Finally, everything has come together and I get to change my signature.
I've been impressed with the way Entegra coaches were built ever since I first visited the plant in 2010. My biggest hangup was the floorplans, which have gradually gotten better over the years. This last year has been particularly impressive with the massive strides Entegra has made towards extreme quality control. Now, the last piece of the puzzle is in place and I'm jumping in to fulfill a long dream that Leann and I have had.
We have on order a 2016 Cornerstone 45A.
Yes, you heard correct, it's a 45A floorplan. It's a version of one or two floorplans that I had submitted to Entegra a year or two back. I've worked with them and given them ideas and working with their design team we came up with this final version. In the process I found out that there are a lot of factors that affect what you can and cannot do. It's a pretty comprehensive process taking what looks like a good idea on paper and making it work. Fortunately, Entegra has great people in place to make this all happen. Working with them was a real joy. There talent is matched only by their exuberance in getting every detail perfect and I can see that they really enjoy their work. I have to believe that this is what makes the difference and helps make Entegra stand apart. I'm reminded of something that Derald Bontrager once told me. He stated "While we build a product, what we tell our people is what we really are building is an avenue for people to fulfill their lifelong dreams
." He hit the nail on the head with that because we aren't just buying a motorhome. We've done that before but this coach really is a lifelong dream for us and we've been looking forward to it for quite some time.
Floorplan choices are always highly subjective, due to everyone's own ideas of what the perfect floorplan is but this one is perfect for us. It puts together all of the features that we've liked in the many floorplans that we've seen over the years and puts them all together in one place.
In another 3 months we'll be picking it up at Youngblood's RV. We were blessed with an excellent dealer for our last two coaches at King's Campers in Wausau, WI. But unfortunately Kings is a Tiffin dealer and doesn't handle Entegra so we needed to find another dealer. It was actually harder to leave them than it was Tiffin but Roger Youngblood's operation is also a stellar operation and I prefer to patronize those dealers who set the standard rather than jump to the largest box shop with low prices and minimal support. In actuality I've found that the large superdealers don't always have better pricing than the smaller service-oriented dealers anyway.
So, we are riding high in seventh heaven right now and can't wait for the next 3 months to go by.
I've attached a copy of the 45A floorplan to this post. This floorplan will be also available as the 44A in the Anthem in late September.