Big decision made today

Wow, just discovered this thread. I am hoping thing work well for you!

We did just the opposite...We were sitting and talking and turns out the MH was not our happy place. Way worse for me. I know a lot of folks enjoy so I won't go negative...

We took a 7,500 mile trip this mid February to mid March and took the SUV. That worked out great. MH was listed for sale when we got back and even after adding the purchase and all of the upgrades and remodeling, we put some money in our pockets. The market was, and may still be hot for RVs.

As far as boating, there is so much to see and visit up here. We really have just scratched the surface. As we speak, the former "Life's Good" is back in Gig Harbor for a nice visit with folks here that we know. Wife cannot wait to get out and go.

Canada will open up for us as of Oct 1st. Dunno about getting back into the US though...haha! That opens up many more places to explore.

Cheers!

Oh BTW, I may get in touch regarding the remote install.
 
I am hoping to take the motor home for a trip thru the PNW next summer to explore possible retirement location as a base. I can see getting into a 40 foot trawler to use to explore the waters up there. Pretty much abandoned the live on a 65 footer idea. If the wife is not comfortable crewing the 506, any bigger will be a non starter. Now the plan would be have a water front town house and a smaller boat.
 
I admire you’re willingness to be open and honest with us Carp.

Must admit I was disappointed to hear as your feedback has been helpful to me over the years.

Thanks for being a great contributor and I Hope you have the wind at your back in whatever you pursue.
 
I am hoping to take the motor home for a trip thru the PNW next summer to explore possible retirement location as a base. I can see getting into a 40 foot trawler to use to explore the waters up there. Pretty much abandoned the live on a 65 footer idea. If the wife is not comfortable crewing the 506, any bigger will be a non starter. Now the plan would be have a water front town house and a smaller boat.
I have seen some 36 to 41 Trawlers that are amazing. They are setup for long term comfortable living.
 
I admire you’re willingness to be open and honest with us Carp.

Must admit I was disappointed to hear as your feedback has been helpful to me over the years.

Thanks for being a great contributor and I Hope you have the wind at your back in whatever you pursue.
Just like @Gofirstclass and others who have moved on from boating, ill be hanging around CSR and keeping up with you.
I have found that there is a similar Camaraderie in a couple of RV forums so my focus will be split. I always appreciate the feedback offered by the membership on here no matter the subject.
Cheers
 
I am hoping to take the motor home for a trip thru the PNW next summer to explore possible retirement location as a base.

If your journey takes you up to the area where the Snake and Columbia Rivers join, drop me a PM on here. We live in Pasco, WA, and the first round's on us!


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Glad to hear you got to the root of your problem. You're probably a better man than I am... I don't know that I would have sold feeling like I was 'pressured'. Probably one of the things I still need to learn more about in marriage. I too have thought about selling at times. The slip cost is now about $10k/year which doesn't include fuel or food at the dock. That's a lot dough to piss away in entertainment.

I am blessed and actually have both a boat and a diesel pusher. I rotate throughout the seasons in Texas. Feel free to reach out to me offline if you want to discuss further. I owned a 40' single axle Fleetwood and sold it last year. It was a great coach to figure out exactly what you do and don't want in an RV. I stepped up to a 42' Entegra last year. They weren't on the same level, so it's not fair to compare, but the Entegra is hands down an amazing coach for a production unit. For me one of the big drivers was a second bath. Consider that even if it's two of you. I fought for the toilet with my wife and child more times than I could count. The last time it happened, it drove me to literally find a new coach. Stepping up to a 42' also got me a tag axle which is a huge step up in carrying capacity and cuts down on the tail wagging and porpoising. Drive a single axle in the wind and you'll see what I mean. The longer rig also gave me a third AC unit and heated floors. It cools and heats the rig amazingly well. The insulation is also a huge step up over the old one. This rig is also a side radiator vs the rear radiator. Maintenance is a breeze compared to what it used to be. The rear radiator took two people to change the belts. I couldn't imagine doing it on the side of the road. I could go on and on. I've probably been on and looked at most RVs sub Prevost territory. Feel free to ask away. We get the best sleep on the RV. We took it on a 2 week trip this summer. From Dallas to Destin to Galveston to home. Almost 2k miles. Not a single issue with the coach sans a pocket door that came off the track and the clothes washer drain pump that decided to fail (luckily an appliance place had a pump in stock). Glad you're skipping the Thor. I'd recommend looking at Entegra and Newmar over Tiffin, but that's just my personal preference. 3 models in the Entegra line - Aspire, Anthem, and Cornerstone. Newmar has Ventana, Dutch Star, New Aire, Mountain Aire, London Aire, Essex, and King Aire (The first 3 or 4 may be the most appealing price wise). Tiffin doesn't make a bad bus. American Coach also makes a really nice bus.


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Here is the new "yacht" Funny how we never thought of going this deep on a boat but after comparing carrying costs we managed to justify buying new and at the upper end of production coaches. We will get a lot more enjoyment out of this and it will be a hell of a lot less work to keep her in top shape since I have an empty 50 by 60 barn to house her in.
Flying to LA on Friday night and will drive her up the coast on Saturday.
 
I am hoping to take the motor home for a trip thru the PNW next summer to explore possible retirement location as a base. I can see getting into a 40 foot trawler to use to explore the waters up there. Pretty much abandoned the live on a 65 footer idea. If the wife is not comfortable crewing the 506, any bigger will be a non starter. Now the plan would be have a water front town house and a smaller boat.

At the Miami boat show a few years ago, we looked at the Bennetau Swift 47 trawler. It was an amazing use of space.
 
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Here is the new "yacht" Funny how we never thought of going this deep on a boat but after comparing carrying costs we managed to justify buying new and at the upper end of production coaches. We will get a lot more enjoyment out of this and it will be a hell of a lot less work to keep her in top shape since I have an empty 50 by 60 barn to house her in.
Flying to LA on Friday night and will drive her up the coast on Saturday.
Absolutely beautiful. I hate driving (I drove dump trucks and F350s with backhoes and bobcats in tow in my youth)', so I'll never own one. But that is an amazing coach!
 
It's a beauty! Congratulations. If not too late, maybe ask the dealer if they have a place where you can stay overnight and spend some time fiddling with it if you haven't already decided to do this, you will have more questions or find things that need adjusting by the morning that they will be happy to answer/take care of. Most RV dealers have such a place with full hook ups. Have your wife take lots of notes during the PDI while things are explained to you. Know that not all dealers are great at going over everything BEFORE you show up to take delivery so you should make sure you check everything. Open every cabinet, every door, every window, operate every system and gadget. Some dealers may not be interested in doing repairs or "finishing builds" on a unit that they didn't sell so try to work those bugs out right up front as it sounds like the dealer may be far from you.
Join the Newmar Kountry Klub and after you settle in a bit, attend a rally. It's a great way to meet other Newmar owners, have fun and the learning experience is unmatched.
Enjoy.
 
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Here is the new "yacht" Funny how we never thought of going this deep on a boat but after comparing carrying costs we managed to justify buying new and at the upper end of production coaches. We will get a lot more enjoyment out of this and it will be a hell of a lot less work to keep her in top shape since I have an empty 50 by 60 barn to house her in.
Flying to LA on Friday night and will drive her up the coast on Saturday.
I suspect you'll be looking for a 44 footer within a year... I'm sure you've found iRV2.com
 
It's a beauty! Congratulations. If not too late, maybe ask the dealer if they have a place where you can stay overnight and spend some time fiddling with it if you haven't already decided to do this, you will have more questions or find things that need adjusting by the morning that they will be happy to answer/take care of. Most RV dealers have such a place with full hook ups. Have your wife take lots of notes during the PDI while things are explained to you. Know that not all dealers are great at going over everything BEFORE you show up to take delivery so you should make sure you check everything. Open every cabinet, every door, every window, operate every system and gadget. Some dealers may not be interested in doing repairs or "finishing builds" on a unit that they didn't sell so try to work those bugs out right up front as it sounds like the dealer may be far from you.
Join the Newmar Kountry Klub and after you settle in a bit, attend a rally. It's a great way to meet other Newmar owners, have fun and the learning experience is unmatched.
Enjoy.
Great advice. I know we can't stay on his lot. He is picking us up at the airport the night before, putting us up in a complementary Marriot Hotel room a mile from his lot and personally doing the PDI with us. We need to get back up north so can't stay over. The coach will have 2000 miles on it since it came from Indiana so hopefully what ever was loose at the factory had time to show up. I have been very pleased with this dealer. We have another full service dealer 1 1/2 away if there are any serious warranty issues that come up on our 400 mile drive north. It would need to be soemthing pretty specialized though for me to be motivated to take it there. Looking forward to attending a Newmar rally and meeting other owners.
 

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