Ok! It’s time for some quick New-Coach-Reviews!
These are all going to be mechanical issues. Some day I’ll talk more about the cosmetic and lifestyle choices.
First thing on the list is basement storage that extends the full width of the coach. Some of the newer coaches have sliding drawers but they take up additional space and I like this best.
This is really nice — > The power inverter has it’s own bay and that bay is directly adjacent to the battery bay! In case the batteries get messy, there’s no cross contamination with the inverter system and there’s extra space for tools and cords and such.
- First at the top of the photo you see two red knobs — there are two separate battery disconnect switches. This is like a real motorcoach (Prevost / MCI) where you can turn off the chassis batteries OR you can turn off the house batteries — but you don’t have to turn off everything at once. Winnebago had a dash switch that turned off house batteries but I like this better — all back with the batteries themselves.
- I doubt this was original equipment but the previous owners replaced the 12 V batteries with 6 volt and now with a 4th house battery we have much greater staying power
Journey had a nice enough shore power bay but I like this much better. In the first place there’s that cord REEL. It’s not automated but it doesn’t need to be, and it still provides neat and tidy storage.
Another nice touch is the plug-ins for communications. The Winnebago had a phone jack and a cable jack. The Ambassador adds a satellite jack to round out the options.
No one likes to talk about wastewater but one feature I really like about the Ambassador is that the drain line swivels! It can’t be more than a couple bucks to use this set up — if there’s any up-charge at all but it’s so nice to have a connection that just drops right out of the floor without having to wrestle the wastewater drain line up to a connector and then down through the exit point. Simple, elegant
Have you ever successfully dumped your waste lines and not gotten even the littlest bit dirty. What a nice feature to have a pump bottle of sanitizer right there for you to use! I love it and I don’t ever USE sanitizer — now I may start.
Another nice feature — to go along with the hose reel for shore power — is a hose reel for the fresh water line — and this one has it’s own power retractor.
Easy-Peasy. Push the button and stand back because here comes your water hose!
Sometimes you just aren’t thinking about re-filling when you’re dumping, or you aren’t thinking about dumping when you’re re-filling and it’s nice to be able to check the fluid levels while you’re there.
I think the next item needed comparison pictures, so we have two shots of rear view mirrors. At the top is the forward mounted mirror on our Ambassador. Yeah — they’re chrome and shiny but that’s not the important part. The important part is that they are visible through the windshield. You don’t have to turn your head and divert your attention from forward motion to SEE the scene in the rearview. The winnebago use the older, Freightliner style where the mirrors are mounted on the side of the coach and you have to look down and to the side to use them. I love the vantage point — to say nothing of the fact that the “objects are closer than they appear” mirror — down at the bottom — also lets you see the front of your coach!
The last ‘little touch’ I want to comment on is the windshield. This photo is NOT our Ambassador, but it’s typical of a growing trend in Motor Coaches. SINGLE piece windshields!
Our Journey and the Ambassador have split windshields — two equal sized panes. A SINGLE pane on our Winnebago cost over $1100.00. I can’t imagine the cost of the full screen windshield above — OR the shipping to get it to wherever you may need it. I’ll keep my two piece windscreens thank you very much.
Yup — we like the new coach a LOT!
Thanks for stopping by, and I’ll talk with you tomorrow.