The following post is a reflection on my first impressions of it, and a recap of thoughts I've had during sleepless hours as I visualized what I liked about it.
All of the pictures were shot very quickly after we had decided we were going to buy.
In the Family Motor Coach Association review the Alfa See YA Founder Edition series, hence forth to be known as "the Alfa," is described as a toned down, simpler class A with fewer electronic gadgets and other luxuries.
This is just fine with me. I never wanted the washer with the 18 different cycles, nor the sewing machine that could do 67 fancy stitches and was run by a computer. It seems the more electronics something has, the more electronics there are to malfunction! But I think Craig likes electronic gadgets...
For my non-RVing friends who might be reading this, the storage bays on the outside bottom part of an RV are called the basement. Two are shown here.
One of the simplified features is
the floor panel that you put in place under the passenger side chair. It's manual, not electronic. Tsk, tsk, you actually have to fold it up and down by hand. Must take at least 10 seconds to do, but it can't malfunction!
Another thing missing in the cockpit area is a "computer shelf" for the co-pilot. I saw one in a few other rigs and liked it. My lap will just have to do. Not a deal breaker.
A plus in the cockpit are the night shades that pull down over the front and side windows. I like them better than curtains because they are cleaner. Curtains get so dirty.
The upholstery is in good shape and it is pretty comfortable to sit on.
The wood table is not as tiny as it looks. It has a leaf and can be expanded to seat four.
I really like all of the windows the Alfa has. It is one of the lightest coaches we have seen. The downside to that is the dinky venetian blinds. But if they work, they will stay for a while. The carpet is hard to see under the dealer's plastic, but looks like a sad gray- brown color. The other flooring is linoleum. A few nice throw rugs will brighten it up nicely.
I'm a simple person. The wood is pretty basic, but very functional.
There are three huge cabinets above the chair. I measured them and figure they will easily hold my bread maker, crock pot, toaster, blender and iron on the top shelves, and the lower shelves will accommodate a series of baskets for things like tea, dry goods, and other smaller everyday items.
I like the fact that there are several fans. There are two small ones in the front and one in the kitchen, two ceiling fans, and two vents with exhaust fans in the ceiling. I like fresh air, so maybe in moderate weather we can open some windows and move the air around without the air conditioner on all of the time. Some of the windows have screens.
I like the size of the two sinks. It has a cartridge type water filter. The counter space is limited, but I've been practicing cooking with less space and have thought about a few ways to make the best of less room. I like the fact that it has both an oven below and a microwave/ convection oven above.
I have never had trouble reaching my top shelves, but I'm going to have to get a step stool to reach into some of these. I have to think about what seldom-used but necessary things to put up there.
I'm happy that it has the larger four door refrigerator. I considered this a must have! I don't really care about the ice maker. I'd rather have the extra cubic feet of freezer space and use a tray or two, but Craig will like it.
The shower and toilet are on one outside wall, and the wardrobe mentioned above is on the other.
The medicine cabinets are generous with six mirrored doors. We don't have that much medicine. I'll have to think of something else to put in them. I hope there's an outlet somewhere there, I can't see one in the picture. I looked around the coach and felt it had lots of them in good places.
Speaking of laundry, about the only thing missing is a washer dryer. Not a deal breaker! I think I will be fine going to a laundromat once a week. That way the wash gets done all at once.
I didn't take any pictures in the bedroom. It has windows on both sides and more drawers and end tables.
The bed is horrible, but that can be changed! My salesman promised to see if he could find a better mattress in one of the other unsold rigs, but in the long run we may buy a new one.
There's a TV in the front and one in the bedroom. I don't watch much TV myself, and use my laptop to watch DVDs and Netflix streaming. But there's a satellite dome and an antenna. It would be funny if the antenna could pick up anything from our mountain home location.
So that's a look our new (to us) second home on wheels. Not perfect, but pretty nice for an "anytime ride".
I'm not sure where our first shakedown trip will go. Craig says just driving it home and parking it here will be an adventure!
We are trimming trees this weekend and I have professionals coming before we bring the Alfa home.
It's going to be an interesting winter in "Merikay's Woods."