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Old 07-14-2014, 10:34 PM   #15
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You forgot the chassis shop in the back of the property! Yes it is sad to see--we toured the factory right after we bought out coach in 2001. But what you see is the difference between 1,800 (about 5,000 at one time), and the roughly 40-some you see today. Still, Ron Lee is keeping support for our coaches alive better than anyone else due to the intellectual property he has, and I firmly believe he needs the support of us Country Coach owners. The people he has are good folks, and they do good work. Hopefully you come away with a good experience.
That is primarily why I came here in spite of recommendations from many to use other service providers in this area; wanting to support the CC for our own collective benefit. I will reserve judgment until after the work I am having done here is completed, but the start today was not an example of service excellence.
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Old 07-14-2014, 11:00 PM   #16
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That is primarily why I came here in spite of recommendations from many to use other service providers in this area; wanting to support the CC for our own collective benefit. I will reserve judgment until after the work I am having done here is completed, but the start today was not an example of service excellence.

Get all agreements in writing.
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Plasma800 - In my humble opinion the reason that Country Coach ceased operations under the old corporation in 2010 was because the Lee brothers were not in control. When Bob and Ron did not run the place it went in directions that did not make enough money to keep things going.

From my perspective having seen the Junction City factory for the first time about six months after Ron Lee got things going again 3 years ago to me it looks like CC is booming now. Last summer and 3 weeks ago it looked to me like their service and retrofit business was booming. So I am not sad at all when I go there. We enjoy visiting the factory.

Just before we went to CC this year we parked next to a coach in Southern OR. The owner is a CC supplier. He told me that the factory built two smaller coaches this past winter to "practice" for building big ones again. This same source also said there is a prototype in JC, but he could not get into the area.

As far as the coaches built by Country Coach. All first cabin, high quality RVs. We have close friends with a Foretravel Nimbus 2005 and it is very similar to our coach. Except our coach is nicer. Better interior, much larger motor, better exterior, and looks classier from the outside. In my opinion, there is no other motorhome outside of Foretravel that is as good as Country Coach. I am excluding the super high end buses as I don't know that much about them so cannot compare a CC prevost conversion vs say a Liberty or Marathon. Same with Newell. I do not think Beaver, Monaco, Travel Supreme, or Bluebird are as well built as CC or Foretravel. But keep in mind that this is just my opinion and not fact. And I am not a professional motorhome ratings person.

That does not mean we have not had all sorts of things that needed to be fixed on our coach and the one we owned before this one. As Charles Kurault said in his book 30 years ago in the chapter, "Houses on Wheels". And I paraphrase here, when you drive a home down roads at 60 miles per hour stuff gets broken or worn or damaged. Sometimes at the most inopportune moment. I have found this to be true.

As far as the right year and model. They are all good, so find the floorplan you both like. And be sure the one you buy is something that drives well when you buy it. So take a long test drive. Do not buy one that wanders or drives poorly. Make the seller fix it before you pay for it.

Just my two cents.
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Plasma800 - In my humble opinion the reason that Country Coach ceased operations under the old corporation in 2010 was because the Lee brothers were not in control. When Bob and Ron did not run the place it went in directions that did not make enough money to keep things going.

From my perspective having seen the Junction City factory for the first time about six months after Ron Lee got things going again 3 years ago to me it looks like CC is booming now. Last summer and 3 weeks ago it looked to me like their service and retrofit business was booming. So I am not sad at all when I go there. We enjoy visiting the factory.

Just before we went to CC this year we parked next to a coach in Southern OR. The owner is a CC supplier. He told me that the factory built two smaller coaches this past winter to "practice" for building big ones again. This same source also said there is a prototype in JC, but he could not get into the area.

As far as the coaches built by Country Coach. All first cabin, high quality RVs. We have close friends with a Foretravel Nimbus 2005 and it is very similar to our coach. Except our coach is nicer. Better interior, much larger motor, better exterior, and looks classier from the outside. In my opinion, there is no other motorhome outside of Foretravel that is as good as Country Coach. I am excluding the super high end buses as I don't know that much about them so cannot compare a CC prevost conversion vs say a Liberty or Marathon. Same with Newell. I do not think Beaver, Monaco, Travel Supreme, or Bluebird are as well built as CC or Foretravel. But keep in mind that this is just my opinion and not fact. And I am not a professional motorhome ratings person.

That does not mean we have not had all sorts of things that needed to be fixed on our coach and the one we owned before this one. As Charles Kurault said in his book 30 years ago in the chapter, "Houses on Wheels". And I paraphrase here, when you drive a home down roads at 60 miles per hour stuff gets broken or worn or damaged. Sometimes at the most inopportune moment. I have found this to be true.

As far as the right year and model. They are all good, so find the floorplan you both like. And be sure the one you buy is something that drives well when you buy it. So take a long test drive. Do not buy one that wanders or drives poorly. Make the seller fix it before you pay for it.

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All great points!

I found an intrigue at premier that is so gorgeous I can barely stand it.

I do worry about support / parts in coming years.

If Country Coach could get some production going, I bet that would be very good for them. And with the way the internet is today, it would be very easy to let the world know it's being done.
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All great points!

I found an intrigue at premier that is so gorgeous I can barely stand it.

I do worry about support / parts in coming years.

If Country Coach could get some production going, I bet that would be very good for them. And with the way the internet is today, it would be very easy to let the world know it's being done.
Country Coach does have all their fiberglass molds....I am looking at them laying around behind their glass shop now. Most of the stuff on their coaches (as with all manufacturers) is/was made by others so we all take our chances in getting replacement parts. Surely no way to predict the future but, even if CC never gets the money to start producing coaches again, they seem to be busy doing repair work and can hopefully survive on that. Also, I see a number of CC's at Premier next door and there are others who work on these beasts (Oregon Motor Coach, Carrier and Sons, and perhaps others).

There is a great looking Intrigue in their for sale area. Premier only has one for sale rig sitting outside so must have the others inside their building.
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Just go look! Premiere has many coaches inside. They also are a very good at service and repairs. They won't bite.
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