Today, we start a series of posts showcasing Prevost owners’ clubs such as the Prevost Prouds, Bus ‘n Bikers and Road Hogs. Just about anytime you check the Events Calendar on the Liberty Coach website, you’ll find at least one listing for a rally sponsored by one of these groups. And their enduring popularity stands as a testament to their members’ loyalty to the Prevost brand and love for the RV lifestyle.
First up: the Road Hogs Motorcoach & Motorcycle Club. This group was started by Mike Latone and Ron Powell in 2007 after its predecessor, the Featherlite VIP Club, was dissolved. “We held our first rally in April 2007, at a spot called Road Hog Park near the University of Arkansas,” recalls Ron’s wife Bonnie, the club’s longtime secretary. “And so the Road Hogs were born.”
Interest grew steadily and by 2009 membership in the new club had reached full capacity. “Our membership is closed at 60,” Bonnie explains, “but we also maintain a waiting list for people who want to join. If you’re on the waiting list, you can attend an event on a ‘tryout’ basis, provided we have space available.”
So who joins the club? “Well, obviously, you have to own both a coach and a bike,” Bonnie laughs. “On the coach side, that means a high-end, luxury motorcoach – not necessarily a Prevost, but it has to be a diesel pusher and 43 feet minimum length. And you must also own at least one motorcycle – most members are ‘2-up’ couples who ride a single bike, but we also have a few single guys and couples who ride separately.” Harleys are the bikes of choice for most, she adds, with some opting for 3-wheelers or trikes.
Currently, the Road Hogs hold two rallies per year – one in the fall and one in the spring. The upcoming Fall Rally in Las Vegas is of special interest for the Liberty Coach family, since Frank and Denise Konigseder as well as Dean Loucks and Nancy Chupp are serving as rally masters. As of this writing, a few slots were still open; for more info, contact the Road Hogs incoming secretary Susan Ewing at Susan.Ewing001@gmail.com. Bonnie Powell, for one, strongly encourages anyone who’s curious about the Road Hogs to join the fun.
“It’s a great way to use your coach and your bike, and see the U.S. like you’ve never seen it before,” she says. “We’ve got a great pair of rallies scheduled for next year – Virginia Beach in the spring (April 26–May 1) and Arundel, Maine in early fall (September 9-13). And wherever we do, the camaraderie is great, and everyone is down to earth and ready for fun. That’s what the Road Hogs are all about.”