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The RVs of readers and how they use them

Issue 72; Posted Feb. 18, 2017

Jimmy and Cindi Kidd, Full-timers

We sold our home in Roseville, California, and flew to Lazydays to buy our first and only coach. Prior to that we had a membership with Thousand Trails and we are finally getting proper use of it. We told everyone that we were going to do this for 3 years to see if it worked out. It’s been 7 years this April that we’ve been in our motorhome full time. Prior to this we had only tent camped, except for a two-night stay in my son-in-law’s 5er. Never doing that again.
The motorhome is a 2010 Tiffin Phaeton, model 40 QTH, which means that it’s 40 feet long, King size bed, 1 bath, 2 sinks, computer table set up, 2 Euro chairs and Queen size air bed in the sofa. We love the fit and finish of Tiffin motorhomes. One of our requirements when shopping was a floor plan with no vents in the floor. If you’ve ever stepped on one of those vents with your bare feet, you know why. Also, we wanted no carpet in high traffic areas. The tile floor makes for fast and easy cleaning with the built-in house vac. It has a tall shower with room to bring your hands on top of your head and room to turn around.
We look at new motorhomes all the time and walk away thinking that we see nothing that would make us change our minds. We do not use the gas cooktop that came with it. We use an induction cooktop that we added. We also have a residential refrigerator and 6 house batteries and a 20K generator. We needed room and we were going to be in a park 98 percent of the time.
We winter in Florida now, exclusively, after trying to alternate between Arizona and Florida for a few years. We put on about 10,000 miles a year visiting new places and family. We have 10 grandkids spread from California to Maryland. We find a few friends in campgrounds but are amazed at how grumpy some people can get, but it’s easy to ignore the grumps by just laughing at them.
We love this life and will keep doing it as long as we can. At that time, we will downsize and become snowbirds.

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Mike Carlson and Tom Zachary
, Nowthen, Minnesota

We just upgraded from a 2009 Big Horn to a 2017 35-foot Grand Design Solitude 300GK with three slideouts. We tow with a 2004 Ford F350 diesel with a crew cab with lots of space in the back seat for our dog. We were planning on a diesel pusher for our retirement but after walking into this unit and seeing the huge windows, residential fridge, and center island with dish washer, we did a 180 and now will retire in this camper.

So far we have no complaints and love all the features of the Solitude 300GK. However, we do wish the fresh water tank was a bit larger. 54 gallons of fresh water seems a bit small with 50 gallon black and 50 gallon grey tanks.  The self-leveling system is awesome, especially for those late night arrivals. It cuts setup time to nothing. Push a button and we’re level.  

We do about 14 trips a year right now. State parks are our favorites. Our retirement plans include Alaska, National Parks, and a tour of U.S. castles. 

As for upgrades, the first nice spring day we’ll be installing 640 watts of solar panels and an AGM battery bank to support our boondocking plans for those southwest states we’ll be visiting to avoid the Minnesota winters. Future improvements include a generator. (Just need to figure out how big and where to put it. Any thoughts?)

Love your newsletter and the information you provide. We’ve learned a lot from reading it. Keep up the good work! (Thanks, guys.)

Happy Trails to you and your readers. —Mike and Tom

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