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Country Coaches Are Well Made Motorhomes

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We have owned our 2002 Country Coach Affinity for just under 5 years now.  We have added about 30,000 miles.  In my opinion our Country Coach is a well made and good performing motorhome.  Is it better than the other motorhomes out there?  I don’t know, but will say that it is by far the best of the motorhomes that I have owned or rented.  I will list a few reasons why I am of this opinion.

Full Recreational set up.

  1. I enjoy driving it.  It took me a little while to get used to the size, but after doing that I find that I look forward to time behind the wheel.  It is steady on the road even in wind or big trucks passing you.  It goes up or down big hills and mountains with ease, and does not overheat.  On good roads it is almost silent at highway speed.
  2. It is beautiful inside and out.  First class materials are used everywhere.  High quality leather upholstery.  Beautiful carpet and floors.  Custom Corian countertops.  Top end fixtures, lights, shower, faucets, wood, wood finish, paint, clear coat.  And so on.  Our clear coat is starting to have some problems on the curved part of the roof.  But the paint itself is amazingly color fast after 12 years in the sun.
  3. Top Quality mechanical and electrical.  CAT C12 motor that has plenty of power and seems to be very reliable.  Wires are all laid out carefully and are marked.  Two heating systems.  Diesel aqua hot type and roof heat pumps.  Two hot water heating systems.  Diesel boiler and electric heat.  Built in surge protector and water filter.  Basement doors hung with piano hinges for precision and durability.  Well made slide out trays in basement.  All electric coach with dual inverters and all AGM batteries.  All brass yacht type catches on cabinets.  Very well insulated.  R20 roof and dual pane windows.
  4. The high opinion of most owners and motorhome owners.  Many times the opinions of people at large means something.  In this case the almost uniform high opinion of others of the Country Coach product concurs with mine.

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Is our Country Coach perfect, no.  I have things fixed all the time.  But when you use something like this you always have a list of things needing attention.

If I were to buy another motorhome today I would first look for a Country Coach.  I am happy with my decision to buy five years ago.

RVing As A Lifestyle

This is how our motorhome looked when we bought it 5 years ago.  It was used then.
This is how our motorhome looked when we bought it 5 years ago. It was used then.

My first big motorhome trip was in 1980.  I rented a 28′ Beaver class C motorhome and drove it from Southern California to British Columbia.  5,000 miles in total.  We rented a number of additional motorhomes over the years and then bought our first one about 9 years ago.  Then we moved up to our current rig in Nov 2009.  My motorhome trips have always been a combination of business and pleasure.  On our first trip to British Columbia I visited clients all the way up and all the way back.  Our big summer trip last year we also visited clients.  Motorhomes make great mobile work places and also are lots of fun to see the sights in this great, big country of ours.

Lots of people these days buy an RV and use it as their sole place to live.  I have always used RVing as work/pleasure tool and have never been much motivated to get rid of our house without wheels.  I would say to do that successfully you need to be able to be happy in a small space.  Very small.  The biggest RV is smaller than most very small apartments.  I think it is very useful to be mechanically capable.  Lots of things break on houses on wheels and it helps to be able to fix some of them.  You need money.  Fuel, big tires, repairs, insurance, living on the road is not as cheap as many think.  But it is a choice that many have taken successfully.

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It does give you a way to be in beauty spots for extended periods of time.  But it is not the “Sunset” life.  What I mean by that is RV life can tend to be a lot of parking lots with close by neighbors.  The Sunset life is the life of style from Sunset magazine.  I would strongly suggest that anyone thinking of selling all and moving into an RV full time do it in baby steps.  Rent first or do extended vacations first.  See if you like the life.