Have you ever wanted to sell everything you own and just "take off?" Travel the country's back roads, paddle down a meandering stream, experience breath-taking mountain views, walk among 100-year old trees, and just marvel at America's beauty? That is the dream that my partner, Betsy, and I decided to make a reality. This blog describes our adventure. The food we eat, people we meet, sights we see, and the enjoyment we find in traveling.

Our Motorhome


UPDATE: We purchased a new motorhome!

After five years with our Phaeton, we decided to purchase a new motorhome that gave us a little more room and more amenities.  The coach that caught our eyes was a 2015 Entegra Coach 45' Anthem DLQ.  After looking at these coaches for a couple of years, we were really impressed with the quality, floorplan, reputation and, especially, their two-year warranty.  Below are a few pictures and in case you missed the previous blog post about the new RV you can click here.

The outside color is "Midnight Illusion" - a little flashy but we like it.  
We love the opposing slides and all the room.  The kitchen is about the same size as our Phaeton and is well laid out.  
Betsy insisted we get a booth dinette and fireplace if we got a new motorhome.  Looks like she got what she wanted.  The fireplace actually does emit plenty of hot air to heat the room on a chilly day.
Spirit seems to be perfectly happy in the new motorhome.  

Our previous motorhome . . . 

Our motorhome is a 2010 40’ Tiffin Phaeton QTH model. For the last 4 or 5 years we have been searching high and low for the “perfect” RV. We spent countless hours searching online, at RV shows, and visiting dealerships. Our search took us through a myriad of RV types, including fifth wheels, Class C RV’s, travel trailers, gas-powered, diesel…..basically everything that is available, we looked at. But once we got serious, we were drawn to this particular make and model. Our efforts paid off and we feel this is the “perfect” coach for us. The coach is well-constructed, has a great layout, easy to operate, and built by a great company that prides themselves on the quality product they build. How lucky we were to purchase our coach from a great dealership, Sherman RV in Mississippi.  We did not anticipate a pleasant buying experience, but were remarkably shocked once we met the staff.  Even though it has been a year since we bought our coach, we can pick up the phone and speak directly to the service manager and get technical help. 

Our first stop on our full-time adventure was at Pensacola Beach, Florida.
While there was only one 40’ floor plan to choose from when we bought the coach, the buyer still has many choices to make. Such as the selection of chairs instead of a coach, a booth dinette instead of free-standing chairs, a king-size bed instead of a queen, and so on. Since we ordered our coach, we were able to select all the options we wanted.
                         We opted for the booth dinette and two Euro chairs (instead of a couch).

                                                The dog was sold separately.
So what’s inside…..4 t.v.’s (including one outside), a washer/dryer, dish washer, central vacuum, king-sized bed, shower, toilet, 2 bathroom lavatories, full-size residential refrigerator, 2 recliners, 2 cockpit chairs, couch (that has a hide-a-bed), 3-burner propane stove, convection microwave, ceiling fan, DVD player with surround sound….oh, and a steering wheel and gas pedal.
Kitchen with double stainless steel sinks, convection microwave, stove, and a t.v. for the cook. 
King bed and hanging closet (to the left).  The bed lifts up for additional storage.

Sink with shower (note the sunlight coming in
from the skylight in the shower).


Second lavatory with toilet.

We chose to decorate our coach with a few personal items
like the seagull picture (on the right) and floor rug.
For the mechanically interested….4 slide outs, a Cummins 360 HP engine, Freightliner chassis, 6-speed Allison automatic transmission, Onan 8,000 kw generator, two air conditioner/heaters, 6 big-ass Michelin tires, and a bunch of other stuff we really don’t know how to use.