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 2004 Bounder Diesel. She was in as good of condition, in ways perhaps a bit better, than our beloved Cecil, but a bit larger at 34 feet long.
Big Blue II arrived at our home on November 16, 2017, the day this photo was taken. 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.Big 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…
…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.
Diesel pushers almost always come with 22.5″ wheels, as do semi-trucks, and should have some serious wheels.
Note in the first photo of this page that Big Blue II came to us with those chintzy stainless steel wheel liners while aluminum wheels were optional. They’re bright, sure, and most folks don’t even notice, but they simply don’t have the panache of aluminum wheels.
I missed the gorgeous Alcoa aluminum wheels that came with Cecil the Diesel. So these were added in April, 2018. I realize most folks would never notice the difference, but I certainly do!Big Blue II poses with her bright, new Alcoa aluminum wheels. It seems to me that a diesel pusher just ought to have polished aluminum rims, and now she does!
While on the subject of wheels…
Note the position of the body to the wheels in the above two photos. On the left is with the air bags inflated for driving, and on the right is after dumping the air from the bags before dropping the jacks to level the coach when parking – which is done by simply moving a lever on the dashboard. The coach rides on that pressurized air when underway which is a great improvement over riding on just springs. That is one of the main reasons I choose to have a diesel motorhome.
She is larger and heavier than Cecil, and instead of a 5.9L Cummins engine, she is powered a 7.2L Caterpillar diesel. Consequently, we do not get the excellent fuel economy that Cecil delivered, but the interior is roomier and she handles crosswinds better due to her weight. She is a very comfortable coach, and while we miss the economy, we very much enjoy her extra room.
The Larger Big Blue II Required a Longer RV Barn…
The RV barn was originally built 31′ long and didn’t quite cover Cecil the Diesel and too small for the 34’8″ Big Blue. Something had to change – either a larger barn or somehow extend the one we had. Fortunately, our son, Craig, knew a fella who did just such work for him building metal spray booths at his business. We got in touch with Reuben and agreed on an extension of our short barn – a much less expensive option than a new one.
The original barn when it was new back in 2010 for our first motorhome, Ol’ Rex, to the right in this photo. It was adequate, but just barely, for the 31.5′ Rexhall.
In 2018, after purchasing the much larger 34′ Bounder, we contracted with Reuben to make it a full 40′:
The barn in the process of being lengthened from 31′ to 40′.
Here Reuben adds to the roof with metal he removed from the side. It all worked out very well because when it was built there was no other building next to it and we had to add siding to keep the afternoon sun off – but with another building now there, we used the siding for the roof!
The proud new owner of a 40′ RV barn.
Big Blue seemed pretty happy with all that room, 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, a 2004 Winnebago Journey 32T, 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.
Here we pose with our Cecil the Diesel shortly after we purchased her.
Cecil 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 colors accurately very often. This photo was taken in Montana during one of our adventures.
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.October, 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.
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. Our Itasca Sunova when we first bought her…
She had a very nice interior.