My DW and I used to drive a 2007 Fleetwood Revolution on a Spartan chassis. It was a 40E model and that was our second RV after we bought a smaller one to see if we liked it.
In 2014 we sold it along with everything else to move to Papua New Guinea as missionary doctors. My wife and I are thriving here, but I keep my eye on the RV situation in the USA.
In about 7-8 years, we are likely to return to the USA. We'll have two daughters in college at that time, hence our plans to return. In the event (hoped for) they are in different colleges a distance apart, our tentative plans are not to buy a house, but try our hand at full timing.
At this time, we've chosen the Fleetwood Discovery LXE with a 44H floorplan or whatever is available in 5-6 years. Five years ago, we towed a 2007 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon. This time, we hope to tow the same thing, only newer.
I see nothing on this coach that I do not like, but I do wish it had a side radiator like our Revolution had.
Things we hope to see become available in Fleetwood RVs within the next five to six years?
1. I'd like to see the TVs and blu ray players go to 4K. Movies on big (>50") TVs look better in UHD.
2. I like the move to all electric. But I'd like to see a lot more solar panels up on the expansive roof, all that wasted space up there is a shame. We have 20ea 300w solar panels on our roof here in PNG and we generate more power than we can use. We get a check monthly instead of paying an electric bill. It's like free missionary support from God Himself.
3. I'd like to see the genset become slide out-able.
4. I'd like to see the grey water tank capacity increased to 75 gallons. Fifty gallons fills up pretty quickly when you're not in an RV park where you can drain daily.
5. I'd like to see two opposing full-wall slides
6. I'd like to see hide-able bunk beds for those times when entertaining grand-kids, but not be stuck with a bunk-bed coach full-time.
7. I'd like to see a larger convection microwave big enough to fit a frozen pizza.
8. Oh yea, side radiators, not rear radiators.
I'm 55 years old right now, the soonest (God-willing) I may retire from overseas mission work is in 2026. At that time, I'll be in the market for a new or 1-2 year old 40+ foot coach for full timing. Hopefully we can do that until I am no longer fit for such a thing. We hope to provide free medical care in whatever RV park we happen to stay in and learn the finer art of putting "others ahead of ourselves" and sharing God's Word with whomever is willing to listen.
Shout-out to Fleetwood for the switch to AquaHot 400D units, that was a great call. And going from propane to all electric was also a step in the right direction. God gives us free sunshine, so how bout' more solar panels?
Tom Bunnow, MD
Ukarumpa Medical Center
Eastern Highlands Province
Papua New Guinea