Thanks for including me in your RV group. We're from Cape Cod and right now own 2 motorhomes; a 28' Monterey (Chevy chassis) and a 35' Safari Sahara that we just bought last month. Obviously the Monterey is for sale, or will be in the spring. I figured I would spend the $400 to store it over the winter instead of discounting it to be sold in the winter.
The Monterey was our "starter bus". We figured for the cost of renting an RV to do some weekend trips and a 2 week vacation, we could buy something, work out the kinks, make a list of what we wanted and then sell it for about what we paid for it. I'll let you know in the spring how that worked out
The Sahara ticks off all of the items on our list except slides. After looking at various used models, the layout of the Safari coaches is roomy enough without the slides and slides are about 5 more things to break. We had a hard time finding one, but finally the exact unit we wanted hit craig's list locally.
I have a list of honey-do projects for the Sahara in the spring. We're removing the couch and replacing it with dual recliners, dumping the recliner and lamp table on the pax side and installing a flat-screen TV in a hide-away cabinet in that spot. The backup camera doesn't work, so that means I can go wireless with a smaller monitor and get rid of the huge tube TV over the driver's head. I'll go flat-screen digital in the bedroom as well meaning I can dump the converter boxes too.
I've already replaced the tires and everything else works. I plan to take it into a local truck service place in the spring and have them go over the CAT and Allison tranny. The only issue I've found is the engine hour meter runs continuously. I pulled the fuse to stop it for now, but my guess is that there's a relay or something stuck. And I need to do something about the chassis heat. The heater valve control cable is broken. I had a similar problem with the Monterey and was able to resolve it using an electronic heater valve.
The plan is to do weekend trips and 2-3 week vacations for a couple of years and then tour the country over a period of months. The DW is already talking about downsizing the S&B to a condo and has finally agreed with me that we need to tow a vehicle in order to get the most out of RVing.
I will post pics of the TV project for anyone considering a similar move.