We Appreciate You!
celebrate the occasion of our Nine Year Anniversary, we want
to thank those of you who have traveled with us on our
recently retired coach “Patty’s Charm”. As our guests, you
have made it possible for us to launch a new mode of private
travel aboard a luxury motor coach/bus conversion. We hope
you hold fond memories of your travels and share our joy as
was celebrate nine years of private travel.
A Bit of
History and Interview with Ed Lonsbary on the Occasion of
the Nine Year Anniversary of Private Motor Coach, Inc.
hear about what I do for a living, many respond enviously.
They wish they could live their dream like I do every day,”
says Ed Lonsbary, the President and Founder of Private Motor
Coach, Inc. (PMC). January 2008 marks the nine year
anniversary of operating Private Motor Coach, Inc.
been sharing his passion for wanderlust every day since
January 25, 1999 when at age 51 he left a 26-year corporate
career and became the first to offer the unique experience
of freedom on the road in a luxury motorhome/bus
conversion. Lonsbary welcomes travelers aboard his
“house-on-wheels” and takes them anywhere roads lead. In
the past nine years, Lonsbary has completed more than 50
trips and drove over 165,000 miles throughout the US and
safe, reliable and comfortable escorted, private travel,”
explains Lonsbary. “I pick people up at their door, then,
we hit the road. Sometimes I have as many as eight people
on board, other times it’s just been me and one other
passenger. I’ve taken people in the coach for just one day
while others have traveled for up to six weeks.”
welcomes you aboard the private coach.
nine years, trips have been as unique as his business model.
“I enjoy the trips as much as the customers,” quips
Lonsbary. He recalled one special trip that focused on AAA
baseball, Civil War battlefields, barbeque, and blues. The
trip followed the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Natchez Trace,
made a visit to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and finished
up in Graceland for the for 25th anniversary of
Elvis Presley’s death.
escorted The Preservation Jazz Band of New Orleans to a
performance in The Hamptons. He gave terminally ill people
their last ride to their summer homes. He reunited families
for special events. He has helped to show off the splendor
of Alaskan glaciers, the wilderness areas of the Canadian
Yukon and wonders of national parks. Once, he even
caravanned a team of drivers to pick-up a fleet of used
garbage trucks. Trips have been for business, vacations and
special medical needs.
service of Private Motor Coach, Inc. is that it provides a
travel option for persons with manageable disabilities, who
cannot travel via air or car. “These folks can get off the
couch at home and go anywhere,” says Lonsbary, “because the
coach becomes their temporary home while on the road and an
escort is always with them.”
Motor Coach, Inc. began operations in 1991 in the basement
of Canadian-born Ed Lonsbary’s North Park home in Gibsonia
just north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 2001, he moved
the operation to Whitehouse near Dallas, Texas. Now, he’s
given up the physical address and lives in the coach
fulltime. “Nearly all of the people who travel with Private
Motor Coach find my services on the Internet by going to the
Over time, I found that I did not need a physical office. I
use emails, talk on the phone about where and when people
want to travel, and then I take the coach to them. Without
roots to a home or office, I can position myself to better
serve my customers.”
two years in business, the United Motorcoach Association
awarded PMC the 2001 Vision Award for innovative travel, but
there are no copy cats. Many people have aspired to run a
coach like I have. I give them counsel regularly but no one
has yet to take the leap. As far as I know, Private Motor
Coach, Inc. is the only company providing this type of
custom, private travel,” says Lonsbary.
plans to continue offering trips as he moves forward in the
ninth year of operation with the geographic expansion of
trips and the goal to make the tenth
a real milestone. He explained, “Private Motor Coach will
expand the current offering of trips in our luxury
motor coach/bus conversion to include more than just North
America. Next on the horizon are trips to Central American
and South America.”
“Dolly’s Pride Replaces
In 2007, Ed
Lonsbary replaced his original coach, a MCI-9 called
“Patty’s Charm” with an upgraded Prevost XL motorcoach/bus
conversion called “Dolly’s Pride.” As with the original
coach, the Prevost has all the amenities of a
house-on-wheels: living room, kitchen, dinette, full
bathroom with shower, queen-sized bedroom, and a large
storage bay for bicycles, luggage, sports equipment or
whatever needs to go along on a trip, including
wheelchairs. Lonsbary also tows a Toyota Corolla behind the
coach for side trips.
Patty Lonsbary, General Manager of Private Motor Coach, Inc.
(PMC), is expanding her role as the company targets new
travel destinations. She will also develop a new
Global Tourism Solutions, Inc. (GTS) - with implementation
targeted for mid-2008.
Lonsbary notes, “Patty has been a supportive spouse and part
of Private Motor Coach, Inc. (PMC) since its inception in
January 1999. She has applied her considerable skills to our
entrepreneurial private travel company while engaged in her
own career as a Senior Consultant for the Dallas-based fund
raising firm Ketchum. On September 7, 2007, Patty resigned
from Ketchum to help grow PMC to the next level, as well as
concurrently develop Global Tourism Solutions, Inc. that is
closely allied with PMC.”
remarked, “Private Motor Coach will expand the
current offering of trips in a luxury motor coach/bus
conversion to include more than just North America. Next on
the horizon are Central American and South America. To meet
the future needs of the companies, we recently upgraded to a
luxury Prevost bus conversion/motor home from our older
MCI. And, to make this transition as smooth as possible,
we are looking for management/investment partners, up to and
including a possible outright sale of PMC, who will continue
to grow the US and Canadian markets, while we focus on
Central and South America private travel and tourism
development via GTS.”
Specifically, Global Tourism Solutions (www.glotours.com)
is a new business that compliments the long-range goals of
PMC. GTS will offer practical solutions for tourism
development via analysis, research, and implementation of
global marketing strategies by serving as a trusted advisor
for government travel bureaus, travel agents, publishers,
businesses and travelers. GTS will also tap the contemporary
niche market of the charitable tourism.
explains, “There is growing evidence that travelers want
their journeys to be more than a ‘look and see
experience.’ They want to benefit the people
and places they visit. GTS marries travelers’ interests and
energies with benevolent national and international
Lonsbary, General Manager of Private Motor Coach, Inc.
recently, Patty served as the lead fund raising consultant
for the USA Swimming Foundation, Palmer Trinity School, and
Prairie View A&M University. Nationwide, she has worked on
campaigns for Hospice of West Alabama, Steel Industry
Heritage Corporation, Richardson Regional Medical Center and
others. She dedicated 17 years of service to charitable
organizations including: the American Cancer Society,
Women’s Services of Westmoreland County, and the Association
for Retarded Citizens. Before entering the non-profit
sector, Patty worked as a writer and producer for KQV
All-News Radio in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has earned
an International Master of Business Administration (IMBA)
from Point Park University (2000) and a BS in Communications
and Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh (1977).
She is a long-time Rotarian and Past President (1995 - 1996)
of the Greensburg Rotary Club.
Someone Say RV Road Trip?”
is intended to entertain and inform. Patty Lonsbary began
writing this blog in July 2006. Most recent entries will
entertain you with articles about traveling in the USA and
Canada. Earlier entries chronicle the practical and
emotional details of actions leading up to living fulltime
on the road in a Prevost bus conversion/motorhome and giving
up a career as a fundraising consultant to begin her own
company Global Tourism Solutions, Inc. In 2009, “Did
Somebody Say RV Road Trip?” will become a blog about life on
the road in Central and South America. This blog is the
foundation for a travelogue series starring Ed Lonsbary as
“Red Leader” to be released in 2010.
Looking for a Film Maker
Lonsbary opened the world of travel to people wanting to
visit the USA and Canada in a luxury motorhome/bus
conversion. He has been the primary driver/escort for
travel. Soon Ed will move on to his next entrepreneurial
goal: creating a Charles Kuralt-type program about the
traveling life aboard a motor coach/bus conversion. Ed will
be the main character of “Did Someone Say RV Road Trip?” – a
travelogue chronicling RV travel through Central and South
America. The travelogue series will be available for
purchase from Global Tourism Solutions, Inc. in 2010. The
show will break the myth that RV travel south of the boarder
is “dangerous”, seek out the best places to “boondock”, and
take you to the end of the earth in the town of Ushuaia
where the road really is a dead end.
Lonsbary as the main character, he is looking for a film
team and producer willing to travel and handle the media
production details. If you or someone you know might be
interested in participating in this project, contact
firstname.lastname@example.org before August 2008.
We’re Really Not
Tourists: It’s a Shake Down Cruise
Ed Lonsbary at the Prevost Factory with
Gisele Roy, Prevost Customer Support Manager – Bus Shell
Division, Saint-Claire, Quebec, Canada
through New York and Canada in September and October 2007
may seem at first to have been an extended RV vacation for
Ed and Patty Lonsbary. But, Ed quickly dismisses this
notion. “We’re not really tourists,” he explains. Several
reasons come to mind.
This trip constitutes a
“shake down cruise” according to Ed. “Our Prevost coach may
be new to us, but we are the fourth owners of this
previously loved RV. And, since our future intent is to put
the coach in operation for our customers, all mechanical
functions must be reliable.” Throughout this trip, Ed
constantly monitored fluids, tires, brakes, engine, and
transmission. He made notes on concerns and created a list
of questions to ask the experts. Second, Lonsbary took the
coach to the experts.
The first set of experts was the mechanics and technicians
team at the Prevost service center in St. Nicolas, Quebec.
For four days and then another two upon return from the
Gaspé, these men installed new brakes, replaced a
differential joint, and inspected the coach from engine to
axel. Another set of experts at Trans Arctic in Longueuil,
Quebec needed two days to repair the three Espar heaters
that would warm the coach interior when temperatures drop.
The “shake down cruise” also tested navigation skills.
Lonsbary tested a satellite program called DeLorme Street
Atlas USA that runs off the coach laptop. As a back-up, Rand
McNally’s The Road Atlas ’07 including the Wal-Mart and
Sam’s Club Store Directory for the U.S., Canada, and Mexico
remains on board as a handy reference.
Lonsbary explored communications technology during this trip
too. The coach now has a Black Berry cell phone and a second
cell phone in the Verizon network. Skype is another
available option for communication through the coach lap top
when there is access to the Internet. The coach has access
to the Internet in the U.S. through Verizon’s Broadband
As a result of this “shake down” cruise, Lonsbary says he’s
assured that guests will have a safe, reliable ride with the
technology today’s travelers expect.
“Anywhere- Anytime” Volume 13
“Anywhere-Anytime” is the
newsletter for Private Motor Coach, Inc. guests and business
associates celebrating the luxury of the private travel
experience and freedom of the open road.
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