Sunday, October 02, 2005


Now it Begins!

Today, October 2nd, 2005, we signed on the dotted line for our RV.

Already a blogger, I have made the decision to mark the trip thru RVing with a blog on the topic.

Perhaps we can learn and offer insight to the adventure of owning and using an RV; perhaps we can find commonality with other RVers!

Let me set the scene for you. Dutchess and I are within 1 year of retirement. We have long been enthused by the thought of an RV and travel in one. We love driving across this land, and have so much of it to yet see that an RV seemed the natural way to do so.

We are NOT the moneyed folk who buy the units in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, however we are able to afford a decent unit. In the same fashion as we boated several years back, we have chosen a used unit, less than 5 years old.

Our particular unit is a Damon Challenger, a 33 foot Class A Motorhome with a single slide expanding the kitchen and couch area. It is nicely equipt with ducted air and heat.

Now the fun begins.....calls on insurance, finding a place to store it when we are home (won't fit in our driveway...and would annoy the neighbors if we placed it there), and delaying a planned vacation by two days next weekend so we can take delivery of the unit.

We happen to have in Tampa, Florida, the world's largest RV dealer, LazyDays. They do the entire purchase thing quite nicely.

We will arrive next Saturday to find the unit set up in one of their campsites. There our own personal technician will give us 1-4 hours (whatever we need) to learn the controls, and do and don't items about our unit. Then we will spend our 1st night aboard. Sunday we take it home.

Following our vacation (not in the RV as we have booked a couple of weeks of time share), we will BOTH take the special driver's school Lazydays offers. Given the feeling of piloting a 747 I had this afternoon when we "test drove" the beast, we will need the class.

More as this little new, exciting section of our lives begins to unfold!


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