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Terry & Dave Taylor

2009 Country Coach Magna 630 - Construction Photos

Dear Readers: In March 2008, we ordered our second Country Coach 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:

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
The wheels on the bus go round and round: Country Coach builds their own chassis on site.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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 child chassis - with a 650hp Cummins diesel engine and a six-speed Allison transmission installed.

For reference, the engine is in the rear of the coach. Enjoy:

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Pretty and shiny

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Front

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Back


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!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Passenger side: view is front to back

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Passenger side: back to front. Huge openings are for slide rooms
(we will have three), smaller openings are windows.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Driver side: front to back. Huge slide room covers entire living area.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
TV console and kitchen! 42" flat-screen will rise from back of cabinet.
Rounded cabinet to back wall is kitchen.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
View of the kitchen looking towards the front of the RV

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Shower & bath area looking forward. See all the wiring? A panel in the
wall here is the Coach Command Center!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bedroom Slide: King Bed (on raised lift), overhead cabinets and bath vanity


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).

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Kitchen

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
The refrigerator will go here

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
My future office!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Rear wall of coach is dresser/closet

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bed: King bed with cabinets above. Still missing headboard and nightstands.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
DT was inside the coach for about ten minutes.
("Does it have a steering wheel, a bed, and a fridge? Yep? Okay, I'm going outside.")
Here is a view of the passenger side.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bedroom headboard in rear slide. Our rep answers DT's questions about the plumbing bay.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Plumbing bay

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Wowzer

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Setting the tile. The workers are in the bath area. Empty void on left is for refrigerator.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Kitchen, looking to front of bus. Fisher Paykell Dishdrawer and 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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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 (finally, again):

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Our Magna

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Worker on the roof, doing something with fiberglass

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Front view

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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:

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
A few days ago: the beigey-gold color is a primer coat. The blue lines are for the dark green paint.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
A few days ago: side view

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Today: lower half of bus is painted silver

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Today: lower half of bus will be silver, top will be black with dark green accents


Tuesday | 14 October 2008: Our Country Coach sent new photos today. The painting is complete and the clear-coat has been applied:

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Shiny!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
GO DUCKS!


15 October 2008: Our Magna is out of paint and is now being buffed to a glorious shine with a buffing compound.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Buffing

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Buffing

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Buffing

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Buffed!


28 October 2008: Here are a few photos of Our Magna out of the paint department, paint job finished.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630

2009 Country Coach Magna 630


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.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
TV lift cabinet

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Powder room

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bathroom

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Office

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Exterior work continues as well


6 November 2008: The work continues at a feverish pace!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
TV is installed in pop-up cabinet

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Shower accent tile

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bathroom


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:

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Caption: "Holy s**t - how long is this thing?"

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Storage for our important "stuff". The first bay holds a 32" slide-out HD television!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
The most important feature of the exterior. Subtle, yet opulent, at the same time.
(Is that O for Oregon or Obama or Oprah?)

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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 window boxes.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Another view, with the slide room "in". Photo by our sales rep, Damon Rapozo.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Damon Rapozo also took this photo of the pop-up HD television

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Laundry, anyone?

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bedroom - 32" LCD HD television and plenty of storage

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Our Magna (still missing a window, by the way).
Roof-mounted full-length awnings and awnings over the windows have yet to be installed.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
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 makes.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Full length awning installed. Nose of bus slides out to reveal generator.
The kitchen window has been installed too.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Dining table extended (for dining)

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Dining table retracted (for travel). Recliners have a pop-up footrest!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Camping Journal Command Center


Wednesday | 12 November 2008: Nearly finished now!

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
About ready for move-in? The window coverings were installed today.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Clean and simple. Foo-foo free... well, except for that Elvis ceiling thing.
We have a teeny table to go between the chairs.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Kitchen - Corian covers remove to reveal sink and cook top

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Television rises up out of cabinet. Front windscreen shade installed too.

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Headboard was installed today

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bedroom - foot of bed view (32" HD television)

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Bathroom

2009 Country Coach Magna 630
Powder room

I apologize to any of My Dear Readers who have dial-up - this page is huge! It is easy to see Country Coach 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.

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