Thursday, January 12, 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," 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
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