Chronic RV Problems

I do worry about it. The overall reliability of our coach. I follow a number of forums online and every day I am reading about issues that people experience with their Newmar Class A motorcoaches. Silently, I hope that we don’t run into many of those issues. Issues that sideline travel plans, or, far worse, engulf a coach in flames.

This came through one of my news feeds about a Thor Tuscany coach:

So much for the lure of the road.

Bill and Jennie Mangan say their dream of spending the first 10 years of joint retirement traveling the country inside their luxury RV quickly faded beneath a cloud of diesel fumes pouring into their bedroom at night as leaking hydraulic fluid seeped into a basement drawer.

Then there was the sewage, which they say pooled daily in their bedroom and geysered from their shower drain like an off-color Old Faithful each time they flushed the toilet. The combination, the couple says, left their new Thor Tuscany 44MT smelling like a $270,000, rolling outhouse.

They have sued Thor Industries for a full refund on the coach plus $100,000 in damages for 160 separate defects.

They spent almost all of their time with the coach dealing with defects.

I hope our coach will fare better.

Swift Kon-Tiki

I am on numerous RV mailing lists and from all over the world. One of them, Caravan Guard, an insurance company in the UK, passed me some information on Swift caravans.

The Swift Kon-Tiki, pictured above, is a motorhome manufactured for the European market. The design of this motorhome, quite compact relative to the 40+ foot motorcoaches in North America, blends luxury with intelligent use of space. Interesting to see the differences in design.

Here is one of the floorplans for this model:

The coach is 28-feet in length and a bit over 7 and a half feet wide. There are no slideouts. They have managed to create a comfortable design, especially suited to a couple, which provides all of the essential elements of a motorhome.

The main living area:

Great use of colour and window layouts. And the main living area seems open especially given the tight constraint of space.

The bedroom:

The kitchen:

And the washroom:

The Swift Kon-Tiki is built on a Fiat Chassis, powered by a 150bhp, 2.3 litre engine. All of the technical details on the coach can be found here towards the bottom of the page.

Swift is the largest manufacturer of RVs in the UK and it has been in business for 50 years. Really love the European design touches.

It’s Official


Richard has announced his plans to retire in the third quarter of this year. Richard joined our company as Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer in 2008.

Over the past decade he has ably led our Information Technology division, tackling the myriad of issues that come with the rapid evolution of technological change and digital innovation and ensuring the organization’s IT and project management capabilities are keeping pace with the change.

We will miss his deep knowledge and his ability to share complicated ideas and concepts in a clear, simple and engaging way.

We are focused on a transition plan in light of Richard’s well-deserved retirement and will share news with you as decisions are made. In the meantime, I am fully confident that the strong IT leadership group Richard has built will continue to enable their teams to meet the needs of our business.

Please join me in thanking Richard for his many contributions and in wishing Richard and Lorraine all the best for a long, happy and healthy retirement together.

Details on a retirement reception will be shared within the next few weeks.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Careful Where You Park That Motorcoach

Photos taken by the Charlton Police Department.

I suspect the motorcoach was being serviced at O’Malley’s Truck and Auto Body, a business located somewhere in Massachusetts. The coach was parked in front of O’Malley’s when a car, exiting the parking lot of O’Malley’s, rammed right into the motorcoach with enough momentum to cause a fire.

Here is another angle of the incident:

How on earth a driver could ram into a stationary motorcoach in a parking lot with enough force to cause a fire is beyond me.

The driver was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. No report on the owners of the motorcoach. I suspect they were somewhere else when this happened.

Filed under #safetoparkhere?

Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing

This photo, from the Armadillo Trailer Manufacturing website, highlights the trend of very small, very lightweight, and affordable trailers for the RV market.

Based out of British Columbia, Canada, Armadillo has been in the RV repair and manufacturing business for over 45 years.

They clearly have a passion for the classic trailers of yesterday: Airstream, Boler, L’il Bigfoot to name a few.

Here is a shot of the original Boler from 1968:

It looks very similar to the Armadillo.

This video provides a walkthrough of the Armadillo, which, from the manufacturer’s perspective is similar to the Boler but better, new and improved.