My washer and dryer were declared dead after a brief but costly exam. Neither were that old, about 10 and 12 years respectively. Of course the washer was a top load and the dryer a front load but for nearly 6 decades it is all I ever knew so off we went to buy new.
I thought I would get the least expensive set with the least bells and whistles possible as I considered these things to be useless and doing laundry is my all time least favorite thing to do ever.
That is when the Starship Enterprise landed in front of me and the idea that I no longer have to bend over to do laundry overwhelmed my aching bones with joy. Then there is the steam cycle during which the dryer SUPPLIES ITS OWN WATER to make wrinkle removal possible for all those left over dried but forgotten loads of clothes.
AND the capacity is massive. I can wash and dry a queen sized bed with these magnificent machines from outer space.
I totally get the enthusiasm your wife feels of these new appliances.
Why did it take aliens from outer space to show us the idea of putting these things on pedestals with storage drawers??
If only they would invent a folding machine and send it to Earth.
gar-fanatic - if you died after living your whole life on the Iowa homestead and left it to your kids, would you expect them to be tethered to it for life, regardless of their own dreams just because it had been in the family for a long time? What about their kids and grandkids? How many generations should this land hold hostage before it is okay for them to pursue another life?
Answer this as if it had been asked of the homesteaders 130 years ago. Is their dream your dream? Do you deserve your own dreams or must you live those of another long gone relative?
That is all I have.
Lived in it for 5 days after Hurricane Isaac. Parked in the drive, we were able to cook, have ice, save our food from spoilage, sleep in a/c, have satellite tv (sometimes)and stay out of the rain too. Otherwise, we would have had to leave for parts unknown as our home is all electric, the power grid was out and it was hot, hot, hot outside.
PS: we hooked up our big freezer to a MH outlet and the generator saved all of its contents plus ran a fridge freezer for our neighbors, charged the whole neighborhood's cell phones and served as a nice cool respite for everyone.
As you know, there are advantages and disadvantages of both a Class A and a 5vr. That being the case, you must determine if your RV use will be lots of driving with short (less than 2 week) stops, or long 'destination' stays of months. For traveling comfort while driving, nothing beats the Class A, especially a diesel Class A. For sitting put in a spot for long periods of time, you may find a 5vr to be roomier than a MH.
With the MH, you may need to pull a vehicle for daily travel, however you can always rent a car which is what we do when we have the need. Sometimes we just call for a taxi to take us whare we want to go. With the 5vr, your daily vehicle will be your pick up truck. The view from the cockpit of the MH is half the trip, not so much from a pickup cab.
The MH will take only a few minutes to set up - literally 10 minutes tops - with no effort other than connecting the electric cable and pressing some buttons - if you do not tow a vehicle. The 5vr requires a bit more and always requires you to un-hook the pick-up. I like the least amount of effort possible. Just my personal preference.
You already know that with the MH, you can stop just about anywhere, turn off the engine, start the generator with a push button and be set for lunch, a rest or overnight without ever leaving the unit. The passenger is able to move around the cabin for bathroom breaks, snacks, etc. while moving. Although many here will warn against this type of movement, I do it all the time. DH is very happy that we do not have to exit the road every 90 minutes or just to make a sandwich. We both like that the set up is so easy that if necessary I can do it without DH. Neither of us are getting any younger or stronger and so we really appreciate the ease of set up and take down.
My first choice was a 5vr. It was gorgeous. But DH did not want to tow such a huge unit with a truck and we decided on a diesel MH. We have not regretted the decision and are both very happy with our choice. It suits us, our style of travel and our physical limitations due to age and some minor health conditions.
For us the only choise is a Class A diesel with at least 2 slides. It is a perfect fit. We take long trips of 10K miles or so and love the convenience and comfort of the MH.
Mine were pronounced dead on Monday after a cursory, but expensive examination. Bought new that night. Both machines are on pedestals and it makes such a huge difference I can hardly believe it. No more bending over to transfer wet to dryer. While it makes doing laundry which is my least favorite thing to do in the world, a little more pleasanat, I haven't located the "fold" cycle yet so laundry is still my least favorite thing to do but no longer results in back aches. The dryer has a 'steam' selection which will come in handy since the fold cycle is missing.
Thank you all for the great suggestions. I know most people want to escape the cold winters but having lived in the deep south my whole life, I have always yearned for a cold, snowy, white Christmas. Maybe too many Christmas movies from childhood, but it is sort of a bucket list thing for me. And, as I stated, since it is just the 2 of us and our 3 fur babies now, we can celebrate Christmas away.
We used to host 40-50 or more people on Christmas, from infants to the elderly, starting with breakfast and continuing through until the next morning. I decorated the entire house, we all went to church, everyone was welcome to bring a friend, everyone got a wrapped gift - even those I never met before. We played the piano, sang songs, danced, ate and drank and it was my favorite time of the year. But, sadly, children grow up and have their own plans, people move away, some pass on, some are now mentally infirm or bedridden in homes and those times are just wonderful memories now. So, I have to re-invent our Christmas with a new tradition. This time with snow!
Never stop moving forward.
We are starting to plan for a Christmas trip (which may include Thanksgiving). I really need to get away for this Christmas as staying home may be too sad, having lost so many friends and relatives over the past couple of years. Our huge Christmas celebrations have diminished and we find ourselves alone during the holidays. So, it is out of town for us.
I want to have a "white Christmas" for once and in a place that looks like a Christmas card, trees covered in snow, snow on the ground, etc. but with hook-ups. I realize that most parks and CGs close in the winter and even if open, there is no fresh water available so I am hoping that someone here knows of a spot that fits the bill and has water.
Thanks in advance.
Congratulations on the upcoming wedding, it will be over soon enough.
I have never understood the reason for massively expensive weddings or all the stress of arranging one but each to his or her own. I have attended at least 3 weddings that cost the parents in excess of $150,000.00 and which drove them all insane and one backyard wedding where the bride wore a borrowed gown and guests provided the food, beverages and entertainment. All were lovely, but the backyard wedding was the most enjoyable and caused the least amount of stress.
Take it early in the evening - 8:30pm and get into bed in a dark cool, quiet room, relax and go to sleep. Do not try to stay awake or fight the medication. You will wake refreshed and not hung-over by 5am, plenty of time to get an early start.
A couple of tylenol PM capsules will put me to sleep standing up - FYI.
If there is a bath house, I use it to shower. Roomy, lots of hot water, doesn't steam up the MH, do not have to clean a shower door and the best part is walking back to the MH in the fresh air all squeaky clean. Reminds me of when we were children, camping in the tent and pop-up with Mom and Dad - good memories of great family time together.
Hint to all the wives: when the guys start doing crazy things like this, turn around and walk away, don't look and for sure do not be in the vehicle with them. If they can't figure it out, they will eventually need help,so the result will be the same but you will be less stressed if you don't witness these things at all.