I did not buy a Liberty, Marathon or Millenium Prevost conversion at the show. Somehow, Lorraine was warned about my intent to pick one up at the show, special deal prices after all, and she went ahead and shut me out of our bank accounts. I found out the hard way when I tried to charge a Marathon coach to my American Express card that there is actually a preset spending limit even though the price of the coach was only $2.4 million.
As we entered the Florida RV Supershow yesterday, these Prevost conversion coaches were front and centre.
I did learn a few things about the conversion companies and the chassis builder, Prevost, from a Prevost employee at the show.
Prevost was founded way back in 1924 and the company was sold to Volvo in 1995. Volvo buses, or Prevost buses if you prefer, are part of the Volvo Group, a massive conglomerate with over 100,000 employees worldwide. Who owns Volvo Group? Everyone and no one. The way it goes these days with large corporations. Large corporations are owned by other large corporations.
Prevost has roughly 1,500 or so direct employees. And the main chassis of choice for the conversion companies is the H3-45.
The chassis is ordered by the conversion builder as a fairly complete outer shell. There was one on display at the Florida RV Supershow. A surprising amount of plywood.
The chassis comes complete with slideouts. Prevost builds them and they seem to be very well engineered. Here is a shot of a slide motor assembly.
The show chassis I walked through had been purchased by Millenium. Much to my surprise, the body was painted at the factory. I thought all of the conversion companies did their own paint. Marathon does, at a paint facility in Oregon. From the Marathon website:
Our exceptional and unique paint designs are all created by hand, produced by the nation’s finest exterior paint artisans. Our modern facility houses four full-service painting booths, making it one of the largest of its kind in the U.S. Doing everything in house gives us complete control of the entire process from the prep and body work to the design and color creation. The superb craftsmanship of the M Exteriors Creation team has caught the attention of motorcoach enthusiasts worldwide.
Looks like at least one conversion company prefers to have Prevost do the paint work.
I love the look of a Prevost coach.
When we went through the coaches, we had to remove our footwear and there were numerous signs everywhere reminding people not to touch anything: Please do not push buttons, please do not open doors, please do not take pictures — oops!
I was allowed to take some interior shots and some without the glaring signage. All I had to do was sign a thick legal document.
A few bedrooms.
A shot of one of the living areas.
Loved the details around this half-bath sink.
A design theme carried over from the kitchen, which, amongst other things, featured high-end appliances like a Viking microwave.
Prevost has been running Volvo engines since 2008. Those belts look a wee bit complicated to me.
Aside from the stunning interiors, the bays contained impressive design elements as well. Check out the water filtration system in this bay.
Enjoyed the walkthroughs on these fine motorcoaches.
Tomorrow, I’ll share a few thoughts on the experience walking through the booths at the Florida RV Supershow and how we got a great deal on an essential product for the motorcoach.