Luxury motor coach manufacturer Liberty Coach Inc. announced the introduction of its first Volvo-equipped motorhome, the Elegant Lady 2012. After taking the new motor coach on a long weekend test drive to the Florida Keys from the company’s Stuart showroom and service center, Liberty Coach Vice President Frank Konigseder felt “very pleased” with its performance.
With a 2011 Ford Explorer in tow, Konigseder took the 600-mile trip on Florida’s major highways and rural routes. Although the route was without any steep grades, there were sections that required passing at highway speeds. Konigseder was impressed by the pulling power of the 2012 motor coach, powered by the Volvo engine, as well as the improved fuel efficiency. He also reported that cruising was much quieter at high speeds, and, in fact, the engine didn’t need to work quite as hard to achieve a speed of 70 mph.
The only drawback to the Volvo-equipped coach, if any, according to Konigseder, is that there is a loss of space in the rear interior because of new 2010 EPA guidelines requiring exhaust systems and diesel fuel to be maintained in a more environmentally sensitive manner
“We are striving to be a greener world,” Konigseder said, “and as long as we can maintain or increase the performance of the finished product, I can live with the minor inconveniences associated with it.”
Liberty Coach operates a showroom and service center in Stuart and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago, Ill. For more information or to see the new models go to Liberty Coach’s new web site at www.libertycoach.com, or call 1 (800) 554-9877.
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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.”