The Double DeckerRon Anderson's trailers are the biggest ones on the market — larger than most apartments — and they're totally tricked out with every conceivable amenity, plus a few you'd never imagine possible! Even the stars have come calling for his luxury 18-wheelers. The crown jewel in his fleet, known as "The Heat," was built for legendary Hollywood perfectionist Robert DeNiro. It's over the top in luxury, literally, thanks to the second floor that actually pops up out of the first to create a double-decker RV.
This rolling palace took a team of 200 around six months and more than 10,000 man hours to build, from the ground up. Its plush features include ample leather seating throughout, hand-carved wood details, a granite workspace that converts into a lighted makeup table with the push of a button, and a gourmet galley kitchen with a full-size, top-of-the-line dishwasher, cooktop, microwave convection oven and refrigerator/freezer.
The top floor of "The Heat" doubles the living space. The lengthy area is actually a private screening room that can seat up to 30 people. There are four 36-inch TVs, two on each side, and all the cabinets disappear when not in use. There is also a 42-inch TV in the back of the room and a 100-inch roll-down unit in the front. The large windows bring in great natural light but also can be concealed with state-of-the-art electronic blinds. The seating is all soft leather, and the ample aisles allow plenty of walk-through space or even enough for guests to lie down in them and watch the show!
All Lit Up and Ready to RollCustom creating a motor mansion is more like building a new home than buying an RV off the lot. It takes imagination, patience and above all, money — and lots of it. Price tags could easily run into the millions. Just ask Laurie and Jean Babilis of Ogden, Utah, who have just custom designed their fourth Marathon coach. Their 75 feet of fun is packed with plenty of amenities and built-in storage to transport supplies for their family of nine. The price tag is more than worth it to them because they feel that "families that play together stay together."
Jean Bablis wanted his custom coach to be a party pad on wheels, and he got just that — from unique design elements like cut-glass accents, multicolored LED light fixtures and a super-elaborate audio-visual system to keep everyone entertained. It took a team of 300 nearly six months and 12,000 hours to complete this million-dollar motor mansion. There are generators built in to power all the on-board TVs, lighting and appliances, and special computers were designed to monitor and maintain the systems.
Swank Sitty RoomFor some people, turning a high-end RV into a home on the road is more than a luxury — it's a necessity. Take IndyCar sensation Danica Patrick. She trades in four hot wheels for eight luxurious ones during the six months a year that she and her family are on the racing circuit. Her Prevost conversion by Marathon Coach (pictured above) provides her some respite from her hectic racing schedules. "When the season gets going, this is my home away from home. Everything that I need is in this bus," she said.
Driven by her father and manager, T.J., Danica Patrick's RV features a large sitting room (pictured above) with soothing colors, ample seating and a large plasma TV. The galley kitchen includes a full-size refrigerator and ample storage space in the cabinetry, which means Patrick never has to go without her favorite foods. There is also a bedroom in the back with electric blinds for privacy, a standard-size bathroom and washer/dryer.
Kitty Condo to GoCreators of custom RVs often get unusual requests, but one particularly unusual one is that of Carolyn and Cub Clinger: a kitty condo. The Clingers wanted to be able to travel comfortably with their six cats on a bus, so the designers at Marathon created a special compartment just for their six cats — Miss Kitty, Miss Molly, Macho, Prince, Tory and Skitters — that features a ramp and door for them to enter and exit the main areas of the bus, a special drinking area with a reverse-osmosis filter (hooked up to the purified water system) and, of course, a private place to hide for the kitties to do their business.
Dapper DinetteThe most expensive RV ever built is this $2.5 million conversion bus by Featherlite Coach called the Platinum Plus. The exterior features three slideouts, a wild paint job and an entire outdoor kitchen. The kitchen includes a grill, microwave, ice maker, freezer, refrigerator, multi-layer wine rack and an entertainment bay — everything you need to tailgate and have a good time with your friends. "The only thing you have to add is food and fuel," says Clyde Bailey of Featherlite.
The inside of the Platinum Plus boasts elegant furnishings you'd expect to find in a country club, not a motorhome. The exotic materials and craftsmanship come from five different continents and appear around every corner. There's Italian furniture and silk window treatments, rare marble floors, an onyx dinette table and even handmade crystal light fixtures. The high-tech galley kitchen blends modern conveniences with traditional design motifs. The handpainted farmhouse sink is surrounded by custom copper countertops, for example. There are full sets of cutlery, flatware and plates as well as a stocked liquor cabinet.
The bathroom has a solid onyx shower stall with French hardware that includes four body washers, a handheld extension and cascade shower head. There are even Egyptian-cotton spa robes and towels to ensure a completely luxurious experience. Other amenities include an office area with suede-lined drawers that's fully equipped with a wide-screen laptop, scanner, printer and fax machine. Perhaps the pièce de résistance is the built-in gym. The treadmill has a 10" LCD TV built in behind the mirror in the stateroom!