Posted on April 1st, 2015 by Brenda.B
It’s hard to think that it’s been a year since we took possession of our new home, our Tiffin 45LP Allegro Bus. The move from our other coach, a 42 foot 2008 Tour Master, went smoothly. The Tiffin had a bunch more space than what we were used to, so that was a nice.
The Tiffin Bus has really treated us well. There have been no major issues. We did have to replace a windshield from a large rock hit not a couple months into ownership. Not Tiffin’s fault for sure. We had to replace a couple air conditioners as well. Again, not Tiffin’s fault. Come to think about it, most of the items that we’ve had issues with have been from various manufacturers of those items. Tiffin however stands behind all there products and took care of everything quickly and easily. No hassles involved.
We find this floor plan to be the best for us. At least for right now. It really does feel like a little apartment and not like a motor home. We find ourselves constantly saying this. We have, of course, made a few changes and additions to make it more like our home however. Everyone has to add his or her own flair to there home right? Well we changed the awning fabric to be more of a darker grey than the lighter grey it had come with (Tiffin now is using a black awning fabric which we also do not prefer). We also added some LED outdoor lighting not only on the awnings, but also under the chassis as well as under the slide. Yes, the coaches now do come with lighting on the awnings. However, it’s just a white light and we like to have multi-colored to be, well, different. It also really gives us some great ground lighting when we are outside and we can change the colors based on our mood or season.
Our bus has taken us to some extraordinary places. Since we have had the coach we have explored Colorado, Utah, Arizona and Texas among others. (Gosh, Moab was so much fun and we met some great new friends.) There’s just so much of this gorgeous country of ours, it’s impossible to see it all. The coach handled the mountains as to be expected. We did slow down a bit going up hill, however, we were still passing semi’s. We’re not really in the mountains that much for it to really make a big difference to us.
The Tiffin kitchen was plenty big enough for David to hire a chef to come in and cook us a special dinner for our 20th Anniversary. The chef was impressed with the size and ease of use of the kitchen as well. The pull out island really comes in handy for instances like these. When you need to spread out your items to cook, not hiring a chef. That was a first.
We’ve met up with some wonderful friends and made new ones. Enjoyed the cool evenings around the campfire. Watched a little football and set up our movie screen for some movies under the stars.
David’s gotten his Cajon out and joined in around the campfire with some impromptu jam sessions.
We have been traveling since 2008 (FT in 2013) in our Tour Master and since we have moved into our Tiffin Bus it’s been much more enjoyable. We truly have a motor home we can take into colder weather and be comfortable in and let’s be honest, you can’t always chase the warmer weather. Sometimes the cold just finds you. We also have so much more space and luxurious items such as heated floors and a dishwasher that we’ve grown accustomed to this lifestyle much more now. This coach really makes it easy to be on the road and keep exploring. We’ve really enjoyed this year in our new coach and we look forward to many more. This truly is our home now and for the foreseeable future.
So would we do this again?
Sure. Perhaps a new floor plan may come out to entice us. But for now, we really like what we have. However we have sent Tiffin our ideas for a maybe a 45DB model. (Get it? DB for David & Brenda) So you never know, we may do this all again. Would you like that?
Would we buy Tiffin again? We surely would. For as mentioned, they have been great to work with from the start of our new home project; through todays blog post and we would not expect that to change.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you know we did a video on our thoughts of the new coach and a walk through video when we first came up for air after moving in. If you haven’t seen it or you want to see the final time-lapse video of the entire build process, you can see it here.
So now we felt it was only fair to do another video at our one-year mark and tell you how things have gone, what we still like and what we are disappointed in and could maybe be improved upon. These are our honest opinions as RVers that full time in their motor home. What we may be disappointed in, don’t like or do like, you may have the opposite reaction. So please keep that in mind.
Posted on March 24th, 2015 by Brenda.B
First off, I want to state this upfront. This is not a paid advertisement. We truly love this product and have loved this company for years. We felt we needed to air our love out in the open about this product. Any opinions we really did come up with on our own and are in no way influenced by any of our cats and there reactions to said product, which is usually a “Run For Your Life” scenario. Except for BK. He is still one cool cat no matter what we throw at him.
And before some of you start sending us comments about throwing things at our cats rest assured, we would never do that. (Little spongy balls excluded.) That’s merely a figure of speech. That being said, we can proceed with the blog post I know you all are dying to read.
OK….So we all know space is limited in a motor home. I don’t care what size your rig is; you don’t have a lot of room for something like a vacuum. We all need one though.
Short of creating a time-share for a vacuum cleaner because let’s face it, that would be ridiculous, this is a great solution.
But first, before we awe you with our discovery, which I’m sure some of you may have already discovered, here’s a little history of our Dyson love.
Yes, I said love.
When we had a sticks and brick house, we had a large Dyson Animal vacuum.
We loved it. Boy could that thing suck up anything! It never clogged. Was easy to empty and clean. Had easy to use attachments and had a rotating brush head, which helped pick up every last cat and/or dog hair.
When we bought our first motor home we hated having to give up our large Dyson. But really, in a motor home, who really needs something that big? And where would it be stored?
After some research we were lucky enough to find a smaller version Dyson with a telescoping handle. The Dyson DC24 Ball Vacuum. It is hard to tell from the picture but trust me; this was a much smaller unit.
This worked just as wonderfully as our other Dyson did. However, we were still not happy about a couple things.
1: It was larger than we wanted for storage. Therefore it was a pain in the butt to get it in and out of where it was stored (in a closet amongst all our cloths) just to vacuum a small space and put it all back.
2: It had a cord and even though a motor home is pretty compact, we did have to move the power cord a couple times to maximize our reach. And let’s face it, in this wireless world, who really needs cords anymore?
3: We had a separate hand held vac for those smaller jobs that getting the bigger vacuum out was a pain. So essentially we had two vacuums.
Don’t get us wrong. The Dyson DC24 was a great vacuum. It still worked wonders on the dog and cat hair. And let’s not forget all that dirt, sand and debris we all carry into our rigs. We felt it cleaned really well and still was easy to empty and clean. It was just more bulky than we wanted to deal with.
Now Dyson has solved our problems with their stick Motorhead vacuums. I know stick vacuums have been out for a long time. However, they really have not worked all that well in our opinion. Especially when you’re talking about pet hair. They rarely, if at all, had a rotating brush head and they certainly did not have the suction or the ease of use/emptying of a Dyson.
The new Motorhead Vacuum line from Dyson however is Awesome! And I apologize to everyone in advance because once you own one of these; you will find yourself vacuuming ALL THE TIME (Or not, you will see later if you get through the video.) It’s so easy and quick. Lightweight and yes, even fun.
Yup, I went there. It brings the fun back to vacuuming.
I’ve been keeping my eye on these for a little while. They’re a few different models to choose from. Some with a Hepa filter, others without, etc. What I found out is that Dyson rarely, if at all, goes on sale. Kinda like Apple and their products. So we researched which particular one that was best for our situation and we got our new Dyson DC59 Motorhead Cordless Vacuum for Christmas.
And let me tell you…
This thing really sucks!
But in a good way. *wink *wink
First off, it is super compact.
So there’s my first issue solved.
It comes with it’s own hanging rack which is also the charging station. Great as this does not take up any precious closet space nor floor space for storage. You do however need to mount this somewhere where it can reach a plug.
The attachments are easily stored on the charging station. So no need to find a place to store those. You can see from the pictures that it is really compact. It fits nicely behind all the clothes on the rack so it really is unobtrusive.
Being cordless is awesome! I can take it anywhere I like.
Outside to the basement area.
The car for a quick clean out.
Easily vacuum the steps coming into the rig.
So there’s my second issue solved.
Living with three cats we find it easiest to keep the mini motorized head attached, as that is the one we tend to use most often, for those quick cleanup jobs. Essentially turning it into a great hand held vac with a motorized brush head.
And that’s my third and final issue solved.
It’s really lightweight for all you people out there that have difficulty pushing a regular vacuum. It has a trigger grip for easy on and off. That means every time you let the trigger go, the vacuum turns off, thus saving you battery time. The battery lasts about 24 minutes on regular speed, less on super max but still sufficient. It doesn’t nearly take that long to vacuum a motor home so I’ve never run out of battery while vacuuming. It also easily transitions from tile to carpeting. No need for a different attachment.
Speaking of super max mode, for those times that you have something really ground in and you need a little (or a lot) of extra power, just push the super max mode and this will increase your suction.
Be careful with small animals or children in the area though. This thing really sucks. As you can see, BK could care less about the vacuum and it’s many great qualities.
Come on! You know I had to throw in a BK picture. He loves his fans!
OK…So I lied to you all earlier. I do have one, ok two, complaints, one of which is not really a complaint so much as a, “Really? That’s weird” observation. This unit comes with the long stick vacuum, a crevice tool, the smaller hand held motorhead tool and another attachment that has a lint brush material on it for furniture. So basically 4 attachments. My complaint/observation is that the storage/charging station only holds the unit (with one attachment on it) and two additional attachments, three in total. So there is one attachment that you do have to put in a drawer or somewhere. I thought that was weird. I solved that easily by just not ever using that one attachment. See, easy. The other, cost. They are NOT CHEAP. But you pay for what you get in this case IMHO.
There are so many more features that I have not even touched upon. You can read all about them here.
We’ve been using this Dyson DC59 Motorhead vacuum for a few months now, giving it a really good break in period and I can truly and honestly say, we do love this vacuum (yes I said love again). We feel so strongly about this that we had to make a video about it and of course, we had to throw our own spin on it. We would not be doing our readers any service if we just did a regular old boring blog post and review now would we?
So without further adieu…
Posted on March 23rd, 2015 by David.B
Just had to make a quick post about the last three notices to you received, if you are subscribed to us, about new posts being made that were clearly spam.
First off…Sorry! We were hacked and spammed as someone was able to get in and make the three posts to our blog. Guessing you surely had some idea that they were not from us as they read as spam. At least we hope you did.
As you can see, Whisper was not amused by this at all and is doing all he can to restrain himself.
We believe it was done via an exploit in the WordPress code or a plugin we are using but just in case we are currently being sure we are up-to-date (which we were) and also modifying password and account information.
Again, we are sorry it took place but a new post is coming today or tomorrow. :)
Posted on March 17th, 2015 by Brenda.B
We just spent the last few weeks at the Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort in Panama City Beach, Florida. Located in the panhandle of Florida, it’s an easy destination to reach with lots of rv parks around. What we did not realize however is when we made the booking for our stay that this time of year (early March) is Spring Break season.
Not only is it Spring Break season but Panama City Beach, FL is the NUMBER 1 Spring Break destination in the country! And that tops Cancun, Mexico, Miami and Daytona. So…needless to say, we were not expecting that. And by that I mean all the traffic and people and parties at nighttime that yes, you can hear from miles away. Neither David nor I have actually been to a Spring Break event, so now, I guess, we can officially say we have been there, done that and don’t have to do it again. And if you really want to start feeling old, just walk around the beach during Spring Break. I dare you!
This did not however deter us from having a nice time. The noise level really was not that bad. Not enough to make our stay a bad one. We were lucky enough to find such a great park. Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort is located just one mile from the beach and with them renting bicycles it’s easy to make it to the beach and back. There are also lots of restaurants and activities in the area to keep you as busy as you’d like.
If you don’t want to go out, the resort has many things to keep you busy. They have a basketball court, beach volleyball court, a large dog run, paddle boats for one of their two lakes and 2 pools, one salt and the other chlorine to just name a few.
They have a few different lots that you can rent out. The area that we were in was the premium lake side. They really did these sites right. With a Class A coach you just pull in facing the lake. Love that! You have a large, brick paver pad and patio. But they did not stop there with the pavers, they did the entire street in this section with them! Very, very nice. At the site they also include a gas grill and a round table with umbrella and chairs for your enjoyment.
The other part of the resort is still very much big rig friendly. Most sites would still hold us being 45 feet long. They even have some pull throughs that can accommodate 100 feet! So those of you with large trailers with all your toys (you know who you are), could easily stay here.
There are lots more trees but they are tall enough not to be an issue. Even with the trees, most sites you would still be able to get satellite. If you couldn’t get satellite, they do offer premium cable with every site, included.
As with a lot of Florida RV resorts, Emerald Coast RV Beach Resort is no exception in that they have a section of park models that have been sold for the snow birds that are no longer traveling as much. They also have a few that can be rented. So if you want to visit the area, not stay in a hotel and don’t have an RV, this would be a great option for you as well.
A few sites down from us there were other quadcopter and model airplane enthusiasts. So of course, David could not resist getting the quadcopter out and showing it off. He also made a video of this great resort. We love it when we come across such a nice place with nice people.
We had a great time here and we would definitely come back to this resort. That is, when it’s not prime Spring Break time.
Here is David’s video of the resort which, as you know, gives you a better over view of the resort.