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Well after a couple years of debating - uh, I mean talking - and attending the 2014 HDT rally in Hutch where we talked with a lot of you folks, we decided to go with an HDT. We looked around for used set ups for a quite a while but did not find much that suited our needs; working on our own rig wasn't an option. After many conversations with Greg and a lot of research and due diligence, we decided to go with RV Haulers. He is currently working on a retrofit of a 2010 Volvo 670 iShift with just a tad over 500K miles. Other than the sticker shock associated with the cost of the mods (thanks Jack for helping me feel slightly better about that) we are very excited. "THOR" will have a deluxe Smart car bed, the ET Hitch, drom box, and an extra greywater holding tank. Delivery should be around May.

 

Now we need to find a 5TH WHEEL! We have looked at pretty much all the full-timing rigs out there and have pretty much settled on a DRV 38 RSSA, although a 36RSB3 with a custom split-bath is a definite possibility. We would like a used late model but have not seen much after over a year of searching so may now be to the point of ordering. We will be doing as much boondocking as we can manage so don't feel the need for the dishwasher, fireplace, or W/D. Any thoughts on dealers? We will be meeting Greg in SD to pick up THOR and establish residency so would be awesome to get the rig shortly thereafter. Would like to just hit the road then and do eastern Canada and the eastern seaboard prior to dropping down to see the kids/grandkids in VA but there is that small problem of 3 cats and all of our stuff still in California (or AZ at my sister's if house already sold ...) Logistics of this transition is driving me crazy!

 

Any tips on DRV dealers or handling logistics would be much appreciated!

 

Ron & Shelley

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Congrats!

 

Just a quick comment on the dishwasher--I'm in the process of adding one precisely to reduce water consumption. A single drawer dishwasher (as far as I know Fisher-Paykel is pretty much the only game in town) uses less than 2 gallons of water for a full load. I know I use a lot more than that doing a sink-full of dishes by hand!

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Congrats!

 

Just a quick comment on the dishwasher--I'm in the process of adding one precisely to reduce water consumption. A single drawer dishwasher (as far as I know Fisher-Paykel is pretty much the only game in town) uses less than 2 gallons of water for a full load. I know I use a lot more than that doing a sink-full of dishes by hand!

 

I've heard the same thing about the FP dishwasher. Hard to believe but I've heard numerous times that's it's a great option to have in your rig.

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Congrat's on the rig. Gregg is a great guy to deal with and will get it done right for you. Also, things that you were thinking of deleting you may use them more than you think. The D/W is one thing I missed when ordering our unit that will be in the next one for sure and like David mentioned uses very little water. Even the W/D doesn't use that much water and we have used it quite a bit boondocking. Heat pump air conditioners and fireplace are backups on generator power if the furnace doesn't work. Also, a good sized generator can run them all at the same time let's say you were low on LPG out boondocking. We have a built in 7500 watt Onan diesel generator and with 300 gallons of fuel we have on the truck could be off the grid for a long time. Also, you may want to consider some solar panels if boondocking a lot. Good luck with your adventure. :)

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Thanks for the comments on the "accessories" - we will definite reconsider. FP is a great high end dishwasher; the very model we considered when remodeling. The typical system goes into two separate drawers in a house; DRV installs half of the model apparently. I was concerned about resale value if d/w, fireplace, and w/d were left out; we have read a lot of negatives on all three (as being not that useful). Hard to know for sure. For example, turns out the DRV Mobile Suites Estates model, which I personally like best relative to the interior decor, doesn't sell well. So I guess we won't be going there.

 

Yes, since I am married to RON, we will be fully duded out with generators, inverters (trailer AND truck), solar panels, and probably a wind turbine if he can figure it out. He is already in hot dialog with a DRV engineering rep regarding installing an instant hot water heater and temperature controller. This IS the guy who built a queen-size off the ground transportable bed that we could put in our dome tent in "the good old days" so that he didn't have to sleep on the ground. (We had people lining up outside our tent to see "the bed," LOL.) Rick and Carey - 2015 Volvo 730?!! Wow!

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We have a dishwasher,fireplace and washer/dryer.

 

If you had them in your house, why would you not wnat them in your RV? IF you never used them in the house, then that is the answer.

 

The D/W is great on grid. Not so great off grid because, although it uses less water than me washing the dishes, it takes too long to dry....too much power for too long. Although I admit I have not measured it. You "can" hand dry them, but just the wash cycle would use a lot of power. When we boondock we typically use paper and minimize use of washing dishes. For us, water is ALWAYS the limitation for boondocking. We have LOTS of power. We fetch water in a 45 gallon bladder.

 

Fireplace is GREAT on grid....we use it almost exclusively to heat the coach. You do give up storage, though. In a 36' coach that would be a consideration. In a 44.5' coach (and in our 42' ones) - not so much.

 

I would NEVER EVER be without a washer/dryer. We were foolish to do 8 years fulltiming without them. I can rationalize not using them all you like. And I would be wrong....for us.

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We are in the Palos Verdes Peninsula (near San Pedro/Long Beach). Love my state, but we want to get out to see the rest of the country in a more intimate way and let's face it, unless you have a paid off house (we don't) and lots of $$$ (we don't) then California isn't a great retirement state. Son is Naval Officer and currently stationed with the family in Norfolk; he has 7 more years until retirement and the family (read: DW) wants to end up back near Anacortes, WA where her family lives. Since the son was stationed in Whidbey for 7 years and loves it up there, he is good with that. So if we ever settle, that's where it will be. Grandbabies, ya know. :P

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Even in our 36' Carrilite we have a fireplace, dishwasher, and a Splendide W/D with room for side by sides if we wanted. I don't think we would be without any item on our next rig. We heat primarily with the fireplace and 15k heat pump using the furnace as a backup, or for when the temps are well below freezing.

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Congratulations. Greg is a great person to work with. I haven't actually completed a bargain with him but am confident that he would provide the best deal around.

 

I have the dishwasher and wouldn't be without. I don't measure my water usage, so I cannot comment on that. I will say it's soooo much easier to load the dishwasher and punch a couple buttons and be done with it than it is to wash and dry.

 

For me it's also easier to drop my laundry off at the laundromat for the wash and fold than it is to actually sit in the place and do my own laundry or have a washer and dryer in my home. I'm single and don't have that much laundry so for a family or a couple it might be different. My biweekly costs are less than $20. usually.

 

Rod

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RVs For Less in Knoxville TN has some of the best prices in the nation on DRVs. Usually$30 k or so less than MSRP. BandBuds ( Jeff and Cindy Brett) also got a really good deal on theirs but can't remember where they bought it.

 

http://www.rvsforless.net

Yup, we got our Mobile Suite at Mellott Brothers http://www.mellottbrothers.com/ in Willow Street, PA just south of Lancaster. Our salesman was Jim Wiser, and you will NOT meet a finer. patient or honest person to deal with in the RV industry. We got a little better than 30% off of the MSRP.

 

Jeff

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Thanks for the tips. Had RVsforless on the radar already but logistics may be an issue. Hard to juggle getting truck, trailer, and moving/packing with locations of all the aforementioned in various parts of the country. Plus 3 cats may be in Arizona with my sister by then and gotta get them. Any suggestions on how to gracefully pull that off would be appreciated. Hope you all enjoyed 'Thor's christening by Greg. Pretty funny. R&S

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Gregg is certainly the way to go for a "1 stop get it all done the right way" kind of shop.

But I'm guessing you mean you are going to have a "dump tank" on there and not a "grey tank"? And Gregg has done some fine additions to a dump tank on prior trucks.

 

You will like what you get from him.

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We just picked up our new 2015 38RSSA in Knoxville on Jan 1st.....There are some basic changes I would do to make the trailer more "livable" in the bathroom and in the living room. I can send you the changes we made to ours if you think it would help. The DW and I looked at that unit 3 times before we ordered and even then started in the bedroom and worked out way to the rear thinking about how we would use the coach in day to day use.

 

RVs for Less can ship your unit on a per mile basis anywhere in the country if needed. They could either deliver to your truck location or anywhere else you would like. If you have any questions about ours, drop me a PM.

 

It was about 20 degrees the morning this pic was taken in Sevierville, TN.

 

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