Ambassador PLQ, Journey DL, Old Diary

Little Touches


Ok!  It’s time for some quick New-Coach-Reviews!

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Instead of having 4 bays that were only extended part of the way through the coast, the Ambassador has full width bays accessible from either side!

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.

Winnebago put the Inverter in the same bay with the shore power, but I like having a separate bay for the inverter and other small electrical parts I might have.

Winnebago put the Inverter in the same bay with the shore power, but I like having a separate bay for the inverter and other small electrical parts I might have.

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.

2014041314472702There are two things really worthy of mention here:

  • 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

2014041314480904Journey 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.

2014041314481505Another 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

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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.
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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!

Of course the one thing I also do is keep all the hose ends sealed — don’t want to mix fresh and dirty water or contaminate any of the hoses.  2014041314484508

While we’re down there in the dirty area let’s talk about tank sensors.  I never thought about it, but having a sensor panel down there where you’re working is one great idea.
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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.

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Mirrors on the Ambassador

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Mirrors on the Winnebago

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!
2014041314503813The 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.

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6 thoughts on “Little Touches

    • There are so many details in a coach that learning what is important to you, and what you can live without can be challenging.

      Little things can mean a lot. We did not think to check on whether the new coach had lighting in the closet. It does not. I MISS that. Little touch, little inconvenience. Maybe I’ll put up some battery operated ones. ???

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      • I kind of agree.

        I suspect we’ll look for an easily installed lighting system for the closet and then we’ll be happy. But if it came down to lights in the closet or the rear office — the office wins any time!

        We didn’t do too much to Journey after we bought her until replacing carpet with flooring and replacing the sofa — who knows what we might ultimately decide to do with this one.

        It’s yet to be determined!

        P >

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  1. Linda Sand says:

    If you see the front of your coach in the side mirror you may not have it aligned well. It is much more important to have no blind spots alongside you.

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    • I agree, Linda, about concern over blind spots. After 3/4 of a million miles as a trucker I’m death against blind spots. But with the mirror sitting about 18” in front of the coach it’s easy to see both the corner and the side. We have both flat mirrors and convex mirrors, each set slightly differently. And we also have right, left, and rear view cameras.

      Still and all, nothing is better than a properly adjusted mirror!

      For a while I drove an old MCI coach (think 1970’s greyhound). And they had those dinky little right and left side mirrors that were scarcely 10 x 10 or so it seemed. Not sure I ever measured them in those days. Nowadays they have bigger mirrors on some pickup trucks!

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