Liberty Coach, a builder of Prevost luxury motorcoach conversions, announced the introduction of a new communication link that facilitates monitoring of a coach’s lithium ion battery systems from both inside and outside the vehicle.
The new link allows motorcoach owners to monitor the performance of individual batteries or the entire battery system. Users can call up key performance metrics, including voltage, charge rate, and percent of charge remaining, at the touch of a button.
Moreover, they can get those readings anytime they want, anywhere they happen to be – whether that’s across the parking lot or across the country. That’s because the new link is compatible with both the coach’s onboard Crestron wireless control system and Liberty i-Link, the company’s proprietary communications system that allows seamless remote control via an iPad, iPhone, or Android devices.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this exclusive feature to Liberty Coach buyers,” said Liberty Coach Vice President and co-owner Frank Konigseder. “I believe it’s an important step in the evolution of lithium ion battery systems, which we pioneered beginning in 2010.”
It’s also clearly a big step forward in remote control technology for the RV industry. “We were the first convertor to adopt the Crestron system, which is now, of course, the industry standard,” Konigseder pointed out. “And Liberty i-Link was the first proprietary system to bring remote control capabilities to mobile phones and tablets. Expanding those to include lithium ion battery monitoring was just the next logical step.”
The new battery monitoring made its debut on Liberty Coach No. 776, a 2015 Elegant Lady Fairfax Double Slide Edition. Konigseder added that new coaches as far back as No. 765 can be retrofitted with the feature, which will be standard equipment on all new Liberty Coach models going forward.
With locations in Stuart, Fla., and North Chicago, Ill., Liberty Coach has been manufacturing luxury motor coaches for over 40 years. For more information visit http://www.libertycoach.com or call 800-554-9877.
Prevost bus converter Liberty Coach Inc. will be showcasing an integrated speaker system built by English-based KEF as part of this week’s 2014 Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa. According to a press release, the company introduced the KEF system last May.
“From our standpoint, it’s a match made in heaven,” said Frank Konigseder Jr., vice president and co-owner of Liberty Coach, with locations in Stuart, Fla., and the Chicago area. “For decades, Liberty Coach has been recognized as the best of the best in Prevost coach conversions. KEF enjoys comparable stature within their market.”
KEF is designed with separate integrated sets of speakers for TV viewing in the main living area, bedroom and the exterior of the coach. Components include compact, powerful in-ceiling speakers featuring KEF’s patented Uni-Q source driver array, which achieves “a level of sound quality over a broad area not possible with conventional speakers,” the company said.
“The sound is just incredible,” Konigseder said. “To me, there’s no question that our conversion to the KEF system was instrumental to the phenomenal sales success of our 2014 model year motor coaches.”
“KEF is excited to partner with Liberty Coach in creating what we truly believe is ‘the greatest sound on wheels,’” said David Kroll, national sales manager of KEF/GP Acoustics (U.S.) Inc.
Liberty Coach has opened The Motorhome Exchange, an exclusive dealership operation specializing in preowned motorcoaches and select Class A motorhomes.
According to press release, the new venture shares space with Liberty Coach’s full service dealership in Stuart, Fla.
“Our goal is to offer a level of service as elite as the vehicles we handle,” said dealership manager Dave Wall. “With Liberty’s backing, we have the ability to pay sellers cash for their coaches and arrange financing for buyers at very favorable rates. We can guarantee fair pricing and access to the best service in the industry. And maybe most importantly, all of our inventory is available for viewing upon request – something that is extremely rare in the preowned marketplace.”
The Motorhome Exchange offers a “secure seven-acre lot where inventory is stored.
“Every coach is kept plugged in at all times,” Wall said. “Prospective buyers can schedule a showing for any coach at their convenience. ”That’s a welcome departure from the standard broker sales model that dominates the preowned market.”
The Motorhome Exchange does not charges sellers anything upfront and goes to “extraordinary lengths” to negotiate a sale that benefits buyer and seller alike, according to the release.
“Every coach in our inventory is thoroughly inspected, detailed to our own high standards, and priced fairly,” Wall said.
Wall reported that since the dealership’s opening in July, it has had closed sales on five coaches with two more pending. And he anticipates more of the same in the months ahead.
For more information, visit http://www.themotorhomeexchange.com or call Wall directly at (855) 334-4522.
Liberty Coach reported a successful trip to last month’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, completing sales for two of the company’s luxury Prevost bus conversions, according to a press release.
“It’s a great way to start the year,” Liberty Vice President and co-owner Frank Konigseder Jr. said of the sales, which included a 2014 Prevost quad-slide already in production and another coach slated for later this year. “Three weeks into January, and we’ve already sold six of the 14 motorcoaches scheduled for production in 2013. Hopefully, it’s a sign of even better things to come.”
The same could be said for the RV business as a whole. For the second straight year, the Tampa show enjoyed record attendance and strong sales among the hundreds of exhibitors, according to the event’s sponsor, the Florida RV Trade Association (FRVTA).
Much of that appears to be due to substantial growth in demand for smaller vehicles and trailers. A Jan. 18 report on the show in the Tampa Bay Times noted that rapidly growing sales of smaller RVs were key to the industry’s recovery from the recession. Konigseder contends that’s “good news for everybody.”
“Today’s entry-level trailer buyer is tomorrow’s motor coach owner,” he noted. “It’s great to see people getting into the market for the first time, and discovering the joy of the RV lifestyle. The longer they stay in it, the more they aspire to own the best. And you can bet Liberty Coach will be there when they’re ready.”
Liberty Coach has entered into a partnership with the Motorcoach Country Club in Indio, Calif., to display its line of luxury motor coaches, according to a press release.
“We wanted a place that reflected Liberty Coach’s reputation as the very best in the business, in every respect,” said Vice President Frank Konigseder, regarding the company’s search for its first permanent location west of the Mississippi River. “And that’s exactly what we found at Motorcoach Country Club in Indio.”
Luxury Coach said that the Motorcoach Country Club offers “impeccable service and surroundings,” while earning a 5W Rating from Woodall’s.
“We’d been considering this move for quite awhile,” Konigseder said. “And after our success last spring” – during which the company displayed a 2013 model from St. Patrick’s Day through the end of April on at the country club – we knew it was time to act.”
Liberty will display units on a lot overlooking the club’s championship golf course, with the Santa Rosa Mountains in the distance. Konigseder plans to have a new coach on display throughout the desert resort’s prime season, which runs from January through April.
Konigseder expects the MCC coach display to draw interest from throughout the Palm Springs area, which is home to several other exclusive motorcoach resorts, including Desert Shores Resort and Indian Palms Country Club and Resort, both also located in Indio. Plans are now being finalized for the official opening of the site, which will take place this winter.
“To me, this is the perfect way to cap off what has already been one of the best years ever for Liberty Coach,” Konigseder noted. “Every company needs new horizons to aim for, new challenges to take on. Looking west is the next logical step for Liberty. I can’t wait to get started.”
With locations in Stuart, Fla., and Chicago, Liberty Coach has been providing legendary leadership in the luxury motor coach industry for over 40 years. For more information about Liberty’s custom Prevost motor coaches, visit http://www.libertycoach.com or call (800) 554-9877.
Custom motor coach manufacturer Liberty Coach will be conducting a cross-country tour this year, marking the Stuart, Fla.-based company’s 40th anniversary.
“We have numerous rallies and shows scheduled between now and the end of the year,” said Liberty Vice President Frank Konigseder in a press release. “That means we’ll have at least one coach on the road constantly. We’ll also talk to dozens of coach owners – of both Liberty models and our competitors – and countless automotive, design and engineering experts to get feedback on our latest motor coach models, new floorplans and features, and suggestions for improvements.”
As sons of company founders Frank Sr. and Jeanne Konigseder, Frank Jr. and his brother Kurt have been working in the custom coach business literally as long as there has been a business. “There really wasn’t a ‘motor coach industry’ when they started,” Frank Konigseder said about his parents. “Their goal was to fill what they saw as the need for a high quality, problem-free motor home, which simply didn’t exist at the time.
“At first, they gutted old buses and redid the interiors,” he continued, “maybe adding a tube television set and an AM/FM radio.” Their product evolved quickly from there, the biggest step coming in 1978 when Liberty began its long-standing partnership with a Canadian coach shell manufacturer Prevost to take the luxury motor coach market to a higher level.
“Every summer is like a traveling road show, and this year is no exception,” Konigseder said. The rallies, he says, are one of the most important aspects of the business, not just in terms of sales, but for research and development, as well. “To find out what people want in a coach, you have to go where they are. Ask them questions, listen to their answers, and keep your mind as open as your ears.”
Stops on the company’s 40th Anniversary Tour included: the Royale Coach Club Spring Rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C., April 30-May 5, and the Prevost Prouds Rally at the New Orleans JazzFest, May 2-6.
For more information visit www.libertycoach.com or call 800-554-9877.
Liberty Coach is offering discount prices on two of its luxury motorhomes, the No. 733 double-slide Cambria and the No. 734 triple-slide Sorrento.
According to a press release, the Cambria boasts a camel leather sofa and two matching recliners, Amtico antique wood floor, convenient breakfast bar/computer workstation combo, king-size bed and ample hanging and drawer storage space. The triple-slide Sorrento features tan laminate cabinetry mixed with Zebrawood, mahogany-finish Amtico wood floor, leather-upholstered living room furniture, and a Tempur-Pedic king mattress. Both coaches are powered by a Detroit diesel engine and Allison transmission.
In addition to the Cambria and Sorrento, Liberty’s current inventory includes a pair of 2012 editions featuring the all-new Volvo D-13 engine, as well as several pre-owned coach models ranging form 2001 to 2009.
“Whichever coach you choose, you get Liberty’s exclusive commitment to service and satisfaction,” company Vice President Frank Konigseder noted.
Liberty Coach operates a showroom and service center in Stuart, Fla., and a manufacturing facility with a service center in North Chicago, Ill. For more information or to see the new models go to www.libertycoach.com.
Frank Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach, announced the introduction of its uniquely designed and proprietary exterior paint finishes for all new coaches beginning with its 2013 models.
Introduced this past weekend at the Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Konigseder noted, “People were blown away and couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Customers and even paint shop owners were coming over to our booth and were amazed by the technology we are using.”
Konigseder decided to work with well-known automotive and marine industry paint specialist Dean Loucks of The Art of Design, based in Elkhart, Ind., to design something “out-of-the-box” for Liberty’s newly manufactured coaches. After working with Dean for over 20 years on specialty coaches that have included an adobe Aztec village for Country Western musician Randy Travis, a baseball themed design for J.W. Henry, a past owner of the Florida Marlins, and a Napa Valley inspired vineyard theme for Brassfield Estate Winery, Konigseder was ready to introduce something unlike the traditional Prevost designs of the past to his customers.
Last summer Konigseder approached Loucks to discuss his interest in doing more uniquely themed exterior designs. Loucks will now be doing the company’s entire production starting with the 2013 Verona Edition which is currently on the floor at the Liberty Coach showroom in Stuart, Fla.
In keeping with its customer service focus, luxury motor coach manufacturer Liberty Coach has launched a new website that provides a number of useful tools to the RV consumer.
The site, www.libertycoach.com, offers a calendar of industry specific events including boat shows, air shows, Liberty Coach hosted rallies and a traveler’s guide with contact information and links to RV resorts around the country.
In addition, the site includes detailed descriptions of current inventory, a blog (Liberty Life) with personal insights from co-owner Frank Konigseder, news room touting high-tech and energy-efficient products and an interesting account of how Liberty Coach got its start back in 1968 when it converted a retired Greyhound bus.
Developed by MA Interactive LLC, the user-friendly site was went live July 22.
Family owned and operated for more than 40 years, Liberty Coach creates motorhomes that rival any luxury home. Coaches are equipped with high-tech on-board electronics, custom cabinetry, marble and granite finishes, modern conveniences and other luxury appointments, all backed by customer support.
Liberty Coach operates a showroom and service center in Stuart, Fla., and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago, Ill.
Liberty Coach, a family owned and operated luxury motorcoach manufacturer, has reported steady sales increases over the last year-and-a-half, including a 20% increase in sales since 2009, according to Frank Konigseder, vice president and co-owner of Liberty Coach.
“We’ve seen a tremendous increase in demand in just the last few months,” Konigseder said in a news release, “and we expect to have a very solid 2011.”
Konigseder continued to describe the first quarter as a significant turnaround since the challenges of the last few years. “We’ve sold more in the first quarter than in the same time frame of the last two years combined,” he said, “and we have five new coaches including 2012 product currently available for sale.”
Liberty Coach plans to roll out models in the latter part of second quarter with a new Volvo D13 engine. “We are continually looking for ways to improve, and incorporate new technologies and amenities wherever possible,” Konigseder said. “We are fortunate in that we get to see a lot of different coaches from all manufacturers come through our dealership, and enjoy being in the forefront of innovation.”
A custom motor coach by Liberty Coach rivals a luxury home with its completely integrated onboard navigation systems, electronics, luxury appointments, and eco-friendly devices. Liberty Coach is also known for its unparalleled customer support.
With a showroom and service center in Stuart, Florida, and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago, Illinois, Liberty Coach has been a leader in the luxury motor coach industry for more than 40 years.
For more information or to see the new models visit the Liberty Coach showroom at 635 SE Monterey Rd. in Stuart, go to www.libertycoach.com, or call (800) 554-9877.