April '14

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rv-pro.com April 2014 • RV PRo • 93 before the downturn. Now we're at 14, but we sold 16 last year (two previous year leftovers), and that was the first time in our history that we sold all the new product we had for the year," he says. e MSRP on Liberty's current show product is in the range of $2.5 million. Liberty Coach sells factory direct through its Stuart, Fla., dealership, and Konigseder says that sales of pre-owned units also have been strong. "We sold a total of 80 units for 2013, including the 16 new," he says, adding that late-model coaches are selling well. And while the company believes it has adequate inventory, Konigseder says the RV maker is actively looking for more. The company recently started "the- motorhomeexchange.com", which is a website through which the company can buy late model high-end produc- tion motorhomes and pre-owned con- version coaches. In addition, the com- pany's Stuart location is fully equipped to do coach repairs and even full renova- tions, even though the coaches are built at its manufacturing and service center in North Chicago, Ill. A new model to the bus shell conver- sion business is Emerald Coach, which is a division of Texas-based Outlaw Con- versions. According to company owner John Walker, the Emerald brand will be an entry-level conversion for those interested in making the step up from a Class A motorhome. The Emerald Coach model is built on the Prevost X3-45 shell. "We love the X3 Chassis and, along with Prevost, wanted to pursue get- ting more X3 coaches in the market," Walker says. "e newly designed X3 is now taller inside, has a longer wheel- base, the new Volvo D 13 engine, great serviceability, and bigger windows for better visibility. We felt that, not only is it a great product, it sets us apart from other converters and gave us a price point coach that is needed in this market." e Emerald Coach ranges from $1.4 million to $1.5 million and fills the gap left behind when legacy coach builders such as Country Coach and Royale Coach left the market. e coaches will be sold through a dealer network and are pro- duction coaches that will be built to the dealer's specs. Millennium Luxury Coach's Evelyn and Nelson Figueroa agree that the future for their company and the con- version coach builders is looking good. The Sanford, Fla., builder is working to increase production. Sa y s Eve l y n Fi g u e ro a , " We'l l b e increasing our staff by 20 percent for 2014." RVPApr.indd 93 3/19/14 2:52 PM

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