Formerly Rob and Me in Our Little RV
Congrats on your fulltiming and on your choice of 5th wheel. We are seriously looking at DRV ourselves, this is great to hear you experiences with this. Great Blog you guys!
Thanks for stopping by. Our DRV is very comfortable and we really like it. We've had our problems with it though so do your research! Juley
I am grateful I found you on this webring. We want to hit the road with our 13 and 19 year old sons. They both have trachs and one is on oxygen and the other is on a ventilator. Can I pick your brain? How do you handle a med supply co, getting your monthly supplies and doing the monthly equip checks? I have a lot more ? S but will srart with those. We live in sw mi and if you ever need a place to park you are welcome here. Thanks. Nora
Hi Nora,Wow! I thought we were brave doing this but you will certainly have your hands full. I'm going to cheer you on if you decide to make it happen. Our medical supply company is a large one and has many offices across the country. You may have to do some research online and see how widespread your supply company is. You could also just call them and tell them you're considering an "extended trip" and ask all of your questions. Ask if they will ship supplies. Sometimes our time in certain places is extended because we are waiting for things to be shipped to us.Have you ever RV'd? Do you currently have an RV? One of my concerns for you is powering the vent and the oxygen machine. We had NEVER RV'd before we bought the Little RV so everything was a learning experience. In fact we still have them daily. Ask away!Juley
Hi. Thanks for responding. Yes we have a motor home and have used it for a couple of days here and there. It does have a generator which we often use when our power goes out in our home. He has back up battery for about 10 hours and his electric w/c powers his vent for about 24 hours depending hiw much he drives. We would also like to get solar so we have an additional source of power. We love our med supply co but they are a small local co. We would like to do some boondocking as well. We may have to leave the 19 year old at home. He just has trach with 02. He does nit tolerate heat well. Our 13 vent kid has a nonprogressive md and is very stable medically so I wouldn't worry about him getting into any medical trouble. We'll see. It was just so nice to see someone out there with med issues that is doing this. Good travels. I'll be 'visiting' your site again. Nora
Hello Rob, Juley, and Grant :) We have researched for a year or 2 now and have arrived at choosing either the Sanibel 3600 or the DRV 380RS. We did like the extra wardrobes in the hallway of the DRV 36RSSB3. Have also looked at Lifestyle and there new Alfa Gold coming back to life. Since you have experienced and lived in one of our "contenders" we would like to ask if the DRV has provided the quality and peace of mind you were looking for when you bought it? I know they will all have problems no matter the price, but after the sale service is paramount. Thank you for providing millions with your site and thoughts on your daily travels. Wish you many sunny days. May God Bless. Dan and Leslie
Dan and Leslie, I'm so glad you asked this question. We are so very unhappy with our decision. We have had problems far and away larger than the average new RV. Please take some time to read this post from October 26th and the links imbedded in it, http://www.robandmeinourlittlerv.blogspot.com/2013/10/yet-another-update-on-little-rvs.html It will give you a small taste of what we have been through in the last 18 months. In all fairness to DRV, they have attempted to repair our problems over and over again but now that we are out of our warranty period and they are still obligated to repair the problems things are getting a bit strained and they seem less and less willing to cooperate. I have filed a complaint with the Oregon Attorney General office. Consider the days and weeks we have spent waiting for parts and repairs. We have had to move into motels for periods of time in order for the work to be done. We are so tired and disgusted with the amount of time this situation has stolen from our lives that we are seriously considering paying out of pocket for electric holding tank valves because DRV refuses to pay to install them. Apparently they consider that an upgrade and are willing to pay over and over for the replacement of the standard valves. They have been replaced twice already. Wow, I didn't mean for that to be a rant but I don't wish this experience on anyone. DRV models prior to 2011 or so seem to be solid and well made but since that time things have gone downhill. Use extreme caution! Have you looked at Lifestyle? If we were able, we would have one of those by now. Happy hunting and good luck. If you need more information just ask.Juley