I am back home from my test drive and have a headache! I never get headaches. I guess it was from the stress and excitement.
As you can guess from my title, the National Tropi-Cal was not a match. Actually it almost was for me, but Craig wants to look further and I think he is a little leery of the "orphan" status of the Manufacturer. I did do a lot of research last night, and got some good comments on the RV Dreamers forum "Buying and RV" thread.
The coach I test drove is 33' 10". A good size for a first coach, and a good size for two people who are "any-timing." It has a good amount of Cargo Carrying Capacity, and a reasonable amount of basement storage. The kitchen counter was larger than many that I've seen, and there was a good amount of cupboard and pantry space.
One minus was it had only a two door refrigerator freezer. I would like a four door.
A plus was there was no carpeting on the floors except for in the bedroom. A minus, the vinyl tile looked a bit tired.
I know most people like the tables, but I have no objection to a booth and it had additional storage in the booth seats.
The driver's and passenger seats looked good, but the upholstery on the couch was a less than pleasant brownish green and looked worn. I could live with that. Reupholstering would be easy for me.
It drove wonderfully! The turn radius was unbelievable. It has a 55* wheel cut, and I felt like I could turn a complete circle without much more radius than it's length. No long overhanging tail.
Craig says we need to see more, and drive more before buying. I guess I agree. This one was very close, but last week the Itasca was #1. Will I fall for every one I see?
It's so scary. It's so much money!
One good thing that came out of the day is I have established a relationship with two salesmen at La Mesa. One that I talked to on the telephone, and one that I had talked to at an RV show last year, and remembered me. They work as a team, the second one took me for the test drive. They are both named "Bob." I asked how it would work if I did buy the coach, and Bob said they split commissions. They both treated me with sufficient respect and I feel they took me seriously even if I was a female.
I have been honest with all salesmen, if I'm looking alone I tell them that if I like it, my husband has to see it as well, but if I don't he doesn't need to.
In other words, I have found a dealership that I'm comfortable with and that I think will look for a coach to fit our needs. At least I hope they do.
Another small "happy." When I checked email when I got home I have another order. A Large Buffalo for Park City Utah. Shipped an armadillo yesterday! Had him done already and just put him in a box and mailed him off.