Posts tagged: diesel pusher

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).


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.


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. 🙂

It’s too small!

By , December 2, 2009 2:37 pm

That’s what we said to a 25-foot Class C RV that weClassC_Rental rented from Cruise America earlier this year. We wanted to do a “trial run” before we bought an RV. 

If we had not visited an RV dealership and had seen what a new RV look like or what a used RV look like that is cared for, the rental experience would have turned me completely off to the idea of living in an RV. The rental RV had over 100K “hard” miles on it and it was only one or two years old. It was a very used RV, it was an abused RV. I sanitized it & bleached it before we set off on your trip.

The rental experience taught us the following:

  • A 25-foot RV is too small for us to live in
  • We do not want a Class C RV
  • We want a Class A RV

On the way we met a retired couple in the parking lot of Cracker Barrel. They were “boon docking” or dry camping in the parking lot the night before. They received permission from the manager to do so. They had a shiny 40-foot Alfa Seeya with a matching enclosed trailer. Jonathan said it was his “garage”.  The trailer did have a couple of bikes and toys for the grandkids.

Notice the sign on the lower right of the trailer, it say “Retired Kids At Play SLOW”. 🙂


They have an RV “estate” some where in Florida. They are “professional shufflers”. They offer lessons and clinics if you want to learn to play shuffle boards. 🙂


They have been “full timing” or living in it for a couple of years. I distinctively remember asking him how long the RV was. He said it was a 40-foot diesel pusher and “very easy to drive, especially with the backup camera”. He also said that you need at least “36-40 foot RV if you plan on living in it full time”.  While he was talking size, all I thought about was that is HUGE! The size intimidated me.

After living in our 30-foot RV (with no slide-out) for a few months now…I am thinking he may be right.

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