Got That Call From Newmar

This is our Model & Color
This is our Model & Color

We finally were contacted by Newmar with the manufacture dates for our Ventana 4041.  We are really starting to get close, and beginning to realize that we are moving from the planning stages to achieving our dream.  Carl from Newmar advised that our coach will be coming out of the chassis shop and will be in the final assembly building from July 29th thru August 4th.  It will then go to paint and be ready for Newmar’s inspection process on August 18th.  We were initially scheduled for the week long customer pick up process starting on September 14th.  Liz needs to be in Massachusetts for the Alzeimers walk on October 4th.  This doesn’t leave us enough time to do the week long pick up, visit my mother in Illinois and get Liz back so she can get to Massachusetts in time (we want to enjoy that first trip and not rush).  So, we moved the delivery date to October 12th (Liz’s birthday week :-).  We are disappointed to have to wait another month, but its for a good cause and the extra wait knowing our new coach is setting in Indiana will make it even more Continue reading Got That Call From Newmar

Asheville and Mama Gertie’s

First Camp Fire
First Camp Fire

We are trying to take one trip every four to six weeks while we wait for our new coach to be built, and also to take a break from getting our house ready for the market next Spring.  Since it gets so hot in Georgia during the summer, we decided to go a little north and to the mountains.  We are staying for a week in Asheville, NC.  We passed through here on our return from the RV Dreams rally in April but never stopped.  Liz was here briefly once with our daughter in law while traveling, but never saw any sights.  Everyone told us it was beautiful and they were right!

View from the Top
View from the Top

We are staying at a place called, Mama Gertie’s Hideaway which is spectacular.  The campground is up to date, meticulously maintained, and literally cut out of the side of

Looking at Campers on Lower Level
Looking at Campers on Lower Level

a mountain.  The Wifi is one of the best, if not the best, that we have ever experienced.  We have a premium site at the top overlooking the Blue Ridge mountains that is great.  It is a little pricey at $55 for a night or $330 for a week, but we think its well worth it.  They also have some super premium sites that have a small deck and porch swing so you can leisurely enjoy the mountain view.  They do have some less expensive sites at the bottom of the mountain that are nice, but have no view.  However, be prepared for a steep climb up to the sites at the top.  I wasn’t sure my F-150 Continue reading Asheville and Mama Gertie’s

Well, We Did It…

2016 Ventana
2016 Ventana

Over the weekend Liz and I negotiated the final price for our new motorhome and today we put down a deposit and placed our special order.  We decided on a 2016 Newmar Ventana 4041.  This is a new floor plan for Newmar this year and adds additional storage over other models, but sacrifices part of the seating area.  We decided that 90% of the time it is just the two us and there is plenty of seating for us, and at least one or two more couples.  If we have more than that we normally set outside anyway.  Therefore, we decided the storage space was more important.  Below is a link to some pictures of the new models and the floor plans posted on one of the dealer’s websites.  Newmar has yet to Continue reading Well, We Did It…

Medical Issues…

I haven’t posted much recently as we have not been traveling but that doesn’t mean that things RV related haven’t been taking place.  I am in the midst of preparing our “build sheet” for the Newmar coach we want to order.  Once I have a few questions answered, I will be ready to sbmit it to the dealer for pricing.  Look for a post on that soon.

Ready for Surgery
Ready for Surgery

In the mean time Liz has been dealing with a medical issue.  She had to have a cancerous lesion removed from her bladder on May 2oth.  Unfortunately, it is a recurrence from a similar procedure performed a year ago in March.  The good news is that the doctor says it was small, low grade and easily removed.  We expect a full recovery with no complications.  She will need to have a checkup every three months to make sure all is OK.

What this brings to mind is that both of us need to be prepared to deal with medical issues while on the road.  Since we aren’t quite to Medicare age yet, we have our own health insurance and fortunately, it is a great national plan so we are covered wherever we go.  However, having good health insurance is only part of it.  Thought has to be given to the current state of one’s health and how often doctor visits must occur.  Of course, we want to try to get as many as we can scheduled together so we can keep our doctor return trips to a minimum.  Any emergency would have to be handled at wherever we were currently located.  If one chooses a domicile other than his/her current state one has to consider Continue reading Medical Issues…

The 2016’s Are Here – Newmar That Is

2016 Ventana 1If you have been reading this blog you know that Liz and I want to special order a Newmar coach.  Well we missed the 2015 season as all the manufacturing slots for the rest of that model year are filled.  So we have been waiting for the 2016 models.  Well the dealers met in Nashville this week for the unveiling of the new models.  I didn’t realize that they would be making as many changes as they have.  The Ventana, which is the model we are interested in had a complete front and back makeover. Information is just dribbling out which is what I’m sure they want to do to whip all the prospective customers into a frenzy.  They have got me.  Here is a link to the lineup:

http://www.steinbring.com/2016-newmar-motorhome-lineup/

Rear VentanaIn addition to the exterior, they have made changes to some of the floor plans and have made significant chassis improvements.  I’m not real keen on the new Ventana grill, but can live with it as so many of the other improvements are great.  I’m not sure why it needs a front grill, when the diesel engine is in the rear.  As more information becomes available, maybe it will make sense.

The only downside to all these changes is that I’m sure there is going to be a price change too.  We were close to our maximum expenditure on the 2015 so I hope we are not priced out of the market.  The wait is KILLING me!

Stay Tuned!

 

 

Back Home!!

Sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but we were so busy at the rally in Sevierville, TN that I really didn’t have the opportunity. What a GREAT trip!! We had no serious mechanical problems and there was something interesting and/or fun at each stop.  We got to spend time with my mother and help her celebrate her 84th birthday, and visit with long time friends Rick and Vickie Manford.  We traveled a total of 3225 miles (about 2700 with the trailer), visited 11 states, made new friends and learned a lot about fulltime RVing at the RV Dreams Rally (I will have more about the Rally in another post).  If it wouldn’t have been for some doctors appointments and Liz’s trip to Las Vegas with her sisters, we probably would still be out there.

However, now that we are back home it’s time to start focusing on our downsizing plan.  Again, I’m overwhelmed.  Since it seems like we have time before the house goes on the market next Spring, I have a tendency to procrastinate.  Bad Idea.  Plus, we both want to take another trip, Continue reading Back Home!!

Newmar Factory Tour

Newmar-Plant-ToursNewmar-ServiceOne of the important aspects of this trip was to travel to Nappanee, IN to visit the factory that makes the Newmar Coach line.  We are interested in purchasing one of the Ventana models – the 4037.  We want to special order the unit with the options that we want, and then add some “specials” that aren’t on the option list to really make it ours.  This is one of the advantages of buying from Newmar.  They are the only assembly line manufacturer that I know of that will allow you to make changes that are not regular options.  Paint color, cabinets, appliances,  Continue reading Newmar Factory Tour

First Rain, Then Wind, Then Snow and Now…..

Liz and I are blessed in so many ways despite having been through quite a few trials and tribulations during our life together.  I’m sure our situation is not much different than many other folks reading this blog.  However, we do seem to get more than our share of “challenges” in the weather category when we travel.  Three years ago we went to Yellowstone and the Tetons.  Unfortunately, much of the beautiful scenery  was viewed through  smoke from fires in Idaho.  Then we went on an Alaskan land and sea cruise last year which was rainy most of the time.  We never saw Mt. McKinley because of the fog and clouds on land, and on the water the glaciers were obscured by fog so we only Continue reading First Rain, Then Wind, Then Snow and Now…..

Long Haul Then More….

St. Louis Arch
St. Louis Arch
The Cross
The Cross

We had a good run on Saturday, April 18th from Branson to our next stop at Lakewood Campgrounds in Effingham, IL.  We traveled through St. Louis and by The Cross which is a landmark in Effingham.  The Cross is quite a site from the highway and looms even larger if you stop to take a closer look.  They even have a visitor center there that explains the construction and history behind it.  We had no rain and partly cloudy skies all day, but it was a 350 mile trip which is at the limit of what I like to travel in a day.  It took us almost 8 hours to make the trip, but we did stop a few times for breaks.  The campground is clean and well maintained with gravel sites and roads cut out among the trees.  Our site is a pull through and level.  It is a little different in that they pull each camper through in opposite Continue reading Long Haul Then More….

Oh No — More Rain

As we left this morning to take Montana to the State Park, as I mentioned in the previous post, the skies started to turn dark again.  We were only a mile or two away from the park when the rain began to fall.  We decided to keep going, and headed to Table Rock State Park which was about 6 miles away.  By the time we got to the Branson Overlook it was raining steady with the sky getting even darker.  We stopped and took a couple of pics overlooking Branson and then continued despite the rain.

Panorama of Branson
Panorama of Branson

We got to Table Rock and stopped at the park headquarters and got info about the park, which has rv camping sites, and headed towards the Continue reading Oh No — More Rain

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