It’s been nearly a year since Rob B. and Samantha (Sam) L. became first-time owners of a 45-foot luxury Class A motorcoach. Rob had some experience with RVs – he’d been in a few for bachelor parties and camping trips. Sam had never set foot inside an RV until they visited their friend, Jeff, and got to experience his “beautiful house on wheels.”
The couple purchased a new Forest River Berkshire 45XLT. The spacious motorcoach features three slides creating a very open floor plan with a king bedroom master suite and a full second bathroom. There are two bunk beds mid-cabin and a queen bed that drops down from above the driver’s area. The main cabin includes a large seating area, dinette, a sofa hide-a-bed and expansive kitchen with a microwave/convection oven, cooktop, residential refrigerator and dishwasher. Other amenities include an electric fireplace, stackable washer and dryer, plenty of closet space and a lot of under coach storage.
Rob is a firefighter in Brooklyn, New York, and Sam is an executive assistant for a data management company. Rob is also the founder of the nonprofit Humble Heroes of FDNY, which was legally established in 2020 as a 100% volunteer based 501(c)(3) charity, an officially affiliated organization of the FDNY (New York City Fire Department). Together, along with a small group of volunteers, Rob and Sam dress up as famous superheroes and visit local hospitals and grief centers.
“Our goal is to lift the spirits of ill and grieving children,” Rob said. “We want to bring joy to kids fighting life’s injustices. Our mantra is ‘Anyone can be someone’s hero.’”
Even Heroes Need Help
Rob had some experience driving large vehicles. He had worked as a chauffeur for four years and he drove the 40-foot rig at his firehouse.
“Our RV is much easier to drive than the rig at work,” he said.
But it didn’t take long for Rob and Sam to realize they needed help. At the recommendation of their friend, Jeff, they contacted LiTRV to arrange for owner support.
While LiTRV is known for its luxury motorcoach rental representation services, many people don’t realize that the LiTRV team also provides owner support services, including maintenance and storage. In addition, the LiTRV team will meet personally with owners to give them a tutorial, which is especially helpful for first-time owners.
In their first meeting, LiTRV co-owner Mike Bloomquist was able to assess Rob’s skills and provide helpful tips for driving, parking, and other motorcoach operations.
“We appreciated the extra layer of support,” Rob said, adding that he felt more comfortable after the tutorial.
Sam has been impressed with LiTRV’s customer service.
“When the RV is not in use, LiTRV stores it in their Florida facility,” she said. “They have been incredible. We have routine calls with them, and they are always prompt with answering questions and giving us updates. We’ve been ‘hands-off,’ and we trust their team to take care of everything for us.”
Experiencing Life in Their Luxury RV
Recently, Rob and Sam took their luxury motorcoach on a short road trip from Nashville, Tennessee to Atlanta, Georgia.
“Our favorite part of traveling was how the massive windshields allowed for outstanding views of the mountain ranges,” Rob said.
While their trip was full of fun, Sam did need to spend some time working from her laptop. Fortunately, she was able to access WiFi both inside the motorcoach and sitting outside by the lake.
Rob also shared a favorite memory from a different trip in June to southwestern Florida.
“We took Sam’s father as a Father’s Day gift. It was awesome to see him on the motorcoach. He was so impressed,” he said.
Sam said they stayed at the beautiful Myakka River Motorcoach Resort, and they appreciated having all the luxury there in one spot.
“We had our own lot. Rob cooked breakfast in the morning, we had access to a pool and tennis courts. Everything was well maintained, and there was no reason to leave,” she said.
When their Forest River Berkshire is not being used by Rob and Sam, LiTRV rents it for luxury experiences throughout the United States and Canada.
Rob said he and Sam appreciate having LiTRV as their motorcoach rental representation and owner service partners.
“I think they add immense value to owning an RV. They are so familiar with the ins and outs of operating motorcoaches. We also appreciate that they are always looking to save us money. They spend our money the way they would spend their own money,” he said.
More Time to Lift Kids’ Spirits
Having LiTRV’s support also means that Rob and Sam can spend more time planning and attending Humble Heroes of FDNY monthly events around the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. The superheroes now attend special travel events, including the Night to Shine, a prom for special needs children coordinated by the Tim Tebow Foundation in Venice, Florida. The next event takes place on Feb. 9, 2024.
“It’s such a rewarding experience,” Sam said. “There’s probably 100 kids who dress up in suits and gowns and walk the red carpet, and it’s fun to see their faces light up when they see us superheroes.”
Rob gives credit to the Humble Heroes volunteers for helping to make each event successful.
“Most of them are firefighters, cops, teachers, and small business owners. Some are working two to three jobs, but they still make time to dress up as a superhero and attend our events,” he said. “You don’t have to have a ton of money to be someone’s hero…anyone can be someone’s hero.”
To learn more about Humble Heroes of FDNY or to make a donation, visit www.hhfdny.org.
To learn more about renting the new Forest River Berkshire luxury motorcoach or to learn about LiTRV’s owner services, visit litrv.com or call 1-800-369-8153.