Miss Terry’s birthday is Thursday, but she got her present a couple of days early. As I have said before, we have decided to downsize and take a new direction in our travels. We considered a smaller RV, but that really wasn’t what we wanted at this point in our lives. So instead, we decided to shop for a comfortable vehicle that would be good for regional road trips and our one long journey west to Arizona every year to see family.
And after a good bit of research and some shopping around, this is what we came up with. It is a 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Touring L Plus, and I think you can tell by the smile on Terry’s face that she really likes it.
It came loaded with just about every option available except a sunroof, which we really didn’t want anyway. We have one on our Ford Explorer, and I think we’ve had it open three times in the seven years or so that we have owned it. Seriously, this thing has so many bells and whistles on it that I’m pretty sure if you sneeze a voice says “bless you” and a robotic arm comes out of the dashboard and hands you a Kleenex. It will even parallel park itself!
Of course, it will probably take me six months to figure out how everything works. Where is Greg White when I need him?
Somebody asked if we are going to keep the Ford Explorer and our Ford pickup, now that we have the van. Yes, we plan to. They are both paid for and in good condition, and we like them. And what the heck, with an 1100 square foot garage, we’ve certainly got the room!
Now that we’ve talked about new vehicles, let’s talk about old ones. My buddy Al Hesselbart, retired historian from the RVMuseum in Elkhart, Indiana, has a brand-new book out titled RV Capital of the World. Al is a popular speaker at RV shows and rallies, where he presents seminars on the history of RVing. We have known Al ever since our first year on the road as fulltime RVers, and he is a walking, talking encyclopedia of RV history. Every time I sit down and talk with him I learn something new about the old days. His new book tells the story of the Indiana RV industry and how the Elkhart – South Bend area became famous for the number of RV manufacturers and support companies located there. If you have any interest at all in RVing and history, this is a must read book! It’s fascinating.
Thought For The Day – One advantage of marriage is that when you fall out of love with him or he falls out of love with you, it keeps you together until you fall back in again. ~ Judith Viorst