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Old 06-01-2020, 10:29 PM   #1
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I saved searches for this one-year model so long ago I forgot about it until one popped up almost a year later. I made a deal on it and then another came up with a lot more options and half the milage. I was awake most of the night struggling with my conscience vs common sense. Then in the morning I was informed that there was going to be a two week delay getting the coach ready, at which point I requested that we terminate the deal as I have a trip scheduled for next week.

So it all worked out and below is the new rig. 18k miles, in excellent condition with many options including cherry cabinets, oasis, tile into the bedroom, sleep number bed, residential fridge, and on and on. It even has that silly hammock! Very tasteful and pleasing interior too. And they installed all new house batteries and did oil changes, an annual on the oasis, and spit shined the rig inside and out. Well not spit shined - covid safe shined.

Anyway I’m happy with it and enjoying my self performing inspections and orientation, and planning my solar set-up. I have about 20kwh of lithiums to work with and will either run two Victron 3kw inverters or one 8kw 48v unit which is a little pricey but has other fun advantages.

By the way I absolutely love driving this thing. The drive home from Tucson (Le Mesa there had the coach and treated me quite well) was a little over 900 miles so I stretched it out to two days and took my time and enjoyed the new (to me) rig.

The new bus:
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Congratulations!

What were some of the one-year options that you sought out?
Shoot us some interior pics when you get a chance.
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Congratulations!

What were some of the one-year options that you sought out?
Shoot us some interior pics when you get a chance.
This model has a walk-through bathroom floor plan, fridge opposite the kitchen instead of the bathroom door, and an 87” sofa. You just won’t find that in any other coach under 37’ and I couldn’t even find that in the 37’ Dutch Stars - they all had 74” sofas. I’m 6’5” (formerly 6’6”) and I like holding down a couch. Also that 87” hide-a-bed with sleep 3 little grandmonsters

The only other option I found for this layout and more power was a New Aire 3541 (2020 and later) and while I like those and would prefer the power of an ISL, those have other draw backs for me not to mention around $200k more than I spent on his beautiful 4 year old Ventana.

So this was high in my list, which included ordering a new a Ventana and foregoing the walk thru bath or buying a used 3341 (min $75k more than I spent) which again is nice but the same power and gear ratio as the Ventana and 3500lbs heavier.

So this is it probably for the next five years or so. At that point I may be done exploring the out of the way places you can’t get to in a bigger coach and go for a 40’ with a tag. If I do it will be something like a 2019 4018 Mountain Aire 500hp and a long couch
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Beautiful, Love to see inside pics
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Very nice coach, enjoy
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Oh I am. But the thing is making divots in my supposedly over built Asphault driveway. Gotta get that coach pad poured ASAP so it has a proper home.
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Congrats on a great looking rig.
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Wow! That's one nice coach.....& so shiny too! Congratulations. Wishing you many happy miles with the g'kids.

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That was after over 900 miles on the road that weekend. I think it helped that I took the pic at sunset...
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Congrats. Hope your first month with the new rig went well. Looks like a real dandy.

You cannot "overbuild" blacktop when it comes to parking these coaches on it. I have very thick blacktop on my drive (most of it in excess of 6") and my motorhome shed. The shed does have two concrete pad areas, but since we can't seem to stop changing motorhomes, they are not located where my wheels rest anymore, so this rig sits on 3/4" thick plywood pads on top of the blacktop portions in the shed. Even in a shed with no direct sun-heat on the blacktop and plywood pads, my current unit is compressing the thick blacktop.
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Congrats. Hope your first month with the new rig went well. Looks like a real dandy.

You cannot "overbuild" blacktop when it comes to parking these coaches on it. I have very thick blacktop on my drive (most of it in excess of 6") and my motorhome shed. The shed does have two concrete pad areas, but since we can't seem to stop changing motorhomes, they are not located where my wheels rest anymore, so this rig sits on 3/4" thick plywood pads on top of the blacktop portions in the shed. Even in a shed with no direct sun-heat on the blacktop and plywood pads, my current unit is compressing the thick blacktop.
It’s formed up now for a 6” slab with a 2x2 rebar mat - 30 yards + on Monday (68’ x24’ plus the 6’ wide part in front of the garage). The Ventana already put divots in my 3 1/2” driveway sitting there for around 6 hours which is why it’s parked on dirt now and we are expediting the pad.

It will have a solid fence along the vineyard side and between that and the garage the sun won’t shine directly on the sides and tires (it came with nice tire covers) and the roof will stay exposed to allow the solar to keep things charged, climate controlled and keep the fridge on. Also a wall and gate along the front to match the courtyard for aesthetics.

The wall will match the one in the second pic but 6’ high and a solid wood rolling gate. This was all knee high weeds a year and a half ago when we bought the place. I’m still burying plumbing and electrical for hook ups towards the right rear this week. I’ll post pics as it progresses.

For those interested in numbers, this will cost a little under $7000 for a 6-sack slab with four finishers, a pump that comes with an operator and laborer, and 2 good builders (friends but paid). A local contractor bid the job at $16-20k. I also built the courtyard - I couldn’t do this stuff if I had to pay contractors and I don’t think I’d be as satisfied with the results.
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Hi ! Congrats on the beautiful new Ventana! Have fun and keep her between the ditches!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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