Well we took the plunge and bought a new RV. Yep, once we started approaching our one year mark of traveling and decided we wanted to continue the life style for,, who knows,, 2 3 4 more years we started thinking of just how comfortable we want to be while doing it.
We bought the rig we started this journey in new back in 2007 and it had been very reliable. We also made a few modifications to make it fit our needs like adding solar, changing out the TV’s, having a cabinet shop build a nice computer station and installing MCD shades. But for long term it just wasn’t what we wanted to live in.
We thought long and hard about forking out the money for a new rig but decided we worked many hard years to reach this stage in our life and if we are going to really enjoy it we should make the change now instead of later.
As everyone knows, it’s pretty easy to justify just about anything LOL!! But we figured now that we are living and traveling in it every day having a warranty is important. And even though our old rig had been very faithful to us it was getting a few years under its belt and there was no warranty left to fall back on.
Plus the improvements they have made on motorhomes are pretty impressive.
We won’t drag this out going over the entire process because it was spread out over months even though we really never mentioned it in our blog. But just know this. We did our research, read many many forums and reviews on numerous RV’s, drove a few different rigs, considered switching from a motorhome and going to a truck and 5th wheel, and certainly worked numbers with a few different dealers to make sure we were getting the best deal we could. The entire thing was fun in its own way but at the same time draining and took some time away for the relaxing life we enjoy LOL!!
At the end of the process we decided to stay with a motorhome because we tend to move locations every week and a motorhome just fits the bill for that a little better FOR US. Others will certainly have their own opinions on that topic but that’s what makes us all individuals.
We decided to buy a Tiffin Phaeton 42LH. We have had such good luck with our past Tiffin that we feel very comfortable with our decision.
Some of the things we love about it in no particular order.
#1- 450HP Cummins engine. Compared to our 07 there is a night and day difference in torque.
#2- Tag axle. The tag axle gives better stability on the road and give us some extra carrying capabilities even though we never had any issues weight wise.
#3- It’s an all-electric coach. No more dealing with propane.
#4- It has a residential refrigerator. So much more space than in the Nor-cold we had in the 07. Especially in the freezer area which will be a huge difference for us meat lovers. We can take advantage of good deals and good butcher shops when we run across them.
#5- A induction cooktop. Again no gas to deal with and less heat put into the motorhome while camping in warm areas. Plus even though we have not experienced it yet we hear it’s a great way to cook, and safer.
#6- Floor tile everywhere. No more carpet in the bedroom!!
#7- Heated floors! Yep all of the floors are heated. That will be so nice on those cold mornings I’m sure.
#8- Aqua Hot. Which means a heating system that runs off of diesel OR electric and provides constant hot water and a more moist heating system for the living area. Again no propane and no dealing with a small water heater (which was no problem for us).
#9- It has a dishwasher!! Other than Diane LOL!!! Diane didn’t really care about the dishwasher but I thought it would be nice to have.
#10- The front TV is down where you can watch it and not get a kink in your neck or have to recline in a chair to see. Plus there is an electric fireplace below it for that homey feeling. A lot of mornings in cooler areas I break out a small portable heater instead of dealing with the propane. So with the fireplace and Aqua Hot life just got easier.
#11- The lighting is like night and day in the new coach. There are far more recesses lights in the new unit and everything is LED.
#12- The new unit has a king bed compared to the queen in the 07.
#13- A bath and a half in the new coach. It may sound funny but to have the larger rear bath just makes it so much more like a home to me. And the half bath,, well not such a big deal to us but it just could come in handy at some point.
#14- There are 3 air conditioners on the new unit compared to 2 on the 07. Two was fine and we found ways to make it work for us in hot weather but having 3 will just be that much better.
#15- A 2 stage Jake Brake compared to the exhaust brake on the 07. The system on the 07 always served us well but without a doubt the Jake Brake system is better.
#16- The slides are wider so when they are out it makes for a little more living space than we had in the 07. The downside to that is it makes it a little harder to get into outside bays while the slides are out.
#17- A stacking washer and drier. Our old rig had a combo washer and drier. And even though we never had any issues with it’s performance the stacking set HAS to be a bit better.
There are numerous more things that make the new unit better like the seatbelts being integrated into the seats making them less hassle to turn around and make part of the living room, a wider front door, a L shaped couch, pull out shelving in the kitchen cabinets, better electronics, larger and better inverter, nicer décor, 2 more air bags on the chassis, better outside camera system, an outside TV that’s in the sidewall and not taking up storage space below, a larger generator and on and on and on but you get the idea LOL!!
Some of the improvements I mentioned earlier that we made on the 07 will be transferred over to the new rig. Part of the deal was to have the solar, our lifeline batteries and our Progressive EMS (Electrical Management System) moved over.
Now I guess the process of working out the bugs on a new rig will begin. Even though you wouldn’t think so it seems there is always a punch list to have taken care of after a short time in a new motorhome. There are so many components in a motorhome that if you expect things to be perfect from the start you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
In fact just after the test drive we found an issue with the flip up computer table and an outside bay door that was not aligned properly and the electronic dash was not programmed. All simple things that we would all wonder,,, HOW DID IT LEAVE THE FACTORY THAT WAY??!!??!
I think our plan is once we leave Lazy Days we will head farther south in Florida, put a few miles on the new coach and use it the way we will be using it to see just what things pop up. Then if nothing major happens after a few weeks of touring southern Florida head back north and stop at Lazy Days again with whatever punch list we come up with to have repaired.