Jan 202014

Congratulations to Virg Chomic, this week’s winner of an audiobook of Crazy Days in Big Lake, the third book in my Big Lake mystery series! We had 142 entries this week, and stay tuned because you may be next week’s lucky winner.

The wind blew hard all Saturday night and Sunday morning, and when I watched the folks a couple of sites over from us unplugging their campground utilities and getting ready to hit the road I had to wonder where anybody has to be that they’d hit the road in wind like that. They have been here a couple of weeks and looked to be retired. But who knows why people do the things they do? Half the time I don’t know why I do the things I do!

I spent part of Saturday evening and most of yesterday reviewing the audiobook of Dog’s Run, and by the time we decided to drive into town about 3:30 I had finished 36 of 49 chapters. Narrator Eric Dove has done an excellent job and I’m looking forward to the book being available sometime in February.

DogsRun small

After writing about RV shows in yesterday’s blog, we decided to check out the RV show here at the Pima County Fairgrounds before we picked up cousin Beverly to take her to dinner.

I heard a while back that Winnebago Industries had acquired SunnyBrook and was now building towables, and sure enough there was a Winnebago Destination fifth wheel on display. Being happy Winnebago motorhome owners, we decided to check it out.

Winnebago’s online description of the new fiver calls it a full profile luxury fifth wheel, and the $76,929 price tag on the trailer put it in the same price range as a couple of Heartland Landmarks also on display. That’s where the similarity ended, in our opinion. We weren’t impressed – it just didn’t feel solid, there was a cabinet insert falling off next to the dinette, and overall the ergo dynamics just didn’t feel good. A good example; the bathroom door opens toward the bedroom, but to enter or leave the bathroom from the bedroom, you have go past the bathroom and step down onto the stairs to the lower level of the RV to give the door room to open. We decided that while we love our Winnebago Ultimate Advantage diesel pusher, their fifth wheel leaves a lot to be desired.

Winnebago fiver

We spent a few hours with Beverly, something we always enjoy doing, and back at home I spent a couple of hours considering our options for the next few weeks. I’m supposed to get my stitches out Tuesday, and we plan to head for Yuma on Wednesday. We’ll probably hang out there for a couple of weeks, then we want to visit the Escapees Jojoba Hills co-op for a few days, and then go to Lake Havasu City for Winter Blast Pyrotechnic Show in mid-February. That will leave us with about three weeks to kill before we have to be back here in Tucson for more medical stuff at the VA hospital in early March. We want to get up to the White Mountains sometime in late March or early April to visit my daughter and her family, but that depends on the weather. During that time period it can be nice, or it can drop a foot of snow on you overnight.

We have to be in Goshen, Indiana for the Escapade RV Rally May 12-17, and we’d like to arrive a week or so early to hang out at Elkhart Campground to decompress from the trip across the country. Aside from the VA thing in March, that’s the only commitment we have at this point, so our options and schedule are pretty open.

Thought For The Day – Life is so much funnier when you have a dirty mind.

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  5 Responses to “A Winner And A Winnie”

  1. So it’s not just us! We looked at a Winnebago Destination a few weeks ago and were not at all impressed. We have a 6 year old Montana and want to get something newer and were excited to hear about the new Winnebago since my brother and his wife have a Journey DP and love it so much. There is no comparison in terms of quality fit and finish. The one we looked at had three drawers that were falling apart, the door wouldn’t close tightly and several other things that just felt tacky to us. No thanks we’ll keep looking.

  2. Thanks for being honest about what you like and don’t like Nick. It seems like everybody else in the RV industry wants to make believe everything the factories are turning out are perfect. We will become full-timers in June and are actively shopping for a quality 5th wheel trailer. We like the Heartland and the Travel Supreme but the Winnebago name and reputation attracted us. After reading this we’ll scratch that one off the list.

  3. At least twice we’ve had to leave in the middle of a storm because we were being kicked out of the park.

    No, not for our rowdy parties, but because the park was full and our space was rented with the new tenant parked in front of the office waiting for us to leave.

  4. This is the first time we have heard of a Winnie fifth wheel at a show. Thanks for the honest opinion of the rig. Winnebago took over the Sunny Brook Company a few years ago to help out the folks who worked there in Indiana, we took a tour while we were in Goshen and were not impressed with the rig period. Shoddy workmanship was evident then. We were hoping that when Winnebago took over knowing their usual high standards in their product. Like you we love our Winnebago Adventure she is an oldie but a goodie

  5. oops meant to say it would improve.

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