We went up to the La Mesa parking lot show this afternoon and Craig looked at the National Tropi-Cal. He said he liked it, but not enough to want to take a test drive.
We also looked at a 2007 Itasca Meridian 36', and took it out for a drive. The breaks were horrible. They squeaked and made a loud "clunking' noise. Of course the salesman said they just needed to be adjusted.
It also made a lot of rattling noises. The salesman said it was because the road was rough. It was a normal city street. Craig did not like that. So he did not drive it.
The salesman did most of the driving, except at the end when I drove it around the parking lot a little.
I told the salesman that we felt we had to drive several different models before we could make a decision. He said they all drove pretty much the same. I don't agree. The National was smoother.
I like the Meridian interior, and they have a lot of basement space. But now that this one sounded so bad inside I don't know what to think.
The National would be great for "any timing" and would be a nice traveling coach, but the Meridian would be so much better for full timing. (Craig says that is the goal, but I won't hold my breath on getting the house sold.)
Time to step back and just work on the house for a while. No rush.
I don't think Craig and the salesman hit it off very well. As we took a second walk around the outside of the Tropi-Cal I said I thought the price was a bit high. (Karen sent me some information on a similar coach at Lazy Days that could be had for $5000 less, and was a little bigger.) The salesman acted like I was insulting his mother.
So, I don't know if he will follow up on my request to let me know if anything else comes in our size and price range. He would be foolish if he doesn't. He knows we are getting closer to being "ready" and we have no need for financing. He seemed so much nicer on Wednesday. Maybe he was just tired of people by late Sunday afternoon. I know I would be.
But, it is a buyers market, and we are qualified, motivated buyers. I do expect to be able to get a very good buy.
He kept telling us that because we are looking for a diesel that is 35' or less we just don't have many choices. Well fine. What we do have is plenty of time.
Now I have to find a 35' Tiffin to drive, and maybe another Meridian.
The day was not a total disappointment. We got to stop at the Berkeley Bowl and bought tons of produce. We will eat healthy this week that's for sure.