Our RV History

RVs We Have Loved…

(Posted beginning with our latest coach in reverse order.)

Big Blue II:

I never would have purchased another coach because Cecil the Diesel was so perfect for us. But when she was totaled in that awful accident in October of 2017, we had no choice. We were very blessed to have found our next coach, a 2005 Bounder Diesel. She was in even better condition than our beloved Cecil, but a bit larger at 34 feet long.

2017-11-16a DeliveredBig Blue II arrived at our home on November 16, 2017. My hope since the accident was to have a coach for our usual trip to Craig’s in Stockton for the family Thanksgiving Day feast, then on to my sister’s place in Gridley the day after.2017-11-23d Big Blue II interiorBig Blue II came to us in wonderful condition, and longer by two feet than any of our prior coaches. Here is her very roomy living room…2017-11-23e Big Blue II interior

2017-11-23f Big Blue II interior

…and two views of the bedroom. She came with a very comfortable TempurPedic mattress, and after just one night aboard we’re thinking seriously of buying one for our home bed, too.

Cecil the Diesel:

The diesel itch was getting pretty severe. Although Big Blue had been an excellent coach for us, I wanted the improved air ride and greatly improved fuel efficiency of a diesel. I’d been looking for over a year when I found my dream motorhome about 150 miles away. I plopped down the money the day I saw her and never regretted it. She was so comfortable, so efficient, and so beautiful, too.

2016-4-10c family fun Here we pose with our Cecil the Diesel shortly after we purchased her.

2016-9-9d-rest-areaCecil the Diesel was my pride and joy during the short time we owned her. This is one of the rare photos that her actual colors reproduced correctly; for some reason digital photos did not capture her accurately very often. This photo was taken in Montana during one of our adventures.2016-4-28ee-living-area-kitchen
2016-4-28g bath
She had a beautiful interior.

We bought her in March of 2015, and for about three months ’til I sold Big Blue we were the not-so-proud owners of two motorhomes! She was a beauty and I really enjoyed her!

She had a very serious, big-rig style instrument panel.

We put about 25,000 miles on her over the short time we had her, and drove her as far as Indiana. She was a fantastic ride. I could go almost 1000 miles between fill-ups because she had a very large fuel tank and she used that fuel very efficiently. She rode splendidly with her air-ride suspension. And with that big diesel pushing from the rear, the ride was quiet and very pleasant.2017-10-4a good bye to CecilOctober, 2017 and I kissed my beloved Cecil goodbye after the awful accident we had in Kansas. We were not at fault, and fortunately we were not hurt, but Cecil was totaled. The other driver died. What a terrible, terrible shame.

Big Blue:

We then bought the 2006 Itasca Sunova that became known as Big Blue. During the three years we owned her, up to June of 2015, we put on about 50,000 miles. 2012-9-9 coach aOur Itasca Sunova when we first bought her…2014-7-8d at Little Crater window view
She had a very nice interior.


2015-12-23a coach power awning…and after she became Big Blue !

Ol’ Rex:

Here’s Ol’ Rex in 2003, our Rexhall when she was nearly new. We put almost 100,000 miles on her. Here I pose proudly with my lovely Lavonne shortly after we purchased our first motorhome!

She pulled my various boats during the years we had her. Here she sits on the ramp at Wallowa Lake near Joseph, Oregon. My old high school buddy, Al, and I had one of our best fishing adventures together that trip back in 2011. That adventure is here.

We soon traded the travel trailer in on a nearly new Class A coach, a 2001 Rexhall. She was 31′ long and we loved her! When we bought her, she had just 4900 miles on the odometer. When we sold her to our friends Rich and Juanita in Oregon in the summer of 2012, she had reached 100,000 miles! We enjoyed many grand adventures aboard Ol’ Rex, including my solo “Grand American Loop” which took me east to Florida, north to Maine, west to Washington, and south to home.

Mallard Trailer:

Our RV history goes back to 2003 when we bought our first RV, a travel trailer. At the time we had a Chevy Trailblazer and we wanted to test the RV life with a travel trailer. The trailer was a 1998 25′ Mallard tandem axle. By motorhome standards it was very primitive, but we didn’t want to invest big bucks in a more expensive RV ’til we knew we liked RVing. R,Dale,L tvl trlrThis is the only photo we have of the travel trailer, such as it is, taken at a rest area in Oregon where we spent that night. It appears that we were much younger back then, and we haven’t been without a RV since!

I was not fond of all the work involved with a travel trailer. The load levelers were work, the hooking up and dropping was work. We had to stop every 100 miles to add gas. We liked the traveling, but it was not very convenient.

We pulled the trailer once to Colorado and visited the Grand Canyon as we returned home, once to Oceanside to see the kids, and once to Oregon to visit my buddy Al. We learned quickly that RVing was for us, especially me, and I wanted something better.

2 Responses to Our RV History

  1. Sandy says:

    OH Dale! I’m so happy to hear you’ve found another RV! I’m sure it has some slide outs, and is a Class A diesel. Please, more updates on your new baby!
    P.S. LOVED the name of Cecil the Diesel, but do what you need to do. :>)

  2. FishWisher says:

    Hi Sandy, and thanks for the visit. I’ve been working the past three days getting our new coach loaded and set up. Our first trip will be to family nearby for Thanksgiving as I’d hoped. Yep – it’s a diesel and equipped much like Cecil was and also has two slides. I’ll be posting more photos soon, and certainly more photos after the first trip. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, too.


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