Grand Rapids RV Show 2017

January 15, 2017

We went to the Grand Rapids RV show in (surprise) Grand Rapids, Michigan. Our goal was to see a Newmar Ventana 3412, similar to the one we ordered. Back in November we looked at 5 or 6 different Newmar coaches, but until today, we never actually saw the 3412 model. Preferring not to wait some indeterminate time for one to appear at a show or dealer lot, we went ahead and ordered one. It’s not as risky as it sounds given the number of images and video walk-throughs available. Still, it was nice to finally sit in “our” coach. It was all we hoped it would be.

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Newmar Factory Tour

November 8, 2016

Recently, my wife and I went to the Newmar factory tour. Not nearly as sophisticated as I expected. It’s basically a big building with lots of skilled people assembling stuff with mostly hand tools. Kind of reminds me of those old pictures you see of Henry Ford’s early assembly lines. Nothing wrong with this, just not what I was expecting.

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Handy trick for storing cords and hoses

November 6, 2016

I found the easiest way to secure long hoses and heavy power cords is to coil them and then tie them up with a used bicycle inner tube. I cut the portion with the value stem out.

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Resources

November 3, 2016

This post serves as collection of resources about RV maintenance, travel and accessories that I have found useful.

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Newmar Videos I Like

October 23, 2016

I’ll talk a bit more about why we chose Newmar in another post. For now, here’s a collection of videos that communicates the build quality of these coaches.

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Numbers Matter

October 20, 2016

Many motorhome brochures contain a specs page. A table with numbers and abbreviations can usually be found there. Here’s an example:

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RV Shows

October 17, 2016

RV shows are something of a puzzle. On one hand, you get to see a lot in a short period of time. And yes there are some good deals to be had and you’ll see things you might not of heard read about before hand.

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The Journey Begins

October 16, 2016

So my family is doing this crazy thing of buying a Class A motorhome. We have never owned a motorhome before and so I thought I would document some of our experiences. If anything, it should serve as a, “don’t make this mistake” guide. :smile:

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