Shopping for a Class A

Let me tell you about shopping for a used class A motorhome.

It sucks. The end.

OK, some of that is our “fault” since we’ve narrowed down the playing field to 2 models we want. 1st choice is a 2007/8 Tiffin Allegro 35QBA with a FRED chassis (front diesel) if possible, but we’d be cool with the Ford V10. They’re in our price range. Ish. The floorplan is PERFECT. 4 slides, lots of floor space, tons of storage.  The other model we would consider is a Forest River Georgetown 352QS. It’s also a quad slide with just about the same floor plan. From what we read, the Tiffin is the way to go for craftsmanship, reliability and build quality. But my in-laws have a Georgetown and like it very much.

Tiffin Allegro 35QBA Floorplan

Tiffin Allegro 35QBA Floorplan

 Forest River Georgetown 352QS

Forest River Georgetown 352QS

We’d prefer to spend $65,000 or less. The payments need to be manageable until we’re able to sell the house and pay it off. So we’ve found a couple Tiffins we like (or thought we liked).

One deal was GOING to happen. It was in Alabama. We bought the plane tickets. Had the loan. And then he calls to say it won’t start. Well, starting is pretty high on our hierarchy of needs here, so we bailed. Maybe we bailed prematurely, maybe it was an easy fix. But we were freaked. Then there was one in Virginia. We day tripped it down through the joys and pleasures of DC traffic (which is the same on Saturday mornings as it is on Fridays at 4pm–FYI). Seven+ hour round trip for the worst cared for RV I’ve seen. What a wreck. We were embarrassed for the owner (who was not at all embarrassed).

That’s it so far. A couple have popped up in Colorado and California but we’re not in a place (vacation-time-wise) to make the trip back from out west.



Baby Steps

The dream is still alive. And we’re now trying to take some steps to making the dream happen. The Man is searching high and low, north to south, east to west, for a job in his field that he can work from the road. But we both suspect that he may have to do some contract work to make this happen (engineering) and that will be a leap of faith for us (not having a steady income and employer supplemented health insurance). Not sure what I’ll be able to do from the road yet. But the wheels, they are a’turnin’.

Our baby step for now though, is selling our camper. (Insert sad face.)


At Point Lookout State Park.

It’s on Craigslist and we’ve had a boatload of hits on it but only a few to come see it. The last couple that came seem really interested. The husband said “I doubt there will ever be another used camper that’s in quite this condition…it looks new!” And it does. It’s perfect. We’re anal. So, we’re hoping the deal works out. I think they’d take good care of our baby. When we were cleaning out all our belongings to detail it, we were both in tears. Amazing how you can become so attached to inanimate objects…that’s unusual for me. But our Rockwood symbolizes so much more than some fun camping trips. It was in this camper that our dream was born…

rockwood pic 2

Tuckahoe State Park.

So…baby steps.

Still Dreaming

I wish I knew where the idea originated. One day The Man and I said to each other…”let’s buy a camper”. So, fast as lighting we scoured Craigslist and found a Jayco 23B that looked clean (the owners were upgrading…because that’s what happens when you buy a camper, it’s inevitable) in Binghamton. We drove up, made the deal and towed it back down to Maryland.  It was a GREAT little camper for us. Perfect really.


But then we were compelled to upgrade (it’s what happens, remember?).  So, we upgraded both the camper AND tow vehicle (read: hemorrhage money) and ended up with this setup:


Now, THIS ONE is even perfecter (word) for us. Until it won’t be anymore.

Enter the DREAM. We’ve had plenty of reminders lately (and in the not-so-recent-past too) that life is short and health is fleeting…that if you have a dream, to chase it NOW.  So our dream is to purchase a class A RV (a bus-sized one with bunk beds) and hit the road for a year with our kids.  We’d like to “roadschool” them, see this great country and, if possible, both work part-time from the road too.

Now, let’s see if we can follow our own advice about dream following…