Being an avid car nut means taking advantage of every automotive opportunity that is thrown my way, be it big or small. First off, you never no where these opportunities are going to lead, and second most of them are just a ridiculous amount of fun. Case in point – this past holiday weekend I received a last minute phone call from a buddy asking me if I could fly down to Tampa, FL from NY and help drive his newly purchased motor coach home to the Big Apple. When most of us think of a motor home we think of a pick-up truck chassis with a big ole’ box on the ass-end of it that houses a few bunk beds and a small porta-potty. This baby however was not your average motor home.
Say hello to “BIG MOE”, a 45 foot, 48,000 lb., 2010 American Heritage Motor Coach. When you climb aboard this sucker your entering the big leagues. Powered by a 650 hp Cummins diesel that is mated to a 6-speed Allison Transmission, this big coach makes your daddies camper look like a Tonka Toy. Three of us planned to drive the coach back to NY non-stop so as to get back in time for the 4th of July festivities. To give you an idea of some of the features we’ll start with the coach’s interior. We’ve got two bathrooms, twin flat screen TVs with full satellite capability, marble floors with radiant heat, a master bedroom, washer/dryer, dishwasher, ceiling fans, twin pull-out sofa’s and dual captains chairs with full built in massage and heat and that just scratches the surface.
Now most would think that actually piloting a machine of this size and girth would be a bit daunting, and truth be told it is, but only at first. Once you get over the fact that you’re actually driving something that’s bigger than a Greyhound Bus the fear wears off and you’re left with the simple task of just keeping it on the open road. Truth be told though this thing was a pussycat. Yes it’s big and heavy, but thanks to its spartan chassis its road manners are sublime. Simply point the coach where you want it to go, ease into the throttle and you’re off, it’s that simple. Cruising speed was a solid 70-75 mph for 1200 miles, and thanks to the great build quality and service that we received from Lazy Days RV in Tampa, FL, we made it back to NY without a hitch. Ladies and gentleman when life presents you with opportunities I highly recommend that you jump at them with both feet because at the end of the day you have no idea what roads they’ll take you down.