Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rigs everywhere…

We wanted to leave our town early on Saturday morning but as all good plans have happen… Caca Occurs! We got a call from a realtor who said that someone wanted to see our house on Saturday at 1:00 pm.  So we decided to perk up the house before we left for Houston and as a result we didn’t leave our home till after 11:00 am. This pretty much meant we would only be visiting one dealer in Houston, PPL.

We pulled into the PPL lot about 1:00 pm and man was there a lot of motorhomes and 5er’s crammed into this lot.  We had a list of 6 to 7 that we wanted to look over pretty closely as we have been narrowing down what we are wanting in our “perfect rig.”

My last blog apparently stirred up quite a few comments. Some suggested we use the RV Consumer Group evaluations – which we have been doing, thanks! Many wished us luck and reminded us we may have to make concessions as to which I agree.  We are still five months from full timing so we are being patient (maybe overly patient) in trying to find a rig that meets most of our needs. Yet others reminded us of things not to overlook for full timers such as larger holding capacities for grey/black water tanks or making sure we are protected from the winter via basement heaters or double paned windows.

We learned a lot about motorhome that day and we learned a lot about how little storage there really is in a motorhome (especially for large pots/pans and cookie sheets etc).  We also know now that the range of 35-37 feet will meet all of our needs.  We loved the Tiffin’s and the WInnie Adventurers but a few older models caught our attention such as the Rexhall’s. The comment by Margie in my last blog hit the nail on the head when she said “This is such an exciting time.”…

she is right – but it is both exciting and scary :)


  1. Been there, Done That!
    Good luck and just remember to set of the furniture,stand at the stove, stand in the shower and lay of the bed. Each time you do these things think about doing the same things you do at home. Does it work for you? We would be in an RV for an hour or more going through the motion to see if it all fit us.

    Stay Safe

  2. Margie is right. This is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a full timer. Take your time and you will find one that fits all Your needs and wants. Stay safe.

  3. I'm still just looking to get the feel of what we want. I envy where you are in the process.

  4. I wholeheartedly echo Cruzin2some's comment about spending time in a prospective rig. Narrow it down to the ones you are seriously considering and then spend time in each one "playing house." Can you stand in front of the oven or do you have to stand to the side? Can you walk around the bed/how easy is it to change the sheets or make up? Little everyday activities like that. Good luck and have fun!

  5. It may look like there isn't much storage space available, but once you start packing things in you'll be surprised how much you can fit in. Just remember that you also have a weight allowance to meet, perhaps that is why it doesn't look like there is a lot of space available. We have a 28' MH and I can pack in all my saucepans and fry pans and cookie sheet no proble :)!

    Have fun searching.

    Kevin and Ruth

  6. Thanks so much for following a Camp Host Housewife's Meanderings. I hope you enjoy our journey. You're almost there. Exciting to get ready to launch on the adventure huh?