We are looking to possibly trade-in our RV COW (condo on wheels), which is a 2007 Country Coach Magna, for an older Prevost or Newell. Weâre looking for bigger (and more) windows and a smoother ride. Our budget is $250k (minus the trade-in value of our COW).
A COW Undergoing a Remodel
Today, weâre at Panterra Luxury Coaches checking out a 2004 Prevost American tentatively priced at $300k. The bus is a recent arrival at Panterra and is under going clean up, tune up and remodeling. It is slated to be ready for the showroom by late November. Weâre seeing it somewhat stripped down and full of tools and spare parts.This is okay because we do a bit of home renovation and remodeling work ourselves and seeing things under construction doesnât deter us.
While the $300k price is over our budget, weâre hoping if we like âCoCo Deuxâ almost as is, we can get it for a lower price since Panterra wonât have to spend its full budget to bring the coach up to the dealerâs high standards.
Warm and Inviting
Itâs a beautiful COW with a warm and stunning earth-tone paint job. It has two slides: one in the salon and one in the bedroom. There is a lot of storage under the COW.Â The entry is wide and features granite steps. There are no retractable steps, which is nice.
As we enter, we love the red-brown leather seats. We like earth tones. The seats are in good condition and are comfortable.
Reminds Me Of Someone I Know…
As we look past the entry and into the salon we are struck immediately by the patterned couch (black, tan, gold fabric) and granite tile floors. The color scheme is black and brown… which is my sister CoCo’s colors. I think we’ve figured out the nickname for this COW: CoCo Deux!
We Can Live With It If The Price Is Right
We can live with the old couch – itâs actually quite comfortable – for awhile. It’s showing its age and doesn’t have a lot of support but it’s okay.
The floors themselves are beautiful…. but the floors are the same material and pattern used on the counter tops.
Using the same pattern on the floor and the counters makes the inside of CoCo Deux feel busy or almost dizzying. You can’t tell where the floor ends and the counters begin. It’s odd.
We ask if the tile floors are heated. We have heated tile floors in our current COW and absolutely love them. Randy, our salesman, looks for a heated tile floor panel but we just can’t find one. It’s a little strange because you kind of expect to have them in a slide-out Prevost with tile floors. Unfortunately, the tile floors in CoCo Deux are not heated and putting in heated tile floors is not a project we want to undertake due to the expense.
Looking up from the floors we notice the valences are done in a nice two-tone suede. They add a touch of subtlety to the salon. I wish mom had gotten a picture of them. She’ll get better at taking pictures as we do more tours I’m sure.
Can This Counter Be A Desk?
My mom is happy thereâs a desk of sorts although when she sits in the chair and tries to use the desk, she discovers itâs not really a desk. Itâs more of a counter or end table. It’s not the right height for a working desk. It also doesn’t have an overhang so there’s nowhere to put your legs as you’re facing the desk. Itâs a nice counter for social gatherings but not practical for her needs as a blogger. That said, we can live with it for awhile until we replace it with either a desk or a couch.
Next to the couch on the driver’s side and across from the kitchen is an over-sized dinette booth. The leather is a bit worn but what really bothers us is the way the chairs spill over into the walk aisle. They’re almost like giant, tan marshmallows. That means it’s going to be tight when the slide is pulled in. Again, we can live with it… it’s just another thing we would like to change.
The kitchen is nice. The colors are beautiful, the cabinets are high-quality, there is a dishwasher, the sink is big, and it has a residential refrigerator. The refrigerator’s age concerns us… it’s 13 years old so that’s another thing we will have to eventually replace. It’s not a concern except at this price, $300k, we don’t want to take out the windshield to haul out and put in a residential refrigerator.
As we move down the hallway, there is a large shower on the right that is being refurbished. My dad is impressed with Panterra’s quality work on their remodeling. They pay attention to details.
Bedroom With Space
There is a stacked washer and dryer and then we move into the bedroom.
Bummer! A queen-sized bed. But, oh well. The carpeting is neutral and is in good shape. There is a large closet.
The TV is small and doesn’t block the window, which is nice. My dad likes the cherry wood in the bedroom. Mom’s looking for something a bit more modern. She likes the wood but isn’t crazy about the traditional design features on the cabinets. She’s also a bit perplexed that the cabinetry in the bedroom is different than the cabinetry in the rest of the COW.
A make-up chair is tucked under the counter by the window. That’s something we’ll never use so the space can be used for something else… maybe a clothes hamper? There is a ceiling fan that is kind of outdated but would be nice to have. Unfortunately, the valences in the back of CoCo Deux don’t match the nice neutral ones that are in the front of the COW. These are the original valences except they don’t look like 2004… mom says they look more like 1994. Well, at least they match the bedspread.
There is a window behind the bed but it’s small since there are large cabinets above the head of the bed.
Mom makes a list of the changes she’d like to make so we can ask the dealer how much it would cost to make the changes or how much it would be to take the COW pretty much as it is now, except with the shower finished.
Since CoCo Deux is a work in progress, we can’t take her for a test drive just yet.
Will CoCo Deux Be The COW We Choose?
CoCo Deux has a lot of what we’re looking for: it’s 45-feet long, has a full-sized couch, a stacked washer and dryer, and tile flooring throughout (except the bedroom). It would need some updating and the price is definitely over our budget. Since it’s not a Prevost Marathon or a Prevost Liberty, it may depreciate more quickly (just like Goldilocks). American, the company that converted this Prevost, is no longer in business. The depreciation, cost of updates and listing price are definitely considerations as we think about the depreciation hit we will take on our Country Coach.
Next Up… The Blue Man
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