Friday, February 08, 2008

Luxury coaches like 5-star hotels on wheels

BROOKSVILLE - Forty years ago, Clara and Paul Roy took to the road with their six children in a converted school bus. Paul Roy built bunk beds in the back for the boys; the girls occupied fold-down beds at night in the installed dinette.

Their destinations from Maine were visits to various relatives. And with such a big family, they needed to take their beds with them.

"You hardly see a conversion anymore," said Clara. "Back then, you either bought a school bus or a regular bus." And improvised.

RV luxury has come a long way. Witness the 45-foot yachts-on-wheels being promoted at the Southeast Area Rally of the Family Motor Coach Association through Saturday at the Hernando County Airport.

Since most of those at the rally already own a highway home, they're looking for upgrades, said Richard Carmichael with North Trail RV Center.

Top-of-the-line models in North Trail's rally stable offer solar panels for water heating, whirlpool tubs, dishwashers, "all the amenities of a five-star hotel," Carmichael said.
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