A couple of days ago, a Newell Coach pulled into Tiger Run. This coach is being shown by Phil Cornelius, one of the sales staff at Newell.
The remarkable part of the story is the Open House sign at the front of the site.
Oh yeah sign us up.
This is the coach we looked at..
Coach #1652 - Newell Coach
Ever since my friend Larry spent some time in Miami, OK. at the factory, Iíve had an interest in the brand.
Phil Cornelius was a true gentleman and has a resume heavy in the high end coach world. Think of names like Foretravel, and Marathon to identify where Phil spent the early portion of his career.
Phil was gracious enough to walk us through his product and allowing us to bask in the sheer sumptuous majesty of a coach listed for a tad over $2M.
The thing that captured our attention was the bunks! Yes, bunks. As it turns out, Newell Coach produces around 26 coaches a year, 7 of which are built on spec.
As you enter the coach and begin to absorb the thoughtful design, it begins to dawn on you that this coach is closer to a Corporate Jet than a Motorhome.
One immediate impression was not just how interesting the ďTimberĒ detail was on the ceiling, but that I could barely reach up an brush the ceiling with my fingertips. Keep in mind Iím 6í0Ē and have freakishly long arms.
In addition to the impressive headroom, the numerous windows were exceptionally large, not just in width but the height seemed very generous.
At first glance, there is no obvious method for the 4 roof A/C units to deliver their divine chilled air. A/C vents are cleverly placed inside the ceiling perimeter, so the impression is that of a completely uninterrupted ceiling.
All available space inside the coach is devoted to storage. There are little storage shelves and drawers everywhere.
While Iím not an expert at upholstery, the hides used in this coach are beautiful and well crafted.
The bathrooms are simply amazing with a hammered copper sink in one of the 2 full baths. The other bath sports a different but equally impressive decor.
Mechanically, the coach is essentially hand built and all mechanical design decisions are back driven by the goal of simply producing the best coach possible. For example, the King bed is designed to extend to full length at rest, or fold at the head of the bed to enable easy walk around access while the 4 slides are retracted. Iím not going to talk about the clever slide mechanisms, but suffice it to say the Newell flat floors are achieved with little compromise.
The Newell chassis is built at the factory and sports many features you would expect from a company in business for the length of time Newell has enjoyed.
Major suspension bits are provided by ZF, and share more similarities to the underpinnings on a current model BMW, or Mercedes Benz equipped with Active Suspension.
The engine is the mighty Cummins X15 with easy access on three sides to ease maintenance concerns.
While we couldnít quite manage the price of entry, it was fantastic seeing a coach in person that is fabricated with an obsession for detail.
Unfortunately, we just missed a 10 year old bunk coach that was closer to our budget.
Iím going to have to call Phil when my Lotto numbers hit.