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Liberty Coach Sales Signal Nation’s Recovery

February 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Konigseder, co-owner and vice president of Liberty Coach, a family owned and operated luxury motorcoach manufacturer, announced that the company has sold 13 coaches since the first of the year, and anticipates closing on several more in the coming weeks.

“We would have to go back several years to see such a strong start to a sales season,” Konigseder said in a news release.

The luxury motorcoach manufacturer did well at the Tampa RV SuperShow, selling five coaches and also taking top honors for the “best indoor display” for the third year in a row.

“All signs point to an improved economy,” Konigseder said. “We’re very excited about the comments we got from the people we talked with in Tampa, as a vast majority have expressed interest in purchasing this year.”

Konigseder attributes the jump in sales to several things, including the strengthening economy. “People see that we’re investing time and resources into our product while others have cut back,” he said. “We continue to introduce energy efficiency and new technologies wherever we see the benefit to the customer, and I think our product reflects this commitment.”

Liberty Coach has been a leader in the luxury motorcoach industry for more than 40 years. 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 cellular access points from any location, on-board electronics and other systems can be monitored and repaired remotely if a problem arises even while a customer is on the road. In addition, Liberty Coach provides its customers with the cellular telephone numbers of its sales staff to help with any unexpected emergencies, and transports its 53-foot service vehicle and support staff to major shows and rallies around the country year round.

For information about Liberty Coach call (800) 554-9877 or visit www.libertycoach.com.

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Liberty Coach Hosts Busy Open House Event

February 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach celebrated a successful “Open House” rally where more than 120 customers and other guests spent the weekend at the luxury motorcoach showroom in Stuart, Fla.

Frank Konigseder, co-owner and vice president of Liberty Coach, a family-owned and operated luxury motorcoach manufacturer, reported three sales as a result of the weekend’s activities that began Feb. 3 and ended with a Super Bowl party on Feb. 6, according to a news release.

“Thursday night’s ‘Red Neck Yacht Club’ tropical theme and Saturday’s ‘Mad Hatter’ dinner went very well,“ said Carolyn Konigseder, head of marketing for Liberty Coach. “Everyone was in the spirit and seemed to be enjoying themselves.”

With record-breaking sales in just the last month-and-a-half, the company’s annual event attracts buyers from around the country.

“We were so happy to have had good weather this weekend,” Frank Konigseder added, “and to be able to enjoy our motorcycle ride to Palm Beach on Sunday. With the weather as cold as it’s been everywhere else, our guests were thrilled to be in Florida, and to be able to spend so much time outdoors.”

Many guests who are loyal Liberty Coach customers come to the annual event not only to enjoy the festivities, but also to explore current inventory and investigate the company’s high tech plans for future models.

“Our customers know that we are always investing in new technologies and are interested to see what we have planned for the future,” he said. “We have some exciting things in the works, which we will be talking more about later this spring or by early summer.”

Liberty Coach is also known for its unparalleled customer support. With cellular access points from any location, on-board electronics and other systems can be monitored and repaired remotely if a problem arises even while a customer is on the road. In addition, Liberty Coach provides its customers with the cellular telephone numbers of its sales staff to help with any unexpected emergencies, and transports its 53-foot service vehicle and support staff to major shows and rallies around the country throughout the year.

With a showroom and service center in Stuart and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago, Ill., Liberty Coach has been a leader in the luxury motorcoach industry for more than 40 years.

For more information, call (800) 554-9877 or visit www.libertycoach.com .

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Liberty Coach Schedules Florida Open House

February 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach's store in Stuart, Fla.

Liberty Coach's store in Stuart, Fla.

Frank Konigseder, co-owner and vice president of Liberty Coach, a family owned and operated luxury motorcoach manufacturer with facilities in Chicago and Stuart, Fla., announced the schedule of events for the company’s annual open house beginning Thursday (Feb. 3) and continuing through Sunday.

“Having experienced record-breaking sales just these last few weeks, the company is ready to celebrate with clients and friends who often arrive days ahead to park and claim their positions on the Liberty Coach property in Stuart,” Konigseder said in the release.

Official registration begins Thursday afternoon followed by a cocktail kick-off and tropical-themed dinner party that includes the Burnt Biscuit Country Band and DeDe with the Good Times Dancers. More than 120 guests are expected to attend the four-day weekend event.

Friday’s calendar includes a group trip to the Gardens Mall for a Saks Fifth Avenue fashion show and Carmine’s catered lunch. Saturday’s massage therapy and jewelry trunk show are followed by a barbecue lunch and ice cream social at the Liberty Coach showroom. Sunday’s organized motorcycle ride (weather permitting) and Super Bowl party will close out the weekend.

“We’re a little disappointed that the Bears didn’t make it to the Superbowl this year, and hope the Packers finish off the Steelers,” Konigseder said.

Liberty Coach has been a leader in the luxury motorcoach industry for more than 40 years. A custom motorcoach 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 customer support. With cellular access points from any location, on-board electronics and other systems can be monitored and repaired remotely if a problem arises even while a customer is on the road. In addition, Liberty Coach provides its customers with the cellular telephone numbers of its sales staff to help with any unexpected emergencies, and transports its 53-foot service vehicle and support staff to major shows and rallies around the country throughout the year.

The company maintains a showroom and service center in Stuart and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago.

For more information, call (800) 554-9877 or visit www.libertycoach.com.

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Liberty Coach Touts Energy-Efficient Lights

October 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach, a leader in the motorcoach conversion industry for more than 40 years, has announced that they are now installing a more energy-efficient exterior lighting system into all new and existing motorcoaches.

Lumitec, a Delray Beach, Fla., manufacturer of LED lighting primarily for the marine industry, is manufacturing a new LED lighting system designed by Liberty Coach and built exclusively for the luxury motorcoach company, according to a news release. As the designer of the new lighting system, Liberty Coach’s specifications planned for retrofitting the lights into existing coaches and incorporating them into all newly manufactured motor homes.

Unlike conventional incandescent lights, LED lighting differs greatly in terms of its expected service life, efficiency and the overall usability or efficacy of light output.

“These lights are so bright that they can light up a nearby coach well enough to work on it at night,” said Frank Konigseder, Liberty Coach vice president and co-owner. “They also have dimming capabilities, whiter light than conventional fluorescent or incandescent lights, are more efficient and last longer.”

The LED light not only burns brighter and lasts longer, but also looks more attractive. Built to naval specifications that require testing in the harshest weather conditions, the Lumitec lights are housed in a chrome-plated solid bronze casting that has a marine look and feel to it.

Liberty Coach continues to co-design products with manufacturers like Lumitec and investigate new technologies throughout the year to consistently maintain the highest level of quality and provide the most up-to-date technology for its customers’ convenience, safety and comfort.

Liberty Coach is also known for its unparalleled customer support. With cellular access points from any location, on-board electronics and other systems can be monitored and repaired remotely if a problem arises even while a customer is on the road. In addition, Liberty Coach provides its customers with the cellular telephone numbers of the sales staff to help with any unexpected emergencies, and transports its 53-foot service vehicle and support staff to major shows and rallies around the country.

With offices in Stuart, Fla., and Chicago, Liberty Coach has been manufacturing luxury motorhomes since 1968.

For more information about Liberty Coach, stop by their booth at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show beginning October 28th near the VIP entrance, go to http://www.libertycoach.com/ , or call (800) 554-9877.

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Liberty Coach Adds Eco-Friendly Batteries

July 27, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Konigseder, co-owner of Liberty Coach, showcases the Apple iPad which will soon be integrated into every new coach’s onboard electronics.

Frank Konigseder, co-owner of Liberty Coach, showcases the Apple iPad which will soon be integrated into every new coach’s onboard electronics.

Liberty Coach has announced that it will be incorporating an eco-friendly battery system into all newly constructed motorcoaches.

After exhaustive testing and research with the new battery system in Liberty Coach’s 2011 H3-45 triple slide, Frank Konigseder, vice president and co-owner of Liberty Coach, said in a news release, “We are happy with its performance and have made the decision to incorporate it into all our new models.”

With the introduction of a lithium iron phosphate battery system, several environmentally friendly advantages have occurred. The new system uses a non-toxic disposable battery that also has a much longer lifecycle than the previous battery system. Also, because fewer of these new batteries are required to power the various on-board electronics and other systems, there is a tremendous weight savings as well, making the coaches more energy efficient.

“By changing to the new lithium iron phosphate battery technology, we were able to eliminate 1,150 pounds of total weight from our H3-45 triple-slide model,” said Konigseder. “Additionally, whereas the older batteries typically would last about three years, these new batteries have on average a 10-year life cycle.”

While Liberty Coach is very happy with the performance and environmental benefits of this new system, the initial expense is more than traditional batteries. However, some of this additional cost is offset by the battery’s increased life expectancy which also helps save money when getting a coach ready for resale.

Many high-end motorcoach owners trade in their coaches every two or three years. Up to now, when a coach was being made ready for resale, typically the batteries were one of the first things to be replaced, which may not be necessary going forward.

With this new system, all batteries communicate on a proprietary network which continuously monitors each battery cell. The status is displayed on an output monitor that enables Liberty Coach to utilize the generator automatic starting system more efficiently by controlling the start/stop of the generator based exclusively on amp hour usage.

“The history of each battery is maintained in a non-volatile log which can be retrieved at any time,” Konigseder explained. “This may eliminate the need to replace batteries on used coaches in the future since we now have an accurate way to determine the need based on the actual usage of the batteries in each coach.”

Liberty Coach continually researches and tests new systems, materials and components to make sure the most reliable, user-friendly, and technologically advanced systems are being incorporated into their products.

Later this summer, for example, Liberty Coach will introduce the Apple iPad into their built-in, on-board electronics. The iPad will be integrated into every coach’s Crestron Control Touchpanel system which controls seven zones of audio, video, lighting, HVAC, shades and even the outdoor awning, in addition to monitoring and managing the fresh water and waste water, power generator, air doors and locks. Additionally, the Moritz Octoplex system controls the air conditioning circuit breakers and more than 100 dimmable and programmable DC breakers for lights, valves and other mechanical systems.

The company has facilities in Stuart, Fla., and Chicago.

For more information about Liberty Coach please visit www.LibertyCoach.com or call (800) 554-9877.

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Luxury Coach Maker Seeing 25% ’10 Upturn

July 6, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Frank Konigseder of Stuart, Fla., makes and sells million-dollar Liberty Coach motorhomes.

And he thinks he will sell more this year than he did last year, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Liberty Coach is a family-owned luxury motorcoach manufacturer that was founded in 1968 by Konigseder and his wife, Jeanne. Simply put: They wanted to build a better RV.

New Liberty Coach motorhomes cost from $1.95 million to $2.2 million. Used ones go for $350,000 to $1.6 million.

The couple’s first project was the renovation of a Greyhound bus with 2.5 million miles on it.

After decades of partnerships with coach makers, Liberty Coach launched its own plant in North Chicago, Ill.

In 2001, Liberty Coach opened its sales dealership in Stuart. The Konigseders chose the location to cater to its strongest customer base. Today, Liberty Coach is owned by the couple and their two sons, Kurt and Frank X. Konigseder.

Frank X. Konigseder estimates that “80% of the customer base is east of the Mississippi River. And most of these people will transition through the Southeast and come through Florida.”

Liberty’s manufacturing plant in Illinois has 84 employees, and its dealership in Stuart has 18 employees. At its peak, the manufacturing plant had 125 employees.

Even though the economic downturn is the company’s biggest challenge, Liberty Coach reports increased sales in both new and used motorcoaches ordered for 2010.

With a total of seven new coaches sold this year, the company projects a total of 16 will sell by the end of 2010, up from 12 last year. The company also refurbishes and sells used coaches; 30 have sold this year.

Konigseder attributes the increase to people getting over “the shock of the economic recession.” People are “feeling better about the general economy … and have adjusted their lives” to the economy.

With other competitors in the market, why buy a Liberty Coach motorhome?

Remote control and computer systems make the management of the motorcoach as simple as driving it. The Crestron remote control system resembles a small television screen. The touch screen can dim the interior lights, control audio and video systems and raise and lower the blinds.

The interior of Liberty Coach motorhomes includes hand-crafted wood moldings and cabinetry, marble countertops and tufted sofas.

And the luxury extends to customer service. Each buyer gets Frank X. Konigseder’s home and cellphone numbers.

Louie Bob and Jo Ann Davis, from central Texas, have bought two Liberty Coach motorhomes. Bob describes his experience with Liberty Coach as “wonderful” and believes the company’s “workmanship is top-notch.”

Liberty Coach’s goal is to promote a lifestyle of first-class motor travel. It hosts an annual rally in Stuart the week of the Super Bowl.

“When you own a coach,” Jo Ann Davis said, “the friends you meet and make are really friends forever.”

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Liberty Coach Reports Increase in ’10 Production

May 12, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Liberty Coach, a family-owned and operated luxury motor coach manufacturer, has reported increased sales in both new and used motor coaches ordered for 2010.

Having sold a new triple-slide coach just this past Saturday (May 8) for a total of seven new coaches sold so far this year, the company projects a total of 16 will sell by the end of 2010, up from 12 last year. With coaches selling for upwards of $1.8 million, this is a significant increase that co-owner Frank Konigseder attributes to a strengthening economy, according to a news release.

“Sales for used coaches are up as well,” Konigseder reported. “And our employment has increased by 30-plus people from 2009 levels.”

According to the company, a custom motor coach by Liberty Coach rivals any luxury home with its completely integrated onboard navigation systems and other electronics. Liberty Coach also provides unparalleled customer support to its clientele, bringing its 53-foot service vehicle and support staff to major shows and rallies that take place across the country year-round.

Known for incorporating state-of-the-art luxury appointments and the latest technology for optimal safety, performance and environmental responsibility, Liberty Coach has been a leader in the motorcoach industry for more than 40 years. The company’s showroom and service center is in Stuart, Fla., with a manufacturing facility and service center in North Chicago, Ill.

For more information, go to www.libertycoach.com <http://www.libertycoach.com/> or call (800) 554-9877.

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Liberty Coach Reports High Rally Turnout/Sales

February 24, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Family-owned and operated Liberty Coach reported record attendance at their 9th annual Stuart Open House. The company also sold six coaches during the four-day event, held Feb. 4-7 at Liberty’s Stuart, Fla., facility, according to a press release.

With attendance maxed out at 52 couples — double the number of last year’s rally — the company was encouraged by the turnout.

“Our goal is to sell 10% of the rally attendees, so we are very pleased to exceed that at this rally,” remarked Frank Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach.  “With this upturn in attendance and sales, we are cautiously optimistic the country is beginning to build momentum toward economic recovery.”

Clients drove in from around the country for four days of tours, seminars, cocktail parties, and camaraderie, with some coming from as far away as Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Texas, Maine, and Virginia.

“In most cases, our client base is still fortunate enough to have their wealth, but 2009 made everyone more cautious,” said Frank Jr.’s wife, Carolyn, who handles the company’s marketing and exterior paint design. “Our clientele is like family and we always look forward to seeing them at this annual event. We were thrilled that 25% of the people attending this year’s event had never been to a Liberty Coach rally before.”

With a showroom and service center in Stuart and a manufacturing facility with service center in North Chicago, Ill., Liberty Coach has been involved in the coaching industry for more than 40 years.  Today, the company builds on average about 28 new coaches each year. In 2008, Liberty Coach was awarded the Crestron Integration Award for their innovative use of the Crestron remote control system that controls seven zones of audio, video, lighting, HVAC, shades and even the outdoor awning, in addition to monitoring and managing the fresh water and waste water, power generator, air doors and locks.

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