I Coulda Been a Contender

We’re Adirondack-bound, and as regular readers know, we’re going to be bugging out to a rather large RV. Hopefully.

North Country Winters will be interesting, but we both come from a long line of crazy people, so we’re up for it. (We’re not completely crazy – we’ll eventually be looking into building a proper house.) And really, these are nice RVs with good furnaces, in excellent condition. We’ll have to heat tape, skirt, rig, and we’ll use a lot of propane, but we’ll be happy. Space wise, I’m not really worried. These are all around 30′, and we have the separate cabin for extra space – it has it’s own heater, and it was comfortable this past weekend even down around the zero mark.

We’ve narrowed the RVs down to three that we like – all are super clean, and very well taken care of. Excellent condition. They’re priced comparably and we like them all, so the decision really comes down to who gives us a better price.

It’s photo time! 

The first two contenders are very similar. Different models at different dealers, but basically the same thing – both are 31′ fifth wheels with a large slide-out. Choice A is a 1995 Prowler. It has four-person dinette, and we like the darker colors quite a bit. I could do without the pink, but I guess it’s better than lurid 90s teal. 




Choice B is a 1997 Layton. It has a much better bedroom layout, and a little more storage, but I don’t like the 90s blond wood interior and weird hotel-looking wallpaper. And I don’t like the booth as much as the four-person dinette on the other model. But the bedroom and storage really is that much better. (In the pics below, the slide is not out, but you get the idea. )




Third choice is a motorhome. Older model, but clean as a whistle for a 1991. It has a great deal less space, but we’re comfortable in it. All things considered, we might go looking for something else if it came down to this one. It’s smaller, and we probably don’t want the extra engine to look after. It is still under consideration though. It’s a 28′ Fleetwood Bounder with 55,000 miles on it, beautifully taken care of. A broken interior lamp and a broken hatch door, but otherwise in good shape.



Now, about some of these dealers. We actually had fun at a few of the lots – and others we did not enjoy ourselves so much. I looked over the rigs and asked the questions. Jonathan mostly stood over my shoulder (he’s 6’5″) and scowled like an enforcer, saying things like “This ceiling is too short.” 

What’s the expression? Oh yeah. “Don’t crap where you eat.” The condition of the lots was seriously telltale. A few of them were absolute dumps. Not surprisingly, these lots were full of junk RVs and salesmen that I would not want to deal with. The nicer lots – where the owners clearly took pride in their site – had much nicer RVs, and salesfolks you felt you could talk to. And the prices on the nicer lots were just as good. 

I’m don’t mind a salesman being tough. We went to a gorgeous place in central New York where the salesman was super nice, but very upfront. And so was I. We both are adults – he’s going to get as much as he can for the thing, and I want it at the best possible price. We both understand that, and hopefully we meet in the middle. If not, no big deal, and we’re better people for being pleasant to each other and having a good time. 

I spoke to both salesfolk today. I’m offering on the one with the dinette in the morning, and calling the other one to see if my idea of a low offer is even in their ballpark.

I’ll keep you posted.



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12 responses to “I Coulda Been a Contender

  1. You can always stain or paint the blonde cabinets and put up new wallpaper or just paint the walls. Would be very easy and fast to do if you want that extra space.

  2. Well, that’s true. I hadn’t thought of that. We could use that Minwax poly stain stuff that I’ve liked so much for some other things. The blonde wood one is more expensive, and it looks like I might get a great price on the dinette one, so we’ll see which way it swings.

  3. 6 foot 5, huh? Can I borrow Jonathon just to stand next to me? I’m 5’10” and always feel better when I get to stand next to someone tall for awhile 🙂
    Blustery and cold here today..but gorgeous blue sky!
    Ummmm….if I had one of those RV’s and some money for gas, I’d want to just keep going……….

  4. Well you can always fix up the RV to your tastes! Looking forward to seeing what you choose!

  5. Adding new wallpaper to your personal taste is very easy. In the dark winter here the lighter cabinets might make the interior more bearable. And,… The dinette with benches could possibly be removed for table and chairs. That’s been done frequently by other rv’ers. Depends on what’s under the benches,… just wheel wells? Fleetwood products are good workhorses,… (Prowler and Bounder) and Layton has been around for decades, too. All good choices. Ohhhh,… the suspense!

  6. those guys at Mekkelson’s are good people I know them well.

  7. ctlogcabin

    Oh Congratulation !!! How wonderful I’m so jealous…my hubby and I talk every day about when we can get back out there, and start
    our RV’ing trips for this year. I too like the unit with the dinette, the booth is a little cramped…(hubby is 6-4) but it does have good storage under. Which ever model you choose I wish you both Happy times and Happy trails.
    Hugs ~ Connie xox
    PS ~~ Do I still call you Mouse or do I call you Pines ?? lol

  8. I guess I’m still, “Mouse,” aren’t I? I suppose it would seem weird to call someone “Pines,” LOL.

  9. Phill check out this one… its got tons of room!
    They are going to live in theirs too.

  10. ADKMac

    hey there – amazing pics!!! Whatever you don’t like, you can probably tear out. What’s the overall interior square footage? How are the bathrooms? – that’s my biggest concern since you want a little leg room in there.

  11. Oh this is exciting!!! I love getting to look inside! I’m sure whatever one you decide on you will be able to fix it up just the way you want. I had to laugh when you said Jonathan is a scowler…That’s my Bill for ya! Scowls all the time. He scares little kids sometimes!!! hahaha

  12. Leigh

    I’d have to vote for #1. My concern would be storage space available with this one. But I do like the colors better.

    Have fun!

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