April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Due Diligence

When we first starting thinking about getting another motorhome, we decided we wanted something small, easy to drive, good gas mileage, and we definitely did not want to tow a dinghy. So we started out looking at Sprinter based models. They certainly look good on the websites. Those Mercedes diesel engines get up to 20 miles per gallon and are easily good for 100,000 miles. The coach is small enough to drive and park anywhere, negating the need for a tow car (toad). From the looks of the pictures, there was plenty of room for two people and two medium dogs.

And so we went shopping. Oh my goodness!! Those Sprinters were indeed easy to drive, until you get passed by an 18 wheeler going 65 miles per hour. Then it’s hang on for an E-ticket ride. And they are indeed space saving. I stood at the two burner stove and my behind was practically touching the bathroom door! The passenger bench was just that: a bench! Where would both dogs sit? So while I am not denigrating those who would be comfortable in that type of vehicle, we found right away it was NOT right for us.

I was ready to give up on the dream. I had driven some larger class As and Cs and just could not feel comfortable with the drivability, the quality, the safety, or the price. Then Russ started investigating Lazy Daze. We had looked at a small one years ago and been impressed, but it was too small for us. So we joined the Lazy Daze user group on Yahoo and started doing our research. We ordered CDs and books on motorhome ratings. And we really paid attention to what current owners had to say about their coach. Quality, drivability, safety, and price seemed to come together in the Lazy Daze.

So our direction changed. Having done our due diligence, we set about looking for the perfect used Lazy Daze. How hard could that be? Well, that’s another story!

Happy Travels and God’s Blessings

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A New Beginning

Okay then, I may as well get started! I toyed with the idea of writing a blog several years ago and just "never got around to it!" How often have I said those words in my life time? So now I am going to begin. My life has changed/is changing and I will be traveling to some exciting destinations in the near future.

Russ and I with our SOB (that's Some
Other Brand in Lazy Daze talk) taken
around 1998
My husband, Russ, and I have always traveled as much as we could, and at one point even owned a Class A motorhome. However, constraints such as working and helping family members tend to take a large chunk out of the travel time. Not to mention the fact that the motorhome turned out to be, shall we say, not the ideal travel vehicle!!

Now we are both retired, the grandkids are grown or halfway there, the kids are all doing just fine on their own, and it is finally OUR time. We struggled a long time before we made our latest decision but we figured if not now, when? We went to California in September of this year (2010) and visited the Lazy Daze Factory in Montclair, California and ordered a brand new motorhome. We did our research this time and decided that, for us, the Lazy Daze was the only way to go.

If you are unfamiliar with the Lazy Daze brand you can go here www.lazydaze.com/index.htm and see what they are all about. You can also google Lazy Daze and find all kinds of user groups and owner comments about the brand. These motorhomes are not in the "fancy-dancy" category, but they are safe, extremely well made, and easy to drive...all things that were lacking in our other motorhome.

So now we are waiting. It takes about four months for the coach to be built on a Ford E450 chassis. While we are waiting, I'll share some about how we got to this point in our lives, what we are doing while we wait, and perhaps go back in time a ways and share some of our previous trips. Wherever you are on your own 'travel-quest', I wish you happy travels and God's Blessings.