2009 Country Coach Magna 630 - Construction Photos
Dear Readers: In March 2008, we ordered our second
motorhome from Damon
Rapozo at Guaranty RV. Country Coach is located in Junction City,
Oregon - just a few miles north of Eugene. Here are photos of our
motorhome being built from the ground-up. The RV is a
45' Vivaldi floorplan (in the back) and totally custom in the front.
It took nine months to complete our RV as Country Coach was going
through tough times... but we try to not think about that...
22 July 2008: They have finally started
building our motorhome! Here are a few shots of the chassis:
The wheels on the bus go round and round: Country Coach builds their own
chassis on site.
150 gallon fuel tank. (We are accepting donations!)
It's an engine!
Friday | 1 August 2008: I feel like
someone who is sponsoring a child from afar - and they keep sending me
progressive photos of her development! Too much excitement! Today
Country Coach emailed us photos of our
chassis - with a 650hp Cummins diesel engine and a six-speed Allison
For reference, the engine is in the rear of the coach. Enjoy:
Pretty and shiny
We have walls!
Thursday | 14 August 2008: Today we
received updated photos of walls and cabinets. Now it looks like it
could be a motorhome!
Passenger side: view is front to back
Passenger side: back to front. Huge openings are for slide rooms
(we will have three), smaller openings are windows.
Driver side: front to back. Huge slide room covers entire living area.
TV console and kitchen! 42" flat-screen will rise from back of cabinet.
Rounded cabinet to back wall is kitchen.
View of the kitchen looking towards the front of the RV
Bedroom, looking to rear of coach. Closet/drawers along back wall.
Dresser/TV will be in slide room cut-out on left.
King bed and bath cabinets will be in slide room cut-out on right.
Shower & bath area looking forward. See all the wiring? A panel in the
wall here is the Coach Command Center!
Bedroom Slide: King Bed (on raised lift), overhead cabinets and bath
Cabinets, and miles of wire
Wednesday | 20 August 2008: We were in
Eugene, so went to Junction City to visit our Magna! We interrupted
three workers finishing-up the wiring in the kitchen/office area. From
the bath area to the rear of the coach, everything is "stock". From the
bath area to the front of the coach everything is custom, and this is
the first time Country Coach has built the custom dinette (that I
designed) and the custom TV cabinet (that I envisioned).
The refrigerator will go here
My future office!
Bedroom - foot of bed: passenger-side slide room. Lower cabinet is
dresser, then a window in the middle. the space with all the wires will
hold yet another flat screen HD television.
Rear wall of coach is dresser/closet
Bed: King bed with cabinets above. Still missing headboard and
DT was inside the coach for about ten minutes.
("Does it have a steering wheel, a bed, and a fridge? Yep? Okay, I'm
Here is a view of the passenger side.
Bedroom headboard in rear slide. Our rep answers DT's questions about
the plumbing bay.
Here are two batteries. Each battery is about 1 foot x 2 feet. Notice
there are two more on a tray below. These batteries are for operating
the "house" - there are six different batteries for the engine.
A glimmer of hope
Wednesday | 24 September 2008: After a
month-long work stoppage due to lack of funds/poor economy, etc.,
Country Coach started work again this week and today they are setting
the floor tile in our new motorhome! This is the first work to be
completed on our new Magna since August 20th.
Setting the tile. The workers are in the bath area. Empty void on left
is for refrigerator.
Kitchen, looking to front of bus.
oven are installed.
Dishwasher will be faced with wood trim to match cabinetry.
The motorhome will be tiled from the first step at the
entry door, all the way back to the bedroom. Easy cleanup! Only the
slide room will have carpet - plus the tile is heated throughout.
TV cabinet: Front half is storage; rear holds TV that will
electronically lift-up from cabinet for viewing.
When he saw the above photos this morning, it was the
first time hubby had seen the tile scheme I had chosen for our Magna.
(Luckily, he liked the tile.) The tile is actually two different "colors
of beige" with a black marble accent tile. It will tie-in well with the
countertops and dining table top. The wood is light cherry.
Back to work!
Friday | 3 October 2008: Exciting news
to report from Junction City! The Country Coach factory is working full
steam ahead! Our coach now has all the appliances inside and the
windshield has been installed. Also, today they placed the Corian shower
walls in the shower stall. Here are a few photos of the work in-progress
Worker on the roof, doing something with fiberglass
Backsplash tile being installed above the desk!
Thursday | 9 October 2008: They have
started painting our Magna! We have ordered a custom paint job. I know,
I know, Country Coach is famous for their paint schemes... but we worked
with their designer to reflect our boring tastes and our love of the
Oregon Ducks and we came up with this:
A few days ago: the beigey-gold color is a primer coat. The blue lines
are for the dark green paint.
A few days ago: side view
Today: Photos taken through a window as the coach is in a sealed room
now for painting.
The green strip down the middle of the coach and the "O" have been
painted. "O" is now covered.
Trim around the "O" and above/below middle strip will be metallic gold.
Today: lower half of bus is painted silver
Today: lower half of bus will be silver, top will be black with dark
Tuesday | 14 October 2008: Our Country
Coach sent new photos today. The painting is complete and the clear-coat
has been applied:
15 October 2008: Our Magna is out of
paint and is now being buffed to a glorious shine with a buffing
28 October 2008: Here are a few photos
of Our Magna out of the paint department, paint job finished.
4 November 2008: Additional photos were
sent today - our motorhome is now a beehive of activity as it is due to
come off-line within the week.
TV lift cabinet
Exterior work continues as well
6 November 2008: The work continues at
a feverish pace!
TV is installed in pop-up cabinet
Shower accent tile
Visiting our bus
Friday | 7 November 2008 | Eugene, Oregon:
This morning we were able to go visit our new Magna for the first time
in over a month - we have been on the road following the Duck football
team. Quite a bit has changed. Even though our Country Coach rep sends
photos almost daily, it was certainly nice to see the monster for
ourselves, open every cabinet and kick the tires.
It may look a little messy to you, but we have been through this process
before and nothing scares us. At this point, over one hundred people are
focused on completing our motorhome. Country Coach has scheduled our
delivery for Tuesday, 18 November. (We took delivery of Our Intrigue 20
November 2003 - nearly five years ago to the day.)
Here are a bunch of photos of Our Magna:
Caption: "Holy s**t - how long is this thing?"
Storage for our important "stuff". The first bay holds a 32" slide-out
The most important feature of the exterior. Subtle, yet opulent, at the
(Is that O for Oregon or Obama or Oprah?)
Only things yet to be installed inside are the dinette, recliners and
headboard behind the king bed.
Slide room is retracted in this photo, sorry. Notice the plain/simple
Another view, with the slide room "in". Photo by our sales rep,
Damon Rapozo also
took this photo of the pop-up HD television
Bedroom - 32" LCD HD television and plenty of storage
King bed - without the headboard
After checking out the great progress on our future
home-on-wheels, a mean person came to take our RV away to another
building at the factory! Boo hoo... we watched it drive away. We won't
see Our Magna again until we take delivery in eleven days! Damon took a
few more photos and emailed the files to me. Thanks, Damon!
Our Magna (still missing a window, by the way).
Roof-mounted full-length awnings and awnings over the windows have yet
to be installed.
Driving around the factory (slide room still out a bit due to still-wet
seal or something).
For the curious, Our Magna is 12'10" tall. (Our Intrigue
is 12'1"). Our Magna is 45' long. (Our Intrigue is 40' long.) Both RVs
are 8'6" wide.
Dang, is that thing shiny enough?
Tuesday | 11 November 2008: Does it
ever end? More photos were sent today from Country Coach. Our RV is
really taking shape - nearly finished. Still a few details to be
completed and the internet satellite and satellite HD television dishes
need to be installed on the roof... but my, what a difference a day
Full length awning installed. Nose of bus slides out to reveal
The kitchen window has been installed too.
Dining table extended (for dining)
Dining table retracted (for travel). Recliners have a pop-up footrest!
Camping Journal Command Center
Wednesday | 12 November 2008: Nearly
About ready for move-in? The window coverings were installed today.
Clean and simple. Foo-foo free... well, except for that Elvis ceiling
We have a teeny table to go between the chairs.
Kitchen - Corian covers remove to reveal sink and cook top
Television rises up out of cabinet. Front windscreen shade installed
Headboard was installed today
Bedroom - foot of bed view (32" HD television)
I apologize to any of My Dear Readers who have dial-up -
this page is huge! It is easy to see
does not mess around with quality - they build a first-class motorhome
and we believe their motto of "The World's Finest Motorcoaches". Plus,
they are an Oregon company and we are Oregonians!
NOTE: Since I wrote this lovely report, Country Coach
has filed Chapter 11 and we have lot our warranty. Boo. Hiss.
See the finished