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Hooniverse Weekend Edition – Sarah Palin’s Tour Bus isn’t really a Bus….

Yes, that's a cartoon parrot. See the photo credits below.

 

Welcome to another Hooniverse Weekend. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when the name Sarah Palin is mentioned? Staunch Conservative Politician? Former Alaska Governor? Former Vice-Presidential Candidate? Tea-Party Founder? Right Wing Nut-Job? Whatever your views of Mrs. Palin and her family, you will have to admit that everyone has an opinion of how she conducts herself, and how the media is practically falling all over themselves to cover her trip through the Northeast. This tour seems to revolve around a the Palin family and their chosen mode of transportation, which looks like a tour bus that has been wrapped in a very noticeable color scheme complete with an homage to the Constitution, the Stars and Stripes, and Mrs. Palin’s Signature. However, this is no ordinary tour bus. It is a very high-end Motor Coach, complete with all the luxuries one would expect in a high-end home. Let’s take a look….


While I can’t confirm what year this coach is, it looks like a 45 foot Affinity built by the Country Coach Corporation of Junction City, Oregon. Country Coach has been around since the 70s, and reinvented itself after the company concentrated on building luxury coaches during the 80s. After 1995, the company was sold to a publicly traded company – National RV Holdings – which declared bankruptcy in 2009. One of Country Coaches founders – Ron Lee – purchased the assets, intellectual property, drawings, as well as the property of the former company, and began to rebuild the company.

So, what does this have to do with Sarah Palin and her Bus Tour. It is the perfect example for the budding Presidential Candidate. Country Coach has been rescued by an entrepreneur with little or no Government intervention, leasing excess factory space to “incubator companies”, and added “God Bless America” on the company web site. The Palins also own own a Country Coach Affinity.

Take a look at this image lifted from a video on Palin’s Political Action Committee (PAC) site. The wrap looks like it is being applied to the 2007 Affinity that is currently offered for sale to the public, but I later found out that this is the Palins own rig. This particular coach is built on the proprietary DynoMax chassis, with a Cummins ISC Diesel engine that produced 800 pounds per foot of torque, and an Allison Automatic.

Other equipment that is part of this Luxury Coach include: Quad slide-out sections, GPS System, entertainment system, Dishwasher, Radiant floor heat, California queen bed with power adjustments, Central vacuum system, Electric window awning package, Stacked Washer/Dryer combo, Power drive/passenger seats with heat, and a vorad collision avoidance system.

One more thing… You don’t need a Commercial Drivers License to operate a vehicle that has been classified as an RV. You could have Todd doing the driving duties…. hell, even the Mama Grizzly herself could be behind the wheel at any given time. And once the Palin Northeast vacation is over, you can simply peel off the vehicle wrap, and the “Bus” becomes a “Motor Coach” once again.

So, what do you think of this Tour Bus, and would you want to own one like it? Whatever you think of Palin and her family, you have to remember that she makes great television moments.

Image Sources: Country Coach, The Pirate Eye, Jeff Fusco / Getty Images (Palin’s bus as seen from the rear).

Currently there are "18 comments" on this Article:

  1. njhoon says:

    I would… And I would get a similar RV too. Seriously I have this little dream of winning the lottery, getting a huge ass RV like this and cruising around North America for a year or so until the 'heat from winning the lotto" wears off.

  2. Maxichamp says:

    To make it car relevant, this video of Piper Palin on the bus tour is like Spy Hunter versus the Bullet Proof Bully:
    http://gawker.com/5807501/piper-palin-runs-interf

  3. RichardKopf says:

    I would give $5 to anyone who would spray-paint a sickle and hammer with the letters CCCP on the side. Do I hate 'Murica? No, of course I don't. I just think it would be funny. Also, maybe a mural of Che.

    Actually, maybe I should get my own bus and do this. Like an old school bus, and drop a huge Caddy 500 in it. I think I could effectively piss off everyone.

  4. MattC says:

    Politics aside, that is a really sweet rig. I go to the annual RV show near my house and am always impressed with what RVs are able to incorporate into their respective interior themes. (flat screens, radiant floor heat, etc ). This is definitely a nice way to travel. As someone who currently has a Class A license, I do find it amazing that people new no license requirements to drive one of these. It is not that it is difficult, rather a new owner needs to know how to properly anticipate turns, adhere to proper following distances, use avoidance manuvers, etc that mimic large commercial vehicles.

  5. KAH says:

    Real Americans would be in 34 foot Airstream Classic Limited pilled my something with a HEMI

  6. M600 says:

    I'd rather have a Prevost.

    • austinminiman says:

      Prevosts are rather over-rated in my humble opinion. They're over priced and difficult to service. A nice toter home, like a Renegade, is better built and more suited for the task. For example, most diesel shops have two rates: "Coach rate" and "truck rate." Getting a coach serviced is normally twice the hourly rate because working on the rear-engined design(generally under a bed) is so difficult.

  7. topdeadcentre says:

    A few "Obama 2O12" bumper stickers would look really nifty on the back underbumper thing to either side of where it says "Country Coach"…

  8. LTDScott says:

    Navigator tail lights, GMC Sierra headlights?

  9. ZomBee Racer says:

    For me, wrapping the RV means a couple new tarps on the roof.

  10. jjd241 says:

    You've got to have a runabout for going in to town for milk and eggs though…

    <img src="http://craziestgadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/rv-car-belly.jpg&quot; width="300">

  11. Wayl says:

    should have been a Amarican Revolution

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