Friday, January 1, 2016

Our New Trailer and Truck

One phone call from the RV dealership and the best laid plans of mice and men were shattered. It was our plan to swap out our old trailer and have the new trailer delivered in May of 2016. The day before we completed the paperwork for the purchase of the trailer, our salesman called and told us that he did not know what he was thinking when he agreed to swap out the trailers in May. He said that the dealership would own our old trailer the next day and that they wanted it now, not in the Spring when it would be a model year older. We saw his point. Because we still wanted the new trailer at the agreed-upon price, we had the trailer delivered on October 2nd.

It sure is a beauty. Over the summer, we will be planning on where to go first, or at least a general direction. I am leaning toward New York and the Finger Lakes so that we can stock up on wines before we turn South for the winter. I think Kay still does not believe I am retiring since, for the last six years, I have been saying that I would retire in two years!  Kay is waiting until the date gets closer to believe it is really happening.

I was also planning to wait until Spring to buy our new truck, but we started looking at the end of October and began to be lured into the 2015 year-end pricing. We got a great deal on a GMC 2500HD Sierra Denali with a crew cab.  This way we have two vehicles and Kay is not trapped in our winter rental while I am at work.  When we get ready to hit the road, we will pass along the Chevy to Bryan, Kay's son.

I am spending any free time reading and joining RV blogs.  I am really interested in boon-docking and tips and tricks others have learned along the way. Next, I need to decide what RV clubs to join and then start planning our route.

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Russ and Kay


Mark from Missouri said...

What trailer did you buy? Looking forward to watching your journey and learning from it.


KayandRuss said...

We bought a 2016 ROCKWOOD SIGNATURE 8311WS. There is a video of it in the first post.

Mark from Missouri said...

That's a nice rig. Had no idea they had that much outside storage. Interior is beautiful and well organized. The slides really make a difference. A lot has changed since we owned our 30 footer 15 years ago.

Donald Corral said...

I have never had an interest in RVs. I do not see what is so great about living in such a small space. I stayed in a family friend's trailer before and found the beds uncomfortable and the space so small. I can understand the convenience of it when traveling, though. Have fun with your new RV.

Donald Corral @ Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport

KayandRuss said...

Donald, thanks for stopping by. Living in a small space is challenging at best. Full time RVing is not for everyone, but it allows so much freedom. We are able to go to places where we would not be able to go otherwise. The mattress on our bed is as good if not better than we had at home and by far better than any mattress in a hotel room. The freedom to travel anywhere in North America is intoxicating and we are looking forward to traveling like gypsies.

Gary Matthews said...

Boondocking can be fun, but make sure to do your research. Solar panels are great for that. Also stocking up on clean drinking water is vital. I have done this before, so you are in for a lot of fun and adventure! It also keeps you fit because you have to move around a lot. Good luck buddy!

Gary Matthews @ BC Trailer Sales

Kay and Russ Wallace said...

Gary, thanks for your comments. Yes we added solar, and it serves us well when we boondock. We love Arizona, because we can buy 5 gallons of purified water for 50 cents. We love moving around and we are now slowly making our way back to New England.