I have traveled extensively throughout the US for many years and enjoy helping people to make the most of their RV vacations.
The average person will spend upwards of $150,000 to purchase a new travel unit. The rich will spend millions.
They drive coaches that are extra long, tall, wide and have unique amenities such as double stories, roof patios, and built-in garages. (No need to tow when you have one!)
Every so often I go to an RV show, and without fail, there is at least one coach on display that makes me wonder who would be willing to spend several million dollars on something that is nothing more than a vehicle with living quarters attached!
Obviously, only corporations, entertainers and the very wealthy would be able to pay the hefty prices such units bring.
They either want them as
- tax deductions,
- status symbols,
- travel toys, or
- all of the above.
These folks are the upper 1% of income earners worldwide, but since most of us fall far below them in wealth, all we can do is look and drool!
It costs nothing to do that, so let’s take a peek so that we can see how much extravagance and luxury big money can buy.
The Rich Travel With All the Comforts!
All of these coaches are custom made so that buyers can have exactly what they desire in terms of travel comfort.
For these reason, each unit is different. Some of the amenities they have include but are not limited to
- rear patios,
- rooftop patios,
- keyless lock entries,
- multiple flat screen TVs,
- multiple bathrooms, and
- king sized beds with luxury mattress systems.
Some owners actually employ professional chauffeurs to take them from place to place so that they don’t have to be bothered driving.
Others have their coaches driven and parked in luxury resorts for them, and then fly in to nearby cities before stepping on board.
We once were camped at a park in North Dakota when Loretta Lynn's motorhomes (yes, I said homes) pulled in beside us. I wanted to meet her, so I knocked on the door. The driver who opened it told me she never travels with the band. Instead, she flies in for performances, stays in the luxury suite at various resorts and then flies out again to the next stop.
Apparently, she's so rich she can afford to buy luxury coaches but not use them herself!
This definitely is not poor man’s camping!
Unique Amenities Abound
As you will see in some of the videos, extremely costly coaches offer everything from unusual designs and luxury items such as those mentioned above, to larger engines, wheels, generators, solar systems and other items that allow them to create and support every possible comfort.
Standard high end units are homes, but these are actually mansions on wheels!
Plush Campgrounds Are Part of the Deal
The average guy gets to stay in a local KOA or low cost government run facility, but not those with big bucks.
Those people get to stay in high end resort facilities that are beautifully manicured, have wide, long sites and roads, offer extra goodies such as extra wide concrete pads, workout rooms and massage therapists.
Their campgrounds are gated and have restrictions that keep the riff-raff out. People who stay there don't want to be bothered by commoners while they enjoy private, catered parties, live entertainment and spacious pool cabanas.
They spend their days comparing coaches and talking about the upgrades they plan to addand their nights entertaining guests in the lush units they presently own.
No stress here, just pure relaxation (and perhaps a little competition, too?).
A Luxury RV Resort
Ownership Costs Are Excessive
The higher the price, the more you get, but the purchase price of an expensive RV is just the beginning of the costs involved in owning one.
- high end luxury coaches are too big to fit into standard sized campgrounds, so owners have to pay considerably more to stay in well appointed resorts that can offer the support systems and space that these units require. Upwards of $200 night is common,
- the sales tax is often more than what some individuals pay for their RVs. For example, the sales tax in Florida for a one million dollar unit will be $60,000! A three million dollar coach will be taxed for $180,000, but who's counting?,
- indoor, weather controlled storage can easily cost $3000 annually and
- owners pay a good deal of money for gasoline and fuel, detailing and repairs. These fees can easily remove several more thousand dollars annually from their bank accounts.
Bad as this sounds to the average guy, to the wealthy, it is all relative.
In many cases they can write off their expenses or depreciate their units as business expenses.
The Most Expensive Motor Homes in The World
For those with a taste for the expensive and luxurious, here is a current list of the 10 most expensive luxury motor homes in the world:
- 2015 Entegra Coach Cornerstone 45DLQ - $464,000
- Country Coach Magna 630 - $495,000
- UNICAT Amerigo International - $500,000
- 2015 Monaco Dynasty 45P -$ 585,750
- 2015 Newmar King Aire - $738,645
- 2014 Country Coach Prevost - $1,000,000
- 2015 Foretravel IH-45 Luxury Motor Coach - $1,300,000
- 2015 Prevost H3-45 VIP - 1,600,000
- Featherlite Vantare Platinum Plus - $2,500,000
- Marchi Mobile EleMMent Palazzo - $3,000,000
You can view each of them briefly in the attached video as well as a few in more detailed tour videos I have included.
RVing in Style Is Not for the Average Joe
Clearly, recreational vehicles like these are not something the average person would buy, but for those who can afford them, they offer the best of everything.
Are travel units like these a waste of money?
Some would say yes, but others feel that if people want items like this and can afford them, why not have them?
Decide for yourself and let me know what you think by voting in the attached poll, and remember that to enjoy RV travel, you do not have to have an expensive, extravagant luxury motor home.
I've been vacationing in recreational vehicles for more than 50 years and can tell you that I do not need to own a mind blowing and wallet eating motor home or fifth wheel trailer to enjoy my travels!
On the other hand, now that I have thought more about being rich enough to camp in extreme luxury, I might just be willing to give it a try.
Who knows? I might even decide that like it!
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2015 Sondra Rochelle
Sondra Rochelle (author) from USA on September 05, 2017:
luisj305: Me, too!
luisj305 from Florida on September 04, 2017:
This is great, would love a few of them!
Sondra Rochelle (author) from USA on July 01, 2015:
Au fait: I am with you 100% on this one. However, I know of no motor home that costs 50 million dollars. The most expensive is 3 million, is gold plated and is owned by a Sheik in Dubai. The coach I now own cost us $17,500. It's older, but is in great shape and does what we need for it to do. Camping and RV travel ARE for getting in touch with nature, seeing new things and just having some plain old fun. As with other things, I think some people carry things too far, and this article is an example of that. The logistics alone are mind boggling. Can you imagine trying to drive something like that down a back country road? Most campgrounds are not set up to handle the utilities needs of these coaches, either...so they are limited in where they can stay.
One year we were unable to take an RV trip, so we decided to "staycation". It was a terrific week! We ate at a different restaurant every night, spent our days taking leisurely drives or going to the beach, visited with friends, etc. Nothing wrong with that, either!
It's really too bad that so many people fall for the "hype" about motor homes, etc. They spend a lot of money on a depreciating asset that mostly sits for the better part of each year depreciating. Makes no sense whatsoever!
Nice to see you again and thanks for the great comment and the up vote.
C E Clark from North Texas on June 30, 2015:
Oddly I was talking to a man at the mall a few days ago who told me there were RVs like the ones you picture and write about here. He had seen several that were several million dollars, like 50 million and so on. He said they had real marble floors and counters, etc., and that sort of thing which of course drives the price up.
If a person is just going to do the same things they do on a trip, whether traveling in an RV or staying in motels/hotels, why not just stay home and save the money? It's cheaper to sleep late at home. Cheaper to watch TV at home, and so forth. I thought camping was for getting in touch with nature.
Whenever I went on a trip with hubby we were on the go every minute. We'd get a good sleep and then we tried to pack everything into every day that we could -- things we couldn't do at home, things we could't see at home.
People can and will do what they want to with their money, but I frankly think spending so much on an RV is wasteful as I said in your little survey. I understand some people have an image to uphold usually for business purposes. It's basically a business expense then.
With so many people in the world who are dirt poor, I would feel guilty if I spent millions on marble floors in an RV. Or in my home for that matter. I think an RV or a home can be very nice without being decadent. I'm more into practical anyway. I want it to work more than I want it to look lavish, whatever it is.
Voted up and interesting.