Editor’s Note: The following blog appears in Penta, a publication of Barron’s magazine, offering a tongue-in-cheek critique of the high-end, luxury motorhome market authored by Richard Rescigno. According to the Barron’s website, Penta provides the affluent with advice on how to find the hidden value in wealth management, how to make savvy acquisitions ranging from vintage watches to second homes, and how to smartly manage family dynamics.
Other than a crater on Mars or the interior of Mr. Met’s mascot outfit, there are few spaces I’d ever considered myself less likely to occupy than the driver’s seat of a 43-foot-one-inch-long, 12-foot-10-inch-high, 450-horsepower, diesel-engined recreational vehicle.
But that’s where I sat briefly last week, while examining the interior of a $437,444 Entegra Anthem motorhome, parked at one of the most imposing vehicle emporiums on the planet—the Lazydays supercenter in Seffner, Fla., five miles east of Tampa.
The mission: Glimpse the allure of upscale RVs.
These vehicles have it all: huge wraparound windshields that provide panoramic views; fine wood cabinetry; quartz countertops; plush bathrooms; electric fireplaces, and standard-size fridges to keep that 1999 Dom Perignon chilled. And most have at least one side that can slide out when the vehicle is parked, expanding the interior. Two slides provide a space bigger than some New York studio apartments; four, enough room for Octomom’s brood.
The Anthem, built by the Entegra Coach division of privately held RV maker Jayco, features an electrically operated outside awning, beneath which sits a 32-inch TV, attached to the vehicle’s side. (When not in use, it’s protected by a flip-down cover.) Toss in a Direct TV receiver and a couple of lawn chairs, and you, o rugged pioneer, could enjoy the evening air somewhere in the Rockies while watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians or Mob Wives.
Who said American ingenuity is dead?
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