Saturday, March 8, 2014

Molly Brown (aka Monaco Monarch)

The motor coach has been christened with her official name:  Molly Brown.

Question:  Why, say you, did you pick this strange moniker?  
Answer;  I don't know. Some influences relate to the fame of the real Molly Brown; the legend that she was unsinkable; and there's something about all of those Ms (Monaco and Monarch and Molly).  And, hey, I love the name Molly!!

So, I am writing this post because we get a lot of questions about our new home on wheels. Our is a modest home and there are ones on the road that cost $1M+.

But we think Molly is just what we need. So here are the highlights:
  • Class A Motor Coach - 34' 3" exterior length and 7' high ceilings.
  • 2 slide outs: One near the front (driver side) and in the bedroom (near the rear). When we are parked, just push a button for each and they automatically slide out/in. This creates a lot of additional living space.
  • 50 amp service (this means when we are a campground with electric outlets that accommodate 50 amps - some are 30 amps - at each site we can power everything in the motor coach - lights, refrig, heat or AC, water pump, hot water heater, microwace, bay heaters, attic fans, etc.
  • Onan 5.5 KW generator (so when we do not have electric service, the generator will power some sutff, but we cannot run everything simultaneously on the generator).  The generator uses fuel from the gas tank, but will automatically shut down when the tank reaches 25%. Nice feature
  • 80 gallon fuel tank. We like to fuel up at locations like Flying J where they have pump lanes set up specifically for RVs. When pulling the Mini Cooper, we CANNOT back up, so it's really nice to pull into a place that accommodates us so well.
  • 80 gallon fresh water tank
  • 40 gallon waste and 40 gallon gray water (sink, shower) tanThree-camera vision system for rear vision and side view when changing lanes.
  • 10-gallon hot water gas and electric heater (if we do not have power from electicity or the generator, we can get hot water from the onboard propane tank)
  • Two air conditioners and heaters (one in living area, the other in the bedroom). These work really well. We have already used both.
  • Attic fan in kitchen and bathroom.
  • Power patio awning
  • Central vacuum system
  • Two LCD TVs and DVD player (large one in living room and smaller one in bedroom)
  • Dinette with nice storage underneath. This is where we eat meals, play games, and use this space as a desk.
  • Leatherette hide-a-bed sofa. Our guest bedroom!
  • Driver and passenger seats rotate to add two comfy seats to living area.
  • Double door refrigerator and freezer with icemaker. Love that icemaker. When we're driving it runs on propane and converts to electric power when generator is on or when we have electric service.
  • Convection microwave. Yes, this thing can bake OR microwave food.
  • Three-burner propane stove  Love the gas range top...nicer than our electric one!
  • Black out day/night shades on all windows.
  • Nice bathroom with shower stall, stainless steel and cabinets, and skylight. I like the shower better I expected.
Here's a photo of the living area:


1 comment:

  1. Just found your blog and will enjoy following it. We have the same size class A, ours is a gas Holiday Rambler. We took our "guest room" (couch) out after our first trip and have a nice euro chair with foot stool in it's place. Easier to watch tv. We use our iHome (named because we have 2 Apple laptops, two iPads, two iPhones, Apple TV .........well, you get the picture!) to get away from the cold in the winter and the heat in the summer. We pull a Subaru Outback named the iTowed and travel with two unsocial rescued cocker spaniels. Safe travels!