Monday, August 10, 2015

Meet the New Little RV

Well, it's done. We traded our old Little RV and truck in for a new Class A motorhome and SUV as a tow vehicle. We feel like we got a reasonable trade and a good interest rate. 

It's such a relief to be rid of the old 5th wheel. We had so many problems with it and hope we will have better luck this time. Of course we expect problems because that is just part of the life but hopefully we'll have fewer problems.

This is our floor plan. We had the sofa removed and will buy a chair to replace it. We are also having a new passenger seat installed when it comes in. It's pretty swanky. The seat reclines, has a foot rest and has heat and massage! I think we'll call it Rob's throne. 
Of course, there is no perfect floor plan but we are happy to have an additional half bath and a residential refrigerator. The fridge is my absolute favorite part! No more defrosting and we are loving the ice and water in the door.
Ain't She Purdy?

There is significantly less interior storage in our new home so we are downsizing again. Previously I had a stacking washer and dryer but due to space limitations we now have a washer/dryer combo unit. I am learning to use it properly. Tiny loads are the way to go but the setting are pretty confusing. I washed the same load three times the other night because I couldn't figure out how to just dry for a bit longer. 

We parked door to door at the dealer for the move. What a job that was. One of our Sons-in-law, Ryan and grandson, Camden came to help us move. Thank goodness! I think they saved our lives. 
Our moving crew!
We left Oregon around 11 am on Saturday. We filled the fuel tank and drove straight home. It's about 250 miles. Driving it will take some getting used to. I was driving along and this booming voice came over all the speakers in the whole motorhome, "You are exceeding the speed limit!". Thankfully, Rob figured out how to turn that off when we got home. 

It'll take us a while to arrange and organize everything but we have time. I just need to get to a point where we can function comfortably. 

13 comments:

  1. I love it! I can't wait for your "New Little RV" adventures to begin!

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    1. Thanks Sandy,
      We're hoping to make a trip to Montana in September. We'll see how things go but that'll be our first adventure.

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  2. Is it gas or diesel? It looks like you will have a lot of room in it. Ours has two sets of opposing slides and when they are open you could hold a square dance in there. While traveling and stopping for only one night, we very seldom open the slides and if we do, only one or two of them. Ours is diesel, both the generator up front and the CAT engine in the rear.

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    1. Dizzy, We decided to go with a gas model. We just couldn't justify spending so much more. We have two slides. One is the bedroom (head of bed) and the other is on the opposite side for the living area. The living area is wide open and there is plenty of space. We have a half bath about 1/2 way back and a full bath in the rear so we would have to put the slide out to get to the shower.
      Juley

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  3. It's lovely!! I don't believe I've ever heard of a motor home with two bathrooms. That'll be handy. :) Looks perfect for you and Rob. Congratulations!!

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    1. Donna, Thank you! I consider the extra bathroom a bonus. We would have chosen this one even with one bathroom. Of course with two toilets comes two black tanks. Double your pleasure, double your fun!
      Juley

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    1. Thank you so much Karen! We look forward to getting settled in and comfortable.
      Juley

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    2. I have marveled at your extreme patience with the fifth wheeler. Loved that big ol' pickup. What was your mleage like while pulling the 5 wheeler 'cause you sure won't get good mpg with that new one but it sire s a beauty. Know you'll love it. How you doin' with drivin' it. Glad to see Rob up and about.

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    3. Linda, It wasn't so much patience as lack of options. When we were towing the 5th wheel we were getting around 10 -11 MPH. We had a bad head wind once and only got 6.
      We filled the tank on the new one when (85 gallons) and drove 250 miles home and used about 1/4 tank. Not as bad as I thought it would be. It was fun to drive home. It likes to wander but I'll get used to it. We're going to head over to Montana and Wyoming next month so we'll get our sea legs then. I'm happy to see Rob up and about too. He has really good days and really bad days but those are better than no days.
      Juley

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  5. Your new motorhome looks amazing! I think you got the better end of the deal in the trade. There may be less space in the new motorhome, but everything is nicer. I think you will continue to be happy with it for years to come. Not to mention, you shouldn't have nearly as many problems with the new motorhome, either!

    Liza Pilon @ Prairie City RV

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