Riata 37′

A CUSTOM-BUILT MAGNUM CHASSIS with four-wheel ABS-equipped disc brakes, full air suspension
and a 300-hp Caterpillar 3126B engine, backed by an Allison MD3060 six-speed World
Transmission, is the backbone of Harney Coach Works’ new Riata 37-foot diesel-pusher
motorhome. Harney bills the Riata as “the most affordable, powerful diesel pusher on the
market today,” with additional claims that it has “more basement storage [and] more power
than any coach in its class.” The Caterpillar is rated for 300 hp at 2,400 rpm and 860
lb-ft of torque at 1,440 rpm. The chassis has a 26,500-pound gross vehicle weight rating
and has a gross combination weight rating of 31,000 pounds. It’s designed to carry up to
9,000 pounds on the front axle and 17,500 pounds in the rear. Pass-through basement-style
storage compartments are made possible by the raised-rail chassis. Harney builds the Riata
using its body-off construction technique, in which the body is mostly framed and assembled
on a separate work table, then lifted in one piece onto the heavy-duty 9x3x1/4-inch Grade
50 steel frame rails. The coach body is framed with aluminum and fitted with polystyrene
insulation, an EPDM rubber roof, fiberglass end caps and smooth, aircraft-grade aluminum
siding. Buyers have a choice of Verde (greens), Taos (blues) or Adobe (beige and grays)
interior color schemes and solid-alderwood panel doors, plus an oak-plank floor in the
galley area. Genovese composite countertops are standard features. Currently only one
floorplan is available, complemented by a bus-style forward entry door and a streetside
sofa-bed-and-dinette slideout opposite the curbside kitchen. Aft of the galley and dinette
is the walk-through bath area with a corner shower and an enclosed private bathroom,
featuring a Thetford toilet, plus a rear queen-bed master suite with a television set.
Additional entertainment features include a 19-inch television set in the living area with
an in-cabinet VCR, a Kenwood AM/FM stereo and an in-dash CD player. Other standard features
of interest include a three-point RVA hydraulic leveling system, a 1,000-watt
inverter/converter and an Onan Emerald 6.3-kW LP-gas AC generator. There’s a large array of
optional features to choose from, including a booth-style dinette, a satellite-TV system, a
six-way power driver’s seat, a patio awning, a washer/dryer combination, a
5,000-pound-rated hitch receiver, bedroom day/night shades and a Pacbrake exhaust brake. In
addition, for those who travel in cold climes, the Northern Exposure Package, which
includes dual-pane GL-20 insulated windows, heated basement compartments and other storage
areas and a 42,000-BTU furnace, provides additional comfort. Fluid capacities include 88.5
gallons of fuel, 100 gallons of fresh water, 55 gallons each of black and gray water, and
39.1 gallons of LP-gas. The retail price of the new Riata had not yet been established as
of February 2000. – Jeff Johnston Harney Coach Works, P.O. Box 5639, Bend, Oregon 97708;
(800) 639-0648. Web site: www.smccorporation.com/harney


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