From A High School Project To Million Dollar RV’s
Do you ever find yourself patrolling the campground, checking out other RV’s and just dyeing to know what they look like on the inside? Yeah, us too, especially the really expensive looking ones?
Being so close to the Foretravel factory in Nacogdoches, we had to take a tour! We wanted to find out what goes into a coach to make the price tag go so high.
Anyone can take a tour, just show up at 10am on a Thursday. It’s a tour, not a sales pitch, so don’t be afraid you are going to walk out with a new coach.
Foretravel started out in 1967 as a school project. One of the Fore boys built a 29’ motorhome in their backyard. I can honestly say that beats the pants off anything I did in high school.
The most impressive part of the manufacturing process is right from the beginning. They don’t convert buses; they build everything in house and from the ground up! What’s interesting is how few coaches are being worked on at any given moment. This is not a huge production line with coaches coming off ready to go in just a few hours. They work on only a few coaches at a time and each coach is unique. Every coach gets a number and a manual specific to just that coach. Because everything is built from the ground up, they can customize anything. If you want the slide moved over or the layout changed, no problem.
The final product is clean and of course, luxurious. The price tag is the result of quality control and taking the time to make it right from the begging, I do see the appeal of all the glass, mirrors and electronics everywhere you look. If you want a 4 seasons resort on wheels, this is the coach for you!
For us, these coaches are larger than we need and just ever so slightly out of our budget.
It was an interesting tour and gave us a look at a smaller, family owned and operated high end production RV manufacturer. From a high school project to million dollar coaches, Foretravel is a great example of “The American Dream”.
Thanks for pointing me to this great review on Foretravel Motorcoaches in Nacogdoches, Texas. Can’t believe I missed it when you first posted!
Congratulations on the many broadcast opportunities coming your way, too. The Travel Channel’s MegaRV piece will be a great feather in your cap. It will be great to see you and Nikki in the eco-friendly edition, and Foretravel featured in the Extreme RV department.
Your growing expertise on eco-friendly RVing continues to help others looking to leave light footprints as they enjoy the highways of the USA and beyond.
All the best,
– Bruce in East Texas
Bruce, you’re little town has some pretty amazing companies tucked away and Foretravel is one of them. If you haven’t taken a tour, you should. It’s interesting to see.
I could go either way. I like the fact that it is custom. There are certain things that I want to have given the option. I think I might opt to cleaning the tub if I could have one in my RV.
Give me a comfy bed and a decent kitchen and I’m all about it! Oh yeh, and a decent shower! I’m okay with keeping it simple. I’ve been into several rigs with 1 1/2 baths…who wants to clean that…NOT me! 🙂
Interesting bit of history about Foretravel. Way back in the 70’s when we and our friends were camping in tents, campers and pop-up trailers we were in awe of the Foretravel that one of our friend’s parents bought. Wow, it seemed to be the ultimate in luxury then and still seems to be.
(Now, nine RVs later, we travel full time in a very nice 5th wheel.)
I enjoy following your travels!
Thanks Bj! Those 5th wheels come pretty fancy these days too! Thanks for following!
Looks like the kind of luxury that well to do Cowboys fans want for their tailgating parties at football games.
Paul, I could see you in a foretravel throwing some pretty awesome tailgating parties!
These are nice rigs, but a bit too much RV for those of us who like to visit state parks, wilderness areas and other locations that would be hard to get to with a rig like that.
Chris, we feel the same way. That’s why there are so many different RV’s out there, we all like to use them in different ways.