In 2012, Karla and I set out to look at RVs, knowing only that we didn’t want a monstrous lumbering beast sucking fuel faster than a 1990s software engineer downing Mountain Dew (sorry, that’s the last programmer joke, I promise). Sadly uninformed newbies that we were, attending an RV show in Fredericksburg, Virginia confirmed we wanted to avoid anything over 30’, lest the rear end go wayward on every turn, smashing into vehicles with reckless abandon…or so we thought. Who would want to drive one of those big RV’s? Then we got serious about our search. Flash forward to present day and we own that exact lumbering beast we strove to avoid, after succumbing to the “rule of three”. To be fair, I had read about this rule, which simply states, “you don’t end up with the RV you want until the 3rd RV”. I did not heed this advice, and indeed we loved RV #3. In April 2017, we decided to sell our house and become full timers. We decided to upgrade to RV#4, a 45′ RV, for the increased storage space.
RV #1: 2012 Tiffin Allegro 32′
RV #2: 2012 Tiffin Phaeton 36′
RV #3: 2015 Newmar Dutch Star 40′
RV #4: 2016 Newmar Essex 45′
At least we got the tow vehicle right on the first attempt. Tow vehicle: 2012 Jeep Wrangler