We have had a few people ask what we like about our coach, (never thought anyone would care!). And it was a cool rainy day so I thought I would put this down for the record. Usually it is an individual choice and many people buy rv's for different reasons and have them for different uses. I have always loved camping (now it's not called camping anymore, its a lifestyle) and had a tent trailer from 1969 until we bought a van conversion in 1995.
The kids were now all grown and not camping with us any more. So the van was perfect, it allowed us to travel self contained in one vehicle, no trailer to tow. This worked great for seven years until we decided to extend our camping season into the late fall, winter and early spring. It was a little small to be inside with winter clothes and all. So now we purchased a small 23 ft class C motorhome. We can camp anywhere anytime now perfect? Well it was great while we were still working, weekend getaways and vacations for the two of us, small enough to drive anywhere with out needing to tow a car, but it had limited storage.
Then we had to decide can we go fulltime in this coach and be comfortable ? We, together had this dream of fulltime rving someday. So as Suzie is crunching numbers to see how much it would cost to do this, and if we could quit work, we began looking at rv's, coaches and fifth wheel trailers. We would like a coach but a fifth wheel typically has more living space. So we checked all these out as well. Cost of a trailer and truck to tow it, as opposed to a coach towing a car. Depending how you do it the cost would be about the same. With a trailer we have to drive a big pickup truck around for errands and sightseeing lostsa fuel all the time. With a coach we use lotsa fuel only when we move from site to site traveling. Once set up we have a car that gets great fuel economy. Plus driving the coach is nice, a great view of the road and scenery and we have everything we need right here, very convenient, not to mention the security if you are relaxing and don't feel safe, just start the engine and go. Can't do that when you are in a trailer.
Anyhow thats our views and you could debate trailers and coaches all day, everybody is right and entitled to their opinion, and this is ours.
Now back to why we love our coach. We had looked at layouts, construction, types of power trains, storage, new verses used, all that. Well in 2006 we came across our dream home on wheels. It was a 1999 Holiday Rambler Vacationer 36 feet. So what did we like about it? Just about everything, I will start with a list here:
- first off this coach was used and hopefully has all the bugs a new rv usually has, worked out.
- it has a gas engine, ford V-10 low mileage only 36K miles on it and appeared to be well looked after. We wanted gas because of lower repair and maintenance costs, and our mechanic can work on on it, we only drive about 8k miles per year.
- it has a kitchen slide allowing our dinette, which we prefer over a table and chairs, to be on the campsite side of out coach, perfect!
- we have a mid entry door
- we have a huge two piece bathroom with sliding doors for privacy.
- a queen size walk around bed and lots of clothes storage and wardrobes.
- built in generator and an amazing amount of storage underneath with pass thru compartments.
- the body construction of the older Holiday Ramblers is all painted aluminum with fiberglass caps front and rear and no rubber roof it too is aluminum.
- hydraulic leveling jacks.
- dual pane windows with a slight tint. (they don't sweat) and keep you warmer and cooler, and sound proof as well.
- 19.5 inch truck tires.
- back up camera to keep an eye on our towed and see who is following too close.
- Stainless steel wheel covers, no aluminum polishing.
- Slightly streamlined front for better fuel economy.
- a propane stove and oven that we use all the time when we are not barbecuing.
- a roughed in with washer and dryer cupboard with hook ups, we don't need them, laundromats are cheap and quick, plus we save the weight and have extra storage for computer stuff like a wireless printer.
- this coach has a drivers door I thought I wanted but don't use much, too hard to climb in and out of and get some wind noise when on the road, but it does come in handy.
- we can seat 10 people inside, with seat belts, if we need and we did once for a Christmas dinner in Arizona.
- we have aluminum mini blinds that are easy to remove, wash when dirty and restring when the string breaks, and it will.
- our three seater couch makes a bed as does the dinette allowing people to stay overnight if need be, but not so comfortable that they want to stay a long time.
- we have a smooth vinyl ceiling inside and its not too high, easy to wash as are the walls etc.
- window awnings are real nice, can always pull these down especially when in areas that may be too windy for our patio awning.
- a nice huge windshield gives us a picture window to view the scenery.
- no air brakes so we don't need to worry about a special license.
- I think best of all I have my lazy boy recliner, perfect for falling asleep in front of the tv with.
- and Suzie has the couch to stretch out on.
We had an opportunity for another newer coach this summer at a good price, but we know this coach and love it, it is pampered like a baby, treats us well and we feel like its part of us. Plus its paid for!
Anything that we would want different? A little more power for the mountains, but we can always get there, we are not in a hurry. A rear engine would be nice when driving, eliminate engine noise. Maybe a solid surface floor would be easier to clean than carpet, but it would also be colder.
So that's what I did today, Suzie got to read for a while.
Then I was going to cook a nice fish supper tonight, but they were busy in the house with meetings and book work, it was quite late when they were done so we agreed to go to EJ's Tavern (formerly the Baden Hotel) built in 1874 and one of the oldest operating Taverns in Ontario. This is one of our favorite places and have not been here in quite a while.
|we at EJ's|
|had to wear a sweater|
|hot wings, cold beer|