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Old 03-03-2009, 05:17 AM   #1
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Keeping the scope of this question to RVs, how do you define a coach?

For me it is any hard sided RV. This includes motorhomes, 5th wheels and travel trailers. To me they are all coaches.
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Old 03-03-2009, 05:36 AM   #2
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Gary this question may go all over the place.
In my humble opinion "A Coach" is a motor vehicle type RV that you drive down the road with passenger[s] inside of it.
Now saying that, there are some tow vehicles that have more bells and whistles than some of the older type motor homes.
I have seen 5th wheel tow vehicles that have everything in them that's in the 5th wheel.
Pick-up trucks with small refrig's, Satillite TV, small microwaves, and laptops.
So my real answer to your question would be if YOU think you have a Coach so who am I to disagree.
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Old 03-03-2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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The "Coach" first used as a short name for "stagecoach" which was used to haul passengers. The next was the "motor coach". Then came the motorhome. I think the motorhome is called a coach when the dealer wants to add $$$ to the price of the motorhome.

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Old 03-03-2009, 06:52 AM   #4
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Originally posted by full-timer:
The "Coach" first used as a short name for "stagecoach" which was used to haul passengers. The next was the "motor coach". Then came the motorhome. I think the motorhome is called a coach when the dealer wants to add $$$ to the price of the motorhome.

I agree dealers use the term to their advantage. Some folks tend to use the term to inject a bit of snobbery into the mix. Call it what ever floats your boat. The term evokes visions of converted buses to me.
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Old 03-03-2009, 07:28 AM   #5
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From the Merriam-Webster dictionary:
1 a: a large usually closed four-wheeled horse-drawn carriage having doors in the sides and an elevated seat in front for the driver b: a railroad passenger car intended primarily for day travel c: bus 1a d: trailer 3b e: a 2-door enclosed automobile f: a class of passenger air transportation at a lower fare than first class.

That would leave me to believe all Motorhomes and trailers would be concidered coaches.
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:29 PM   #6
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Our dealer refers to all motorhomes, TT's & 5th Wheels a I guess if he says so, that's Gospel
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Old 03-03-2009, 12:49 PM   #7
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Always used the term "Coach" to refer to those half-million dollar motor-houses you see on the interstate from time to time, towing a small car behind 'em .
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I always thought it was diesel power upper scale class A's, 40 Ft or longer...but then again...what do I know...
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When you are paying for it, it is a Coach.
When somebody else is paying for it, it is a Motor Home, Trailer, Fifth Wheel, POS, etc.

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I work in the industry and for as long as I can remember we call them all coaches. When we want to be more specific; ie, trying to locate a particular unit, we will use the other terminology, along with year, make and model.
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Sounds like this group is suffering from a severe lack of camping! As the insert from Mirriam Webster says, "coach" has many different applications in this field.

Just like the definition of camper:
Main Entry: camp·er
Pronunciation: \?kam-p?r\
Function: noun
Date: 1852
1 : one who camps
2 : a portable dwelling (as a specially equipped trailer or automotive vehicle) for use during casual travel and camping

Now I'm sure those folks using a Prevost will not embrace that for their "coach".
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Sounds like this group is suffering from a severe lack of camping!
Spring will arrive on March 20th, the Sun will be above the equator, crossing to the northern hemisphere at ~11:47 pm. After then y'all won't care what your motorhomes are called, you'll be stampeding to your rigs and heading out for some long awaited camping trips.

FWIW, our 5th wheel is called a camper around these parts. We never refer to it as a 'coach'.
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"what is a coach?"

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Somedays it seems like it is a billfold emptying device better than any child, college kid or cute wife with a penchant for shoes!

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