As a suggestion, making an alternate reservation would be a smart thing to do but don't give up on Fort Wilderness if that's where you really want to go. We tried to make reservations many months out as well and was booked up but kept trying on the phone and sure enough about (3) weeks away and just when we called, they had a cancellation so we managed to book it for a weeks stay with an excellent site as well.
Unless you're looking to shake down your ride and a few years off its' life, do yourself a HUGE favor and don't take either one.
I ALWAYS, ALWAYS take 126 west to Ventura, then the 101 North and when you get near the south bay area, you have several options to cut over. Advantages are scenery, cooler temps in the summer, smoother roads and pure enjoyment! Of course this comes with extra fuel costs and additional time to drive it but as the saying goes, it's not just the destination it should always include the journey!
You might want to try Temecula Valley RV located in Murrieta, Ca..
Talk to Eric, one of the owners.
Have not had remodeling work done there myself but have talked to another friend that did and was very pleased with the outcome.
Might want to try the following for your problems:
Redlands Truck & RV
They come highly recommended in the RV industry in SoCal and probably less than an hour from you now.
Mobile guy I've used in the past:
Unger's Mobile Fleet Service
Hope this helps
If nothing available in St. Pete area, you might try Holiday Cove RV Park in Cortez. We have stayed there several times and is a very clean and pleasant park in a nice area. Owner park that rents out spaces, a little pricey from November on but might be to your liking. Drive into St. Pete is about 30-40 minutes across the Sunshine Bridge.
Have a nice trip!
Congrats, nice coach and one of the first with 55+ degree wheel cut. Like any vehicle if you can store it under cover it will last much longer. I plan on keeping my 04 for the rest of my RVing life as it's got everything I need and then some. I should thank the EPA for all the polution stuff newer engines have on them as it keeps me from even looking at something newer.
I've read of some problems with the ducts on the basement air giving trouble and a friend gave up on his ($$$) and put two roof units on.
Not trying to rain on your parade, but if you have a lot of trouble, consider going with two roof units.
I had heard of that problem and someone told of a fix for it that didn't cost much. However so far so good with this one. It blows hard and has cold air. I had the dealership check it out before I bought it.....at least they said they did...lol.
I live in the country with lots of trees so there is going to be good shade, however I'm putting up a Jamar metal building roof only for now. Soon I will close it in, put a garage door on it, insulate it and get it climate controlled. I don't like having to antifreeze yet this coach is not too bad to do so.
I hope this one will be the last one I ever have to buy. Technology changes and I can upgrade components. Baring any catastrophic failures or just dissatisfaction I will keep it
The basement air problems seem to plague the longer coaches in the 40' range. Coach would not cool when outside temps were in the 90* range and took it in or service.
Had the following service work performed as listed below:
-removed and replaced updated blower wheel (from plastic to metal)
-installed new carrier bearing (pillow block)
-removed and installed new starting capacitor
-removed basement air unit and reinstalled when vendor performed the service work at their shop
Standard Maintenance Performed on Coleman/Mach Air:
-clean evaporator coil and condenser
-comb out fins
Since having this work performed, it works great but have not had it in heat above 100* yet this summer. If it becomes a problem, we'll add a roof top unit as well.
Good luck with your coach, I'm sure you'll enjoy it as we do.
The Vectra is a good coach provided it was properly maintained. We bought ours used via a bank repo with 10K miles on it, but was never serviced over the years and it came apart all within the first year of ownership. Most of it was minor but it took some bucks to bring everything up to standard. Now we love the coach and glad we did it. Like everything else, the bells and whistles requires upkeep but well worth it.
Winnebago manufactures a great product, with their website rich in product data, like manuals, drawings, tech support, etc..
As others have said, life can be short, buy what you want and you and your wife will enjoy it hopefully for a very long time.
There are RV parks with no kids, no dogs, no motorcycles, no golfcarts and on and on. They can go there.
OK, I have a friend that wants the RV Park names and addresses and believe me when I say it's not for me!:B