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Old 08-15-2010, 09:17 PM   #1
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It's time for a Revolution!

We've been shopping for a 'retirement' rig since attending the Louisville rally. After the show had a short list consisting of the Entegra Anthem. A nice coach, but decided just our of our reach. The Allegro Bus. We really like our 07 Allegro Open Road, our Tiffin dealer, and the companys customer focused service philosophy. They're also very attractive. I just decided construction and engineering are a bit behind the times. I spoke to one gentilman who's owned a number of high end motor homes, including an Allegro Bus and a Zephyr. He opined(paraphrasing) that it is great that Bob Tiffin will do almost anything to take care of a problem, but those problems are too frequent to put up with anymore. On the lower end of our short list, based solely on price, was the Dutch Star. A very nice motor home at it's price point, and very attractive. I wasn't thrilled with the 'hung wall' design and construction, however, and was able to 'upgrade' to a heavier and more powerfull rig.

We finally chose a 2011 Revolution LE, purchasing one immediately after visiting the factory in Decatur IN. We'd pretty much made up our minds on the Revolution befoe the trip to Decatur, that trip was to finalize our choice of floorplan and interior decor combinations. Immediately after leaving the plant we called the two very nice gentilmen we'd been working with, one at Lazydays, the other at Tom Johnson's Camping center, and let them know what we'd decided on. In the end it was Tom Johnson's that came up with what we wanted at the best price.

It's a 42W, having gone back and forth between it and the 42T floorplan. Each has its own charms, ultimately it was up to Peggy as to which she prefered.

We are tentatively planning on taking delivery, in North Carolina, on Monday the 30th of August. I say tentative, as it has to get out of the plant before we can firm up a date. Ironically, it had just left the assembly line on Friday, the day we were there, but as built had the wrong dining option (booth, when we preferred the free standing table and computer workstation) and it has a dishwasher, Peggy insists on the extra kitchen storage instead. Fleetwood has agreed to put it back on the line and make the changes we want before shipping it.

Now here's the twilight zone moment. We were in the coach as part of the tour we took at the plant! Little did we know at the time that a couple hours later it would have our name on it!

It's all part of the long range retirement plan, which includes the full time lifestyle for as long as we can stand it, afford it and/or the health holds out. Got to get Peggy retired before we go full gypsy though - another couple years, most likely.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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congrats she Is a beauty, do you have any interior pictures? Enjoy the good times with It and good luck, Joe.
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Congratulations, Jay & Peggy! A Rev LE is a beautiful coach, I'm . Wishing you many happy travels.

Post lots of pics after you pick her up. We LOVE pictures!

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The interior photos I have are not of 'our' floorplan. I'll post those once we have it, in a couple weeks.
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That is one nice looking coach. Congratulations.
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After owning the Fleetwood Providence for over a year, you get a real sense of what makes up a motorhome. Whenever we look at motorhomes now compared to a year ago, there is an obvious quality that immediates breaks forth or does not. Within 5 minutes, you can easily tell what manufacture has the better materials and workmanship. This was not so apparent when we first bought since everything was blending in and what to look for was candied up in many cases.

Monaco Dynasty and Beaver by Monaco: Although no longer made are very high quality.

Country Coach, the same... Hmmm,,, Strange the top end units are dissappearing. That just show the volatility and tightrope walk at the higher end market.

Will the RVs come back? Yes, but for a different reason than the past. Future RV industry will be producing Living Quarters for a mobile trade and job market. Buying a home and staying it for 30 years is becoming a quick thing of the past. What you are seeing right now in the RV industry is an adjustment. Hey!! I just saw a 53' Semi-Tractor-Trailer. Gross weight? 80,000 lbs. So we have a lot of room to expand

Look around and it's easy to see everything is more and more mobile. People need to pick up and move quickly for jobs, schools, medical reasons, etc etc.

Mobility for singles, couples and families are the keys to the future RV market. Stick Housing is loosing its appeal. Only last month, there were 325,000 foreclosures. How many would that be if they were able to start the key and easily adapt to the job market? People want to be free to move around. Employers want employees to be free to go to alternate locations. It's just the way it is. We cannot wait six months or longer to sell a house (if you can sell it). Stress over selling, buying, mortgages, and the list goes on and on. Let the banks have them back.. We don't need no stink'in houses. We have an alternative

Future RVs will no longer be just for recreation or the retired, they are for survival. Travel Trailers, 5th Wheels, Motorhomes and new inventive ideas that you have not seen yet.

Changing the name from Recreation Vehicle (RV) to something new. Did you know, a RV can even be shipped around the world? Many are for vacations and temporary relocation.

You Fleetwood Revolution is a strong mid-range Motorhome. We have only experienced minor problems.

I have to tell'ya,,, Spartan Chassis has the edge over Freightliner. Frightliner could make a comparable chassis, it would just cost $50k more.
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JMonroe,

We were at the Louisville Rally too. The deals they offered on that Revolution was really tempting for us. We would really like to have the full wall slide and rear bath. We're jealous!!!!

We have purchased 3-5ers and 1 Mh from Tom Johnson in Charlotte. While I've seen their service fall off at the Charlotte location, the folks in Marion have been really accommodating to even fix what Charlotte didn't.

Hope to see that beautiful new coach out there some day.

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JMonroe,
We bought our Revolution LE new in 2006 and it is the bath and a half floor plan. We love the ride and livability inside. We also looked at all the major brands like Tiffin, Monaco, Winnie ect and kept coming back to the Revolution. The LE Spartan chassis is tops, the motorhome drives and handles like a car, very smooth ride with not side to side movement when trucks are passing. Enjoy your new motorhome.
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We did a lot of research and comparisons too, and we too kept coming back to the Revolution. At the factory we saw the 1/4" composite exterior 'sideing', as example. The 8 AGM batteries, the dual 2000 Watt pure sine wave inverters, the 3.5" thick floors framed with 3" aluminum and sitting on top of at least 3" steel rails, the fiberglass lined storage bays, which are HUGE (allegedly 25% bigger in 2011, as compared to 2010), and so on.

Looks like delivery may have to be pushed back to the week of Labor Day. Trying to work that out between the completion of the mods we requested and my wife's ability to get time away from a major project at work (Unlike me, she remains a productive member of society. )
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That is so cool!!!! You will have so much fun and wonder why you didn't do this years ago. We are WI folk also. Go Pack!!!!
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Ed, You're very close to us. I see you're from Appleton, we're in Saxeville.

Dave, it's great to see your endorsement of Tom Johnson's. We had never heard of them before we ran into them at the Louisville rally. Turns out they're also just a couple hours from our South Carolina RV property. We'll be able to spend a few days there too, when we go to pick up the rig. We already have some time scheduled back in South Carolina late October. That will give us an opportunity to stop back in at TJCC to address any warrantee issues that may have popped up, not that I expect any.
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Jay,

Wow, we are very close. Nice to know there is another irv2 person close by.

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Wow, we are very close. Nice to know there is another irv2 person close by.

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And we're not the only ones. "Petro", aka Don Morgan, and his wife are in Weyawega, his sister and significant other (don't remember their IDs) are near Poysippi. We're all over!
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