I guess there is a natural progression to Prevost in the motorhome world. With the cost of a mid to late 90’s Prevost the same or less than most new fiberglass rv’s it may be time to consider Prevost as something more than “out of reach” for the average person . True the new Prevost of almost any converter is over a million but here we are talking about older units , usually non slide, usually garaged when not in use and serviced on schedule – let’s say 200k or less in cost. Most would quit reading this review after I mentioned non slide. It seems that fun somehow equates to the number of slides you can stick on the side of your box. Prevost was slow into the slide market because they were concerned about safety and stability . Be sure to google “motorhome accidents” before you assume current motorhomes are safe.
Prevost is all about chassis. The xl 1994 to 2000 is a riveted coach while the 2001 and forward have no rivets. Rivets are your friend but you can read about that yourself on any Prevost website. The chassis rides low and the wheelbase to overall length is in the 92% range. This means great stability down the road and minimal wind effects. Almost no overhang of the chassis over the back wheels. The Prevost was built to drive down the road – stable ,smooth and quiet and it does all of that. That same great chassis can get complicated in a campground that is not level . Advantage to the non Prevost on this issue.
The older Prevost is actually fairly easy to maintain. A bus driver does not want to have to off load 45 people on to another bus if a belt breaks for example. The critical belts can be changed in a few minutes without any tools- I must say I was impressed with that revelation . The bulk oil feed requires a lever turn not an oil can. Any diesel shop can work on the Detroit Diesel Series 60 but they are rock solid more miles than you will ever drive a motorcoach. In fact, finding the coach with low miles may actually be a negative. If there are chassis or engine issues you can always find a Prevost service center regardless of who converted the coach. Don’t buy one of these without a Prevost Pre Purchase inspection. It will be the best motorhome $400 you will ever spend.
The interior is usually laminate in this vintage which is a welcome departure from wood IMO. Laminate is both beautiful and durable. Most of these coaches look new inside with regard to the laminate – 15 years later. Not so of cloth or wood unless it is near the ceiling . Royal converted the Prevost with wood if that is your preference and they did a nice job.
Prevost converters make good use of inverters . Two 4kw inverters means you can drive down the road with two air conditioners on without starting the generator. Quiet, clean and more MPG without the generator. You will need 50 amps to run everything in the campground ,in fact, I saw it eating 70 amps on occasion so if you are looking for a back woods experience you will have to be selective as to campgrounds. They publish several good books on how to find the right camp for a big rig.
I have had two previous coaches , a 98 H.R. Endeavor which I traded for a higher end 96 Vogue which I sold and then came the 98 Prevost Liberty and I am fairly new to it so there may be more to this story later. I have not driven a late model tag axle fiberglass coach but I suspect the Prevost will still have the edge with the ride, stability and the initial investment will be less with the Prevost. I expect about 10K per year in upkeep and upgrades. Oh, another point of interest. The folks that own and maintain these are a great bunch who would help you any way possible.