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Foretravel's History

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The Fore family's tradition for travel began in 1876,when CM. Fore's grandparents first traveled from the East and settled in Nacogdoches, the Gateway to Texas. This tradition was carried on by James E. Fore (CM.'s father), who began his travels around the turn of the century as a peddler, living and selling from a covered wagon.

CM Fore and his new bride, Marie, continued this family tradition of travel through numerous family vacations, and as their family grew, requirements for a suitable vehicle changed. They went from cars to station wagons, and even used a small fold-out trailer during the early days of the RV industry in America. CM. and Marie finally decided that if they were ever going to own the perfect vehicle for family travel, they were going to have to build it themselves. 

It began as a high school Distributive Education project for their son, Ray, and soon turned into a real family endeavor. They began working together to build the first Foretravel motorhome, a 21' class "A" . It was built from lightweight aluminum on a Dodge chassis, which weighed less than 4000 pounds. Upon completion, they promptly drove their new creation to Washington state for a visit with their eldest son, Roy, who was stationed there in the military. The Fore's "coach" generated so much interest along the way, that by the time they arrived back home, they had also concluded there was definitely a need for high quality motorhomes such as theirs. So they decided to go into the business of building motorhomes under the "Foretravel" name. The Foretravel Super Luxura.

The original production facility was a small building located on the family property, and for the first five years, the company manufactured and sold units at a loss. However, in 1973, their firm commitment to quality and success led them to make their first major exterior design change. The Super Luxura boasted a fiberglass front cap, rear cap, and side panels, which sparked great interest across the country. Foretravel continued to grow during the 70s.

Originally, Foretravels were built on Dodge van chassis , some were built on Chevy chassis and then truck chassis, mostly Dodge. When they shifted to diesel power, they shifted to Oshkosh chassis as they were the most readily available heavy duty truck chassis. Earliest ones were front engine models (OFED, OFEG). Then they shifted to rear engine models (ORED, OREG). The body design remained such that it would work for either configuation - all the way up to 1994

In 1974 they had pioneered the first use of a diesel engine in a conventional motorhome.

1977: Foretravel celebrated ten years in business with the introduction of the FTX (Foretravel Ten). The FTX offered features not common in the RV industry at the time... TVs, VCRs, dual roof air conditioners, icemakers, central vacuums, and more. The FTX was truly "the" way to travel in style. FTX was built from 1977 - 1986. Also, by October of 1978, the FTX became the first conventional motorhome to be powered by a rear engine diesel.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Foretravel purchased the manufacturing rights to Travco and GTC (Avco) motorhomes.

Foretravel continued to manufacture motorhomes on many types of chassis. As for air bag type chassis in the 80's & 90's Foretravel manufactured most of the non-Unihome type diesel motorhomes on an Oshkosh V-917 Frame rail type chassis which consisted of air suspension, air brakes, Caterpillar 3208-T V-8 diesel engine coupled with an Allison MT-643 four speed transmission. There were however some of these Grand Villa motorhomes manufactured with a 300 hp 3208 and a MT647 Allison 4 speed.  They used these chassis from model years 1982 thru 1992 in both Foretravel FTX type (old orange & white) and Grand Villa's which were introduced in the middle of the 1986 model year. You might occasionally come across a Foretravel diesel motorhome built on a Hendrickson or Capacity chassis but those are very few and far between.

To the best of my knowledge Foretravel did not manufacture any frame rail - leaf spring type diesel motorhomes between 1983 and 1989. 

They did however introduce a Grand Villa O-815D in 1990 and 1991. This diesel motorhome was also built on an Oshkosh 815 chassis and was powered by a Detroit 8.2 V-8 diesel engine and coupled again with an Allison transmission.  This engine produced 210 hp and the chassis had a leaf spring suspension and hydraulic brakes. 

In 1992 - 1993 model years Foretravel changed this motorhome to a Grand Villa O22C.  This Grand Villa motorhome had a GVWR of 22K lbs and was powered by a 250 hp 8.3 Cummins diesel.  This motorhome also featured the new Allison MD3060 six speed World Transmission. Tony Weir

Foretravel build no non-Unihome motorhomes after model year 1993.

The Caterpillar 3208 was manufactured both with and without a turbo.  But to the best of my knowledge every Oshkosh chassis that included a 3208 that Foretravel used from 1984 model year to 1992 was turbocharged.  Every Caterpillar 3208-T 250 hp diesel engine that I ever saw Foretravel use had the radiator mounted in the back.  Every Caterpillar 3208-T 300 hp diesel engine that I ever saw included the charged air cooler in it and the radiator was installed on the passenger side rear. Tony Weir

In the 1980’s & 1990’s, Foretravel manufactured most of the non-Unihome type diesel motorhomes on an Oshkosh V-917 Frame rail type chassis which consisted of air suspension, air brakes, Caterpillar 3208-T V-8 diesel engine coupled with an Allison MT-643 four speed transmission.

There were however some of these Grand Villa motorhomes manufactured with a 300 hp 3208 and a MT647 Allison 4 speed. They used these chassis from model years 1982 thru 1992 in both Foretravel FTX (old orange & white) and Grand Villa’s.

In 1986, Foretravel introduced an innovative new motorhome with aerodynamic styling and an unusually spacious interior. Because of its grandeur and beauty, Marie Fore dubbed it the Grand Villa, and it quickly became one of the best-selling motorhomes in history.

After that, things got pretty confusing. For 5 or 6 years you could get a GV, OREG/OFEG/ORED/OFED, or a Unihome GV.  They also offered a 'comfort ride' Torsilastic suspension - same suspension used in the old Greyhound chassis.

 

1986-1994 Grand Villa: Lengths: 29', 30’, 33’, 35’

  • Chassis: Roadmaster/Chevrolet/John Deere/Oshkosh
  • Engines: Chevrolet/Ford gas or Cummins 5.9 diesel
  • Lengths: 34', 36’
  • Chassis: Oshkosh
  • Engines: Cat/Detroit/Cummins 8.3 diesel (some Ford 460 gas)Lengths: 38', 40’
  • Chassis: Oshkosh Engines:
  • Caterpillar 250 or 300 hp

  • Engine/trans:

  • U280s came with a 250 Cat/4 speed (early 90s),
  • C8.3 300 Cummins 4 or 6 speed (mid to late 90s)

During model year 1987, Foretravel introduced the Grand Villa Unihome (all mid entry coaches)... the first conventional motorhome to utilize a monocoque chassis design, an eight-bag outboard suspension system, and an air leveling system. This innovative design concept revolutionized the motorhome industry and quickly set the standard by which most quality motorhomes are built today.

Prior to the 1987 Unihomes, Foretravels were described thusly:

ORED (Oshkosh chassis, rear-engine diesel,

OFEG (Oshkosh, front engine gas), etc

1987-1996 Grand Villa Unihome (U-280/U-300)

Chassis: Foretravel monocoque

Lengths: 36', 40'(few 38' special orders)

The code for the Unihomes: U-225 (entry level, had 22,500 lbs gross vehicle weight rating [GVWR]);

(Grand Villas were also available 'non-Unihome' with Oshkosh chassis)

U240s low-mid level, came with the torsilastic [massive rubber suspension bands] and a Cat (various engines -3208, 3116, and 3126). With the lighter coach and the smaller Cat - better mileage. 24,000 GVWR.

One way to tell which model you are looking at is by the outside compartment doors. The Grand Villa Unihome U240 doors were hinged at the top and the Grand Villa (non Unihome) doors were hinged at the bottom. There were numerous other differences, but the compartment doors are a quick way to tell the difference from a quick glance from the outside. 

U280s (next to highest in terms of accessories that were standard) came with the air suspension and a 300hp Cummins C, 4 speed or 6 speed (depending on the year). Automated HWH 8 air bag suspension, came in 32', 34', and 36' lengths. 28,000 GVWR

Optional hydraulic retarder 6 speed is hard to find but VERY desirable. It was a 12K option back then, so whoever was buying had to really want it!

Aquahot was also a desired option ($5K original, it can't be added)

U300, top-of the line, came with the air suspension, wide-body, a DD 350hp 6V92 (2 stroke, older technology but with Jake brake), and a 4 speed except in the final build (95/96) when they were available with a Cat 3176 and a 6 speed. 30,000 GVWR - 40' length

Build quality is excellent in all models. Walnut is the standard interior, Pecan or oak are rarer options. If it has the Splendide washer/dryer you lose the bottom 1/2 of one side of the wardrobe. The 40 footer adds a lot more storage - important for full timers, especially if you have the Splendide

The 'U' series first appeared in 1988 as a designation to the Unihome body design.

The Torsilastic 'Velvet Ride' suspension came on both the U225 and U240 models.

  • Gas engines:
  • 440 Dodge, 460 Ford, 454 Chevy, various years. 460 Ford exclusively the last 5 or so years.
  • Diesels:
  • Detroits: 8.2L turbo, 210 hp, 6V92 Silver Series 300/350 hp DDEC
  • Cats: 3116 ATAAC 250hp, 3208T 250hp, 3176 350 hp
  • Cummins: B5.9 190hp, 230hp, C8.3 300hp, 325hp, ISC 350hp, ISL 400hp, M11
    400hp, 450hp, ISM 450hp, 500hp, ISX 525hp, 600hp.
  • Allison transmissions:
  • MT 643, 647, 648
  • AT 545
  • B500, B500R (U300)
  • HT746 (U300)
  • 'World' MD3060, 3060R, 4060, 4060R, MH3000R, 4000R
  • Models with jake brakes: DD6V92 (U300), Cat3176 (U300) , M11 400 (320)
  • Models available with retarders: 1994 U240 , U280 last 2 years, U300, U320.
  • Retarders were a $10-12K option.
  • Some U270/U295 models came standard with a retarder but no joystick, this can be retrofitted.
  • 1993 Allison MD3060 6 speed has the "strong" exhaust brake (55 PSI PacBrake PRXB). Earlier model engines were not fit with strong enough exhaust valve springs to accommodate more than a 35 PSI brake. You can tell from the engine serial number whether the stronger/higher back pressure brake can be fit. Basically, Caterpillar 3116 engines built starting in the fall of 1992 accommodate the stronger PacBrake.
  • First 6 speed Allison’s were late 1993. Prior to that, all were 4 speeds.
  • First 3060 standard was in the U240.

In 1991, Foretravel embarked on a mission of product and process improvement called the Total Quality Process, through which all Foretravel employees are involved with customer satisfaction and product and process improvement. This revolutionary process provides the tools people need to do their jobs better, by allowing and encouraging them to control the quality of their own work, and then holding them responsible for it. One result of this new attitude toward employees is an extremely low turnover rate, which enables Foretravel to produce a quality product more efficiently in a very labor-intensive industry.

1991-1995 Grand Villa Unihome U-225 / U-240 (all mid-entry coaches)

  • U-240 (low-mid level, some had Oshkosh chassis with Torsilastic massive rubber suspension bands, (not air bag, jacks for leveling) 24,000 GVWR.
  • Length: Both were 36'
Chassis: Foretravel monocoque
  • Engines: Cummins 5.9(230hp) / Cat 3208T (250hp) / Cat 3116 (250hp)
  • There were two different interior layouts: SBI and SBID. The "D" indicates a dinette on the passengers side just behind the entrance door vs a booth for two on the driver's side just in front of the galley sink. The "D" layout has always been the more popular.
  • The big difference between the U225 and U240 is that the U225 has a 230 HP Cummins B engine with Allison hydraulic 4 speed transmission while the U240 has the 250 HP Caterpillar (650 lb ft torque at 1650 RPM) and the Allison 6 speed.

The older Grandvilla was on a Gillig chassis with a side door. The U225 and U240's built in the 1990's were Unihome construction but did not have the 'high' profile of the U280 and U300 series which had huge
basement storage.

The U300 bumpers were:

Stainless Steel until 1990, was double stacked compared to U225 & U240.

Plastic bumpers used in 1991 (1/4" thick), unique to this year.

Went to all fiberglass in 1992 (molded into front & rear caps)

The U225 and U240 coaches did not have the high profile of the U280 and the U300. The reason is that they did not have the air suspension. They had the torsilastic suspension, better than steel springs, but way inferior to air.

1992: Foretravel proudly introduced the luxurious 102;' wide-body Unihome and at the same time, celebrated their 25th year in business with the introduction of the Silver Anniversary Unihome U300. Easily identified by specially ordered angled side windows.

The 1992 U-280 and U-300's were the first FT's to have complete air bag (8 - 2 per axle on each side) suspension - i.e., no jacks at all, wide body & low profile.

The U-300 is 40' long and will, in some, have a 350 hp Detroit, a 350 CAT or a 300 Cummins. The U-300 was considered the "top-of-the-line in accessories", but many U-280's had just about as much: compactor, vacuum cleaner built in, separate ice machine, full oven w/ 4 burners, heat exchanger for hot water while driving.

1992 was the transition year between old generation Cat V8 3208 with 4 speed Allison and the newer in line 6 cylinder Cat 3116 with Allison 6 speed.

Most 1993 U240's and U280's had the MD3060 6 speed.

Nearly every year after that up until the advent of the Nimbus/Phenix there were 'Special Edition' (SE) and/or 'Limited Edition' models with special trim/option packages. Special Edition' models were available in the 280s and 300s from (at least) 1993 on with different graphics and 'upscale' (300 interiors with more glass doors, gaggenou cook top) interiors. Since each coach could be custom designed or go back for upgrades, a lot of differences exists coach to coach).

From 1992 on most 280's and all 300's had inverters. Inverters were optional, but were almost always included – Inverters varied from Taytronics 1500 to Heart/Trace 2000/2500 watt models. Better designs/features each year.

Starting in 1995, Foretravels came standard with a Heart 2500W inverter incorporating a modern 3 stage 130 amp charger. As the standard batteries were maintenance free gel cell the desulfating option is disabled.

U-300, top-of the line, 30,000 GVWR - 40' length, had the 350 hp Detroit Diesel; also was wide-body, air bags, etc.

Some of the early 1990 coaches came in 30', 32', 34' and 36' lengths.

  • Engine/trans:
  • U280s came with a 250 Cat & 4 speed transmission (early 90s),
  • C8.3 300hp Cummins and 4 or 6 speed transmission (mid to late 90s)

The 1992 silver anniversary edition was probably the most unique .

It was the first 102" wide coach and also the first to feature the walk-thru bath (WTB) floor plan. It too had special graphics. Sliver and black. It was a beautiful coach and was only offered in 1992 as a 40 foot U-300. The most interesting trivia on the 92 Silver Anniversary model was the custom angled windows. Every other Foretravel coach made had vertical side windows. The Anniversary model windows were 'angled' forward.

1993: The SE (special edition) model was introduced, available as as a U-280 (some were 40') or a U-300 36 or 40 foot. They had special exterior graphics, designer interiors with suede leather upholstery (usually), and walk-thru bath floor plans. The coaches were no different mechanically. They just had a few more features and trinkets the make them an SE. The graphics and floor plan being the most significant differences.

1994: both the 280 and 300 had the 6 speed Allison tranny with retarder.   

1994 and 1995: the dual pane windows were optional .

1994: The all new Foretravel Unicoach was introduced . With this new coach, Foretravel was able to integrate the high 'U performance, smooth ride, (The Foretravel Unicoach U270). and easy handling characteristics of the Unihome, but with massive bus styling, which provided greater interior space. The Unicoach quickly became Foretravel's best-selling model.

In late 1994 and 1995 the U-280 and 300's would have the 6 speed Allison and might even have the transmission retarder instead of a Jake brake or exhaust brake.

Only difference between 270 and 295 are features like bay doors, inside trim. Same engine, frame, suspension, tires, brakes, retarder, outside structure, dash, electrical, inverter,etc. Many features that are standard on the 295 are optional on 270s. A lot of 270s are manufactured with these additional options.

Also some important optional items were not standard on any models, but should be looked for, like a "Joey Bed" in bay storage and window awnings.

In addition to the differences already noted, the 320 larger engine also gets you the larger, heavier-duty Allison, the MH4000 vs the MH3000. And this also means more braking action out of the retarder. Most 320's also have AquaHot instead of gas furnaces & hot water heater.

You could 'option' a 295 to the level of a 320 most years, except for the engine. 295's were limited to 36 and 40 foot models, where in later years you could get a 320 in a 42'. The 295 was not available with a tag axle.

1994 - 1996 a few models were optioned with the  hydraulic retarder.

U300s came with 300/350 hp Detroit Diesel, 4speed retarder or jake brake.

In late 1994 to 1996, 350 hp 3176 Cat and 6 speed retarder was optional. Other than that, pretty much the same. Optional items on a 280 were  standard on a 300.

Grand Villa is a body style (think sloped nose) and came out before the Unihome.

Unihome is a type of construction-- unibody = monocoque.

Not all Grand Villas were Unihomes (ORED, OREG comes to mind). But all Unihomes were Grand Villas. 

1995 was the only year the U240 was a wide body (on same narrow track axles).

1995 was the 1st year of the front door bus style, the name changed from Unihome to Unicoach, which started with the U-270 (low end regarding standard accessories) which provided the Foretravel quality which consumers have come to expect, but in a more affordable coach.

U-295 (Mid-level) and U-320 (high end). The numbers also referred to the thousands pounds of GVWR. The front axle weight rating (GAWR) + the rear axle weight rating (GAWR-rear) will determine the GVWR.

In the U-225, you would often find a 230 hp Cummins engine with a 4 speed Allison (MT-643) transmission;

In the U-240, it might have the 250 hp CAT with a 4 speed Allison (MT-643);

The U-280 had the 300 hp Cummins (C 8.3) with the bigger 4 speed Allison (MT-647) transmission. The Allison Retarder and Aquahot was optional.

The U-300 would have the Detroit diesel (350 hp) with the big Allison. The Allison Retarder and Aquahot was optional.

All 1995 model U320 models were 'SE' models, with a 'C' designation to further distinguish it as a 'Unicoach' . The 1995 was perhaps the best Unihome ever built, but they began to reduce the amount of wood (eliminate wood panels from the walls - some prefer it that way). 

Starting in 1995, Unicoach U270, U295 and U320 model numbers refer to standard factory trim levels/appointments and each model number was available in several different lengths and thus (logically) several different weight ratings, depending upon each year's specific designs and options. The 1995 GV had a full width hatch in front as access for Dash AC while earlier GV's had two small hatches.

The 1995 and 1996 Grandvilla U300's were very desirable and came with 370hp M11s uprated by Foretravel to 400hp. (these were all Unihomes)

  • Cat 3176 350hp could be substituted by special order (these are rare).
  • There were a very few U240s and 280s built in 1996.
  • Rare and desirable Foretravels: 38 foot U320 with/without tag.
  • GV320 with tag, dual slides (last year only). U320 with a 3176 Cat, especially rare with retarder.
  • U300 with a 3176 Cat (late 94, all 95). Especially rare with retarder. U280 with retarder (94/95, special order).
  • U240 with retarder.

The 1996 did not come standard with double pane windows.

The 40' has more space both inside and under than the 36' but otherwise look pretty much the same. They are all well made and dependable.

The 1996 has a retarder switch that can be upgraded to a Joystick retarder for about $400. The joy stick came in late 1996.

There were slight changes in engine styles and HP in those years as well. The 1996 Cummins is more mechanical, in later years they are Electronic.

1997: Ducted air, Screen Door and dual pane windows were added. It also has the 'bullet-proof' mechanical (non-computerized) C engine with the maximum 325 horsepower. If it has a joystick, it will have a retarder. However, it may have a retarder without a joystick. The MD3060R Transmission (the R) indicates that the retarder is present.

(1997 thru 2005) U270's came standard with roof top AC's with Heat Strips, not Heat Pumps.  Some U270's may have had Heat Pumps installed as options.

Models U270; U295; and U320 was the top of the line.

Its tank capacities exceed all but the newest high-end coaches of today:    

  • Diesel fuel capacity: 148 gal.,
  • Fresh water tank – 105 gals.,
  • Grey water tank - 110 gals, and black water 54 gals.
  • Diesel generator was a 7.5 Kw Onan.

1998 introduced the computerized Cummins ISC, before that is was mechanical C, which most find problem-free.

The U270 & U295 used Cummins C, 8.3 liter, 325 hp engine,

The U320 used larger Cummins 11 liter, 450 hp engine.

1994-2000 Unicoach (U-270/U-295/U-320)

  • Lengths: 34',36',40',42'
  • Chassis: Foretravel monocoque
  • Engines: Cummins C8.3/M11 (some Cat 3176/3126)
  • The U225 came with a 230 HP Cummins B engine (like the one in the Dodge PU.
  • It also came with the Allison 4 speed transmission. All are 36'.

The U240 is basically the same coach with a Cat 3116 250 HP/650 ft lbs torque and Allison 6 speed. "U" refers to Unicoach with Unibody construction. These are all front door, bus style.

Model numbers over the years were: . U225, 240,.270, 280,.295, 300, 320. The model number of older coaches use to refer to the GVW  IE: 225 = 22,500 lb etc., but I does not apply to later models.

Some special order Grand Villa Unicoaches were built in later years

    2000 10
    2001 3
    2002 3
    2003 8

 

       
  ORED   Oshkosh chassis Rear Engine Diesel
  OFED   Oshkosh chassis Front Engine Diesel
  AGBD   angled galley, bed slide (driver side)
  AGBS   angled galley, bed slide (curb side)
  AGDS   angled galley, double slide, 2002 40 or 42
  CAI   center aisle, queen island bed, 36 or some 40's - the bath is on one side, and the closet on the other.
  CSGI   curb side galley, front entry
  DGFE   double galley, front entry, has a U-shaped kitchen, 40 or 42
  PBBD   private bath, bed slide (driver side)
  PBBS   private bath, bed slide (curb side)
  PBDS   private bath, double slide
  PBFS   private bath, front slide
  RCFE   rear closet, front entry
  SAI   side aisle, island bed
  SB   side bath, twin beds
  SBI   side bath, island bed, The Bath, shower, commode and sink are all on one side
  SBID   side bath, island bed, dinette and 2 chairs
  WCDS   walk in closet, double slide
  WCFE   walk in closet, front entry
  WTB   Walk Thru Bedroom
  WTBD   walk through bath, bed slide (driver side)
  WTBI   walk through bath, queen island bed
  WTBS   walk through bath, bed slide (curb side)
  WTFE   walk through bath, front entry, 36 or 40
  WTFS   walk through bath, front slide
  WTME   walk through bath, mid entry. rare 36 or 40
  WTNS   walk through bath, non slide, 36 40 42
  RB   Rear bath

 

Some Engine and Transmission combinations used on Foretravels

Detroit 6V92TA/350hp HT746 transmission (Jake Brake)
Cummins B5.9/230hp MT643 transmission
Cummins C8.3/250hp MT643 or MT647 or MD3060 trans.
Cummins C8.3/300hp MT647 transmission
Cummins 6BT/190hp FED (Front Engine Diesel)  
Cat 3116 ATAAC/250hp MD3060 transmission
Cummins C8.3/300hp MD3060 transmission
Cat 3176 PEEC/350hp HD4060 trans(Jake Brake)
Cat 3176 PEEC/365hp HD4060 trans(Jake Brake)
CAT 3116 250hp MD3060R transmission (retarder)
Cummins C8.3/300hp MD3060R transmission (retarder)
Cummins M11 CELECT/370hp HD4060 trans. (Jake Brake)
Cat 3176 PEEC/365hp HD4060R transmission (retarder)
Cummins M11 CELECT/400hp HD4060R trans. (retarder)
Cummins C8.3/325hp MD3060R transmission (retarder)
Cat 3126 PEEC/300HP MD3060R transmission (retarder)
Cummins M11 CELECT Plus/400hp HD4060R (retarder)
Cummins M11 CELECT Plus/450hp HD4060R (retarder)
Cummins ISC8.3 350hp MD3066R transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM11 450hp HD4060R transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISC350 3000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM450 4000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISL400 3000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM02 450hp 4000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISL03 400hp 3000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM02 500hp 4000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISX02 525hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISL05 400hp 3000MHR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISL05 400hp 3000MH transmission (Jake Brake)
Cummins ISX02 600hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISX07 600hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISL07 425hp 3000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM02int500hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISM07 500hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)
Cummins ISX07 650hp 4000MHPR transmission (retarder)


The last RB coach was produced in 1992. All the RB units are of course front engine. The advantage is a bath that spans the rear of the coach. Very nice.

1999 - Ducted Air Conditioning w/(2) 13,500 btu Roof AlC w / Heat Pumps instead of Heat strips

Late 1999 introduced a slide out.

2001 - introduces painted Foretravels as opposed to decals (optional).

Oct 2001 - introduces tag axels to 40' U320 & GV 320

2003 - full body paint standard

2004 - introduces Quad Slide

2006 introduced Nimbus

2007 introduced Phenix

Foretravel has always recognized the importance of customer satisfaction and customer retention. As a result, Foretravel was one of the first in the industry to recognize the importance of an owners' club. The Foretravel Motorcade Club was born with the merger of the Foretravel Travelers and the Travco Motorcade Club. The Travco club was one of the very first owners' clubs in the nation and dates back to 1965. There are presently more than 2,000 families enjoying the fun and fellowship of membership in the Club. Membership is exclusive to owners of Foretravel, Travco, or Avco motorhomes, and provides numerous benefits and travel opportunities.

Over the years, Foretravel and the Fore family have continued their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. Since building that very first motorhome 40 years ago, Foretravel has grown to become a recognized industry leader in quality, innovation, and customer service.

Obituary: Clarence Mize “C. M.” Fore

Clarence Mize “C. M.” Fore, 83, passed away surrounded by his family on August 5, 2011 in Nacogdoches, Texas. A funeral service will be at 10:30 am at the First Church of Nazarene in Nacogdoches, Rev. Wesley Anderson and Elmer Pitts will officiate the service. Internment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park.

Clarence was born on September 19, 1927 to parents James Eliphas Fore and Mary Demaris Rowell Fore in Nacogdoches. He was reared in the Douglass/Nacogdoches area and at the age of 17, married his true love Ruth Marie Garrett in June1945 and they spent 66 years together. Mr. Fore worked for NIBCO for 25 years and worked himself up the ranks from the foundry department to leading the engineering department here in Nacogdoches. He earned a nickname “Speedy” that was hard to shake his entire life. His skills allowed him to develop several new products and patents for NIBCO, including the “Teflon seat ring gate valve & Teflon seat ball valve” that are used around the world. His second career began with his love for camping and spending time with his family traveling.

Clarence had a natural love of life that allowed him to admire God’s scenic creations. He was devoted to his family, church and his beliefs and was not afraid to express his love for Christ. Clarence did his best to live by the Golden Rule and wanted “A Better Way of Life for More People.” He founded the Foretravel Motorhome Company on this belief, where he constantly developed a better way to travel for thousands of people though out the world. He loved designing, building and testing new designs, and then traveling to National Parks and taking in all the beauty a long the way just to make sure they would measure up. C. M. owned and operated Foretravel for 40 years with a strong desire to provide better jobs, and high quality motorhomes for customers.

© Barry Brideau 2003-2014