Chuck Woodbury

Editor’s Note: The following is a column penned by RVtravel.com Editor Chuck Woodbury offering a look at his recent visit to the Tampa Show where he checked out luxury motorhome builder Millennium Coach’s manufacturing facility.

Like many of you, I am hooked on the popular PBS series “Downton Abbey.” It’s a period drama about the lives of an aristocratic family and their servants in early 20th century Britain. Downton Abbey is the fictional mansion where they live (its real name is Highclere Castle). As you can see in the photo, it’s a bit bigger than the average American residence. The fictional Crawley family, who inhabit the palace, live a life of luxury and abundance with a large staff of servants to tend to their every need.

We have no such aristocratic class in America. But we do have rich people and they do demand the finer things in life. In the world of RVing, these people demand the most luxurious recreational vehicles.

When I was in Florida a few weeks ago, I was invited to tour the manufacturing plant of one of the finest luxury motorcoaches in the world. If you would like to buy a new Millennium Coach it will cost you $2 million or more. This is not your run-of-the-mill Winnebago.

I toured the 100,000-square-foot plant with our blogger Chris Dougherty, who will do a story about the company and its RVs later. We saw the coaches being built from start to finish, each on a half-million dollar Prevost Coach chassis. No effort is spared to create a perfect product — each one different from others according to the new owner’s wishes. Although I cannot go into the details of the production because it was way over my head and much too technical, I can tell you that I came away in awe of its builders, their ability to put the tens of thousands of pieces together, and their attention to detail.

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