One of our dreams was to travel across Canada from ocean to ocean, just as we had gone across the US. With Cliff's work, our extended vacations were always taken during the Winter, so we always headed South.
Cliff was to retire this June, at which time we planned on taking 4 months to go across Canada, then possibly South again this next Winter.
We started the final prep for this trip last Summer when we traded our gas motorhome for a more powerful
NOT wanting to spend $200,000+ on a good quality Diesel Pusher we had been shopping around for a good used one for a couple years. We were pretty fussy, wanted a certain size (32' or less) certain floor plan, (rear bedroom with solid privacy door), slide outs, shower AND bath tub, a large awning, hardwood floors, build in power plant, automatic leveling system, solar power, and a few other "bells and whistles". Most of all, one in very good mechanical condition as we planned on putting a LOT of miles on it!
We found this beauty, a 32 foot, 2002 Class A, Holiday Rambler "Neptune" series. We had the previous owner put on new front tires, have a wheel alignment, and work on new sway bar, complete check over all at the Freightliner dealer, James Western Star in FSJ (the chassis is a Freightliner) before we bought it.
It didn't have everything we needed/wanted, but the extras could be added. So that's what we did.
We spent an additional 12+ grand on getting things exactly how we wanted it. We put in a new top of the line Winegard Bell Satellite system, complete with Satellite lock in. (receipt below).
Because we disliked those cheap blinds with strings that break, we had custom made, cordless blinds made and installed. We had the bedroom ones made as "blackout", and the rest as "filtered light" ( receipt below)
Although there is a built in 6500 watt Onan generator, we wanted another generator as well. One that would run both TV and both air conditioners at the same time, while the built in generator did all the rest. We purchased a new 3000 watt Honda generator. (receipt below)
Cliff also bought 4 new batteries. (receipt below) We upgraded the rear air conditioner, as we wanted to make sure the bedroom area was nice and cool to sleep in, no matter how hot it was outside. (receipt below)
Cliff overhauled the large awning, buying and replacing the awning spring for one side, plus buying the spring for the other side. Which was not needed, but great to have a back up.
Cliff spent many hours checking things out, to make sure we would have no problem living it for several months.
We were all set to go!
then.......in March Cliff was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Total shock to us! He is now palliative. We cannot go very far from home, as he is on chemotherapy every two weeks for the rest of his life :(
We cannot use the motorhome to travel as planned. That is okay, no sense in getting upset about it, just have to make new plans :)
One of which is to sell the motorhome, which will be an awesome deal for the right person.
If it sells, then it's meant to be. If it does not sell, then that is what is meant to be.
We are planning on possibly heading South to the island IF Cliff is well enough. We are thinking on renting an apartment, but if the motorhome does not sell....we may use it. I would prefer an apartment close to the hospital, as the RV Parks are farther away. Thinking of Victoria because it would be easier to get Cliff back and forth to his treatments then trying to do it here in the Winter. His treatments HAVE to be at a certain time, regardless of ice, snow or blizzards. Whatever happens happens. in other words, would like to sell but not desperate to sell.
We are listing the motorhome, knowing we will never get the money or time back that we put into it, but...that's life.
This motorhome has a 5.9 Cummings Turbo Diesel with a Jake Allison Transmission.
It has a 6500 watt Onan built in propane generator, plus the new 3000 watt gas portable Honda generator. (optional). PLUS two large solar panels. Very well set for power!
This unit has 94,000 miles on it. It has dual tires in the rear and singles in the front.
This Class A motorhome is built like a bus. Tire size is larger than the average motorhome. Size: 255/70r/22.5
The Air Bag Suspension provides stability, improved ride, handling, control and comfort.
It has a 32" front built in TV, and a 21" bedroom built in TV.
One front and one rear air conditioner.
There are outside lights by the door. The electric stairs as you step into the motorhome also have lights.
There are two outside awnings. One over the door is 5', while the large one along the side of the motorhome is 16'.
There is a backup camera, as well as automatic leveling system with controls beside the drivers seat.
The deluxe white leather seats are very comfortable. The passenger seat is an electric easy chair.
The comfortable sofa pulls out into a double bed, the table and benches make a smaller bed. Lots of storage under the benches, as well as many cupboards for storage.
The kitchen has a large refrigerator, a separate freezer with an ice maker. There is a Convection microwave, and a 3 burner stove
The shower and tub are on one side of the hallway, with sliding glass doors. The other side of the hall is a privacy door that opens to the toilet, wash basin and vanity area.
There is a privacy door as you enter the bedroom, which can be open or can slide closed. Inside the bedroom is a queen size bed (with storage under the bed) lots of overhead cupboards.
There is a built in TV, as well as a sink, mirror and vanity in the bedroom. The closet is large, with sliding mirrored doors.