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Fri Oct 13, 2017
Author: Scott Hansen
Sometimes, an RV customer with an outdated coach doesn’t have the money or desire to go buy a new model year RV.
In some of those cases, there is an alternative that Classic Coach Works is offering.
The company, based in Ormond Beach, Florida, has been renovating and updating old motorhomes and RVs to make them shine with new features or, in some cases, customize them to whatever the owner has dreamt up.
Classic Coach Works President Greg Williams says the company prides itself on being able to customize anything on the exterior or interior that the customer wants.
“There’s a pretty big variety of things we can do from the flooring, the electronics, putting in the newest of packages, roller shades, awnings, ACs, satellite antennas,” William says. “There’s not a limitation in what can be done, but how far their checkbook is willing to spend. We can’t outrun their imagination.”
For example, one of the newest projects the company has completed is a renovated 1979 Airstream motorhome. The customer brought the old motorhome to Williams and the Classic Coach Works team and wanted to empty it completely out, telling Williams the dream he had.
“Imagine ‘50s diner meets spaceship,” the man told Williams.
The team spent months clearing out the entire coach, redoing the plumbing and wiring and refinishing the walls and ceiling. A retro style refrigerator and stove with a hood was included by request of the customer.
The team put in a black and white checkerboard floor, bright blue furniture and off-white walls and shades.
The ‘50s diner portion was complete.
Then, the company went to work on the ultra-modern styles for the spaceship, adding in a 50-inch TV that comes out on a lift out of the cabinet, an iPad that controls everything from the Blu-ray player, satellite and the control over the lights, able to dim them down, much like a home automation system.
Classic Coach Works is supplied with many of the RV componentry from some of the typical RV suppliers, like Villa, which supplies much of the furniture, Automotion Shades, Girard Awnings and more, Williams says.
A unique thing with Classic Coach Works is the demand seems to run on polar opposites from the purchase of new coaches. Williams says one of the company’s highest selling period was during the recession, when customers decided to go the update routes rather than buying a new coach altogether.
However, with the RV industry on such an upswing, the business is still going steady at a pretty high clip, Williams says.
“When the big ramp-up started on the new coaches, our sales were hurting for a little while. We saw the flushing of the trade-in coaches and then things started to pick up again. At this point, it’s fairly steady,” Wiliams says.
Classic Coach Works renovates, on average, about 20-30 coaches per month, but the numbers fluctuate because of the season and the amount of work that needs to be done on each one.
“Sometimes, the renovation is very small and we’ll see one in here for a day or two,” William says. “It’s just do one thing, the shades or the TV. Then, we’ve got a dozen coaches that are sitting here and we’re working on 2-, 3- or 4-week projects. Then that Airstream took several months. It’s also somewhat seasonal, with winter and spring higher than summer. Being in Florida, we have the winter population coming down here and having their coaches worked on, while the Floridians tend to leave in the summer.”
While the RV market demands are so high, Classic Coach Works offers yet another avenue for someone with an itch for the RV lifestyle.