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The RVs of RVtravel.com readers and how they use them
Issue 59; Posted July 30, 2016
From Walt and Judy Kaiser, Full-timers
I 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 Bob and Judy Schumacher, Indio, California
We 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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