"if you are not living on the edge, you are taking up too much room"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Our Home

We purchased our home in December of 2006. We shopped around a lot before deciding what model we wanted and Rudee and I didn't always agree on what options were the most important. I knew I wanted lots of storage and as much tank capacity as I could get. She wanted lots of counter space and a comfortable living area. Doesn't sound too hard, right? Well we were in and out of every 5th wheel on every lot we could find for several months. We had a 35' toyhauler 5th wheel, these have the garage in the back for your toys or in our case our Honda Goldwing. I was amazed at how many different floor plans are available because we are basically in a 39'x8' box. We toured our Montana pretty early in the search and Rudee liked it a lot and compared all the others to it. I heard more than once "but it doesn't have ....... like the Montana has". We finally decided that the Montana had pretty much everything we were looking for and made the trade.

Our coach has 4 slide outs and is 39' long. The slide outs really open up a lot of living area inside the trailer. I have had units without a slideout and will never go back to that, you gain so much more room with them and it makes things a lot more comfortable. We are fully self contained meaning we have a tank for our fresh water and 3 holding tanks for waste water/sewage, of course these have to be emptied at some point which is my (Phil's) happy task to perform :(

Several options were on the trailer when we bought it including an electric fireplace which is really just fancy lights and an electric space heater. We probably wouldn't have gotten the fireplace if we were ordering the unit but we purchased one off the lot so got what it came with. We never thought we would use the a fireplace in a camper but actually use it quite a bit. In fact as I write this the outside temp. is in the mid 30's and we have the fireplace on and it's nice a cozy here sitting in my recliner. We have added a few options that we felt like we needed. One is our Spendid washer/dryer combo. We bought the unit used from an ad at the Escapees RV Club web site. We have used it regularly on vacations and it's getting a work out since we have moved in fulltime and we both are glad we found it. Outside the coach we have our patio awning which is a manual one, the newer Montana's come with an electric awning which I would like to have just for the convenience but it's hard to justify the extra $$ for it. Sure would be nice just to push a button vs having to unroll it by hand, lock down the arms and then adjust the height, oh well a guy can dream can't he.

We have been very satisfied with the quality of our trailer. We have only had a small issue with a water leak in the black tank clean out that was taken care of under warranty. It pulls nice, is easy to set up when you arrive and quick to tear down when you are ready to leave. All things considered we are very pleased with our decision and feel like this unit will last us for a long time to come.

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