I flew down to San Diego on Sunday afternoon and my daughter, Deidre, two grandsons, Jeremy and Dylan, and I went off to the SD La Mesa RV dealership for a bit of shopping.
Neither the boys nor my daughter had ever been in a Class A so it was a bit of an adventure for them. I had figured out they had three coaches in my size and price range and we asked to see them. I told the salesmen about working with the Livermore La Mesa and that I had a deposit on a coach that I had not yet seen. They were cool with that. If I had found my dream coach Craig would be willing to fly down too.
There are so many MORE dealers in San Diego - LA than there are up by us.
We looked at three. Two Monaco La Palmas and a Neptune. None really seriously, but in keeping with my goal to DRIVE and assortment of rigs I did get to take the 35' La Palma out. I really liked the generous "pass thru" basement storage it offered, as well as the large shower and four door fridge.
The ride was relatively quiet, not to many rattles, but there was one BIG drawback. It doesn't have the “air drive.” (That may be the wrong words.) Anyway the result was that it drove like a truck and I think it would be very tiring to drive very long. In a way it felt like a bigger, heavier version of my van.
I felt reasonably comfortable with it and drove on the freeway, on a busy street, changed lanes and turned left at a few intersections. By the time we got back I was able to pull into a parking slot at the dealership.
The salesman said I did fine compared to many he has taken out.
I just don’t understand why the different salesmen keep telling me they all “drive pretty much the same.” Each has been a different ride, and I understand why.
In this case the trade off is more basement storage for a harder drive.
But another slight negative to the La Palma was that the “Cargo Carrying Capacity” was much smaller than some of the others I have looked at. As Karen once wrote “It doesn’t mater how big the basement is, if all you can carry is marshmallows!”
The boys had a really good time. They checked out every RV that had a door open! (We made sure it was OK with the salesman.) I wanted them to be able to see the insides so they would know what to expect at Christmas. We looked at some class C’s as well because if we don’t find a coach by then, we will be renting a Cruise America.
My daughter spotted one that was close to $300K, (Used) that had marble floors, a dishwasher, and two bathrooms. We decided it was too “posh” for Craig and me, and I would need a housekeeper for it.
The boys were surprised to see the bunk bed model, and liked climbing into the loft of a toy hauler. We agree that there is more living space in the fivers, and Deidre was impressed with the kitchens and fireplaces.
When we were done I let the salesmen know that if things didn’t work out up North, I would probably be back down in San Diego for more shopping. I think it’s good to let them know my intentions.
When we got back to the house the boys told their father all about what they had seen. Andrew seemed a bit surprised that I had driven a 35’ coach. He asked them which they would rather have, a 37’ RV or a 37’ boat and the older one said a boat and the younger said an RV. I told them they could tow the boat!
I talked to Craig last night and we talked about my trip to that dealership, and he says I’m becoming an “expert.” Well I’m trying so I can make an informed decision.
It’s rather cloudy and cool in San Diego today. Deidre lives two blocks from the ocean.
Right now I’m in the garage watching my younger grandson, Dylan, as he shows me his scooter and skateboard skills in the curvy and hilly alley way. The older one, Jeremy, is creating something to show me on his computer upstairs. He was out with his rollerblades for a while.
I made sure I have the keys to the car and the map to the ER! They are BOYS!