Seriously...... I want the name of the doctor who is writing your prescriptions! :p
There is reality, and there is virtual reality (VR). To the extent that we understand the nature of the universe, which has come a long way since the Indo-Aryans started mythologizing around campfires some 3500 years back, we understand what virtual reality holds in store. So before anyone says they know where our electromagnetic technology is going, we should be humbly reminded that we still appear clueless as to the nature of gravity. (Dark energy/matter mumbo jumbo makes it clear that Einstein was wrong, and Tesla and Whitehead are closer with their notions of aether and wave-field, respectively.)
The point about The Many and The One, and Apple and Microsoft, which are two distinct corporate entities engaged in the enterprise of fabricating VR, was that Apple historically focused on bringing the many things of human enterprise into the feel-good grasp of the individual; whereas, MS, like IBM, sought to bring the many individuals into conformity of practice. So Apple's stuff appeals to the artful non-conformists at heart, while Microsoft's appeal has been to traditionalists focused on efficiency within group projects.
So if you had to associate one company with just one type of mobile device, Apple consumers dig tablets and MS folks like to produce w/ PCs. But Appies need to type documents, and Winnies consume app content, and then ipad is little different from a Surface RT.
U N B E L I E V A B L E........
If I ever got to this point of freakishness over my waste tanks, I would quickly realize the fun had gone out of camping and sell my coach the next day.
There are lots of things I don't put down the toilet including TP. Having an air tight container that has a bread bag inside, secured with a flip up lid is easy enough to deal with...and I don't do this because I want my sensors to work better.
Many years ago (we've been RVing since 1990 in one class A or another)we had a problem at the dump station JUST ONCE that resulted in most of our black tank on the ground instead of "down the hole". It was raining (of course). Dealing with the mess and cleaning up the area would have been so much easier if there had not been all that white dissolving toilet paper clinging to the rough ground.
I don't care how many say that it's so disgusting to imagine not putting that nasty TP in the toilet. (They only say that here... they don't tell me this in my own RV And they certainly are not going to be around helping me clean it up off the ground.)
We found a laundromat that will transfer our clothes from the washer to the dryer for us, for $1. We drop everything in the washer and head off to a local breakfast spot. 90min later we head back and the load is just about dry. A total of less than 20min in the laundromat and a week's worth of clothes are done.
Just remember that those of us with AquaHot units have no choice but to use pink stuff to winterize.
And therein lays the rub. If all the water is out, then why bother with anti-freeze? What are you protecting at that point? And if all the water is not out, then that -50 junk you pump into your lines really isn't good to -50, now is it?
Does it track well, especially on the highway? How much do passing trucks affect it? Is the steering accurate and the wheel aligned while driving straight? Is the ride smooth, or overly bouncy? Does is shift smoothly? Any strange engine noises? Dash heat and AC work ok?
Check the gauges, to be sure all show as operating normally
If you are going to leave the Aqua-Hot running (either electric or diesel), you will be fine with what you did. HOWEVER, if you shut it down and it freezes, you'll be in big trouble, without proper winterization with the pink stuff. If the internal coils freeze and burst, which will happen quite easily if allowed to freeze, the unit CANNOT be repaired. You'll be looking at a $10,000 bill for a new unit.
Well, it took 4 pages of replies before one of "these" clowns showed up.....
This decision is so highly personal AND situational, that nobody can dictate what is right for someone else. We all have our views, based on what's right for US, so that's how I'll respond to the OP.
We spend 7 - 8 months straight in our coach. We wanted comfort, higher end build quality and as much space as possible. A coach with an AquaHot was a must have for us.
Our 2003 Executive fits our wants perfectly. New, it was over $400k, which is simply out of our league. At 8 years old and $150k, we jumped at it. However, research is paramount! You need to understand exactly what you are buying, especially the condition and maintenance history. Our coach came with 61,000mi on it, but the previous owner was a fanatic about maintenance and kept amazingly detailed records.
After inspecting the coach thoroughly, our "hit list" of issues was extremely small (new tires was the biggie) and all were handled to our satisfaction. After 2 years with it, repairs have been minimal (Alternator last spring) and everything continues to work perfectly.
If we were weekend warriors, or spent just a couple of weeks per year camping, would we have bought a 43ft DP? Most likely not! Should the OP do what we did? It depends..... If he chooses another direction, I doubt I'll be calling him "stupid" though....... :R
I would heavily urge you that...
Buyin new is like p**ssing money down the drain
buying a gassrer with your budget is just plain stupid.
BUT... I will be driving past Pontiac RV tommorrow. They are a decent dealer (as dealers go) and if you'd like, I'll take a look at that unit for you...
Spending 120k on a gasser is not too bright.
Buying a new motorhome of any type or price range indicates you have more money than brains.
And... a 36' floorplan with a rear bath has to be missing a lot, starting with a workable refrigerator.
You say you're gonna live in it all winter? In the same spot, or moving around? Unless you stay put and set up a large propane tank, prepare to refill frequently.
Personally, I'm on the side of older, higher end unit for fulltiming. A 34-36ft Foretravel, with an AquaHot for heat and hot water, is much more suited for cold climate living. And, a higher end unit will probably be better insulated.
I use a PC at work and a MacBook Pro at home. Bought the MacBook in the fall of 2008. Been through 3 desktop PC's in the office during that time. The Mac was more expensive up front, but it looks and runs like the day it was new. Two of my 3 PC's over that same period, are now in some landfill.
Unless you are a power MS OFFICE user, I'd say the Mac is your best option. Even then, you CAN run Windows on a MAC if necessary.
Irrelevant. They still have to cover his cost. You think that doesn't impact the cost of basic service that everyone pays? :h
Launching satellites ain't cheap.
Paying that idiot, Howard Stern, mega-millions ain't cheap either........
Yes, I'm a subscriber in two cars and the iOS app. ;-)
I do NOT pay the extra premium to get Stern.