We signed the papers one hour before close of business on 31 December, yes, an end-of-year special. We waited some weeks for LaMesaRV to prep it. (They missed more than a few problems.) We took possession on 26 January but were distracted for a bit. We finally took it for a long-weekend shakedown cruise and returned yesterday. We love it!
But this Thor Chateau Citation Sprinter 25ST isn't quite perfect. Between them, Thor and LaMesa are trying to pull a bait-and-switch. The invoice / window sticker lists one sofabed but we received another we didn't want. We would prefer a dinette in the behind-the-driver slide-out but Thor says no. LaMesa has not yet replied. Maybe a note from the California Attorney General's consumer fraud office will provoke some action.
Enough of that. Except for Thor and LaMesa's sloppiness, it's a fine little coach. We knew we needed a Sprinter for our third class-C because all on Ford-GM-RAM chassis have a doghouse engine cover leaving painfully little foot- and leg-room -- and we're tall bigfoots. Their driver-side slides never let me move the seat back enough. Non-Sprinters torture us.
Our previous RVs, built in 1976 and 1996, were both 100 inches wide, a bit too much to negotiate the Zion Nat'l Park tunnel without paying a penalty. This Citation is 90 inches wide, nicely under the Zion limit, and easy to maneuver. The comfy full king bed in back devours 1/3 of the interior. Bathroom doors swing open to create a large private area. There's little interior storage but much exterior stowage space. We'll need to adjust our habits and motions.
We chose a non-gaudy exterior. Except for the Mercedes tri-star on the grille, The Slim Princess (named for a famous narrow-gauge steam loco) looks like a zillion other modest class-C's. Nothing special; nothing to see here; move along.
I may put a funny mask on the grille for diversion.
(The original Slim Princess of the Virginia & Truckee RR now resides near Bishop, California.)
Our previous Ford-chassis RVs had ~350 ci engines and 9 mpg mileage. The Slim Princess's 3-liter (180 ci) turbodiesel is half their size and gets twice their mileage. We can haul an apartment around at 17-20 mpg. Wow!
We have planned long-distance journeys; we may be rolling half of each year. But we'll also make overnight shopping trips from our remote mountain hamlet to the capitols of California and Nevada. (We're halfway.) No need to rush back home the same day. No running into deer at dusk. And it's great for wine-tasting. Have a few (dozen) sips, buy a case, stagger to the RV and sleep it off.
Anyway, we look forward to many years of traveling pleasure. Will it last longer than we do? Could be!