Marathon Coach, Inc. began operations in September 1983 converting new commercial bus shells into luxury recreational vehicles and corporate coaches. Since 1989, Marathon has built their custom-crafted conversions on Prevost bus shells, becoming the Volvo subsidiary’s largest bus converter. In 1990, Bob Schoellhorn purchased his first Marathon coach and invested in the company after retiring from 17 years of service (including more than 10 years as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board) at Abbott Laboratories, a major pharmaceutical company. He became sole owner of Marathon Coach in 1994, using his worldwide business expertise and investment to accelerate Marathon’s expansion by many years. Marathon moved into its custom-built Coburg, Oregon plant, and opened its Marathon Coach Florida sales and service complex in San Antonio, near Tampa, that same year. Marathon Coach Texas, opened in Grand Prairie, near Dallas/Fort Worth, in November 2006.
Marathon Coach, Inc. produces the world’s most sought after bus conversions. Built on Prevost H3-45 and XLII chassis, Marathon coaches provide the amenities of a luxury home with the freedom of the RV lifestyle. Marathon’s engineers, craftspeople, and designers are the best in the industry. Each department works together to design and produce each custom coach. Likewise, Marathon’s advanced technologies and patented systems maintain the company’s position at the forefront of the recreational vehicle and corporate coach industry. New coaches range in price from $1.5 to $2.5 million; top-quality pre-owned coaches begin at $200,000. Marathon’s pre-owned coaches are completely refurbished and certified with a limited, six-month warranty.
The Maratime, Marathon Coach Club International’s quarterly magazine, offers interesting and informative articles about the coach lifestyle, profiles of coach owners, and information about the latest advanced technologies installed in Marathon coaches. Filled with dynamic color photographs, layouts, and articles, The Maratime provides summaries and pictorials of Marathon Club rallies, helpful hints for motorcoach living, driving tips, and information about exciting places to visit while on the road.