Our Rig

After a day in Hersey, PA, at a large RV show, we now know what rig we are going to get.  It’s the one everyone else at the show was hanging out in, and the one we went back to three times to check out.  Spec-wise, it was one of our leading contenders going in, but seeing it sealed the deal.  The floor plan is brand new this year and it blows everything else we’ve seen away.  It doesn’t feel like a “camper” on the inside at all.  It feels like a mini-apartment.  Which is perfect, because that is exactly what it will be for us.

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5 Comments on “Our Rig”

  1. Nick August 9, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    I would like more information on your rig, how is it working out for you? That is the rig I am interested in. We are now retired and looking at long trips rather than full time, though that could change. Downsized to a condo as did not want to get rid of all our stuff and wanted to stay in the realestate market.

    I read that a lot of people say bigger is better but to me that just means more stuff that you don’t really need. That said do you find storage adequate for fulltiming in case we go that route, don’t want to change rigs in midstream? We also like to get into places a little less traveled so another consideration on size. How do you find the ride? I can see us having short and long days on the road using our past travel experiances with a truck and trailer. My question on rideability relates to gasser vs diesel. Sure a diesel may have a better ride but I am not too excited about the added cost and complexity of a diesel.

    Those are my questions, how is the rig working out for you.

    Thankyou Nick

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    • Brian August 10, 2011 at 3:10 pm #

      Hi Nick,
      Lots of questions; I’ll try to answer them in turn. Please keep in mind that a lot of the answers you’re looking for really come down to personal preference. What works for us, may not work for you. Having said that, this is what works for us:

      1) Is the Winnie 33C big enough? It certainly is for us. We’ve lived in it for 15 months now and have never once wanted more living or storage space. But we’re not of the view that ‘bigger is better.’ Our motto is closer to ‘Less is More.’ We don’t really care for stuff: the way it ties you down and requires constant upkeep. We prefer to spend our time doing things other than working to support a bunch of junk. YMMV.

      2) Has it limited where you can go? We haven’t found too many places we can’t get in. We did skip the entire state of West Virginia because we couldn’t find campgrounds that would accommodate ‘Big Rigs.’ National Forests tend also to have older, smaller sites. If getting into these places is important to you, then certainly consider a smaller rig. Having said that, we’ve found plenty of great places to park and the places we couldn’t get to haven’t been that big of a deal.

      3) How’s the ride? I’m plenty happy with the ride. Personally I’d never consider spending double for a diesel to get the marginal benefits they offer – but that is just me. My perspective is that I’m driving it three to eight hours per week, and doing other stuff the remaining 158 to 168 hours each week. Paying 100% more for a smoother, quieter ride that climbs hills better during the 3% of my time that I’m actually driving it just doesn’t make sense to me.

      4) How is your rig working for you? I think we nailed it. Even if I had an unlimited bank account and needed to buy a new RV to do what we’re doing, I’d buy the Sightseer 33C all over again.

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      • Nick August 20, 2011 at 10:57 am #

        Thankyou for your response. If ever in the British Columbia, Prince George area and want some tips feel free to drop me a line. -Nick

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        • Brian August 22, 2011 at 9:07 am #

          We definitely plan on getting up to British Columbia, although it may not be until next year or even the year after. We always appreciate tips, so we’ll be sure to be in touch.
          Brian

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  2. Oscar October 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm #

    Brian,
    Thanks for checking in and “liking” my post on Montpelier. I noticed that you have a monkey on your back. I had a capuchin monkey during my adolescent years. It often sat on my shoulders. I noticed that you Shannon are on a RV adventure. My wife, Linda, & I took our first RV trip (rented) this Spring. You might enjoy the read and some references of places to visit when you get to the Southwest. Enjoy finding those Brown signs. https://hermitsdoor.wordpress.com/2011/05/22/rv-me/.
    Oscar

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