A Thousand Miles

On Friday, I drove almost 500 miles to test drive an RV. On Saturday I drove 250 miles to the Gulf. On Sunday I drove 250 miles back. I need to remember that part of my RV fantasy is that I love driving. My conundrum has been this:

I might not be able afford the RV I want to drive.
I might not want to drive the RV I can afford.

I finally test drove the Winnebago View on Friday. It was amazing. I love that RV. It is so quiet and so responsive.

On an unrelated note, I saw whooping cranes for my birthday!

I saw whooping cranes at Aransas National Wildlife Refuge for my birthday!

Compared to a traditional class C, the driver seat seems to sit higher and give a better view of the road. (The window feels larger, higher, and/or less obstructed, as well.) It is so agile, you could forget that you are driving an RV.

But a 2006 Winnebago View (the first model year) is probably going to cost at least in the $45K range. If my house sells, that shouldn’t be a problem.

If my house doesn’t sell (and I have to rent it out), I need to find something in the low $20K range. That consideration is what had me looking at older class Cs. The problem is that I hate driving them. I am afraid I’ll be crying after three hours on the road.

So, I didn’t have a good back up plan. I told my husband, “I don’t care if I have to drive my car and pack a tent. I am taking this road trip!” (BTW, he is hugely supportive of the whole endeavor.)

So, starting from the, “I’ll sleep in a tent!” position, I was excited to test drive the Winnebago Rialta. There are some issues (as in difficulty getting them serviced), but it also drives amazingly well.

So, Rialta might not be the exact model I’d get, but if I have to scale back my spending, I think I am going to seriously consider a used class B.

Plan A is definitely the Winnebago View.

Two more people came to see my house!

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Countup: I get my two month sobriety chip today!

Countdown: 95 days until I move into my RV!

Auto Mechanics: I’m meeting with my instructor

this afternoon to see which tools I need to buy for class.

He suggested something like this plus this.

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