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Shan-man
08-25-2008, 10:18 AM
Here's my dream rig, that is to say, this is the rig I hope to actually own one day.

http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/01.jpg http://i523.photobucket.com/albums/w359/SLSettles/2003FleetwoodSouthwind35R.jpg

A 2003 Fleetwood Southwind 35R, with a Tandem Tow dolly hauling a cart and a RAV (or Highlander, or Forrester). The 35R is just a two-slider, but they are great slides. The Living room slide is large, and the bedroom slide includes the wardrobe and makes for a nice large dressing area in the bedroom. There is a Pace Arrow with almost the identical floorplan. We will probably buy the dinghy in the next six months. The $3500 dolly is probably a little further up the road. And the cart sometime after that. And if things go real well we will be into this or a similar RV in maybe 8 years(?). The 2003 currently re-sales for about $55,000, which is way beyond our means for now, but with 8 more year's of depreciation it might be do-able.

Sure, I dream about a Marathon quad-slide with a $70,000 enclosed trailer with a Masseratti and a pair of Ducatti inside, too. But the former dream is a dreamy goal, the latter is pure pie-in-the-sky. What kind of rig do you dream about having?

2goofycampers
08-25-2008, 11:04 AM
A 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom toy hauler Class A pulling a Cadillac Escalade in an enclosed trailor would be nice. All in Pearl color.

AuburnJen92
08-25-2008, 11:33 AM
I dream that mine will be paid off.:lmao:

g8trmom1
08-25-2008, 11:53 AM
I dream that mine will be paid off.:lmao:


LOL

terri01p
08-25-2008, 12:02 PM
Whenever our house is paid off in three yrs. we have talked about getting some type of toy hauler, we just love them and really want one! Haven't exactly picked the one I want yet, but it's fun dreaming.

Disney Campers
08-25-2008, 12:39 PM
This would be my dream rig:

http://usarving.com/assets/images/Newell_2000i_09.jpg

Rhonda
08-25-2008, 12:45 PM
Whoa Scott!! That's some serious camping! You could sell the house, and live in it!! :thumbsup2

g8trmom1
08-25-2008, 01:01 PM
Someday I would like to upgrade our Fiver Toyhauler, and get a bigger one with slides. I love being able to pull the cart right in it. I see we'll need a bigger one in a few years when the kids get bigger.

Shan-man
08-25-2008, 01:33 PM
This would be my dream rig:

http://usarving.com/assets/images/Newell_2000i_09.jpg

The Newell Coaches are sweet! Never have one in my lifetime, but sweet! There's a couple of snowbirds on the 1800 loop who have a beautiful Newell with an H1 Hummer as a dinghy and two great danes! They must be from Texas... everything they have is BIG! :goodvibes

(edit: actually, now that I think about it, last winter they had some low slung sports car instead of the Hummer... so much for the BIG theme!)

g8trmom1
08-25-2008, 01:54 PM
The Newell Coaches are sweet! Never have one in my lifetime, but sweet! There's a couple of snowbirds on the 1800 loop who have a beautiful Newell with an H1 Hummer as a dinghy and two great danes! They must be from Texas... everything they have is BIG! :goodvibes

(edit: actually, now that I think about it, last winter they had some low slung sports car instead of the Hummer... so much for the BIG theme!)

They spend quite a bit of time at the Fort, maybe just the winter. They had a copper Corvette the last time we saw them. The danes are Bart and Judy, my kids love them.

musicmama
08-25-2008, 02:10 PM
To be able to trade my 96 29' Four Winds Class C (no slides) for a 30' TT with the extra bedroom slide (I've seen it at RV shows) and a great truck to pull it! Plus dish/satellite and a couple of HDTVs.

Our Class C is paid off, so maybe someday....

lucy_love
08-25-2008, 02:14 PM
Prevost with full outdoor grilling/entertainment center :cool1:

they only have 2 slides, why not 4 :confused3

2goofycampers
08-25-2008, 02:34 PM
The Newell Coaches are sweet! Never have one in my lifetime, but sweet! There's a couple of snowbirds on the 1800 loop who have a beautiful Newell with an H1 Hummer as a dinghy and two great danes! They must be from Texas... everything they have is BIG! :goodvibes

(edit: actually, now that I think about it, last winter they had some low slung sports car instead of the Hummer... so much for the BIG theme!)

We seen those little pups in Jan. We were eyeball to eyeball passing by on our buggy.

g8trmom1
08-25-2008, 03:58 PM
We seen those little pups in Jan. We were eyeball to eyeball passing by on our buggy.

Yes, they are HUGE. The best was the pine needles stuck to the drool on their face!!!

Disney Campers
08-25-2008, 04:41 PM
Prevost with full outdoor grilling/entertainment center :cool1:

they only have 2 slides, why not 4 :confused3

They actually have a prevost with 4 slides now, Marathon Coach converts them

LarryJ
08-25-2008, 05:11 PM
They actually have a prevost with 4 slides now, Marathon Coach converts them

I could never see us in something like a Prevost since my name is not Jones and I fell behind decades ago. :lmao: :goodvibes :rotfl2: :thumbsup2

The trailer we have now, they will bury us in if they can find a plot large enough. :rotfl:

Larry

RvUsa
08-25-2008, 05:56 PM
We were right across from them when we were there in Feb/March. I liked the corvette, coach in matching colors, Way Cool. Those stupids dogs drooled on Matt one morning on the way to the Parks, his hair was nasty till we washed it in a sink. They were walking down the middle of the road with those 2 "horses" and we slowed down to let them pass, and one came over and drooled on Ericas leg, and Matt's head.... YUCK.:scared1:

bwvBound
08-25-2008, 05:59 PM
My dream rig would be small and easy to drive (~21 feet), get 18+MPG, have a reliable engine/drive train and a few luxury appointments inside. I'd like a dining table w/ wrap around windows in the back, a walk around queen bed with real mattress, efficient bathroom with natural lighting and tub, seatbelts for 4-6, internet from anywhere in the Americas, integrated GPS, etc.

I have most of these things in our "new to us" LeSharo with Chrysler V6 conversion. Someday perhaps we'll find the walk around queen bed, natural lighting in the bathroom and the tub.

Gatordad
08-25-2008, 06:20 PM
http://images.boats.com/photos/hashed/0/5/8/4/2/6/0/10584260_102_130920070917_1.jpg

Shan-man
08-25-2008, 06:27 PM
My dream rig would be small and easy to drive (~21 feet), get 18+MPG, have a reliable engine/drive train and a few luxury appointments inside. I'd like a dining table w/ wrap around windows in the back, a walk around queen bed with real mattress, efficient bathroom with natural lighting and tub, seatbelts for 4-6, internet from anywhere in the Americas, integrated GPS, etc.

I have most of these things in our "new to us" LeSharo with Chrysler V6 conversion. Someday perhaps we'll find the walk around queen bed, natural lighting in the bathroom and the tub.

Wow, you don't ask much in your 21 feet! I agree with pretty much everything you want, I just think it's going to take a 32-35 footer to get it all in. The two things I dislike most about our 28'er is the inadequate bed (clipped-corner full) and the microscopic shower (for a 6' 2" 300+ lb guy, anyhow). I'm hoping to be able to upgrade an a few years to probably a late '90s 32' A with walk-around queen (Sleep-Number would be ideal), a decent sized shower, and leveling jacks. That seems a reasonable stepping stone between our 'starter motorhome' and my 'dream'.

keylime359
08-25-2008, 06:29 PM
http://images.boats.com/photos/hashed/0/5/8/4/2/6/0/10584260_102_130920070917_1.jpg

That's what I'm talkin' bout!

Shan-man
08-25-2008, 06:31 PM
That's what I'm talkin' bout!

Will they let you park THAT at the Fort? If not, I've no use for it. :goodvibes

Gatordad
08-25-2008, 06:32 PM
You would never see me at the fort again

lucy_love
08-25-2008, 06:47 PM
They actually have a prevost with 4 slides now, Marathon Coach converts them


cool! I will have to look out for that. We made ressies at the fort next year when the Prevost convention will be there, looking forward to it

RvUsa
08-25-2008, 06:49 PM
This one might be a nice "starter" rig!

http://www.netpass.com/fthrcrochester/photo/6EB77366-F32E-73A8-09F4696D12640311.jpg

Or maybe this one....

http://www.netpass.com/fthrcrochester/photo/6EBBCC7A-BDA7-E6F1-4F4CBF6CEDCF1679.JPG

Maybe towing this:

http://boatdesign.net/gallery/data/514/medium/420wallp_tiger_2.jpg

des1954
08-25-2008, 06:55 PM
I dream that mine will be paid off.:lmao:

Me too!!

We had two "big rigs" - one bus - 45' Travel Supreme Select Quad slide with all the trimmings, and a 40' Winnebago Vectra Quad slide. Even though the T.S. was luxury in every way, it did not have the cozy feeling I so enjoy in a M.H. or TT. The Vectra was very comfy, and I really enjoyed that coach. DH was not comfortable driving MH's that big, so we've downsized to a 32' Itasca Meridian. It's easy to drive, easy to park, neat layout, and I just love it! The only modifications we will be making to it will be to pull out the couch & put in two chairs, and mount the TV on some sort of extension arm so it is easily viewed when sitting on the couch.

Here's a picture of the living room area of the same model as mine. My upholstery is a different material than the one in this picture but the same color cabinets. You can see when you are sitting on the couch how awkward it is to view the TV.

Al's bed is the dinette!!

http://images.traderonline.com//img/3/dealer/5342826//92849973_5thumb_550x410.jpg (http://javascript<b></b>:viewPhotos();)

des1954
08-25-2008, 06:58 PM
The danes are Bart and Judy, my kids love them.

Bart & Judy are also beer lovers!! I can't for the life of me remember the names of the owners, but they are great people!

2goofycampers
08-25-2008, 07:03 PM
http://boatdesign.net/gallery/data/514/medium/420wallp_tiger_2.jpg

I'd love to see a close up on their newly pulled back faces. :thumbsup2

des1954
08-25-2008, 07:06 PM
I have actually seen "rigs" like these in sites at FtW. If you can park it, you can stay in it!

http://images.boats.com/photos/hashed/0/5/8/4/2/6/0/10584260_102_130920070917_1.jpg

BigDaddyRog
08-25-2008, 07:07 PM
Is anything besides the motor even touching the water???

loveDmouse
08-25-2008, 07:17 PM
I dream that mine will be paid off.:lmao:

I'm right there with ya! :rotfl2: That would be great!

loveDmouse
08-25-2008, 07:35 PM
http://boatdesign.net/gallery/data/514/medium/420wallp_tiger_2.jpg


Now this is my husband's dream. :lovestruc Maybe someday.

loveDmouse
08-25-2008, 07:37 PM
Is anything besides the motor even touching the water???

If you are doing it right it shouldn't be. :thumbsup2 So they must be doing it right!
The faster it goes the better it is! :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2 :thumbsup2

ntsammy5
08-25-2008, 07:57 PM
We saw these two this weekend - Vince Gill uses them on tour. I like them both but the first one is the one I want..



http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x95/*******Chautauqua/IMG_0296.jpg




http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x95/*******Chautauqua/IMG_0297.jpg

Yensid_MD
08-25-2008, 08:31 PM
Ours is the Airstream Skydeck. Unfortunately I dont think they are made anymore, so we will have to refurbish one by the time we can afford it, by then they will be classic...

AuburnJen92
08-25-2008, 09:55 PM
http://images.boats.com/photos/hashed/0/5/8/4/2/6/0/10584260_102_130920070917_1.jpg

BOAT=Bring out another thousand...

Gatordad
08-25-2008, 10:04 PM
so what, it's my dream, stop trying to crash it

AuburnJen92
08-25-2008, 10:05 PM
if it was a bigger boat, it turns into


big out another tenthousand

Gatordad
08-25-2008, 10:46 PM
that's a 50 footer, good enoung

Shan-man
08-25-2008, 10:56 PM
Ours is the Airstream Skydeck. Unfortunately I dont think they are made anymore, so we will have to refurbish one by the time we can afford it, by then they will be classic...

That is a very cool rig, especially if you hit the races! Or do a lot of sunbathing, I guess. Or just like looking down on all the 'single-story' campers!

bradisgoofy
08-26-2008, 01:11 AM
I think we already own our "Dream Rig", just need to get it paid for. Click on MOTORCOACH in my signature for a picture.


P.S. Rog, love your new siggy pic.

Shan-man
08-26-2008, 08:05 AM
I think we already own our "Dream Rig", just need to get it paid for. Click on MOTORCOACH in my signature for a picture.

Wow Brad, that's a beautiful coach. Is it a Fleetwood Expedition? Do you full-time, or that just a VERY nice vacation home?

bradisgoofy
08-26-2008, 06:35 PM
Wow Brad, that's a beautiful coach. Is it a Fleetwood Expedition? Do you full-time, or that just a VERY nice vacation home?Yes, an '06 Expedition. No full time for a little while yet but that is our plan. Right now it is mostly a driveway ornament with the price of diesel fuel. :lmao:

bwvBound
08-26-2008, 08:27 PM
Wow, you don't ask much in your 21 feet! I agree with pretty much everything you want, I just think it's going to take a 32-35 footer to get it all in.But if I go up to 32-35' I lose my 18+MPG.

Our starter moho is 32' and very lovely ... but not highly practical. It spoils us with lots of storage, leveling jacks, airbag ride, huge refrigerator and good size freezer ... but fuel costs tipped $1/mile this summer. It didn't go far beyond a trip into "town" for smog certification and a few costly repairs.

Our 2nd RV is the 21' footer with great fuel economy. We'll never see the walk-around queen or the tub ... but I can dream, right? While we are at it, my dream rig would allow someone 6'3" to stand w/out hitting their head on the coach A/C, would easily cool the entire interior from either the engine when driving or 20v A/C when docked (:lmao:), be really easy to dump/flush, would not need any special winterizing procedures ... and be always "ready to go!" w/in 30 minutes of any late-Friday-afternoon decision to travel.

The two things I dislike most about our 28'er is the inadequate bed (clipped-corner full) and the microscopic shower (for a 6' 2" 300+ lb guy, anyhow). I'm hoping to be able to upgrade an a few years to probably a late '90s 32' A with walk-around queen (Sleep-Number would be ideal), a decent sized shower, and leveling jacks. That seems a reasonable stepping stone between our 'starter motorhome' and my 'dream'.
Oh! Walk-around Sleep-Number queen -- good choice!

Shan-man
08-26-2008, 08:46 PM
... but fuel costs tipped $1/mile this summer. It didn't go far beyond a trip into "town" for smog certification and a few costly repairs.

$1 per mile?! It must have been a diesel that got 5 mpg?! I only get 7.5mpg and at the highest gas prices I've seen that still is only $0.52. Most folks I talk to running a 35' gas coach 'claim' to get about the same mpg, 7 to 8. I sure hope it's not really 4 to 4.5... I may need to think about a VW Vanagon instead. Seriously, I've looked at some B's at the RV shows and seen some very nice ones, but the killer for me is the size of the bathroom. I'm a big guy and I don't like using public showers/toilets so I really need a usable bath. When we do upgrade, I will miss the maneuverability of this short RV.

des1954
08-27-2008, 05:52 AM
I will miss the maneuverability of this short RV.
Take it from me.... we got a bad case of the "one-footitis". We went from a 28' 92 Winnebago Brave , to a 30' 2001 Dutch Star, to a 45' 2003 Travel Supreme,,,back down to a 2004 40' Winnebago Vectra, and now a 2005 32' Itasca Meridian. There is a LOT to be said for maneuverability. Not to mention the rediculous beating we took doing all that foolish trading. The only rig we did not lose any $$ on was the T.S. We bought it at an incredible deal, lived full time in it for 1 1/2 years, and traded on the Vectra. Lazy Days gave us more at trade-in than what we paid for it originally. That will NEVER happen again.

When we went to Lazy Days to trade the Brave, we really wanted a 35' Adventurer. They would not make the deal we wanted so, instead of leaving and making them sweat it out, we bought the Dutch Star. Big mistake. We should have held out for the Adventurer and then we wouldn't have done all the other horse trading.

All said and done - I will probably never own another MH that's longer than 36'. Actually, I'll probably never buy another MH unless I win the lottery or something similar. I really love my Meridian - and Winnebago quit making the 32' model.