Some minor modifications…

By , December 3, 2009 12:25 pm

After thinking about the previous post, we decided to do smthng about the size of the Storm…  We stretched it a bit, added a few slides, tossed a bigger engine in and called it a day.

Newmar2Actually, we bought a 38 foot Newmar Dutch Star.  ;)  It’s a diesel pusher (meaning the engine is in the back) with two slides.  One slide is for the living area, the other for the bedroom.  Even with the slides in (closed), it’s a lot larger than the Storm.  Enough that we felt comfortable and not cramped with four of us chilling out (the parental units came to check it out the night we got it).

Newmar1

The Star drives much better, is way more comfortable and is in better condition than the Storm.  Most importantly, it has a LOT of room!  It feels more like an apartment than a camper.

DutchStar

As you can see from the reflection in the picture, our Storm is still here.  We’re going to be doing some minor fixes and customizing to the Star, then moving all our stuff over.  Once we’re done with that, the Storm gets shuttled off to the dealer we got the Star from and he’ll sell it for us.  With the fixes and minor upgrades we did to the Storm, we’re hoping to get back out of it what we have in it without taking a loss. 

In short, it’s a lesson learned.  We made an educated guess on the kind of unit we’d need and came up short (hehe).  We’ve got a few days before we can call the Star “home”, but we’ll be posting up more about it as we go.  Right now, it’s being fumigated and waiting for an electrician to upgrade the connection to 50 amp. 🙂

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8 Responses to “Some minor modifications…”

  1. Barb says:

    Wow! Nice! Congratulations. Have fun moving into your new home.

  2. Kevin says:

    Wow – awesome addition! That is a great size, two-slides is perfect, and the diesel will be awesome! So much more storage, nice quiet ride. Nice job!

    –kev

  3. Julie says:

    Wow – I read the first paragraph and thought to myself…”that’s a ton of work – why didn’t they just buy a bigger one?” Got to paragraph two and thought “that is awesome!”

  4. Karl P says:

    Oh my, you guys don’t mess about! Would love to see some interior pics when you get moved in.

    Knowing little to nothing about RV’s, I’ve always wondered something. How long does it take for sliders to come out, and what does the process entail?

  5. Jonathan says:

    I’m sure Dasy will get right on the interior pictures.

    The slides are actually pretty easy and simple… It’s a 12 volt motor running a screw drive, much like a garage door opener, but slower and higher torque. It just cranks the slide out the side of the RV very slowly. When it reaches it’s full length, it then drops the slide about an inch and a half to make it nearly level with the rest of the floor. I don’t know how that bit works.

    Oh, and it talks to you and tells you to make sure all the furniture is out of the way. 🙂

    We’ll probably shoot an video of the process in a day or two to show you the whole thing.

  6. Charles says:

    Awesome. Great to watch the learning experience without having to feel the painful part of it 😀

  7. Alisa says:

    Wow, I have been watching you guys a while! We are thinking of doing something very similar to this! Before buying do you guys recommend any books or websites to do some upfront educating or is this a process you have to learn on the job? lol This is great stuff and provides a lot of memories for you both Im sure!

  8. Jonathan says:

    Alisa, it’s a bit of both. We did a bunch of research, then bought something that we thought would work, then ended up buying the Death Star because we were mistaken with the first rig. There’s a lot you can research, but some things just have to be figured out the hard way. We’ll probably create a new section to answer some of these kind of questions in the future.

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