As the old saying goes: "When life brings you lemons, make lemonade". So I just did.
Had a bit of a medical issue that required the cancellation of the purchase of the DYNAMAX Isata 5 28SS; but all is on the mend and have just, today, placed an order for one. Funny how things work out. Now the rig will be on the 2020 Ram 5500 with the upgrades. Sweet lemonade. So have to wait till later in the year for delivery. As I have been told, perhaps late November. Perfect. Still can get out of the snow and head for the beach or the Arizona desert for awhile.
Although DeMartini was very helpful; decided to place the order with PERFORMANCE RV in Ohio.
Jason too was been great to work with. The other factors in dealing with them is the delivery is roughly 350 miles from the factory wherein to California the rig would have close to 2500 miles -sure
"broken in" but kinda used,
Picking it up in Ohio will allow me to travel back to my old stomping grounds of Lancaster, PA and see some friends and pick up some wonderful local foods that are either hard to find here or impossible to find out here. Perhaps take a train ride again at STASSBURG RR.
Looking forward to the delivery. Who knows with a rig this size, just may take the Winter off and bum around. Let's see....maybe pick it up in Ohio, drive over to Lancaster, cruise down to Pensacola and see the Air Museum there. Was stationed in Pensacola back in 1967. Had my first radio gig there too - WNVY. From Florida trek over and across Texas and into Arizona. Or....? Nice thing about having your home with you is anywhere you go is "home"
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Above is the Dynamax ISATA 5 28SS Adventure I have just purchased. Hope to pick it up in the next couple of weeks and bring it home to the ranch. Ranch? Yes. The reason for the delay in recent posts is that I moved from Lancaster, PA to the shadow of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana. Bought a small ranch.
So Blessed to have found this property. Glory to God! Thank you!
How I start my day. Sunrise in the hot tub - Life is Good!
So getting here was a real pain in the posterior! As you have read in the previous posts; I had bought a PLEASURE WAY FL. The dealer I purchased it from - JOHNSON RV in Oregon. Salesperson was very helpful and accommodating. Bought it in February. Had it delivered to Dayton Ohio.
Turned out the dealer FAILED to winterize the coach. Did not notice anything was amiss until after the sale of my home and the first trip end of April.
Unbelievable - suffered a complete and total failure of the RV side of the Mercedes! First it was the
total loss of electrical. Additionally noticed the fresh water tank was leaking out as fast as you could fill it! Then discovered the "black tank" had also ruptured. This repair would require the entire bathroom to be removed! No Electrical, No water, unable to flush or shower! Phil at PLEASURE WAY was wonderful to work with, he tried to help; but alas nothing could be done while on the road. Six days I had no RV - just a Sprinter to drive. Absolute failure on the RV side! PLEASURE WAY was outstanding in their support. Contacting JOHNSON RV was maddening; no one returned calls. I called and called while driving. Frank in service was the only one that showed any interest in correcting the issue. The owner, the GM, indeed all of the executive office was worthless! After many conversations with PLEASURE WAY and with their assistance was able to get the dealer to buy back the unit - at loss to me of about $20,000!
Very disappointed in the loss of the FL. PLEASURE WAY makes a wonderful Class B. Kudos to them for their support! The only thing about the FL is storage is a challenge. Be creative and you will have a great trip in the unit.
I would suggest, should you be int he market for a RV - stay well clear of JOHNSON RV, in Oregon!
Looking forward to upcoming adventures in the 28SS. Sure hope it is what it is represented to be. Very impressed with the 28SS as you will see in the video below. If you are familiar with the "adventure RV" market then you have seen the EARTHROAMER; the Dynamax 28SS I believe will deliver all I will ever need .... and at a savings of $300,000 compared to the Earthroamer. They make a great product; but then I will not be RVing across Mongolia.
Found Rodney at DEMARTINI RV in Grass Valley, California to be very helpful. Below is their video on the unit.
Stay tuned for the "Adventures"
Here are a few more photos of the ranch and a tease of the Beartooth Highway.
Image on the left is by one of the foremost artists of the West - Howard Terpning. This image is called the WARNING.
Depicts Blackfoot warriors coming across a Crow warning. My ranch is on the Winter grounds of the Crow
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Sorry for the delay in this post, been very busy with the sale of the home and getting reading for the move across Country. Upon setting in at the "ranch" I will once again begin wondering about and bring you some wonderful places to visit. Please return often!
Sometimes the magic doesn't work! Best to consider your needs, or as they say: "Look before you leap" Bought the 4x4 three months ago. Could not find an up fitter to build it out before the "season".
Anyway the cost was in some cases outrageous - one quoted a base of $250,000 and you supply the van. Nuts!
I had considered, a few months back, a Leasure Travel Van, but suffered a loss and had to cancel. Waiting time for an order is a year or better
Had owned a Pleasure way TS in 2007. Not sure
I wanted the problems with a slide on the LTV; So found the 2020 Pleasure Way FL.
The PW served me well for 80,000 miles.
Bought the Pleasure Way FL from a dealer in Oregon. Drove to Dayton for the switch for I wanted to see the AIR FORCE MUSEUM there. If you have never been, boy you should plan an entire day.
Folke Wolf FW 190
Interior is light and airy. Looking forward to the trek across country to the ranch. Going to be some great posts, for the new place is near the Beartooth Pass. So lets see shat the next posts will be just in my "backyard"!
Forgive the short post; but I have a Bear by the tail and have to get back to packing.
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Above: The First Sprinter and the R1200GS riding and camping in Alabama HIlls and Death Valley.
Glad I waited. The 2019 SPRINTER has been upgraded with a front end treatment, some engine tweaks, and a better transmission. So I bought the 2019 144 wheel base with four wheel drive. Acceleration is like a rockeship! Of course if you are under seven foot two you will need a ladder to get into it! Sits so high you may need oxygen too.
As you can see by the empty cargo area there is work to be done to convert to a workable RV.
Although I will start the converstion I don't have the talent and expertise to do it in a maner I hope to
achive. Stay tuned to watch the progress.
Soon the Winter will be upon us with a blanket of snow and cold. May not be able to do much work till Spring. You can see the 4x4 will come in handy!
The NORFLOK AND WESTERN brought the beautifully restored 611 up to Strasburg, PA for a few days. This classic locomotive was built in 1950.
611 was in service until 1962 when it moved to the Virginia Museum of Transportation. Final resteration was done in 2013. 611 is the only serving locomotive of the production run.
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DAY OUT WITH NORFLOK & WESTERN 611
KERMIT CHAIR, Product Review
My introduction the the KERMIT CHAIR was many years ago, perhaps twenty or more. Wondering through the vendor tents at a BMW Rally and was intrigued at the demenstration of this chair. Very compact and well built. Bought one and had it for many years. Great for car camping, RV'ing, stores nice in an airplane. Heck, throw it in your beach bag.
I recommend getting the "Storm Bag" for it gives you all the room to carry the chair and the "Leg Extensions"; and I do suggest you get the Leg Extensions.
Additionally you can have your chair monogramed.
KERMIT CHAIRS are available in five colors and proudly made in
Sunday was beautiful and cool. Thought I'd putt the Amish farms.
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road trips will once again begin in October with the addition of an LEASURE TRAVEL VAN -Murphy Bed. This will allow us to travel short trips and Lynn will have the comfort she needs.
Video below, from one of my favorte musicals, kinda sums up how I feel:
Then add a "toad", was going to add the HONDA Super Cub, which would be great. No trailer needed, just hang it on a hitch carrier. Below is a nice video showing the off-road capabilities of the little Honda. So running to the store to get a jug of milk or ride a trail; was looking forward to riding it.
Is a great idea if you are looking for a "toad"!
But in the end, I do so love my INDIAN and HANNIGAN Sidecar. So will have an aluminium trailer built and "drag" it around.
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This isn't much of a blog post; but I hope you enjoy the ride. Looking forward to this years travels. So
stop back often. The next planned trip is to the WARBIRDS AIR SHOW in Virginia Beach. Go every year - if not raining. Last year it rained. This years show is May 17 - 19 - VIRGINIA BEACH MILITARY AIR MUSEUM. Always a great time!
Unfortunatly I left without the intent of photographing anything; but it was such a beautiful sky I did.
The photos above were shot on the IPhone 10 and are not bad; however the video below is HORRIBLE! Best to view on a smaller screen. Time to change to an Andriod.
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