Liberty Coach Teams with Dean Loucks to Create Unique Exterior Designs

Frank Konigseder, vice president of Liberty Coach, announced the introduction of its uniquely designed and proprietary exterior paint finishes for all new coaches beginning with its 2013 models.


Introduced at the recent RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida, “People were blown away and couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Customers and even paint shop owners were coming over to our booth and were amazed by the technology we are using.”

Konigseder decided to work with well-known automotive and marine industry paint specialist Dean Loucks, creator of The Art of Design, to create something “out-of-the-box” for Liberty’s newly-manufactured coaches, according to a news release.

A Napa Valley-inspired vineyard theme for Brassfield Estate Winery by Dean Loucks' The Art of Design. (Credit:

Konigseder has been working with Loucks for more than 20 years on specialty coaches that have included an adobe Aztec village for Country Western musician Randy Travis, a baseball themed design for J.W. Henry, a past owner of the Florida Marlins, and a Napa Valley inspired vineyard theme for Brassfield Estate Winery.

As a result, Konigseder said he was ready to introduce something unlike the traditional Prevost designs of the past to his customers.

Last summer, Konigseder approached Loucks to discuss his interest in doing more uniquely themed exterior designs.

A Napa Valley-inspired vineyard theme for Brassfield Estate Winery by Dean Loucks' The Art of Design. (Credit:

Today, Loucks will now be doing the company’s entire production starting with the 2013 Verona Edition which is currently on the floor at the Liberty Coach showroom in Stuart, Florida.


Liberty Coach of Florida

In October of 2001, Liberty Coach opened their own factory-direct sales facility in Stuart, Florida on the east coast, about 45 minutes north of West Palm Beach.

This sales and service facility is situated on eight acres with six 60-foot service bays, a 20-site campground, and a 16,000 square foot air conditioned showroom. They offer new, pre-owned, and consignment coaches for sale.

Prevost has designated Liberty Coach of Florida a Factory Authorized Prevost Service Center. They can provide service on all makes of Prevost motorcoaches and most Class A motor homes.

Address: 635 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, FL 34994

Phone: (772) 463-2701 or (800) 554-9877


The Art of Design

Address: 104 Rush Court, Elkhart, Indiana 46516

Phone: (574) 522-8838

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Winnebago Introduces New Tag-Axle Journey and Itasca Meridian

Forest City, Iowa-based Winnebago Industries, Inc. introduced the new tag-axle 42E to its 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian Class A diesel lineup at this week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida.

“Our diesel products have never been better than in 2012,” said Winnebago Industries’ Vice President of Sales and Marketing Roger Martin. “In fact, over the last three years, we have more than doubled our diesel market share to become the second largest manufacturer of Class A diesels. Much of that is thanks to innovative, new floor plans like the 42E that offers amenities and spacious living that make them a cut above the competition.”

As the first tag-axle floor plan in the popular Journey and Meridian lineups, the new triple slide 42E has it all, according to a news release. This bath and a half floor plan features a full wall slide on the passenger side of the coach that includes an impressive 40-inch LCD HDTV, Euro Recliner with pull-out table, buffet with extendable dining table and chairs, four-door refrigerator, pantry, and residential-like bedroom wardrobe.

The living area also offers a Rest Easy extendable sectional sofa, tray ceiling design, and polished ceramic tile for an inviting, upscale look.

2012 Winnebago Journey 42E exterior. (Credit: Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

The fully-equipped mid-coach galley features an innovative pull-out island for more prep space, as well as increases your storage space with three drawers on full-extension slides.

Besides the one-of-a-kind wardrobe that features a full-length clothes rod, his and hers three drawer units and an adjustable shoe shelf, the roomy bedroom includes a queen bed nestled in the slide out and dual nightstands. A new, power-adjustable king bed is also optional.

The private master bath in the rear of the coach features our incredibly spacious BIG Shower as well as plenty of storage, with a washer/dryer optional. A half bath sits mid-coach that is perfect for guests.

The 42E is built on Winnebago’s 44,320-pound GVWR Maxum lowered rail tag-axle chassis that features 220 cubic feet of easy-to-access exterior storage and superior ride and handling, and is powered by a 400-hp Cummins ISL 8.9L turbo-charged diesel engine.

2012 Itasca Meridian 42E interior. (Credit: Winnebago Industries, Inc.)

“The new 42E is a great floor plan at a great price point,” said Mike Regan, president and general manager of Crestview RV Center in Buda, Texas. “I love the bath and a half floor plan, and I think customers are really going to like the usability and layout of this coach.”

The 2012 Winnebago Journey and Itasca Meridian 42E make their retail market debut at this week’s Florida RV SuperShow in Tampa, Florida.


Winnebago Industries, Inc.

Winnebago Industries, Inc., The Most Recognized Name In Motor Homes®, is a leading U.S. manufacturer of recreation vehicles, which are used primarily in leisure travel and outdoor recreation activities. The Company builds quality motorhomes, travel trailers, and fifth wheel products under the Winnebago, Itasca, Era, and SunnyBrook brand names.

Winnebago Industries has received the Quality Circle Award from the Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association every year since the award’s inception in 1996.

Postal Address: P.O. Box 152, Forest City, IA 50436

Street Address: 605 West Crystal Lake Road, Forest City, IA 50436

Phone: (641)-585-3535

Winnebago Website:

Itasca Website:

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“I don’t know, but we gotta go.”

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Fleetwood Introduces All New 2013 Excursion

Decatur, Indiana-based Fleetwood RV, Inc., a leading producer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles, plans to show its reinvented Excursion brand at the 2012 Florida RV Super Show in Tampa, Florida, January 11-17, according to a news release.

2013 Fleetwood Excursion Class A Diesel. (Credit:

The 2013 Excursion was first revealed in November at the RVIA National RV Trade show where it was awarded “Top 25 Debut” by RV Business Magazine and “Best-In-Show” by RV Pro Magazine.

“We’re extremely happy that the media recognized and supported the new Excursion,” said John Draheim, President and CEO of Fleetwood RV, Inc. “Our dealers gave us a lot of praise, but also some great feedback which allowed us to make some exciting changes in time for the Super Show in Tampa.”

On display in booth #510 at the Florida RV Super Show, the Excursion will now be available with a residential style refrigerator and 300 Horsepower Cummins 6.7L ISB engine with Allison 2100MH 6-speed transmission with electronic shifter.

The new Excursion is the most compact diesel pusher in Fleetwood’s line-up at just 33 feet long, 11 inches.

2013 Fleetwood Excursion Class A Diesel interior. (Credit:

Standard features include:

  • Class-leading 84-inch ceilings
  • 22.5-inch aluminum wheels
  • 10,000-pound hitch rating
  • 300 HP Cummins ISB 6.7L engine with exhaust brake
  • Freightliner XCS Series chassis
  • 660 foot-pounds torque @ 1,600 RPM
  • 90-gallon fuel tank
  • Hydraulic leveling jacks
  • 88-gallon fresh water capacity
  • 60-gallon grey water holding tank
  • 32-gallon black water holding tank
  • 174 cubic feet exterior storage capacity
  • Bus-style side-swing luggage doors
  • Pass-through storage

Inside the Excursion, features include:

  • 84-inch interior height
  • Hand-laid tile flooring throughout
  • Volcanic Series solid-surface counters
  • Glass-tile backsplash
  • Craftsman style French cafe doors
  • Adjustable shelving throughout
  • Drop-down 40-inch Sony LCD HDTV Blu-ray ready that lowers out of an overhead cabinet with the touch of a button
2013 Fleetwood Excursion Class A Diesel floor plan. (Credit:

Available as options include a washer/dryer combo and Fleetwood’s exclusive Hide-A-Loft drop-down bed which adds a second queen bed to this compact coach.

Starting MSRP is $175,747.


Fleetwood RV, Inc.

Fleetwood RV, Inc. (“Fleetwood RV” or the “Company”) is a leading manufacturer of Class A and Class C recreational vehicles. The Company has one of the best and longest standing distribution networks in the industry and boasts some of the industry’s most recognized and iconic brand names such as American Coach and Bounder. Fleetwood RV is headquartered in Decatur, Indiana, which is also its principal manufacturing location.

Factory Tours: Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m.

Address: 1031 U.S. 224 East, Decatur, Indiana 46733

Phone: (800) 322-8216


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Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road,

Healthy, free, the world before me,

The long brown trail before me leading wherever I choose.

—Walt Whitman

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