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June 30th, 2014
Luxury Land Yachting In A Compact Vehicle
By Dale Roethlisberger

The Mercedes Sprinter, a taller and longer than average van, has been utilized by the manufacturer and some other custom conversion companies to create a unique RV/Motor-home.  While it is not the large bus format coach motor-home, it sure packs a lot into a smaller space and the quality features can be excellent. Many recreational vehicle owners can’t really use their RV as a second vehicle while travelling and must park or camp that behemoth and use a towed or rented passenger car for secondary trips around where they have “docked”. The advantage of the Mercedes Sprinter is that it essentially the size of a large passenger van and can be used that way. This means you don’t have to consider two vehicle logistics.

Of course, the interior is not as spacious as the Class A RV or Entertainer Coach, but the quality of the features are generally classy. Don’t forget, the boating industry has been developing exquisite interiors on smaller yachts for a long time. Add to that the inventiveness of the motor-home folks and you’ll see why the Mercedes Sprinter can be a great choice.

June 18th, 2014
Bus and Coach Conversions From Prevost Are Top Knotch
By Dale Roethlisberger

We spend a lot of time around entertainers, as well as, the large regional recreational vehicle and camper shows. Be with the entertainers or at the shows and you get the opportunity to see or visit these land yachts. In addition, there are a number of television series on cable channels like HGTV or the Travel Channel that showcase custom buses and motor-coaches. Sooner or later you will begin to notice that a large number of the higher quality and feature rich coach conversions are from Prevost. They are not the only company out there, but they certainly can impress with their products.

While we don’t exclusively endorse any company as the best, just use any online search engine and look up ‘Prevost’ and you’ll find the company’s website and lots of dealers are also listed who carry their products. The virtual picture or video tours alone will entice you to, at least, dream about being aboard one. They are not for the weak of wallet, but there are a few places that lease them (usually older models and you’ll probably have to compete with some up-and-coming rock band for a minimum 90 day season lease).  Still, it might be worth the steep price for a few who would really enjoy the land yachting experience.

If you can’t pay the ‘freight’, you can still enjoy an entertainer motor-home via the TV approach. Check your cable listings for the likes of “Extreme RV”, “Celebrity Motor Homes” or other shows. You can enjoy the sights and sounds of living in a custom bus via a TV travelogue. Look closely, you will notice that many of the conversion are from Prevost.

January 6th, 2008
Environmentally Sound Land Yachting
By Dale Roethlisberger

There’s a relatively unheard revolution happening in the bus and motorcoach luxury conversion industry. Recently, there have been reports of major entertainers running their crew/band buses and motorhomes on alternative fuels.

In almost all bus conversions and motorhomes, a propane or gasoline powered generator is utilized to provide AC electricity to the vehicle in situations where direct connect to an electric utility is not feasible. There are a small, but growing number of manufacturers producing portable fuel cell generators. Fuel cells produce almost no emissions and almost no sound in operation. Furthermore, the prices of the fuel cell generators are slowly falling as the technology matures and are now in a not too onerous price range.

The interior lighting and outside indicator lamps should all be converted to light emitting diode (LED) technology. This may be a little pricey up front, but with lifetimes of 50,000 to 100,000 hours of operation and energy usage about a tenth for equivalent lumens (i.e. light output), the long term economics and environmental consequenses are a no-brainer.

One reason we don’t see solar panels on standard passenger car rooftops is the usually limited area available. This is not the case with bus and motorhome rooftops, even if many have air conditioning exhausts occupying some of the available area. Newer and lighter solar panels could be employed to enhance the usually separate interior battery system for charging during daylight hours.