10 Things to Consider when Choosing a Luxury Coach
The modern road trip provides a sense of adventure and ease from journey to destination, but choosing the right luxury RV is key. Whether you’re purchasing your first or looking for your fifth, ensure you get exactly what you need to maximize your experience.
1. How sound is the overall chassis structure?
The safety of our clients is key. Prevost Car produces the strongest, safest and most durable bus conversion shell built specifically for the RV industry. Because the Prevost chassis is designed for commercial use, the business of transporting people hundreds of miles each and every day for years on end, its structure is durable with a longevity missing from the typical RV. The stainless-steel fully-welded construction, similar to that of an aircraft, reduces noise as well as expansion and contraction problems, plus it adds significantly to a coach’s stability and safety. Prevost’s “zero tolerance” system of assembling its welded components ensures perfect alignment while welding the stainless structure. The composites and stainless siding, not aluminum, make for lasting durability that is both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing. Few, if any, RV companies have seen their coach chassis reach, much less exceed, the two million mile mark. Prevost has. That’s what you get with a Prevost chassis, a tried and true pedigree that has proven itself over 90 years and countless miles.
2. Is your coach properly engineered?
From mechanical and project engineering to electrical engineering and cabinetry, with a foundation based on thorough documentation, easy accessibility and system redundancy, we ensure that you have what you need through every phase of your coach’s life. For Marathon’s team of 12+ engineers, good is never good enough. When it comes to the quality and outstanding performance of your coach, they are uncompromising in their pursuit of greatness. Visionary in nature, their approach and philosophies stem from a desire for innovation, resolute reliability and ease of customer use.
3. What’s hidden behind the walls?
We invite you to look behind our walls to see the difference. Yes, Marathon’s wiring is neatly done, but there’s more than that. It’s highly functional, planned, organized and serviceable, even decades down the road. With the infrastructure engineered and documented, you can bring in your 20-year-old coach and we’ll still have the schematics, making your improvement or repair simple and safe. You may have noticed our ceiling designs are created to be striking, but did you know they’ve also been specially created to allow access to the wiring systems? Every single bell cap and junction box is always accessible. And that’s not all. There are hidden panels installed throughout the coach to provide easy access behind the walls when needed. For example, unlike some coaches where a surface may have to be partially demolished to allow access, in a Marathon it may be as simple as removing a shelf in the half bath or pulling out a drawer in the kitchen. With every wire neatly labeled and every detail mapped out in the master plan, there’s never any guesswork.
4. Is it truly customized?
Whether a show coach or custom coach, no two Marathons are ever the same. Each and every client has a one-of-a-kind interior and a unique paint design.
When you order a custom designed coach, you have the opportunity to choose everything from the floorplan to the fabrics. Whether you choose one of Marathon’s proven, popular floorplans or work with the experienced engineering team to design your own, you can enjoy unsurpassed luxury as you vacation, conduct business or entertain guests or clients in your fully-equipped custom-outfitted coach.
We understand that people have different hobbies and lifestyles, so when a customer has an idea for a custom coach, Marathon listens and tries to accommodate any request — no matter how unusual. From creating stairs to a basement office or spaces for grandkids and pets to installing wine cellars and bidets, ideas for custom coaches are only limited by one’s imagination. For example, inside the coach, customers have requested a crib and playpen, heated towel bars, a bird cage and treadmill.
Our professional engineering, interior design and exterior paint departments have the experience, knowledge and resources to implement your unique vision. We have unparalleled skill and expertise in building the most complex, technologically advanced coaches on the road today.
5. Does the coach have good resale value?
Much like pre-owned yachts and private jets, Marathons have exceptional resale value. With a chassis built to travel more than a million miles, at 60,000 miles coaches are just broken in. Add to this a team dedicated to longevity of design and you’ll have interior design and cabinetry that still looks fresh 20 years later. When it comes to depreciation, with a Marathon, depreciation on a percentage basis is almost always substantially less than a standard luxury class A RV. Due to the combination of the million+ mile Prevost chassis and Marathon’s remarkable craftsmanship, the coach is made to last for decades.
6. What kind of craftsmanship goes into it?
We believe it’s important to craft every part of your coach correctly, even if you can’t see it. From the aircraft-style wiring behind the walls to the hand-scribed cabinetry to each and every ceiling treatment and more. For instance, did you know that a skilled team of Marathon craftspeople custom builds each sofa and dinette for every luxury coach from scratch? Marathon Coach provides its valued customers with the finest and most well-crafted designer furniture in the industry. The residential-style sofas are custom built using the highest quality of wood and fabric materials available. In addition, the flexibility of building to suit allows Marathon’s customers to choose from an array of standard designs and virtually any color or style of fabric. Our exceptional and unique paint designs are also created by hand, produced by the nation’s finest exterior paint artisans. Our modern facility houses four full-service paint booths, making it one of the largest of its kind in the world. Doing everything in-house gives us complete control of the entire process from the prep and body work to the design and color creation. From top to bottom, Marathon bus conversions are unmatched for quality and style. Every department works in unison to create and produce the most exclusive RV in the industry.
7. What kind of bay space do you need?
Whether choosing an H3-45 or an X3-45, Marathon coach owners know they’ll have abundant basement storage for whatever they need. Some select the H3-45 for its contemporary lines and full body paint — others choose it because it offers approximately 500 cubic feet of storage and conversion space. Of course, those who decide on the classic styling of the X3-45 with its polished stainless-steel sides enjoy the highest interior headroom as well as an ample 400+ cubic feet of storage space. Although the dimensions vary depending on the type of coach, the space underneath can be transformed in a variety of interesting ways, from installing wine coolers and freezers to storage cabinets and closets. The ways to personalize your experience are endless. Plus, Marathon’s team of engineers think through your entire exterior design. For example, on new quad slide coaches, the 55-inch bay TV will pull out of bay two and swing in front of bay three. Why is this important? Bay three houses the audio/video equipment rack. This means if you have entertainment items — outdoor refrigerators, barbeques and the like — your large-screen television isn’t going to block access. Grill that steak or grab that cold beverage, because you have everything right where you need it. Although it sounds simple, you might be surprised at how many luxury RVers have to actively work around their outdoor entertainment bays. In addition to ensuring client convenience, Marathon “finishes” the bays, covering all utility items. Not only are we safety conscious, we want you to be proud of every aspect of your coach; leave your bays open — they look that good.
8. How are you going to use it?
Those who choose Marathon span the gamut. Many coach owners with lots in luxury RV resorts, staying in the same area for long periods of time, for example, tend to appreciate quad-slide floorplans with augmented space. Others who actively travel the U.S. often find double slides a better fit because they can more easily traverse the coach with the slides in. As a result of Prevost’s patented system, these bus conversions provide more square footage and include more slides without taking away from the ample storage space below, which has more than any other type of motorhome. Of course, there’s more to life than where you’re going. Whether you’re into golfing or racing, cooking or art, there’s a one-of-a-kind Marathon for you. If you travel with large dogs or small children, we can guide you in selecting your ideal motorcoach. If you entertain often, we have a floorplan for that. Perhaps you’re a dry camper, cold-weather camper or desert dweller and need to be prepared: Thoughtfully designed and expertly executed, your luxury bus conversion will have the features you need to maximize your experience.
9. Does the coach have back-up systems?
We believe in redundant systems and excellent plan B’s. For example, Marathon Coach intentionally designed the food grade stainless-steel water manifold system to simplify the coach experience. With each fixture having its own individual shut-off valve, should there ever be an emergency situation, coach owners can easily shut water off to the affected area, yet maintain water service in the rest of the coach. There are two water pumps and two separate heating systems – electric and diesel-fired. When it comes to staying cool, there are four roof-top air conditioning units plus the chassis-integrated dash air conditioner. Another example is the Jump Start feature, which was designed to combine the charged house batteries with the depleted chassis batteries so you can jump start your chassis batteries internally, without the hassle of jumper cables or a booster pack. Even if both your chassis and house batteries are depleted, the system can combine the generator power as well, getting you back on the road in no time. These are just a couple of ways Marathon ensures your every coach experience is memorable for all the right reasons.
10. Is service important to you?
Marathon continues to cater to our owners’ interests long after a coach is purchased with personalized service, repair and remodeling available at our three locations across the country and with Marathon Coach mobile service. A specialized technical support staff is readily available by phone for troubleshooting or to ask questions. In addition, after-hours support is available for emergency situations.
The same design and engineering staff that create new, one-of-a-kind coaches for our valued clients are available for upgrades and remodeling. This ensures that the same detailed attention is given to our clients at any stage of their coach’s long life.
Whatever your coach needs, Marathon is committed to providing the exceptional service you deserve.