After several years of looking at RV’s we went and bought one. We have long talked
about someday hitting the road permanently. We have gone to the RV sales promotions
at various fairgrounds and stopped in at dealers during our travels. We had never
seen any that we really, really liked. Last November we made another trip to the
Oregon Coast for a weekend and on the way back stopped in at Guaranty RV in central
Oregon. They had a 35 foot Newmar Class A that we really did like. We went on home
and discussed the future. We are now on Newmar’s email list and in January we got
the new catalog of models. For 2018 there was a brand new floor plan the we really,
really loved. We had not seen this floor plan live but we had seen the cabinetry,
bedroom and kitchen which we had liked and were all the same. The changes were in
the living room and bathroom. Amazingly, the TV was in front of the couch (not off
to one side like most RV’s) and the bathroom had dual sinks. It has three slide outs
that give extra room. We talked some more and put money down on one. It would be
built just for us and we could pick it up in five months. We put our house on the
When we bought our house in 2007 we bought at the top of the market. Not that we
had a choice as our older house had burned down while we were spending the winter
on the coast of Spain. Then the next year the housing bubble burst and our house
was valued at half of what we had paid for it. As of this year (2018) the market
has recovered and our house is worth more than we paid. We were fearful of another
downturn in the market so we decided to sell while it was up and also that we had
found an RV we liked. We got more than our asking price.
We listed with a nearby real estate company that had a very good reputation, although
their price was higher than some others. We were living in a gated senior citizen
community of 46 homes. The word spread that we were selling and a neighbor sent over
a friend to look at it. They liked it and made an offer through our agent. Our agent
found two more offers in the first week. Between the three of them our asking price
was soon left behind. When the bidding was over the first couple had won. Our agent
did a very good job for us and was definitely worth the higher price.
Then we had to move out. Our RV is still nearly 3 months away. We moved into a hotel
for 3 weeks and then into a friend’s house for 6 weeks. We put lots of stuff in storage,
sold a bunch of furniture and donated smaller stuff. I closed and sold my home brewery
and am now buying beer.
When I started brewing about 25 years ago good beer was very hard to find. Then came
the micro brewery revolution and it became easier and easier to get good beer. Now
it is available in thousands of places in bottles, cans and on tap. One can even
purchase tap beer to go in half gallon containers. So that is what we do now. I don’t
any longer NEED to brew my own to get good beer.
An advantage to buying an RV new is that you can custom order it. We ordered it without
a couch (The one included made into bunk beds and did not look comfortable.) so we
could use the leather reclining loveseat from our house. We also did not get the
RV mattress. We had a very good quality one in the guest bedroom that was hardly
used. While in the dealership looking at the same size RV, with a different floor
plan, I measured the door to see if it was possible to get them inside and was very
happy to find out we could get them in.
Finally the big day arrived and we took delivery and headed home. I was a little
nervous about driving it. I had not driven anything this large in about 50 years.
One of my early jobs was a city bus driver and this RV was the same size as one of
those buses. I found the RV easier to drive. The improvements in steering and suspension
helped and driving on a freeway is much easier than in city traffic. As I write this
we are on our second trip to the Oregon Coast and have put nearly a thousand miles
on it in two months. It gets nearly 8 miles to the gallon and holds 80 gallons of
gasoline. Filling it is a shock after traveling by motorcycle that gets 40 mpg and
has a 6 gallon tank.
We think the guy who wired the RV was having a bad day. Most of the electrical outlets
did not work. We contacted Guaranty RV and made an appointment for service. They
were very cooperative and worked hard for two days to track down the problems. After
putting in our order we had researched RV web sites for information on RV living.
Many sites told of horror stories about service, both warranty and general service.
We are happy to say that Guaranty is not in that group. They have worked diligently
to solve our problems. We have also spent several thousand dollars with them on extras
like satellite TV and a hitch to tow our car. They have answered all our questions
and been very helpful in choosing the best for us in each situation.
We have now lived in it for two months and are very pleased with it. We will retire,
again, at the end of the year and go full-time traveling. This time with indoor plumbing,
unlike our tent trailer.
Follow along next year (2019). Arizona is our first destination for the rock and
gem show in Quartzite.