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