Funny things happen when you go to an RV show.
Yesterday we spent the day with our friends Connie & Greg.
We started with breakfast out,
then headed up to Pleasanton to go to the
Alameda County Fairgrounds
and the RV show.
We paid our entrance fee, and took a look at some of
the little class C's that they had in the first building.
Around the corner was La Mesa RV,
and a sign with the VanLeigh logo on it.
Right out the door was a new VanLeigh Vilano fifth wheel.
I had heard that Tiffin had started manufacturing fifth wheel trailers.
Van Tiffin is Bob Tiffin's son,
and Leigh Tiffin is Bob's grandson.
Anyway...we wanted to see what it looked like!
We all walked in, and the salesman was
a great help asking questions, etc.
We had no intention of buying a new home.
George and I have talked a lot about the future,
staying on the road, coming off, etc.
If we stayed on our current course,
we would no doubt need to upgrade or replace
our Montana at some point.
They gave us a great trade in,
and with the show price on the unit itself,
we couldn't walk away.
Here's what we got...
It has so much more storage space,
the cabinets go all the way to the ceiling,
and are twice the size of the Montana.
We love the accent lighting above the cabinets,
and we have an full island instead of a 'U' shaped kitchen.
I'm excited about the stainless steel sinks,
and residential refrigerator with ice maker.
The back splash is lovely!
George is excited that there is a dishwasher...:-)
You can read about the features here..
The TV is a 50" with nice sound system,
and fireplace of course.
There is solid vinyl flooring throughout,
that makes it look like hardwood,
it's beautiful..no more carpet!!
We also decided on the lighter cabinet colors,
which makes the inside look so spacious.
It does come with a theater seating unit,
and sofa bed.
Of course we had just bought the theater seating,
so we're going to swap the one in the Vilano with ours.
We may keep the sofa bed, and leave our two
Lazy Boy recliners in the Montana.
Either way, they'll all go well together.
We are going to swap out our brand new tires,
our satellite dish,
sleep number mattress,
and Splendide washer combo.
The bathroom has a full sized shower,
and a wonderful linen closet.
We didn't have any storage in the Montana bathroom!
The bedroom has the king sized bed,
with small nightstands on either side,
and a 'walk-in' closet.
We like how roomy the dresser is,
it's longer and has deeper drawers.
The TV in the bedroom is 32", nice :-)
George was busy taking pictures inside,
and so did I,
but neither of us thought to take any outside.
The RV has a big pass through basement storage,
and the convenience center comes heated
with electric gate valves.
The power cord is also located in the convenience center,
with an electric powered retractable feature.
We're happy to find out that we have heated tanks as well.
We opted out of the slide toppers on this unit.
Ours are getting pretty ratty from the winds we've been in.
Central vac was a must again, as was a second awning on the
All in all, even though we had an 'oh s**t, what did we do?' moment,
we're pleased with our decision.
We did get an extended warranty,
and they added 2 years (for a total of 7) at no extra cost.
They're hoping to find a unit in one of their 11 locations,
but if not,
we'll get a brand new build.
That may take 8 weeks,
but we're patient (sort of!).
Can't wait to get it!!