Thursday, October 31, 2013

Get the Heck out of Dodge City, KS

After finishing up a short project near St Louis, MO, we thought we were going to head south for the Winter. But as usual, the Employer had other plans. Two days before we were scheduled to leave MO and head to TN, they needed to shift around their Superintendents. So, we were sent to Dodge City, KS.

We arrived on Thursday after a one night stay in Junction City, KS. Apparently, they had a snowstorm earlier in the month, but we missed it, but it was still fairly cold on Saturday for a visit to the Boot Hill Museum.

But we learned a little history from the Long Branch Saloon keeper. Boot Hill Cemetery was not where anyone famous was buried. In fact, it was closed in 1879 and most of the remains were moved to a new cemetery not too far away. It was full of buffalo hunters, drifters and others with no family in the area. One sign said, Here lies..., she died of a scalp infection from a laceration received in a barroom brawl. The last remains found was probably 30 years ago when they did some digging for a new ramp up to a new section of the Museum.

Sunday, we relaxed and winterized with a new Electric hose, 100# Propane bottle and watched the Ice Cream Truck drive by behind us as temps reached 82deg.

It will definitely work in our favor coming to Kansas. We should be able to drive the 2009 Suite down to OK and pick up our new 2014 sometime next month. A day's drive is much better than 2-4 days.


Here Lies...

Made in New Haven, CT


Old Town buildings, part of museum

Long Branch Saloon, we didn't order any sarsaparilla.

Old blacksmith shop - from 1800's 

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

New RV - Downsizing (?)

We were recently up in Bloomington, MN working. Yes, it's the home of the Mall of America, but we didn't really have time to go see it with busy work schedule. But we did have time to go to quite a few RV Dealers on the weekend to see some 2013-14 RV's we hadn't seen before.

We started by driving to Anoka/Ramsey to look at Tiffin 36-38' Motorhomes. Nice, but not us. While there, we also looked at shiny new Airstream TT's and a Class B. They all had high price tags and we weren't looking at downsizing that small just yet.

While there, we knew just down the road was a dealer that carried Triple E Class C's. Known for their 4-season insulation, we had to stop in. One feature we really liked was the MB- Murphy Bed Option. One had just arrived 2 days before. Living space by day, sleeping by night, very tempting. But again, it would mean some space sacrifices.

Then another free Saturday weekend, decided to check out Truck Campers. So it was off to Ham Lake to see a Lance 1172. Very nice, but not in place of our beloved Suite. But while we were that far north, we stopped at an Arctic Fox dealer to see what they had for TC's. Better prices, but not the same Wow Factor with some of the features and finishes.

Finally, I was looking at DRV Luxury Suite dealers in the area. The one in Ramsey didn't have a new Mobile Suite Estates, so I extended my range and found a dealer in Elk Mound, WI that had a 2014 Mobile Suite Estates in the same floor plan we already own. So the next cool Saturday, it was off for a Road Trip on the Laura Ingles Wilder Memorial Hwy.

Even without power, we could tell that this new 2014 features were a big improvement over our 2009. They also carry another high end line called Lifestyle. So we got to compare them side by side. Then we took a brochure, talked about trading and set up an appointment for them to come to MN to evaluate our unit.

Then as we always do on the long drive home, we talked about what we did and didn't like. Hate this window, hate the countertop, don't like the furniture, don't need an electric step and on and on. So I composed an email to the WI dealer and another in OK and asked for quotes. WI dealer couldn't guarantee us that it would be finished by early November, so we decided to work with one in OK.

So on the very last day of July, after getting approved for a loan, we put in our order. Not downsizing but upgrading. We tweaked the order a few times, added and subtracted. But finally, in 2 days, our 2014 (1/2) 38RSB3 will go on the production line.  We are so excited, because we ordered right before some of the new changes will be added. While we thought we might miss out, we are just in time to get a few of them added to our unit. Yippee!

Once again, it will truly be custom and it will have the best of the best features. At least the ones we will get the most use out of...
Pictures to follow.