RV Travel Reader RVs, July 30, 2016

RV Travel Reader RVs, July 30, 2016

Send a photo of your RV and a 150- to 200-word description of it, how and where you use it, and what you like or don’t like about it, to Diane(at)RVtravel.com. Be sure to include your name(s) and hometown, or if you’re a full-timer. (These are posted in the order received.)


The RVs of RVtravel.com readers and how they use them

Issue 59; Posted July 30, 2016


From Walt and Judy Kaiser, Full-timers

RV Kaiser 7-16-2016I am The Traveling Santa. My wife, Judy, and I have been full-timing for 15 years now in the same coach. His name is Howie, House On Wheels Includes Everything. He is a 2002 Holiday Rambler Endeavor 40 DST, which we purchased new. He is 40 feet long, with three slides and a bath-and-a-half. The tow is a 2015 Ford Flex, Limited FWD, and, yes, his name is Rudy (short for Rudolph).

There is not much that we don’t like about Howie. He will be 16 on Nov. 21. We have done a lot of work inside to make him our home — new flooring, residential fridge, automation blinds throughout, all new wood valances, seats re-upholstered, TV conversions and granite countertops, too. 

Howie has 150,000 miles on him. We have covered 49 states, five Canadian provinces and four states in Mexico. This year we will be in Sacramento, where I will portray the Jolly Guy in the red suit.


From Alan and Margaret, Grants Pass, Oregon (Going full-time soon!)
 
RV-Alan-7-23-2016My wife and I recently purchased this secondhand 1996 Georgie Boy motorhome from the original owners here in Grants Pass, Oregon. She’s a 35-footer with only 42,000 miles and a nice-size slideout. We had purchased a new 18-foot R-Pod trailer last year; however, after several week-long trips, found it to be just too small for us, so hopefully this one will fit our needs.
 
RV-Alan-7-23-2016-rt.We’re in the process of fixing/updating a few problem areas, like repainting the lower side compartment doors, as the pictures show, which has turned into a much larger job than expected. Then, off to a tire shop to replace six old, cracked tires, and of course the normal maintenance items such as new hoses, belts, plugs and so forth.
 
Our first long trip planned is a slow, cross-country trip to Maine from our Oregon home. If all works okay with this trip, we hope to sell our home and travel full-time!

From Bob and Judy Schumacher, Indio, California

RV-Schumacher-7-9-2016We bought our barely-used 2016 Leisure Travel Van Unity Twin Bed about six months ago. We traded in a 2016 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour that was poorly designed and improperly made. It lived in the shop. It had many design defects making it impossible to sleep comfortably or use the microwave they put into a drawer, drawers flew open because they lacked proper retention latches, etc., etc. Don’t even ask about the macerator or the damage-prone roll-up reel. The Mercedes Sprinter Van portion was great. The LTV is built on the Sprinter Van but unlike the Airstream, is well designed and well built. The Airstream also was a bit small for us.

The LTV B+ style is ideal for us and our three dogs. Like the Class B, it’s a pleasure to drive and can go anywhere a van can go without restrictions of a larger RV. We take many enjoyable weekend and week-long trips. We’re now planning our first of several month-long trips.

The photo is of our Leisure Travel Van parked lakeside at Bear Valley Springs, California.


 
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