Introducing “The Gump”

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There she is, all lit up at night while we are overnighters on the La Mesa lot for the PDI.  Pickles is home with his grandparents, thank you Mum and Daddy, along with the rest of the flock.  I will endeavor to carry on without my feathered task master.  We decided upon a Dutchmen 2016 Voltage 3970. 

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It was a very close decision between a Heartland Edge and the Voltage.  The difference came down to does it feel like a long werkender/two week vacation or does it feel like home.  Voltage won out because of the larger bathroom, huge kitchen with lots of storage, and the living room set-up.

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We talked about names on the drive down on Tuesday.  It had to be something we could agree upon and would fit both our personalities.  Dave gets credit for the name this time, I was stumped.  “The Gump” comes from The Marvelous Land of Oz by Frank L. Baum.  It’s a perfect name, it’s geeky and obscure and very bookworm appropriate.  I’m the bookworm, he remembers obscure details about everything, and we are both geeks. 

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I freely admit I love how it’s lit up at night.  Sure blue wouldn’t be my first choice but I don’t think Dave would agree to pink lights so no complaints here!

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We brought our own bedding which has helped tremendously in making it ours instead of a generic toy hauler.  Sure, the bed isn’t horrible but we are already talking about replacing it as one of the top items on the list.  Bedroom is spacious.  There is a place for Sangria’s bed is the closet and room for Wally at the foot of the bed.  Leo will have no shortage of spots to stretch out and sun himself or curl up and fall asleep.  Pickles will have lots of spots to hang out.  He can sleep in the kitchen at night and be out of the way, in fact there’s his nighttime spot below.  There is a lot of daylight inside and he can always go hang out in the garage or patio when it’s not below 70° outside.

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Overall, with the barest of minimums we’ve settled in comfortably.  We both know things will continue to crop up once we start using The Gump on a semi-regular basis in 2016 but hey, that’s no different than sticks and bricks living. 

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Dave is comfortable working in the garage even if it isn’t quite perfectly set-up yet.  And yes, it’s COLD here in Tucson and he’s running around in shorts! 

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We are looking forward to our first planned vacation time which is in January, assuming we sign-off on the PDI this week.  If we do, then first thing I’m doing this weekend  (after the flock has forgiven me) is booking a reservation somewhere responsibly close.

The Sofas and Recliners of AWESOMENESS

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We first sat in the recliners of awesomeness at the RV Show in a Heartland Oakmont 390MBL, although the ones pictured above are from the photos of the Oakmont 400FL.  These amazing recliners and sofas not only hold your beverage but offer massage and heat to the lucky sitter.  As soon as we sat down and turned on the recliner we were both in heaven. 

 

We are now ecstatic every time we find one in a coach we tour.  Never thought having a particular recliner could be a selling point of a coach but man oh man, these recliners are comfortable and go a long way in replacing the iJoy we will be giving up.   Yesterday, digging around for information and opinions on iRv2 about Dutchmen toy haulers, I poked my nose into the discussion about replacing the sofas in a toy hauler.  Imagine my utter delight when I found the brand name of the recliner and sofa of awesomeness!

 

They are made by Clay Madison and are the Jaleco product line.  We are both thrilled that I’ve managed to source the recliner we both fell in love with at a RV show.  My only complaint is the only leather choices are so dark in color.  Seriously, offer lighter options like the only pictured above or even better in cream or light dove gray.  If I’m going to spend time, money, and effort to replace my RV furniture then it isn’t going to be in dark, drab, light sucking colors no matter how comfortable and awesome the recliner is.

 

The recliners are available on Amazon for much less than direct from the manufacturer, unsurprisingly.  I completely admit my joy when Dave spotted them the moment he stepped into the Dutchmen Voltage 3970 on a whim last weekend.  Apparently, the little things bring me great joy in life!