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RV Travel Reader RVs, August 5, 2017


Send a photo of your RV and a 150- to 200-word description of it, how and where you use it, and what you like or don’t like about it, to Diane (at) . Be sure to include your name(s) and hometown, or if you’re a full-timer. (These are posted in the order received.)

The RVs of readers and how they use them

Issue 84; Posted August 5, 2017

Gregg and Sue Gill, Shreveport, Louisiana

We bought our 2017 35-foot Vilano 325RL by Vanleigh in January, after learning they were manufactured in Mississippi by the Tiffin family. We tow it with a 2013 Ford F-250. We had the opportunity to take a tour of the plant while we were in Mississippi for a quick repair. So far the staff and RV have far exceeded our expectations.

We love the residential fridge, huge bedroom closet, auto leveling, electric dump valves, LED lighting with dimming capability, solid wood cabinets and trim, and quiet AC system.

We have already been camping four times in Arkansas, Texas and Mississippi. In July, we traveled from Louisiana to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, British Columbia, Yukon, and are now in Alaska. Will go back to Yellowstone and then home again.

The Vilano by Vanleigh has performed great over the 4,900 miles on this trip. We’re very pleased so far. Our cup runneth over.

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Robert Calvert, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Who says you can’t take it all with you — in the bus, of course! I have a 2004 40-foot Winnebago Vectra, a 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac tow vehicle with ATV in the back, kayak on truck roof (in ocean in photo), Segway and bike in the garage under bay, and an Internet Dish on the Vectra’s roof.

The photo is on the sunny, warm beach in Baja, Mexico. Winter traveler. What could be better!

Typically I travel alone as not many can take a few months off at a time. But I would be remiss in not mentioning my two beautiful daughters, Meghan and Lauren, who have been traveling with me when they had an opportunity from the time they were 10 and 12 years old. Now that they are finished university, they still ask, “When’s the road trip?” I think I have converted them to future RVers. And my brother, Jeff, a pilot, when I take him away from his family, loves to be on the road when I bribe him with the evening wine option that I, of course, provide. He likes to be a bossy navigator, always looking at the map, even though the GPS takes us there.

The bonus with traveling is meeting people along the way. I was at Baja for 4 months this past trip, and have been there two other times. Between Palm Springs and Mexico for most of the winter, it works to escape the minus 20 C weather and most of the snow. So, winter in the sunshine for four months and at British Columbia, Lake Windermere, for weekends in the summer. (A person needs to work once in a while.) Other places I like to travel include the Napa and Sonoma valleys, of course, for the red wine. 

I love motorhome traveling. The aspect of taking all the toys required with you is the way to travel.  The Vectra runs a diesel engine. This is my second MH. I had a gas motorhome, only for three months, before. Upon driving up a steep mountain grade with the gas bus at 35 mph, I watched a 45-foot MH pulling a full-size truck pass me at probably 65 mph. Came home and bought a diesel. That’s the best part of my MH — power in the engine. There is nothing specific that don’t like about the Vectra. But it’s time to upgrade to a tag axle so there is less movement / drifting while driving in a crosswind, and the new technology in the newer MH makes the drive and camping more enjoyable.

 Note to Fred Copping and Becky Barnett: Please contact diane(at) about the information you sent in regarding your RVs. I’ve been trying to reach you both for months but haven’t heard back. (Our Spam filter is sometimes overzealous and deletes some legitimate emails before I even see them!) Thanks! —Diane

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