We rented our first RV back in the summer of 2011 and fell in love with the lifestyle. We spent two weeks traveling through Wyoming and Montana (story to come later). We loved the freedom, seeing the country and being able to set our own pace. We talked about “someday” getting our own. It was a pipe dream back then.
Last summer we rented another RV up in Alaska and spent 9 days traveling through some of the most beautiful country in the world. We came back and said – we really need to get our own.
We spent the next year looking… We rented Class C’s in the past but knew we wanted a Class A (even though we had never had actually been in one – odd yes!) But we looked, and looked and went back and forth trying to decide on price (we ranged all over the place). We spent hours and hours looking all over the country online trying to get ideas of what we liked. There are so many options, sizes, layouts… and we wanted to make sure that if we were going to spend that kind of money (even for used, they aren’t cheap) we wanted to make sure we got something we would love.
We went to RV shows, going through looking at layouts, making lists of things we liked, what was important. And then back to months and months of looking online. It was a long (and at times frustrating) process. But by the end of May we found a layout that we liked (there was hope).
We found a used 2014 Winnebago Sightseer 33c. Fell in love with layout – actually went to see it. We really liked it, but it was way over what we wanted to pay. So we went back to looking…
We went and looked at other RV’s – new ones (which was depressing and fun at the same time) and started working with a sales guy at our local General RV. We went back and forth with him – narrowing down what we liked and what we really wanted to pay.
On a Friday in Mid-July we came across a 2011 Itasca Sunova for sale at a General RV store in Michigan. I immediately reached out to our sales guy to find out the price and if it was for sale. This was the same layout as the Winnebago we loved but a few years older an a few more miles. And much cheaper! The only problem was that it was in Detroit so we couldn’t go and see it.
Luckily our sales guy worked with his team and they were able to get it over to our local store (we just had to wait a few days). In any case, we found it on a Friday, finally saw it the next Wednesday. We fell in love, took the leap and signed the papers.
We finally did it! Sometimes we still can’t believe it ours. It’s something that took us on and off the better part of 5 years. We looked and waited (and sometimes argued) about what to get. We ended up with something that is perfect for us (and the dogs). It’s not the newest but it has enough bells and whistles.
We had “Harvey” for a few months now. We’ve taken it out a bunch of times and part of the Journey Be reset will allow us to share our new travel stories from life on the road with the newest member of our family (Harvey).