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Patti’s Saga of an RV Rookie: Why We Just Adopted!
We just adopted a 23 foot 2006 Winnebago View Class C Motor home and we’re thrilled! www.generalrv.com/inventory/112001/Used-2006-Winnebago-View
I use the term “adopted” because we love this thing so much it feels like we adopted it! And I know what I’m talking about. I adopted my own darlings when they were five and six. OK. Maybe getting the View isn’t as thrilling as the day I brought my two wunderkinds home, but you’re getting the idea.
My 23 year old daughter and 21 year old son are fine with my comparing their adoption with that of our new motor home, by the way. They know mama loves them most of all!
The Winnebago View Adoption Saga:
1) While we certainly liked our lovely Jayco Travel Trailer, the first day we brought it home dear husband said “ We should have got a Class C.” while he was unhitching the thing sweating like a pig. Most folks are more than fine with towing and hitching. For whatever reasons (no doubt, laziness) it just isn’t for us.
2) So, we have been looking and researching long and hard for the RV we really want, while still enjoying our travel trailer on many outings. Some folks say it takes three RV purchases to end up with the “right” one. We’re desperately hoping to stop at two. The RV negotiation process is not our idea of a blast, and if anyone thinks it is, I’d seriously love to hear why. Maybe I’m missing something, because to us, buying an RV is like jabbing steak knives into our foreheads over and over and over.
3) We wanted an easy-to-drive large B+ or small C with a diesel engine as my husband likes them, and we don’t embrace hopes that gas prices are going to drop anytime soon. They’re not easy to find (used ones with really low mileage), but we finally found the one we wanted at La Mesa RV, in Mesa, Arizona. This unit also met our other criteria, in terms of floor plan, cabinetry, etc.
www.maricopa.gov/parks/usery Oh Wow! It is so us! This thing is easy and fun to drive. The floor plan was great, along with everything else. And get this, we got 17 + miles per gallon on the drive back to Prescott, even with lots of elevation changes, etc. We’re still keeping track of that, however, as we only went through a quarter of a tank.
5) La Mesa RV, Mesa, Arizona: www.lamesarv.com. We liked them! Considering the process of getting an RV is not my idea of a good time ( I believe I may have mentioned that earlier), they made it as painless as possible. We worked with a couple of different sales reps (nice guys, Steve and Vinnie) and Larry Irwin in Financing is just great. The guys involved with the walk through, office staff, etc. were all good, too, and in general, we drove away thinking “Yup, La Mesa RV is a good place to do business.”
So, yes, we got ourselves a great View. There will be more stories forthcoming, as we’re heading to Montana (or “Montucky,” as my son for some reason calls it) soon, and will continue to downsize our home in Arizona. More on that later.
Happy Tales to you and yours,