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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Shopping For The Next RV?

After owning four motorhomes over the years, you'd think we were satisfied with the one we have.  And we are.  However, looking down the road to the future, we know that there will come a day when we need to come off the road and buy another house.  That doesn't mean we'll be done traveling, we intend to have a much smaller motorhome so we can still travel to places without carrying everything we own in it.

Today we looked at our appointment schedule and found it to be like just every other day - clear.  So we wandered down to the South Carolina RV show in nearby Columbia, SC to look at smaller motorhomes, kick some tires and be a pain-in-the-butt to RV salesmen drooling to sell us a shiny new motorhome.


We looked at some Class Cs.


One thing we are not too happy with on our Journey is how hard it is to make the bed.  Looking at this Class B, it appears you have to make it from the outside.  We've quit complaining about our bed.


Then a motorhome caught Marti's eye.


It was an Entegra Aspire (by Jayco).  All 45 feet of it.


It was really (really) nice.  The inside was quite something to see, too.


The price point was amazing.  Hmm, we had to pause and think about it for a minute or two.

We eventually passed, even though the salesman was doing the high pressure routine with the "Show Only" price tag.  Maybe we'll visit the factory someday and look again.

Bottom line, looks like the future might hold a bigger, not smaller motorhome someday before the return to a sticks-n-bricks.  For now, and for a long time, we'll enjoy every mile we drive and every night we stay in our Journey.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.


17 comments:

  1. Wow that's dangerous ground for us looking at new RV's , but it sure is fun.

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  2. Your 'journey' has just begun. Give it time. :)

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  3. 45 feet - wow. Not sure where you'd find a whole lot of parks that one would fit in. But it is fun to look.

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  4. It's always fun to look whether you are "in the market" or not.

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  5. 45 feet!! that is big one!!..but it is fun to kick the tires and annoy those salesmen!

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  6. We don't go look anymore. We're afraid we'll find something new and fall in love :) Seriously. We love Lucy. No sense tempting fate :)

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  7. It's fun to look. Traveling in something 45' would limit where you could go and where you could stay in addition to other problems. I don't think I'd be interested in that stress. However, it's sure fun to look.

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  8. That 45 footer look more like a luxury condo. Beautiful but too big for my taste. I like to walk through and look at them though.

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  9. 36' is as big as we can have for now given the curves of our driveway and mountain road. We have hardly used our Alfa yet, but if we ever go full time, we may move on to something bigger after awhile.

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  10. Wow, 45 feet long!!
    I guess it has a HOT TUB...right?!?!?

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  11. I'm not that great at math, but I think 45 is bigger, not smaller than your MH. :-))) A smaller one is likely in our distant future as well ... can't imagine not wanting to travel in an RV after we eventually settle down.

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  12. The bed thing is why I don't think we could do anything but an A. However a smaller A might be OK. The area between the captain's chairs and the dinning tables could be trimmed without a big loss. But for their size and comfort, A's are just so easy to drive and maneuver, not to mention making the bed, it would be hard for us to go back another style. But a much smaller A might be in order. There are some great class As at around 36'. That is what is fun about looking.

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  13. Was the bed any easier to make in the 45 foot motor home?

    Ours is a bear to make and got worse when we put an 11 inch thick memory foam mattress on it. A small price to pay I guess for living in an Rv.

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  14. Wow--that is one nice motorhome! We have thought about downsizing into a class C but in a lot of those the bed is over the cab--we are past the stage in life where I'm going to crawl up a ladder to get into bed! Curiosity question, where is the bed in your Journey that it is so hard to make?

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  15. Janna and Mike,

    The bed is in the back and is positioned across the motor home from driver to passenger side.

    The reason it is so hard to make is the side closest to the rear of the Journey has two steps up, over the engine. You can't stand up you have to bend over or be on your knees to make that side up.

    I have a collection of bumps on my head from not bending low enough.

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  16. It's so fun to look! (And even more fun to buy!!!)

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