Wednesday, we took the next big step in the transition from full timers to any timers. We have enjoyed six good years traveling in our Meridian 39 diesel motorhome visiting all but a few states. It was hard to let go of a coach that worked well for all those miles and years, never leaving us stranded and having no major failures. I know from following other folks’ journeys, this is not always the case.
We bought the Meridian specifically to full time and while I know many use this type of coach for travels of all kinds, we felt that a change in lifestyle was also a time for a change in equipment. It was a great way to see the country, but its size also included some restrictions on the kind of places we could go and camping opportunities. Simply put, we were looking for a change to a simpler way of traveling.
Of course, we could not say goodbye to the Meridian without a reminder of the trials of life on the road. The biggest of the day/night shades decided to fail again, just before the trade in. So, for one last time, we restrung another of those poorly made shades.
We always considered ourselves to be good at not carrying around a lot of stuff and were always well under the Meridian’s weight limits. However, the emptying of the coach was a bit of a surprise. Since most of what carried would not fit in the new coach, we hauled it all to the new house. We have stuff everywhere. Clearly, we were not as careful as we thought.
In some ways we have come full circle to where we started. Our first, of now four motorhomes, was about the same size as our new one, but certainly a lot less sophisticated. We are hoping to enjoy the new one as much as the first three.
The new one is a 2012 Winnebago View, which is around 40% smaller than the Meridian. It is also our first Mercedes. It is a Sprinter Chassis with a Mercedes Diesel engine. It will also get over twice the MPG as the Meridian. Our plan is to travel whenever and try to tow a car as little as possible.
Just like the Meridian, we have started off with some electrical issues right away. We took delivery on Wednesday and were back on Thursday and had the failed converter replaced. I still believe there is a problem with the 12 volt system and that the dealer managed to kill the house batteries, as well. This is almost exactly how we started with the Meridian.
Since we do not have much furniture yet and have been released from our babysitting duties, we hope to make a short test run next weekend to a Winnebago gathering in AL.