October 27, 2006

Rolling Yachts.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Jim @ 9:15 pm

During our recent drive to and from Tennessee, I was taken by the number of self-propelled homes I saw. (Ken told me that the proper term for these things is “motor coaches”.) Most of them have a car in tow (so that when you finally stop and hook the thing up to electricity and stuff you don’t have to unhook everything to go into town for a quart of milk). We don’t see too many of them in Jersey. Maybe it’s because the Garden State doesn’t host any NASCAR races?

Anyway, I was intrigued by the size of some of these behemoths and I wondered what the price tag would be on such a unit. Well, I have since done a bit of internet surfing.

Check out this bad boy (and once there, click on “showroom” to take a look at a typical interior). This one comes to you for a starting price of $523,000.00. Of course, I also wondered how much it would cost for fuel for that rolling yacht, but I suppose if you can afford to drop a half a mill on the item, the cost of gas is, as they say, “chicken feed”.

I don’t think that people who pull into a campground in one of these can seriously call themselves “campers”, so I don’t know quite what to make of it.

I do know that with a few of these babies the Usual Suspects could take the show on the road in some serious style.

Of course, one of us would have to haul the refreshment trailer.


  1. I cracked up out loud at that last line, Jim. No, you won’t see many of those in your neck of the Jersesy woods, except maybe the Quebecois headed south on the Parkway. Their motorhomes are all parked in LBI, Wildwood, and Cape May from May to September.

    Comment by Shamrock — October 27, 2006 @ 10:01 pm

  2. the boys rolling in the beaver? nice.

    Comment by shoe — October 27, 2006 @ 11:08 pm

  3. I can see your trailer having a rig like this, for those times when you just can’t pull over to replenish the fridge.

    Comment by Ken Adams — October 27, 2006 @ 11:24 pm

  4. …and, someone would need to stay sober… unlike myself tonight.

    Comment by Jean — October 28, 2006 @ 12:30 am

  5. There is a Tampa motor coach dealer that sells a version that is sealed from poison gas attacks and your worst nightmare: alligators in clown suits.

    Comment by Bill — October 28, 2006 @ 12:39 am

  6. One of the cable stations has a show on RV’s…it’s scary the amount of money people are willing to spend on them. However, I’m all for having them keeping all that lovely green stuff in circulation and if that does it for them… more power to ’em. Of course many people sell their houses and live in these things traveling around the country.

    Many more will rent them or only use the ones they own a few weeks a year for vacations. I’ve never understood the appeal of basically taking your house with you and having all the same housework… and calling it vacation. Personally, I’ll pay for a terrific hotel and wonderful people to cook and clean for me, otherwise it’s not a vacation at all.

    Comment by Teresa — October 28, 2006 @ 12:49 am

  7. They definitely don’t want potential buyers nosing around on the site for MPG stats, not that they’d care to even ask, as you correctly pointed out. They do have a section on “Specs,” but it only gives tank sizes. But it’d still be kinda cool to have the web design team add an inobtrusive little drop-down menu somewhere: “Mileage Info –> Marquis ’07 –> ROFLMAO.”

    Comment by dogette — October 28, 2006 @ 10:37 am

  8. If you want to see motor homes, we’ve got them in northwest NJ since there are camper parks within a short distance of most of the resort lakes. For NASCAR, my local watering hole proudly has two of its six TV sets tuned to racing channels.

    The redneck, an endangered species in the rest of the Garden State, has no natural predators in Sussex and Warren counties. However, the population of its cousin, white trash, is on the rise due in part to loss of territory in Morris County and a higher reproduction rate.

    Comment by marydell — October 28, 2006 @ 10:48 am

  9. Lot of them in Florida in the winter time..and a lot of them are home to the people that live in them. They wander around the USA like a wild goose..south in the winter and back north for a cool summer. Always kinda wanted to do it myself. I have been full time RV on three different occasions..enjoyed it…

    Comment by GUYK — October 28, 2006 @ 4:15 pm

  10. Hey,

    That link you provided was similar to the tour bus that Marshall Tucker Band had when they came to Lakewood for Wingstock.
    These things have living rooms, can sleep up to 11, have a full service kitchen and an “Entertainment room” in the back of the bus.
    Travelling in complete style is the only way to go. No more touring out of the back of Chevy econo-vans (like we are doing now).

    Comment by Robbie K — October 30, 2006 @ 8:27 am

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