Creative Mobile Interiors: The
'Can Do' Company
When the late Ray Charles, Aretha
Franklin, Alan Jackson, the Doobie Brothers ,The Four Tops, the President of
the United States, or even the King of Morocco needed a high-quality,
innovative coach for reliable, comfortable transportation, where did they
go? Not to Hollywood or Nashville, but to Creative Mobile Interiors (CMI)
of Grove City, Ohio.
Owen Connaughton, master custom coach
guru, and President of CMI is the go-to guy for high-quality custom
conversion work on a variety of shell platforms, including Prevost Car
"Since we began the company in 1999, we
have never believed in putting boundaries on anyone's idea of a dream
coach," Owen points out, "Tell us what you need or would like to have and
we'll design the vehicle and build it for you in a way you will not find
anywhere else." CMI has a track record of a wide variety of customizing and
converting Prevost Car shells, MCI, Sprinter Class C coaches, SUVs,
specialty units and trailers for a wide variety of applications, including
"We view each customer's request as an
opportunity to create an exciting, top quality coach on an individual
basis," he adds, "We don't want to have any preconceived ideas about what
customers may or may not want. We help guide them through the design
process of layout and materials so that they can wind up with a completely
custom coach which is completely unique...no cookie cutter designs come out
Owen began the firm after 14 years of
custom coach experience in Columbus, Ohio and is joined by a crack team of
specialists in cabinetry, electronics, plumbing, metalwork,
upholstery and all the various trades necessary to build something new,
something exciting for CMI customers.
"You name it, we can do it," is Owen's
CMI has produced H3-45 Prevost Car
conversions, luxury van conversions, Freightliner van conversions, even old
school bus chassis for Ohio State tailgater diehards. "That market has been
expanding for the last several years; we don't take sides on the teams, we
just help the fans enjoy themselves before and after the games."
The most popular options for exterior
customization include custom paint and graphics, vinyl and decal schemes.
Interior options are marble, granite, leather, bamboo and natural woods,
sculptured carpet. Electronics include in-motion dishes, wireless internet
access, DVD-based GPS systems, Alpine multi-media entertainment centers,
SATCOM and flip-down plasma televisions.
Other features of CMI coaches include
autostart generators, remote controlled sliding side doors, rooftop air,
remote retractable awnings, bolt security safes, LCD touch controls for
total coach automation (lighting, heating, cooling, entertainment and
"We'll convert just about any coach we can
fit into our bays. What's important is that our interiors and exteriors are
built to last decades; to be driven millions of miles. Thatís how we think
about our design and production capabilities here at CMI and that's what our
customers get. The better the platform, the longer lasting the coach."
CMI will either provide a shell for
conversion or customers may provide one themselves. Typical coach
conversion, depending upon production schedules can take from two to four
Owen points to the fact that because CMI
has had experience with so many different platforms, CMI has insight into
the best use of mechanicals, materials and storage capabilities for coaches
in general. CMI's expertise in this area is unparalleled in the industry.
"We can put together an entire fleet of
vehicles, all converted right here if needed, from long trailer, coach,
trailers and additional vehicles, based upon a single theme, if necessary,"
Own notes. "Because we control each and every conversion component, you
bring the vision and we'll make into a reality."
All interested customers are free to
contact CMI through the internet, by phone or just stop by. The firm is
located at 6497 Seeds Road, just east of I-71 in Grove City, Ohio, not far
from Columbus. All work is performed at the CMI Grove City facility by CMI
Knowing that the future bodes well for CMI,
Owen has his eyes on a 24-acre site not far away.
Considering that Owen is a man who takes
dreams very seriously, look for a new address in the not-too-distant future!