 issue of MotorHome magazine on
the newsstand — then subscribe to
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