I’m Satisfied With My “Destiny Marie” :)
The sun is barely peaking over the mountain, lighting up the Coburg industrial complex as I watch the “Destiny Marie” disappear behind the hanger doors of “Camp Monaco”….. All dramatic poetry aside (lol). We’ve been here a week now at the Monaco RV repair facility in Coburg, Oregon, getting a long list of maintenance done on my bus. Now, if you’ve been watching my social media and seen that I’m here about twice a year, you might be thinking “Hmm, his bus must be quite a lemon, as much as he takes it into the shop!”, but actually it’s not that bad. To put it in perspective, class A coaches are basically a small house strapped onto a diesel bus chassis, so when you’re on the road all the time like I am, it’s like subjecting that small house to a hurricane and an earthquake every day!
That being said, we actually have a shorter list of repairs with my 12 year old coach than most people do with their 1-3 year old models! So I feel pretty satisfied with how well my bus is holding up, especially considering it spends almost the whole year deployed on the road and a lot of the other coaches that come here have fewer than 30k miles on them.
Just up the road from the Monaco facility is a place that makes and repairs super high end Prevost coaches that cost upwards of $1million, and they cost between $10k-$20k just to maintain them!
All things considered, I’m quite satisfied with my bus! Even though we’re outgrowing it and don’t have much longer together, the “Destiny Marie” has served me well. She wasn’t built to be a full time tour bus, but with the love and care we treat her with, she’s handled the lifestyle masterfully and I’m very proud to have had her for my first bus 🙂
I’m not sure if it’s the fact that I won’t have this bus too much longer, or just separation anxiety from being away from my bus and sitting in a waiting room for 8 hours, but I’m feeling very nostalgic about the 3 1/2 years I’ve spent on the road so far! lol
It’s been a great road thus far, I’ve learned so much in such a short time, and have so many lifetime memories that I never could’ve had otherwise.
Yes, it’s tough sometimes and it’s a lot of hard work. But at the end of the day, I still love every part of this life!! This is how I want to live until I die 🙂