Decision Made, Implementation Begins



Pickles reporting once again on the events of this week.  Thursday saw my crazy parents once again abandon me to watch Disney Junior while they went out and about to do things.  As you can see from Dad’s picture they were having a grand time while I was trapped inside at home alone with just the dogs for company!


Something about today was different though, they came home smiling and relieved.  It appears that some big decision has been made and that they are happy about it.  Guess in time I’ll figure it out but if it means they are done disappearing for hours at a time in the middle of the week I’m all for it.


Dave is happy and goofy in the picture above because Pickles is right, we have finally come to a decision on which coach is right for us.  We looked at another Alfa but quickly ruled it out, followed by some older Winnie’s.  Then we looked at a 2002 London Aire and it by far was the best (for us) used coach we’ve seen in terms of space, interior layout and colors.  The price was right for immediate purchase as well.  It had all the little touches but it also needed a lot of work.


PhototasticCollage-2015-10-24-07-16-43  I’m not going to lie, I love the green’s and blues throughout this coach but not enough to settle for the sake of interior color schemes.


After lunch we went to look at a couple of new and used Newmar’s down the road.  The journey has ended my friends, no more endless searching for possibilities.  We looked at a used 2004 Mountain Aire and it was nice, very nice but had the interior layout I’m least fond of (kitchen up front).  However, the 2015/2016 Newmar Dutch Star 4369 and the Newmar Ventana 4369 or 4002 are the choices we’ve agreed upon.


WP_20151022_020  The layout on the 4369 and 4002 has the kitchen in the middle and plenty of interior light without flipping on switches.  They don’t have the sparkly dungeon interior that drives me batty, in fact they felt like home without needing a lot of modification work to feel that way.


WP_20151022_021  I’m admittedly not overly fond of the booth set-up but that’s an option we can change out relatively painlessly.  Although, as we sat there and talked about things we did come up with some potential uses and reasons to go with the booth option.  Time will tell on that one. 


Overall, Thursday’s outing was MUCH more productive and satisfying that Wednesday’s.  We have a plan, we have a budget, and we know what we need to do going forward.  Now the “hard” part begins, saving money and dealing with knowing we will begin the fulltime lifestyle only after dealing with tragedy.  Double edge sword but also gives us a clean break and something to look forward to when it does happen.


The Search Continues

This morning my crazy folks once again went searching for “the one”.  They came home some six hours later, tired and no lightness in their steps or smiles lighting their faces.  So here’s what I’ve learned listening to them talk this evening.


1.  Mom wants a code word to bug out of conversations with creepy salesmen.
2.  Dad must be a giant because evidently almost everything they looked at today was “to short”.
3.  Apparently my adventures on the open road have to wait until Wally goes away somewhere.  I’m confused because Mom and Daddy love that hairy dog to bits, so where’s he going and why does it make them so sad.


Tammy here, Pickles has wandered off to contemplate the Wally conundrum.  So here’s the adult version of today.


1.  Steep entryway stairs are just not an option for my cranky knees.
2.  Some coaches have unreasonably low ceilings for Dave’s 6’2 frame.
3.  Older models feel less glitzy and like they were designed by a Kardashian.  Newer models feel like they are trying to hard to impress with very little behind the glamour façade.
4.  Light in a coach is paramount for us but smaller windows and darker interior decor make the newer coaches feel like a sparkly dungeon.

I think we’ve figured out a couple of things today we didn’t have solidified quite yet.


1.  2015/2016 Thor Tuscany has the best single entryway we’ve been in to date.
2.  Alfa See Ya has beautiful light pouring through the windows and it feels homey.
3.  Western Alpine coach felt cheap, crowded, and poorly built.
4.  We need a space that Dave can comfortably use as an office during the day, rather than trying to shoe horn himself in because otherwise the coach works.

We will continue to look and explore our options.  As much as we’d like to set forth on the open road adventure sooner rather than later, we aren’t going to rush a decision just to get something.  Wally is also a governing factor.  He’s happy here and disrupting his life at his age just isn’t an option for us.  Plus, his passing on any coach would render it uninhabitable for us.