Those were the words of my daughter when she saw the outside of the RV in a pic on FB and Instagram.
I can only imagine if she saw the inside she might not have been so flattering…but I digress.
We’ve been shopping for an RV for a while. We even looked at several while down in Florida and almost pulled the trigger on a very nice Class C. (For those of you that don’t know what a Class C looks like, you can go to this post, but generally they’re a bit smaller and have more of a look like that of a truck, rather than a bus like the Class A’s).
So after looking at the on line offerings in Class C’s at an RV dealer about an hour away (remember, we’re in the sticks so that’s about as close as it gets around here), we decided to take the drive and hopefully pull that aforementioned trigger. (You know how it is when you’ve been looking for something for a while…you just want to get it over with already and move on.)
Walking in the lot to the location where the C’s were, we passed a couple of A’s. I remember looking at this one pictured below and thinking ‘hummmm…that’s a new RV that’s been made to ‘look old’, but not in a bad way, but more like in a retro, ‘it’s a little different than all the other RV’s in the lot’ kind of way.
So we looked at the C’s and there was one we liked. But I had to ask the salesman…’are there any A’s that aren’t too big in our price range?’
Surprisingly, he took us to the RV I had been eye balling.
It’s not new. Not by any stretch of the imagination.
It’s a 1997 Fleetwood Pace Arrow with slightly less than 40,000 miles. Apparently its previous owners were in love with it (or highly anal retentive) because it’s in near perfect condition.
Now for the tour.
Here’s the view from the front of the bathroom door. That’s Fisherman doing his best Ralph Kramden imitation.
Those are slipcovers on both the sofa and the chairs, which are quite nice and a departure from the typically horrendous fabric choices that were made on older RV’s (and many newer ones too).
The bottom left of this next picture is where you enter from the side and are looking to your left. You can see not only the kitchen but the bedroom area in the far back, slightly to the left. That’s one of the features about this RV that is unique and welcomed. The bedroom is not totally visible from this vantage point, making it a little more private and tucked away. It even has a ‘real’ door, where many RV’s have plastic accordion type doors, or just a curtain.
Another feature I like is the addition of this chair. That’s something not available in any Class C we saw due to limited space, but comes in handy for TV viewing, which by the way, there are two of, one in the bedroom and one above the driver/passenger area.
There’s even a fold down table you can use for whatever (bottom right of picture)…laptop, snacks, etc.
The ‘box’ you see on the console also pulls toward the seat and can be used for the same purpose.
Directly across the kitchen area is the dinette and sofa, with lots of cabinets for much needed storage. Both the dinette chairs and sofa convert to potential sleeping areas if needed.
Now on to the bathroom. Plenty of storage and even a small bathtub.
This picture was taken while facing out of the doorway of the bathroom. Whoever designed this, really made good use of every nook and cranny.
And now for the bedroom, my favorite space. I like the way the bed is at a right angle, rather than facing the door. This layout allows for more storage without sacrificing light, which if you haven’t figured out by now, is abundant. There’s additional storage under the bed, and plenty of drawer and hanging space too.
So that’s the grand tour.
In addition to the things I’ve mentioned that I like, I also like how, because of the abundant natural light, you don’t feel cramped even without slides. (Again, for those of you who don’t know what a slide is, it’s basically a portion of the RV that slides out when it’s parked and expands the living space by 2-3′.) I also like how you can enter from the drivers side, the passengers side and the middle right side of the RV. There’s a button you can press that brings down the stairs on the side which is kind of cool. There’s also pretty good storage beneath the unit, as well as a hand held shower on the outside which is a really nice feature to have. I’ve done some research and learned this RV was considered ‘state of the art’ when it was designed, and I can see why.
Now I’ve told you what I like, now let me tell you what I don’t like.
I’m not a fan of highly grained oak cabinets. It was, however, something I was willing to compromise on, and boy did I ever. They’re everywhere in this unit!
I’m also not a fan of the gold hardware, but unlike the cabinets, that’s a relatively easy fix. There are many other touches I could live without, such as the gold sconces, the floral wallpaper in the bath and bedroom, the flooring, the floral swag in the last picture, and the cheap bedding.
Will I change these things? Some of them, yes, but probably not the cabinets or the wallpaper, and maybe not even the flooring. If we really like RV’ing, we may trade up in a few years. If we don’t, then I’m not sure it’s worth my time to make any major changes. Time will tell…
In other news…
Remember the refrigerator fiasco? Well, it turns out it won’t fit in our front entrance, so we had to shovel a path so the delivery guys can get it into the back. This means they have to go up the stairs to the deck, making the process more difficult, but we have no choice.
We had to shovel a path approximately 40′ long by 3′ wide for them. The snow was packed and very icy, so we had a system where I chopped it up with a regular shovel and Fisherman shoveled it out of the way and so on. It took many hours and a few days to get it done, but we finished on Thursday and hope to have the fridge delivered today.
Who knew retirement would be so glamorous?