Monday, April 10, 2017

Yuma and the Fleetwood Rally

This was the last of our Arizona rallies, and it was great. Smaller than the other ones, about 120 RVs were registered. We really like this size, it's big enough to have lots of energy in the seminars, but small enough to allow time for one-on-ones during the rally.

This is what I (Chris) really like to do. Sit down with someone who has questions about their smartphone and work with them and their phone, one on one. We print up a sign-up sheet for 30 minute time slots for free. Sometimes two people get together, but we're still talking personal attention and their phones in their hands. Hands-on. That's the way you really learn.

And, we learn too! We had a couple of people who had forgotten the passwords to their main account - the one that is necessary in order to get new Apps, or make major changes to your settings. One was on an iPhone and the other an Android. Neither Jim nor I have ever had to go thru this on our own phones, so helping others taught us a lot. We ended up thinking it was such an important thing to know that we made our next "What Does This Button Do" show about it:

They also had some great fun at this rally. Jim got out the drone to capture the golf cart rodeo. Sweet!

Monday, April 03, 2017

We’re Selling our Motorhome

We now have a townhouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We might stay there for just one or two months in a year, or we might stay there for 9 –10 months. In any case, we don’t need a motorhome as big as the one we have now. We aren’t Full Time any more. We don’t carry everything we own with us.

We’ve always liked the Roadtrek style of camper van, and that’s what we plan to buy. With that, we could park it in a car space at the townhouse and use it as a second car. We might even go for short weekend jaunts around Florida. We would still travel to the big rallies wherever they may be. I’m sure we will find the space for our necessary laptops, phones and tablets. Another perk of technology getting smaller and smaller. Spending a few days with my friend, Melinda with her Roadtrek 210 Popular convinced us that it can be done. We felt very comfortable in her rig.

We have loved our Gulfstream Endura. I have never seen a floorplan more conducive to fulltime RV living. The minute we stepped foot in this rig in we wanted to live in it. It is unique in that there is a bulkhead right in the middle. This is not a ‘bowling alley’ like most motorhomes. There are 3 distinct living areas: Living room, kitchen/dining (aka Chris’ office) and bedroom. Here is the floorplan as diagramed in the original brochure. Here is a photo album from the dealer when we bought it.
We didn’t care for the free standing table/chairs in the dining area or the two chairs in the living room. We knew about a place in Napanee, IN where they made custom furniture for RVs. They were highly recommended by our friend Nick Russell and his RVing blog. We planned to get a custom dining room and desk for Jim, we didn’t know about the window sill for the window by the couch. We liked that the best! A place to put your cup of coffee or glass of wine while sitting on the couch. We say that we spent $3,000 on that very special window sill and the dining room table/cabinetry and Jim’s desk were thrown in!
Here are lots of pictures from when that custom furniture was installed.

It’s a Super C

A class C motorhome is characterized by the cab over space. Our first motorhome had that and we loved it. It’s flexible space. It can be a bedroom for taking the grandkids on a trip. Or it can be a reading room, or it can be storage. Isn’t that what most guest bedrooms turn into? A store room. This one is a bit different however, because it’s big. And it’s a diesel engine. The chassis is a Chevrolet Kodiak chassis. It’s well known for dump trucks, and other medium duty truck applications. We really like how easy it is to service with the front engine.
We bought it and moved in April 2011.The engine has performed flawlessly for the 6 years we’ve had it. Once, it went into “limp” mode and we thought something was drastically wrong, but we made it to a Chevy dealer and they discovered it was just a loose wire that was sending the wrong signal to the diagnostic system and put it into limp mode. One other time we had a weird problem with the fuel filter which made it unable to start after we stopped at a highway rest area. We had to get towed to the nearest truck repair facility and they put in a new fuel filter and sent us on our way.
We put 6 new tires on it in March 2015.

One problem that we have not been able to fix is the bedroom side slide. We’ve tried at 3 different repair facilities. Our conclusion is that it is a bad design. It sits on two rails with two motors for moving it in and out. Those two rails get out of sync and the slide has problems. It no longer works by pressing the button inside. Jim found a way to purchase a device called a training pendant. The trainer is wired into the slide machinery from the outside and it has 2 buttons, one for each rail. One person needs to be outside operating the trainer, while the other is inside pushing to get it past the problem spot. Bringing it in is no problem – still using the trainer standing outside – but one person can do it. We’ve gotten pretty good at it. It’s not much of a problem for us anymore, not sure how it will be for someone new.
motorhome value

Given a starting point of $70,000 – we add some value with our custom furniture, then we take away some value for the problem slide and the fact that we’ve been living in it and working it pretty hard for 6 years. There are several dings and cracks. We ripped out the carpet and have not replaced it with anything leaving raw wood in part of the bedroom and a portion of the living room. I think throw rugs cover it quite nicely!
We will ask $65,000 or best offer.
It has 75,000 miles on it. It gets 9-10 mpg.
Here are all the specs:

Here's a photo album where I will put photos of the rig inside and out, collected over the last 6 years.

We are currently in Arizona. We have one more stop west, between San Diego and L.A. then we head east. We’ll take I40 to our next destination, the SKP ACRE rally in Sevierville, TN. Then home. We expect to drive this rig back to Florida in May - then put it for sale on a lot, but just in case there’s the perfect buyer somewhere along our route, we figured we’d put the information out there now.

How about a Roadtrek owner who wants to upsize? We could do a trade. :-)