Liked it, didn’t love it. But the main achievement today was driving a Class C. It’s been awhile since I’ve done that. It was easy! We (me and the salesman) drove city streets, a state highway, and did some interstate miles. I’m sure backing up will prove to be a bit of a challenge but I’ll think about that later.
Pluses: a clean and relatively new (2009) unit, good layout, with a roomy feel despite the absence of a slide. Minuses: questionable build quality, missing TV, and a rather large crack in the windshield. The crack ran about 10 inches along the driver’s side left hand corner. It’s a consignment unit and it looks like the crack started as a chip from a road rock.
After a bite of lunch, we talked money. He suggested I have the windshield repaired at a Ford dealer. I suggested they have the windshield repaired at a Ford dealer. He said he would check around for a repair estimate. When he showed me an itemized price sheet, they added $1,100 to the price for the windshield repair! I politely told him that instead of adding, he should subtract. We left it at that. I mean – come on!!!
And how much do flat screens cost these days? I’m figuring that’s at least a $300 for a 15-incher which would be an additional purchase on top of the rig. Not a deal-breaker but a little, well, annoying.
Also had fun looking at this 2002 Safari Trek with 66K miles on it. I’ve never seen one before. It’s unique. The queen-size bed is lowered electronically. Pretty cool.
They also had a 2007 Gulf Stream BT Cruiser. I didn’t care for the interior at all and I see why people complain about the fit and finish. And compare them to Winnebagos. Didn’t drive it.
If I were serious about the Four Winds Chateau, I’m sure we could work something out regarding the purchase price. But I’ll go in search for a better-quality rig. Sometimes I think since it’s my “starter home”, I don’t deserve better materials and build.
But I’ve still got a couple of months to shop. My next stop will most likely be a dealer in