Atrophy

Atrophy: a gradual decline in effectiveness due to underuse or neglect.

There is a rhythm when traveling frequently in our coach. The whole process of getting up and going seems effortless. The teardown and setup happens quickly. Maneuvering the coach feels natural. The hours behind the wheel do require focus and discipline but everything is under control.

Yes. Practice makes perfect. Hitting the road becomes a true adventure.

Then you decide to plant your coach. For more than a few days.

I’m not sure when atrophy hits exactly. Is it after a week? A month?

But you know it when atrophy hits you. It is in the back of your mind. It reminds you that driving a 60 foot or longer rig, weighing in at 45,000 pounds or more, is DIFFICULT! And HARD!

Do you ever experience atrophy?

Getting back on the road after being planted for a while feels like starting over to me. There are so many things to remember. Checklists help although there are many things that we do for the coach when we travel that are not on a checklist.

A few examples come to mind.

How the heck do we run these lines for the towbar? On top or under?

Why is the braking system clip so difficult to attach to the toad’s braking pedal?

Did I remember to lock the braking system clip?

Did I set the toad’s braking system up properly?

Is the car really in neutral tow mode?

Why is it taking so long to stow all the stuff inside the coach? Did we get more stuff?

It is taking more than ten minutes to inflate one tire a few pounds. I’ve got seven more tires to check and inflate. I should have done this yesterday.

Stowing the satellite dish is taking a long time. Is it stuck again?

Did we just spend two hours getting ready to go?

This crazy Freightliner LCBU system. How the heck do I reset the trip distance? Time to check the Mysteries of the LCBU Explained again.

We did not slam the entry door hard enough — discovered quickly once on a highway. If you drive a Newmar coach, you know what I mean.

Forgot to add water to the fresh water tank.

Forgot to lock the refrigerator doors — usually discovered when making a tight turn at speed.

Forgot to put the retaining bars for the shelves in the fridge — usually discovered when cans, bottles and assorted goods hit the floor whenever the refrigerator doors open. Especially when we forget to lock the refrigerator doors before getting underway.

Fortunately, atrophy does not take long to rectify itself. Within a few days, it all seems effortless again.

Our departure for Canada is in two more days. Looking forward to getting behind the wheel again.

Although a bit apprehensive as well.

Driving a large rig is a responsibility to ensure our safety and the safety of those around us.

The Trouble With Jack

One jack. Only one. Always in the same spot. Here.

Red lights. Never a good thing. This is what the jack looks like under the coach when it is deployed.

When we retract this jack the HWH system thinks it is still deployed making it somewhat difficult to get the coach moving.

This problem started when we made our big move from Florida to California. I would go through my checklist, retract the jacks and then the red light would show up.

We visually confirmed that all of our jacks were fully retracted even though the HWH system was showing that one jack was still down.

I would then step backwards in my checklist and try again.

The HWH would clear the red light now believing the previously retracted jack had retracted and we were then good to travel.

I did post a question on the iRV2 forum about this issue and then contacted Newmar support directly. They suggested I check the springs on the jack and lubricate the pole. They suspect that one or both of the springs might be a bit loose or that the pole needs a bit of lubrication. And not to worry. If we cannot clear the HWH fault, give them a call. There is a backdoor method that is quick and easy to override the HWH fault.

As we have the coach going in to service at Newmar at the end of April, I’m not going to worry about this little problem. I may have to continue retracting the jacks a second time for each day that we are driving and, if that doesn’t continue to work, I can give my friends at Newmar a call for the backdoor method.

Liberty Coach

We spent several hours yesterday with David Byrd, one of the RV Lifestyle Specialists for Liberty Coach. We had dinner with David a few days before and he kindly offered to take us through a couple of coaches that Liberty has on site at Motorcoach Country Club, a Class A motorcoach resort located just a few minutes from Desert Shores Motorcoach Resort in Indio, California aka Palm Springs.

David is a wonderful man. We share a lot of common interests.

Both Liberty coaches he had on site were used. I loved the 2018 Elegant Lady #849-A. We will take a bit of a walkthrough of that coach in this post. Some of the photos are ones that we took and some of the photos are from Liberty Coach.

This coach is well above our price range at roughly $2 million although I suspect that price has a bit of room to maneuver, perhaps $1.8 million?

A bit of background about the major conversion companies. The largest one by sales volume is Marathon. Then Liberty, Millennium and Featherlite. These companies will take a Prevost chassis and from that chassis create a luxury motorhome.

Liberty is certainly a premier company and perhaps a bit above the other three conversion companies. I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the coach. It is built to a standard that is well above the higher volume Class A diesel pusher companies like Tiffin and Newmar. Hence the multi-million dollar price tag.

Lorraine looks like she would fit in just fine with this coach.

What she is really thinking? Richard, don’t you dare buy this coach!

No question that this is a stunning machine. I loved it. But not the price.

Here is a company shot of the exterior.

And a few interior shots. First two are from Liberty, the balance from shots we took within the coach.

Main living area.

Bedroom.

Dining area.

Couch.

Kitchen.

All right. So you get the idea.

This is a beautiful coach. Inside and out.

Liberty was started about 50 years ago as a family business. Founded by Frank and Jeanne Konigseder, Frank Jr. and Kurt run the business these days. Kim Konigseder is the interior designer, responsible for what you see in the interior shots of this coach. She has worked on over 500 Liberty coaches.

This video highlights six reasons why you might consider Liberty as your next coach.

Keep in mind that Liberty Coach sees most of its sales from resale units. They might sell 15 to 20 new coaches a year but they will sell 50 or more resale units a year.

I could debate whether there is some price protection being managed by Liberty with their older coaches, but a ten to twelve year old unit is still an amazing machine.

You can download a pdf of the technical specifications for this coach here. If you enjoy the engineering side of the build, that pdf should answer any questions you might have about the machine.

One day.

Maybe.

The Big Reveal of Newmar’s Super C

I am catching the big reveal of Newmar’s new Super C, the Super Star live. The RV Geeks are hosting.

VP of sales for Newmar, John Sammut has joined them for the big reveal.

First, a bit of chat with Matt Miller, the CEO of Newmar.

And finally, the newest model from Newmar.

First air ride cab, first full wall slide on a Super C.

Pass-through storage, another first for a Super C.

Interior looks a lot like a Dutch Star probably due to the full wall slide and the woodworking.

Newmar will offer a 37 and 40 foot model.

RV Geeks are impressed, they think it is comparable to a high-end diesel pusher. The Super Star can haul up to 20,000 pounds. Built on a Freightliner chassis.

RV Geeks will post videos of the new model on their channel.

No other details in terms of the chassis. No other details in terms of pricing.

Hopefully more details about the Super Star will come out soon on the Newmar website. Nothing there right now.

Drivin’ and Vibin’ got a first look and a video which provides more insight into the new machine. They are saying a price of $350,000.

Simple Chuck

And what is on the Amazon truck for delivery today?

A Double Chuck made by Simple Chuck.

I have yet to acquire the gold standard of pressure washers, the Kranzle K1622, so I will continue to make do with my Home Depot special, the Ryobi 1,600 PSI, 1.2 GPM pressure washer.

However, with what remains of my relatively scarce and valueless supply of loonies, I decided to purchase a water deionizer for detailing the coach. After doing the research, I concluded that the Double Chuck from CR Spotless was the best option for me.

My time here in California was a factor in the decision.

I have some swirl marks.

On my coach.

How could this have happened?

This from a guy who follows the two-bucket school of washing. This from a guy who purchases only the best lambswool wash pads, microfibre wash mitts and microfibre cloths. This from a guy who suffers from a staggering level of OCD and must have a perfect finish on his coach at all times.

Where we are in California is dusty. Very, very dusty. Between the washing and the drying, the California dust particles have had their way with the surface of the paint on my coach.

I will now have to do a light compound and polish to correct the paint. That should only take about 30 hours or so. I won’t do that work until we have returned to Canada. Despite the colder temperatures, the environment in our part of Canada is relatively dust free.

The Double Chuck deionizer will allow for a spot-free rinse and hopefully bring the time to wash the coach way down, perhaps to an hour or so. A spot-free rinse does not require towelling or blading the surface. That alone will significantly reduce the chance of swirl marks on the paint.