Wednesday, January 23, 2013

1/23/13 - Looking for Mr. Right



Okay, I’m talking about RVs….. What were you thinking?  ;)

You might recall that I came to realize Dolly was too large for me – primarily due to the places I want to see and the things I want to do.  The small class Cs, and possibly B+ models, are the way for me to go.  You can read my One Year Anniversary post to see examples I previously researched and shared.

Well, this past weekend, and I’m almost too embarrassed to admit this….. I succumbed to temptation and spent WAY, WAAAY too much time on the internet looking and dreaming.  The result?  If I had the money in hand, right this very minute, I would be negotiating the purchase of that beauty in the photo above (all pics in this post are from Craig's List-DFW).  It is perfect!

It is a 24’ Class C, 2008 Winnebago Access, with only 16K miles.  It’s 2’ longer than my preferred max, but I could work around that.  What a dream machine!

In the pics below I have put the features I like best in ALL CAPS.  Each one are on my wish list!  These are aesthetic pictures, but don’t worry – the mechanics (engine, generator, a/c, tires, etc.) are presumably sound.  For me, that has to be a given or I don’t even spend time looking at the interior.


CUTENESS FACTOR…. 
CHECK!  


Just look at the LARGE, EXTENDED MIRRORS!  And look at the first photo above again – it comes with an AWNING!


SEPARATE BED, REFRIGERATOR *&* FREEZER, ENCLOSED BATHROOM, MICROWAVE, STOVE TOP, and an OVEN (optional for me, but hard to come by in this size)!!

TWO SINKS, a DINETTE (possibly to be replaced later), and look at all the WINDOWS! Plus NO CARPET!  **WOW, Oh, Wow!**


A RECLINER!! There is plenty of STORAGE for Kitchen Dishes (above dual sink), a Food Pantry (above Dinette), and Reading/Writing Materials and Electronics (above recliner). It has an OPEN floor plan (no wall in the middle of the room).  Woohoo!


A SEPARATE SHOWER!


KITTY CENTER:  I could store the bedding pads at my nephew’s, and the loft becomes Miss Hope Heaven!  She would even have her very own windows (note 1st and 2nd pictures - over the cab).  We’d all be in heaven!
And don’t worry about Nonni and Bentley.  I’ve given it a lot of thought.  They will most likely be (probably, maybe?) at least 12 and 8 when I get an RV.  Already, for the most part,  the extent of their indoor activity is to lay on their beds between outings, or play with their toys on their beds – when they’re not eating that is.  LOL.  We take 3-4 walks/day, 2 of them are at least 2 miles, and during the week they also go to the off-leash dog park at least once or twice.  Then on weekends we take at least 2 extended hikes, and I spend as much time outdoors as is humanly possible - always.  None of that will change when I get an RV.  They will love it, small space and all.  Trust me.

WINDOWS SURROUNDING THE BED!  MORE HEAVEN!
There is also STORAGE above the bed for personals and clothing, AND there is a hanging CLOSET to the right – just out of this picture (between the private bathroom and dual refrigerator/freezer).  :-)

I have a checklist of all the things I want in an RV.  The score for this RV on layout and interior amenities?  95%!  (My checklist for the mechanics of my future RV includes brands, power usage/requirements, etc. – but of course, I did not consider any of that while browsing and dreaming.)  So, I’ll say it again, WOW!  HEAVEN!

Saddest thing to me is that, once again, purchasing this would end up costing me less than what I’m spending monthly now.  Some day folks….  Some day.

I’m feverishly working on saving my down payment, and as of late, my new target date is June 2014.

Why so long you ask?  Well, wonderful readers, let me tell you (grin).  It may take me that long (or longer) to save up a down payment for something like this, AND I was able to negotiate a rent reduction on my lease renewal.  That means I have to stay in the Hood for now (groan), but every little bit helps, right?  Besides, my lease renewal doesn’t begin until April – maybe a miracle will occur before the lease rolls over.  Hey, stranger things have happened and a girl can hope.  Right?

In the meantime, I’ll have to get my fix by visiting pictures like these, and by taking comfort in the fact that at least on this day; the perfect RV was waiting for me.

15 comments:

  1. It does look nice. I am also looking at the moment Debra. I lived in a 20 foot class c for two years in the mid 90s and it actually suited me quite well at the time. Now, I am planning my next great getaway and want to go fulltime for who knows how long. I am thinking along the same lines of the 20 ft. to maybe 24 . But, am also wonderring if truck and trailer is more versatile. Still leaning with the RV tho. So, in my looking I came across a 26 ft class A . A bit more then I was planning to pay and a bit bigger but lovely unit with low miles. What size have you been in that you now say was to big??? Anyways, I like the layout of the one you posted here. Love the bed in the back layout.

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    1. @ Sue - Good for you! I'd love to find a 20' with a slide, but those are so rare! Let me know what you decide. BTW, that pond picture with the ducks on your blog is incredible! Love your photos!

      I was never actually "in" the RV I referenced as Dolly, but if you click on the link it will take you to the post that has all her information. I still love that rig!!!

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  2. Nice rig!! I surf a lot as well (dreaming is free you know) and agree that is one of the better floor plans for a class C. We have a fifth wheel and I love it but "what if" it were to ever become just me (we are not guaranteed to live forever). I could definitely be very comfy in one that size. And, driving it would not be that different than driving our dually just minus the 35 feet of fifth wheel behind it. Daisy and I could handle one that size just fine.

    Dreaming is free so enjoy the new rig as you take trips in your dreams.

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    1. @ Ark - Love the "free" aspect. The only cost to me I suppose is the tug on my heart strings, but oh how I LOVE my virtual trips. :) It really is about the size of a dually. A 24', 2' less, is perfect for regular parking spaces tho. It will be interesting to see what I end up with. Would love to have the space of a 5th wheel but that's just too much for me solo. Stay warm! :)

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  3. my favorite part of this one is the windows around the bed.. i don't like dark, love lots of light and the windows make it feel bigger. the dogs will love that bed. and the separate shower is next. when we got married bob had a 27 food cabin cruiser. it was big enough to live aboard, but the bathroom was a commode in the shower, one room with sink/commode/shower in one room. to take a shower had to straddle the commode...you could have lived in this boat... have you considered a live aboard houseboat? his boat was as big as this, except of course it has to have water....

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    1. @ Sandra - Alas, the poor puppies will never get to see those exact windows, but I agree - they would love it. And I'm like you - have to have the openness. A boat is great but I can't have both so I'll travel from body of water to water - maybe get a free ride on a boat from time to time. Who knows! :)

      Did you see my 2/28/12 post where I got to tour a Boat/RV combo? That was a trip!

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  4. You'll make it happen. I can tell. Because you sound EXACTLY like me a couple of years ago. I even used one of those fund-raising thermometers so I could keep track of my savings progress.

    I looked at an Access (before I had enough $ to buy) and really liked it. That model has a good reputation too.

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    1. @ Kim - Thank you so much for the encouragement! I don't have a thermometer but I have several spreadsheets that track my savings as well as projected expenses once I do get an RV! LOL. I am trying my best to learn from veterans like you - I love that you are already out there. More than that, I love the joy you spread. :)

      Good to know about the reputation of the Access - I really like it, although my budget might be closer to a model that is 10-20 years more senior. ;) HugZ!

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  5. Looks pretty good. Keep that dream going.

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    1. @ Ann - working on it. Patience is my main issue right now. LOL.

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  6. That looks like it would be a good fit for you and the "kids". Keep the dream alive.

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    1. @ Susan - it really would be, right? Thanks for the support! HugZ!

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    1. @ John - Isn't it tho? Would give anything to have the money to be in it. It is SO perfect!

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