2010 Gulf Stream Montaj
Class A RV for sale by VW-Benz in Chino Hills, California 91709
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RV manufacturers are responding to the new marketplace conditions with amazing speed. As a good example of the new breed of motorhomes aimed at todays economic times, Gulf Stream Coach introduced its Montaj is modest sized (about 30 feet long), has a fairly low profile (just higher than 10 feet tall), and is powered by a small-block Ford engine the 5.4-l V-8 thats been a standard engine in Ford light trucks for many years. While the engine has been available in the Ford Class A chassis all along, According to Gulf Stream, the Montaj package may deliver as much as 13 mpg, which is a significant jump from the usual 7-8 MPG delivered by gas-powered Class A motorhomes.
Gulf Stream builds the Montaj with fiberglass skin and roof coverings
vacuum-laminated to an aluminum frame with polystyrene insulation throughout. A steel
I-beam floor truss system provides chassis strength, and galvanized steel forms the storage
compartments for durability.
While the Montaj we viewed at the show was the first prototype
which means details are subject to change as manufacturing ramps up for the production
models our tour gave us a good feel for its possibilities. Externally, the bodywork is
simple but appealing and the coachs steeply raked front end is consistent with its
Despite its qualifications, the Montaj doesnt call for a lot of the
living-area compromises present in some other fuel-efficient motorhomes. For example, it
still features generous exterior storage compartments and a large pass-through compartment
toward the rear. Inside, the Montaj 29A uses a forward lounge opposing a curbside kitchen,
midcoach bathroom and aft main bedroom. Dual slideout rooms up front and in the bedroom
provide welcome additional floor space.
The low floor height means climbing into the Montaj
is easy. Once inside you cant help but notice the dash area. Many lower-priced motorhomes have dashboards that are about 15 years out of style, but the Montaj dash includes simulated molded woodwork surrounding instruments and controls sensibly grouped in three
pods. The colors nicely complement the gray dash background and lighter earth-shade carpet.
The balance of the interior appointments is a cut above average. Streetside, the main
slideout houses a sofa bed with an air-pressurized mattress, and a removable table makes
the area double as the dinette. Opposite, the galley is surrounded by contemporary-styled
partially curved surface cabinets and includes a round single-bowl sink and low-profile
stovetop set in a laminated countertop. The refrigerator is conveniently close by.
back, the bath is set up in two sections, with the toilet and washbasin in an enclosure
curbside and the shower with curved-glass enclosure streetside. A look in the bathroom
reveals this is no ordinary setup, with its curved-front countertop, freestanding-style
bowl serviced by a residential-style faucet and contemporary-style cabinetry. Theres
enough room therein to maneuver, as well, and thats a plus.
The queen-size bed is tucked
against the aft and curbside walls out back. A narrow carpeted shelf abuts the curbside of
the bed, and a larger raised area thats part of the lower pass-through storage compartment
fills the broader streetside bedside area thats topped by a small nightstand. Also
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