Singer Charlie Daniels has had his Liberty Coach RV since 1994. That was 1.3 million miles ago. Country music legend George Jones likes a new luxury liner every three years, and singers Travis Tritt and Randy Travis also travel in Liberty Coach style.
Frank X. Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach Inc., a 30-year-old, family-owned company, opened a sales and service facility in Stuart, Fla., in 2001 where it sells 24- to 40-foot-long custom motor homes for up to $2 million. The company sold 21 RVs in the first quarter, nearly half of its sales in all of 2009, according to Florida Trend.
The company starts with a Prevost bus shell but builds everything else — from the custom cabinets and countertops to the generators and holding tanks — that go into its RVs. Roomy interiors can resemble a five-star hotel room. Bathrooms are fully tiled, and bedrooms have Tempur-Pedic mattresses.
The company’s main manufacturing facility is in Chicago, but Konigseder and his wife, Carolyn, run the Stuart facility. He typically has four or five RVs at his disposal and tries to drive as many as possible to “make sure what we build is correct and the quality is good.”