DynaQuest 26′

February 1, 2005
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DynaQuest 26'When it comes to building coaches that are just a little different, Dynamax is certainly one of the leading contenders. The company established itself as an out-of-the-box manufacturer when it introduced the Grand Sport, a sleek-looking luxury coach mated to a Freightliner cab. Now the company has introduced the DynaQuest, a smaller version of the Grand Sport slated to appeal to those who want a stylish Class C with an almost bulletproof drivetrain and serious luxury in a more compact package.

Built on a Freightliner M2 chassis with a 23,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating (gvwr), the DynaQuest is powered by a Mercedes-Benz 6.4-liter diesel engine backed by an Allison 3000 series six-speed automatic transmission. The test rig (a prototype) was outfitted with a 210-hp version of the Mercedes diesel tied to an Allison 1000 series five-speed automatic transmission. While the smaller diesel is available on special order, the company will provide the 250-hp diesel as standard, upping the gvwr from 21,000 pounds (as in the test rig).

DynaQuest 26'

The DynaQuest 260SL is not a cushy half-ton pickup, but the Freightliner’s driver’s position keeps the operator happy in comfortable surroundings. A broad range of seat adjustments, including vertical height/pressure for the air-ride part of the seat, help the driver get comfortable. The average-size steering wheel can be positioned to allow a good view of most gauges, and the balance of the vehicle controls is no more complex than on a standard Class C coach.

By day, there’s plenty of room in the living area. The 35-inch-deep slideout adds floor space, and the dinette is another place for a lounger to relax. The Flexsteel/sofa bed in the slideout room serves for daytime relaxation, and is also the main bed at night. It folds out to a 62 x 72-inch bed that’s fairly comfortable, but may be a bit tight for extra-tall persons. More than likely, this will be a two-occupant rig most of the time, so the multi-sleeper complexity will seldom be a problem.

The DynaQuest is a shade longer than 26 feet and fairly pricey. With a boatload of standard luxury features, the test rig sported a sticker price of $166,693, which becomes $182,039 with the bigger motor and heavier transmission added to the package.

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Pick up the February 2005 issue of Trailer Life for full test impressions and details on the Infiniti QX56 and the DynaQuest 26′ — then subscribe to Trailer Life, so you can stay informed on the latest tests, previews, tow vehicles, and technical and RV-lifestyle information.

Dynamax Corporation, (888) 295-7859, dynamaxcorp.com.

 

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