Monday, January 09, 2006

Lifestyles of rich RV road warriors

Visitors climb the few stairs -- one, two, three -- then stop, abruptly, to gasp or let out a low whistle.

Such is the reaction inspired by the Beaver Marquis Jade IV, 45 feet of deluxe recreational vehicle replete with buttery leather, Corian countertop and polished mahogany.

"Everything you see is real wood," Michael Weiss, fleet manager for McMahon's RV in Irvine, tells the newcomers. "There is no veneer anywhere. With the exception of the burl wood inlay."

Weiss is happy to show off her features: the lighted liquor cabinet. The dishwasher. The washer-dryer. The 24-cubic-foot Whirlpool side-by-side refrigerator. King-size bed. Satellite radio. Bose sound system. Dashboard GPS navigation. Even a video monitor to allow you to see all those cars way back there, behind your rear bumper.

Visitors, caught in the tasteful glow of indirect lighting, steel themselves for the price tag.

"It's only $600,000," he says Ron Berti of Pacific Grove. "Hey, you can't take it with you."

In the world of high-end motorhomes, it turns out, the Jade IV is not even close to the most expensive. Custom models can cost upward of $1 million. Full Story...

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