Our time with family camping in Door County was short as the weather decided not to cooperate, but it was still great to see everyone and spend a little time at the campfire and playing games. After leaving Door County after a month and a half, we headed south to do a night of moochdocking at my Dad's, get some laundry done and visit with the boys and my mom quick before we needed to head south to Goshen, Indiana for our first RV rally.
We got to Elkhart just at 4pm…um, Central time, ie. 5pm Eastern Elkhart time, which is too late to check in for the rally. We headed over to the Elkhart campground to spend the night. We weren’t alone though because there were several other Grand Design RV’s doing the same thing. We were planning on spending the night at our first boondocking site at a casino, however, with temps being well over 90, we would be running the generator all night long and it just didn’t make sense to burn through propane, when we could get closer to the rally site and have FHU pull-thru site with a Good Sam discount. We got a good nights sleep and were up early and over to the rally shortly after they opened at 10am to check in.
The Elkhart County fairgrounds is a gem of a fairground in every way. It is huge, has beautiful grounds and can accommodate around 500 RV’s. There are numerous FHU sites with 50amp, numerous more 30amp with water and the ability to create many more temporary sites with 30amp and water. Being that we were coming in the second day for arrival, we were escorted to a temporary 30amp and water site. Holy RV campground! It was a bit overwhelming to see over 375 RV’s and over 800 people milling around. The Grand Design rally started Tuesday with a hilarious “presidential” entry by the CEO of Grand Design and wrapped up Friday with an arial shot of all the participants surrounded by Grand Design RV’s, followed by a concert at one of the stages. This rally far exceeded our expectations and the organizers really did a great job organizing the events, meals, seminars, excursions, creating an amazing swag bag and just plain herding cats, i.e. attendees! Every day started with a full breakfast and announcements and then the day wrapped up with a full meal and fun event such as line dancing, campfire stories, concert and S’Mores. We, however, did not take part in all of the evening events as we met many new friends that we just plain hung out with at our RV’s and got to know one another. It was a very casual environment, with more folks stopping by to say hey or pull up a chair and sit awhile.
We signed up for the Amish Brown Bag excursion and spent the day touring Amish sites, with stops at a woodworking shop, buggy shop, quilt shop, E&S wholesale, bulk foods and a bakery. At each stop we received a gift for our brown bag. We scored Amish pretzels, popcorn, jam, and cinnamon rolls. We also attended an Amish Threshers dinner at an Amish families homestead. This was followed by a very interesting Q&A session with the owners on Amish life. Very interesting!
One of the benefits of coming to the rally is having the ability to choose 3 things you would like to have fixed while at the rally. Being that our RV is relatively new, we choose a couple minor things that we could think of at the time, which was 4 months ago. Additionally, they added our bent hydraulic jack to our list that we damaged in Door County. When we arrived we checked in with service to ensure they had all of our requests, including the jack and to let them know we were there. Within 3 hours we had a knock on the door from the tech and he was ready to take care of our items. He did a great job fixing those items as well as checking out a couple other items we inquired about. He also let us know that he would check to make sure the tech who would be installing the jack knew we were there. He came by the following day to install the new jack right at our site. Strangely enough, the last day of the rally, I went to open the microwave and it sparked and went dead. Dead as a door nail. Rick went over to the service desk and because it was the last day of the rally, they were unable to get a new microwave to the rally, so they will ship s a new one to our next destination. While there, Rick also got a couple packages of LED light strips for the outside lighting. Did I mention that all of this was FREE?!?!?!?! We were one of almost 400 RV’s there and just about everyone submitted a list of repairs of varying degrees, from minor things to larger items like awnings, leaf springs, jacks, etc. All were taken care of and then some. I can’t even tell you how many techs were there from Grand Design and Lippert, a major supplier of RV parts. Grand Design has a company motto, “We strive for nothing less than customers for life.” I think they definitely have a few!
In addition to Grand Design and Lippert booths, there were numerous other RV parts, supply and product vendors set up with booths and conducting seminars. We went to several seminars where we learned some new things and affirmed some things as well.
We also visited the vendor booths (insert large amounts of dollars leaving the wallet here). First, we found a fellow RV’er selling sink cover storage racks for an Amish gentleman who makes them and stains them to match the RV wood décor. They were very well made, including backer braces and I am always playing move the sink cover, while doing dishes, so this was something that would help to organize the kitchen area and reduce the clutter.
Next up was a extension pole and microfiber, double-sided mop heads for the wonderful Wash and Wax All I had bought Rick for Christmas. This stuff is amazing and allows you to wash and wax your rig in one step without water. Soo many RV parks today do not allow you to wash your rig with water in their park and with a Beacon wash running well over a hundred bucks a shot for truck and RV, this was a wise investment. Rick got to work on Sunday washing half of the RV. It works amazing and the mop heads clean up easily in the wash.
We then came upon the sign vendor that creates any type of vinyl monogram of sayings or pictures to put on anything, including your RV. We had talked about getting something for the back of our rig and after seeing all of the other great things they were producing, we succumbed to ordering ours. It really turned out nice and we put that on Sunday as well while we were washing the RV. Watcha think?
On Saturday morning we said goodbye to all of our newly made friends and as luck would have it, we will be visiting next week with one of the couples who are staying for a couple weeks, just 20 miles south of us when we get to our next workamping gig in Hanover, IN. We will meet up with another one of the couples when we get to our workcamping gig in Mesa, AZ next spring and will possibly be crossing paths with a couple others as we move to different areas and try to fit in some of the smaller Grand Design rallies held across the nation. Grand Design is definitely like family, everyone from GD staff, to techs, to fellow GD owners. An amazing experience!
We stayed at the campground through the weekend to avoid the mass exodus of RV’s and enjoyed a couple quiet days taking in the horse show and racing events. We were able to get most of the RV washed, our new rally acquisitions installed things organized and stowed for our travels.
During our time in the greater Elkhart area, we also had time to visit the RV Hall of Fame and Museum, some local eateries, the laundromat and of course Walmart. We also stopped at the Goshen Chamber of Commerce and picked up a CD driving tour of the area, including the Amish countryside. We split the CD’s up into two days and really enjoyed the wonderful things we learned about the area.
We left the fairgrounds Monday morning and made our way south to Hardy Lake State Park. This location puts us close to our next workamping gig, which we will travel to on Tuesday. This park is quiet with most of the campers checking out to get back to the daily grind after the holiday weekend. The campground here, as well as the park, is very well kept, clean bath houses and we even scored a 60ft paved site with 50amp electric. Rick was able to get the rest of the RV washed in the shaded area of the site, which was good because the heat index was 100! A quiet dinner and a relaxing night of TV was in order, followed by a good night sleep so we are fresh for our next big adventure on Tuesday.
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We left the Mill Creek campground around 9am on Thursday to beat the full heat of the day. The humidity was certainly in full force at over 70% for the last couple days so we packed up most of the outside items the night before. The drive up to the St Louis area was uneventful and we escaped most of the construction traffic on I-44. Our main objective for this leg of our trip was to visit with family in the STL area. Rick's sister and brother-in-law as well as 4 nieces and nephews and kids live there.
We arrived at Dr Edmund A Babler Memorial State Park mid-afternoon and quickly set up as temps and humidity were also sweltering at 98 and 115 respectively! While the RV was cooling down, we went to take cold showers at the bath house. When we returned the RV was down into the mid 80"s and providing a little bit of relief. We decided to run out and get groceries for our family dinner we were having on Saturday and let the RV continue to cool down. We also drove through some of the park but that was cut short by a thunderstorm and tornado warning in the area. Lucky for us, it went a bit more east and we escaped any severe weather.
Our stay here at Babler state park was surprisingly wonderful, despite the heat. First off, MO is one of the few states that do not charge an entrance fee as a good portion of their funding comes from the state sales tax. Secondly, the campground was very well kept and although we did not venture out on any trails, they had plenty, including a paved 2 mile path from the campground. They also have several day use areas throughout the park and operate a fantastic camp for disabled individuals as well as summer camps for the kids. Their visitor center is very nice, with several live and stuffed animals representative of the area.
On Friday we decided to spend the day as tourists and also try to avoid the heat of a 100 degree day. Our decision was easy, we went to the Meramec Caverns where the temp is always in the low 60's. It felt strange to be donning sweatshirts to fight off the chill while on the surface, you tried to stay cool! We have visited a few caves in the past but this one was huge! The rooms were very large and there were underground streams throughout the cave. The tour ended in an amazing "theater"room where they had installed stadium seating to view the beautiful cave sculptures and a very well done light show tribute to America. You can see a video of the show here. Along the way the tour guide told you not only about the caves formations but the history of the cave which included being used as a hideout for Jesse James and his brother as well as a saltpeter factory that the Union soldiers used to make ammunition during the Civil War. It really is a must see if you are in the area. In addition to the cave tours, they have zip lines, panning for gold, river float trips and a campground. We will leave you with some pictures from our tour, although they really cannot do it justice.
After our cave tour, we made our way back to the campground and got dressed up to go celebrate the closing of our house. After our cave tour, we received a text from our realtor that all had gone well at closing and all transfers were completed. That was probably the easiest closing we have ever had and we owe alot of that to our fantastic realtor, Peggy Wester! She was great to work with, explained all options and details thoroughly and kept me sane when strange things popped up from the buyers financing company out of state.
I picked a nice restaurant on The Hill in STL. For those not familiar with STL, The Hill is the Little Italy of STL and has some amazing Italian restaurants and shops. I chose Charlie Gitto's, as I had dined here once before on a business trip with co-workers and really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. It looks like it would come straight out of The Sopranos and the food and service does not disappoint! I was however a bit nervous driving and finding parking in the area. It is difficult with a car, not to mention we were driving the big F350 dually with an 8ft bed! We actually ended up valet parking as it was complimentary and the middle age valet seemed confident he had space for it and could maneuver it. I would have thought twice if it was a younger kid with less driving experience, but we were in good hands and the truck came out unscathed. We started out with an amazingly fresh tomato and mozzarella salad and a bottle of wine the very savvy server recommended that would pair well with our dinners. Rick had the special of the night, which was scallops over an asparagus risotto. I had the veal saltimboca and both dinners were amazing! Since the server new we were celebrating a milestone in our new lifestyle, he brought us an amazing slice of a berry spongecake that topped off the night. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone looking for a special place in STL to go. Sorry no pics of the food. It was soo good and I couldn't put the fork down long enough to snap a picture.
When we got back to the campground, it had cooled off enough to go for a walk. It was a beautiful night and we walked some of the campground. There are some sites in one loop that are big rig friendly, but beware of low hanging trees. Except for one site that looked to have family over from another site, the campground was amazingly quiet. As we were walking, the park staff stopped to tell us about an open house they were having the following day at the visitor center which would include refreshments and a wild bird show.
On Saturday, we decided to go up to the visitor center to check out the open house and bird show. We talked to staff about the park and other MO parks as well as workamping opportunities in the campgrounds. Their hosts receive a full hook up site and a generous laundry allowance for machines that are available to them at the park. We did take an application since we really liked how the state parks are kept up and the support the hosts receive.
We then went in to find a seat for the wild bird show that was put on by the World Bird Sanctuary from STL. They brought several owls, hawks and the grand finale, a bald eagle. They walked around the room with each of them and you got to see them up close. It was such an interesting session and learned lots about these amazing creatures. They did fly an owl and a hawk in the room, which unnerved a couple women in the audience and that turned out to be quite funny for the rest of us.
Saturday even the family came over and we had a great time catching up, showing them the RV and talking about what our life would now look like and all the things we had to consider, such as how would we get our mail and things. We had a great night catching up and eating some good food.
Sunday was again going to be another hot day so we packed up early and then spent some time talking to a fellow Grand Design owner parked across from us about our rigs and camping experiences. They even commented on a great camping spot they just saw on one of the Grand Design FB pages that someone had posted and low and behold it was our picture from Mill Creek campground! What a small world! It is amazing that wherever you go, you find like minded campers who are friendly and willing to help out and offer tips on everything regarding camping. We look forward to crossing paths with them again!
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With soo much to look forward to this spring, it makes the winter months drag by!! This is especially true for Rick who is counting the days left for work!!!
Since our maiden voyage with the new RV, we have been in preparation/transition mode for our full time RV journey. We took the RV back down to the dealership for them to winterize it and work on the "TO DO" list from our walk thru. We have been working with the dealership and Grand Design over the last couple months to ensure everything will be ready come April.
We have also been making some purchases as well as selling things. We have been selling some items we no longer use on the FB Buy, Sell, Trade's and Ebay. We also hosted both our families Christmas parties this year and they identified the holiday items they wanted. I was like a notetaker, making sure I logged all the items. Once Christmas was over, we packaged everything up for each person. Happy to report I only have two bins of misc. items left for a rummage sale and/or Goodwill.
It almost seems like there is more coming in than there is going out. Christmas this year was all about what we will need on the road. It was not as hard this year to think of what to get each other or what to put on lists for others. I will do a post for those items, with links, for those interested.
We also sold our Outback camper, rather quickly. We posted it on Craig's List first as well as the local FB Buy, Sell, Trade's. We were selling it with most everything in it, so it was ready to go. We had a couple general inquiries and then we received a text from a couple on a Saturday that wanted to come look at it the following day. They came out Sunday and spent an hour or so with RIck, walking through it, asking questions about camping in general and asking about our upcoming transition. They then said they were going to think about it and call us, but did mention that they were very interested. Well, in less than 30 minutes they called back and wanted to take it. They came back with a deposit to put down and we arranged for them to come back in two weeks to help Rick winterize it so they understood how to do it. They are an older couple who had a pop up several years back when they camped with their kids and now they would like to take their grandchildren camping. They were sooo excited to get back into camping and really liked the camper since it had bunk beds. We have stored the camper for them since they did not have a place lined up and they will be picking it up in April. We even gave them all sorts of information on state campgrounds we have been to and the best sites at each. It is good to see the camper going to a family who is going to take good care of it and is excited to get back into camping.
With the truck purchase behind us and Rick happily driving it every day to and from work and adjusting quite well to the bigger wheel base, our focus turned back to the 5th wheel. We knew that preliminary research led us to the Grand Design Solitude 375res, but we wanted to ensure we were making the right choice in not only the RV but the company. With this being our only home and the fact it had wheels, we wanted to ensure we felt good about the company, the quality of the product and the service after the sale. It is a huge chunk of change and we wanted to make the best investment right, NOT a rolling money pit!
So, what better way to do this than to go to the company's manufacturing facility?!?!?! Grand Design welcomes factory tours and we were lucky enough to get on a tour of the Solitude line in July. We spent a day down in Shipshewana, IN enjoying the Amish folks and spent the following day at the Grand Design factory in MIddlebury, IN. The tour was very good and I recommend it to anyone looking into purchasing an RV. Our tour guide Justin was very thorough and was patent with all of our questions. Believe me, we asked alot!!! He was also honest when he did not know something but promised to get answers. We saw the Solitude from every angle at every stage of build, up close. This really helps as an owner to understand where all of your internal workings are and how it was constructed as you contemplate future upgrades. After about an hour and a half, we felt that we made the right choice. We also got to meet the infamous Bill Martin. For those that are not Grand Design owners on the Grand Design FB blog page, Bill is Grand Design social media, solver of all problems, extraordinaire! Bill is another reason we feel confident about our decision to go with Grand Design. He has been extremely responsive and helpful to the FB group of owners and attends rallies as well to meet and talk with owners. He is a great representative for the company and an example of what every company should strive for in customer service! (More on what Bill did for us in a bit. )
So having the tour and then meeting Bill, how can the day get any better? Well how about the co-founder and president of Grand Design, Don Clark, coming over to greet all of us. Wow! He talked with all of us (12) for awhile in the lobby and then invited us up to the boardroom to talk further. Knock me over with a feather...what company president takes over an hour out of his day to do that??? No topic was off the table. We asked the hard questions about recent axle issues and what they were doing about it. We asked about the recent acquisition by Winnebago. We felt he answered honestly and really wanted to hear what we all had to say. So do you think we bought a Grand Design Solitude? Umm, you betcha!
Riding the high of just coming from the factory, we started looking around to see if, by chance, there was a dealer out there that had the model we were looking for with the options we wanted. Unfortunately our search turned up nothing. We then happened across a blog post where someone else was looking for the best place to buy a Solitude was and there was a salesperson responding that they would not be beat on price, even for ordering an RV. We decided to see what he could do for us. We knew we had the local RV dealership that we had visited several times that we could compare with. We messaged him with what we were looking for and he came back with a crazy low price. Rick then started talking with our local Burlington RV dealership and after the dust settled, they would meet their price and store the RV for us over the winter free of charge!
We ordered our 5th wheel on August 26th with the options we were looking for. We did end up adding a generator and we are sure glad we did. We were told that the factory is at about a 3 month lead time, which we were fine with since we really weren't looking to use it until 2018. A week later we got a call that Grand Design was going to be adding our 5th wheel order to the next production line which starts at the end of the week! AWESOME!!! We got ahold of Bill Martin to see if by chance he could take a picture of our baby coming together and sure enough, he delivered.
Bill also called and went over some updates for the 2018 model they would implementing in our RV such as the integrated bathroom sink, storage box in steps to living room and supposedly a secret storage in the top of the bedroom dresser. We have yet to validate that one but would be cool!
With seeing those pictures we knew we were close to delivery and on September 30th we went to pick her up. We spent several hours there completing paperwork, getting a tour of the service facility and completing our PDI walk thru. I am sure that they have other walk thru's that go much quicker but not ours! Not because we need alot of education on how to use the different systems but more so because we went over it with a fine tooth comb. It is going to be our house and this is our opportunity to ensure everything, and I mean everything works and that we identify anything that needs to be addressed. Rick was on the roof and underneath it and everywhere in between. The staff was very patient with us and we documented the list of items to be addressed while it is there for the winter. It was then time to hook her up and take her home. Now we have pulled a camper before but something that is over 13 ft tall and 41 ft long is a whole other story!
We brought her home and it was amazing how well the truck did pulling that behemoth. We pulled onto the front lawn so we could transfer our gear out of the old camper into the new one.
Here are some initial pictures on the inside. We will take more once we get it back after the winter and have set it up for full time. If you remember from the previous post that showed the floor plan, the living room area is elevated from the kitchen/dining as is the bathroom and bedroom. In this picture, I am standing in the living room looking down at the kitchen. The door in the middle is the pantry. The refrigerator and stove on the left side are in a slide that comes in, and on the opposite side, there is a dinette that is also in a slide. The very right side are the stairs going up to the bathroom and bedroom. I love the stainless 70/30 split sink with the pull out sprayer faucet. The island also has a bunch of drawers and under sink storage.
This picture is standing in the kitchen looking up to the living room. The living room is windows all around with two opposing couches that fold out to beds and then two theater recliner seats with massage and heat. Oooh, they are soo comfy. In the forefront you can see the dining area to the left. This also has large windows all around. It also has the only carpet in the RV. To the left is a nice hutch that has the ability to hang another TV or a computer monitor.
This is up in the living room area. Yes, that is a fireplace. It throws off alot of heat and works well to take the chill out without running the furnace. We can also have it on without heat and change the surrounding colors. The TV is called a televator as it can be raised or lowered. Each window has room darkening shades to make it nice and dark. Above the TV is the radio/CD/DVD player with surround sound in the cabinet. In the forefront is one of the other additions for 2018. The silver rectangle is on each side of the theater seats and are trays for setting drinks or snacks. They swivel in or out, sorta like airplane trays. You can also pull them out and store them if you don't want to use them. I bought a 5 x 7 area rug to make it more homey.
This last picture is the bedroom. At the top of the picture, you see it has a AC that runs on sort of a race track system throughout the rv with the other AC to keep the entire coach cool. The queen bed is in a slide and has little windows on each side and one above the headboard. We bought a cool mountain scene cling on for the above the bed window since it does not open. We will put that on in spring and share pictures with you then. We saw a fellow Solitude owner do that and it really looks cool with the light coming in through it. If you see at the end of the bed under the comforter, there is a handle. This pulls out a padded bench to sit on and if you open that padded lid, there is storage underneath. So far I have used it as a clothes hamper. The glass closet doors slide open to reveal a really large, almost walk in, closet that has shelving for clothes and shoes, along with plenty of room for hanging clothes. Off to the right of that is another 1 door closet that can house a washer/dryer but we will use that as storage, probably Rick's closet! LOL
Well there you have it, a sneak peak of the inside. I will share more pictures in spring when we have it all moved in and ready to go full time.
Now that we have a financial plan and budget in place for this lifestyle and some other questions answered, our focus turned to what type of RV we would purchase. Let me tell you, there are a ton of options out there and no one can decide which one will be right for you, except YOU!
Things that need to be taken into consideration and our thoughts on each:
1. Type of RV- This could range from a Class A diesel pusher, 5th wheel, Class C, travel trailer or a smaller travel trailer or truck camper. We knew this would be our only home at this time. We would be selling the house, so all our belongings would be with us. Therefore, we needed some space. This narrowed down our choices to a larger travel trailer (bumper pull), 5th wheel or Class A. We quickly ruled out a larger travel trailer because to get something with storage it would be quite long and it would make more sense to us to consider a 5th wheel where some of the length is over the bed of the truck. Now the decision of 5th wheel or Class A. After much research and discussion, we decided that going the way of a 5th wheel made sense for us for a couple reasons. We liked the idea that if, or should I say when, the RV would need service, we still have a vehicle to drive. Vice versa, when the truck needs servicing we would not have our entire house in the shop. We could have a vehicle to tow behind the Class A but we really did not want to tow that length or have that added expense. We also liked layouts of some of the 5th wheels we have seen at the RV shows over the years and just felt drawn to those. Besides, it was a good excuse for Rick to get a new truck! :-)
2. Brand of 5th wheel- We did alot of research here. We wanted to ensure that the brand we went with not only had a good layout, quality product, but we also wanted to make sure they stood behind their product with good customer service. Since we would be living in this full time, we also wanted to make sure that being full time would not void the warranty. I will leave out all of the hand wringing details here, but after a visit to the Grand Design factory for a tour of the model we were interested in and following the Grand Design owners Facebook group, we were sold. It is inevitable that an RV is going to need service at some point with all of that shaking, rattling and rolling that happens as you move on down the road but what sealed it for us is that Grand Design really stands behind their product and makes it right. We read soo many stories of customers having issues and the Grand Design social media rep jumping in to help, day or night, weekday or weekend. We cannot say enough about all of the questions they answered for us, especially the tough ones! I'll go into more detail on a future post of our visit to the factory.
3. Model/Floorplan- We really took a liking to the Solitude line that Grand Design offered. We wanted to make sure that the layout did not feel like one big tunnel and that it had slide outs to expand the inner living space. We also liked the idea of separate space should we have visitors or we just need to go to our own corners for awhile. I also wanted to try to keep it under 40 feet so we would be able to fit into more campgrounds since many things I was reading, that seemed to be a concern to some. We kept coming back to a new floorplan they started offering in 2017 and once we saw it in person, we just knew it was the one for us. The Solitude 375RES was going to be our new home!
It was a bit overwhelming, once you see it in person, that we were gonna pull this big pig, our home, down the road!! Nothing to take lightly.
We really liked that the living room and the bedroom had stairs going up to them. This created the feeling of separate areas as well as opening the bottom of the RV up to basement storage. If you see off to the left, there is a slide out tray in the back of the RV, which has amazing storage. We could hang kayaks in there or even consider a golf cart with a fold down canopy...and this isn't even a toy hauler! So this model met our need for storage and seperate areas, HOWEVER, it did not meet my want for something under 40 ft. This baby comes in at 41'4". Ok, close enough I guess.
4. Options- Since this was going to be our home and we would be traveling the country, we knew we wanted to experience more than just 70 degrees every day. We both really like fall, the leaves changing and the crisp cool air. That meant we would want to make sure we had good insulation and protection against the elements. For this reason, we decided we wanted to make the upfront investment in dual pane windows. This is not something that dealers normally order on their inventory for their lots. We also wanted to ensure that the tanks had heat blankets to protect from freezing in the event we are caught with temps below freezing. Geez, with the crazy weather, seeing snow/ice in Texas, we knew it was a wise investment even if we tried to follow the 70 degree weather. Another option we would like is a heat pump on the main AC. This would allow us to take the chill out of the RV when hooked to electric rather than run the propane furnace as that can get costly. We also wanted to have a traditional type RV refrigerator, albeit a bigger one, so that we could camp without hookups. So, a couple options, but important ones for us.
5. New or used- Everyone knows that be it a car or RV, it starts to depreciate the second you drive it off the lot. This point alone really pushed me to want to buy used. Besides, you let the first owner work out all the bugs as well! Ya, well, since this floor plan rolled out in 2017, in order for us to buy used, we would really need to find that needle in the haystack. We watched for several months and there just wasn't anything, especially with the options we were looking for. Ughhh, ok new, but this meant that Rick needed to pull out all the stops and use his finest negotiating skills to get us the best deal possible so we don't loose our shirts and through us off budget. More on that later.
So, now that we narrowed our RV choice to a 5th wheel, and a big one at that, how are we going to get that behemoth from point A to point B??? Stay tuned for Part 2 of The Big Purchases.
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