Sunday, January 15, 2017

Harvey II

Yanks RV Resort
Greenfield, CA

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...

A Vilano 365RL

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 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
passenger side.

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!!


  1. Oh wow, this is so exciting! Very happy for you guys!! What's the gross weight of this RV? Your new RV is beautiful! I love the walk in closet and the big bathroom! I love no carpet! I can't wait to get a new RV!

    1. The gross weight of the Vilano is 16,000. The Montana's was/is 15,300 so we gained a bit of carrying capacity :)

  2. Seems like things happen when you least expect it. Your new home looks nice. I guess that means you plan to be on the road awhile longer. We're going to the Tampa rv show Thursday. I'm pretty confident we won't come home with a new motorhome.�� Congrats!

  3. The coach is beautiful and very well laid out Laurie. Congratulations!

  4. The layout is similar to ours, the island is so handy. What a gorgeous rv. I hope to see it someday.

  5. I had to chuckle. I can so relate...... just looking can be so dangerous. CONGRATS! You will love having a residential fridge.

  6. congratulations, that is a great looking rig! With Tiffan's reputation for service and reliability you should be good to go for many years to come.

  7. Congratulation's, looks like a nice unit, hope you get lots of enjoyment out of it.

  8. Oh my goodness!! What a lovely new home you all have!! The Tiffin family (company) is top quality!!
    That is such exciting news!! Hopefully you won't have to wait too long.

  9. We're so excited for you guys!!! We're strongly considering the Vilano as well. They're really nice, and the Tiffin name goes hand-in-hand with quality and service. Congratulations!!

  10. Looks beautiful. Congratulations!

  11. I am so happy for you! Congrats.
    It looks amazing. What a wonderful
    Blessing. God bless you both in this great new adventure. Connie O.

  12. WOW! You must be SO excited. I had no idea your montana wasn't something you thought you could full time in for years and years but it sounds like this Tiffin has lots of really great things. I didn't know they made 5th wheels. Winnebago started making them too. Goes to show how popular they are. Congratulations!!

  13. That's the danger of going to RV shows! ;c)

    You picked an excellent unit, hope you get it soon, it'll be hard to wait.

  14. Nice trailer. We have been looking at them for the past two years and have talked with another owner who loves theirs. The wife wanted to buy the one at the show last year - still not sure how I got out of doing that.

    The Kansas RV Center is big on the Vilano and spent two years looking for a new trailer to sell in the price point. As most know, the Kansas RV Center pulled the plug on Peterson building the HitchHiker for them which is why they went looking for a replacement.