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!

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Another Sunday, Another RV Show

Sunday dawned and we decided to go to the RV show at the stadium to see if there were any models we liked in comparison to the Heartland Big Country 3900FLP*.  We ignored the toy haulers knowing their layouts didn’t suit our needs.

Heartland Landmark Key West

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This is the top of the line Heartland fifth wheeler and it is the only Landmark at the show.  It is nearly perfect in that it has the double slides in the bedroom which make the space feel amazing.  There’s plenty of room for Pickles  (who is quietly napping after dinner as I write this) and Wally and Sangria to stretch out and snooze. 

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The Newport floor plan suits our needs better with the option to make the half bath a pantry/office for Dave.  I just wish the bedroom had double slides.  Also, it’s hard to decide on a coach you’ve never stepped in because there aren’t any in your local area.  Maybe if we go to the Tucson RV Show on Saturday we will get lucky.

Heartland Oakmont 390MBL

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Dave loves this coach, the extra bedroom would make a fantastic office and gaming room.  It would also give us somewhere to roll Pickles out of the way and shut the door when he’s cranky.

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The construction insulation value of all the walls, and there being no upgrade or winterization option, make this coach an interesting but difficult choice for fulltimers.  That being said, the recliners on the coach are divine and we both didn’t want to move from the heated massage.

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There were two models at the show and both would work, the LS38RS and LS39RE.

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I preferred the FB model and I don’t think Dave really had a strong opinion either way.  The fit and finish was good but nothing was so spectacular that our jaws dropped.  And to be blunt, the asymmetrical lines throughout were driving his engineer mind bonkers.

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Augusta Luxe

To be honest, I don’t know which model we walked through but I do remember the entryway and steps were atrocious  (I wrenched my back exiting).  Also, and I wish I had thought to take a picture if this, the whole LUXE inscribed in the wood door frame at the door made it a commercial vehicle and not a home.  For the price, it was utter crap.

Closing Thoughts

We don’t live in a small town, admittedly Phoenix isn’t the largest city in the nation but it isn’t tiny, and yet trying to look at a good representation of manufacturers and models is blooming frustrating.  Hours of driving, high pressure sales, exclusive dealerships that do not carry all or even most of a model line, and brochures about as scarce as an wrapped gift on Christmas morning.  We’ve had some really awful experiences and some good ones.  We haven’t made a decision yet but I think we are getting closer.  Tomorrow we are going to the show at PIR to look at the Redwoods and hopeful a Rushmore model.  Fingers crossed that something meets every need and we both love the same coach.

*Blog post about our drive to Tucson will be up later this week.