Saturday, October 1, 2011

PLAN IN PROGRESS

Once again I had lapsed into the work grind and routine, not taking time to update my progress in obtaining our RV. We have been busy at work, yet taking time to shop around and research some motorhomes. I have received some invaluable advice and tips from other RVers who have experienced our same questions in shopping for an RV. Many thanks to Al and Karen for some wonderful pictures and information about a motorhome (we think may be the one) at Lazy Days in Florida.

The motorhome we think may be the one is a Tiffin RED 38QRA. It has the rear bath option with an additional 1/2 bath included. It also has a residential fridge. We like most everything about this coach, with some reservations concerning the large "ushaped" dinette setup. Who knows we may like that too once we see it up close and personal




One other thing I would consider changing (eventually) is the couch/sleeper. I would much rather have a couple of comfy recliners in it's place. I am just not sure that is possible, I guess it would depend on the style and size of recliners. When watching tv, we like to sit head on with the screen and the smaller the screen the closer we like to sit!




This motorhome has three TVs and automatic satellite, now I have to decide which satellite service provider to use. I also need to research and see what will be needed to ensure we have satellite service no matter where we roam.





Presently we are planning a trip to Lazy Days to see this motorhome and possibly bring it home :). There are a lot of decisions to be made for this plan also. Do we drive our car, packed with items we need for the stay and return trip in the motorhome or do we fly with bare minimum suitcases?  If we drive Cheryl will have to follow me back to Louisiana in our Toyota Camry which is not towable with four wheels down. If we fly, we ride back together, assuming Lazy Days sells us the coach at my price. This should not be a major decision, especially after "the major decision" to buy or not buy!

Another consideration in our decision making is that we have never even rode in a motorhome before, much less driven one! Hmmm, maybe trying to tow a car on my first experience driving a motorhome would not be a great idea anyway :).  I will take the driving course they offer once we decide to make the purchase! I may be quick to learn; I used to operate some heavy equipment during my military service, let's see, how many years ago...

Well we are doing our best not to stress out with all the decision making and "what ifs". If anyone has advice, tips or recommendations, feel free to chime in, I need all the help I can get!


7 comments:

Merikay said...

It is a very exciting and scary time! Everyone kept telling us that we would know when we walked into the "right" one. Actually I liked so many for different reasons it was pretty much up to Craig.

There are a few things about our Alfa that I'm not sure about, but none that totally turned me off.

Carol and Johnny said...

Looks like a nice coach. Our 5th wheel has a large u-shaped dinette and for the most part we like it. The only challenge we have is that the table is not at the right height or distance from the seats for comfy eating. So mostly we don't use it and eat at the kitchen bar. (Our table is completely removable so we just use the area as a couch.) Your table looks adjustable so might not be a problem.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Is this the Lazy Days in Florida? if so, they offer a driver's confidence course (even if you're not buying from them). A half-day of classroom, then hands-and-feet-on training.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sorry, I missed that you already knew about the course.

Happytrails said...

How exciting and that motorhome looks really nice! Tiffin is one of the best out there!
I think I would fly and ride back together. I'm just saying.....
You will find the motorhome to be easy to drive but the driving course is a good thing to do.
Good luck!!

Mike and Sandy said...

Looks like a fabulous rig. Don't be too spooked about getting a MH, especially a Tiffin. There's a first time for everybody. We got our first MH a few months ago, and we love our Phaeton. You can read all about it at http://mills-travels.blogspot.com.

Speedy said...

Well...We made that trip and came back with a motorhome. We had to pull the trailer and came back without towing anything. You will like the Tiffen motorhome. We plan on going to Red Bay real soon to get some work done on the house. Sherri wants some alterations and they will have to do them. Can't wait to see your new home.

Joe and Sherri