More on diesel in a moment.
I had my quarterly meeting with my cardiologist. These are intimate gatherings, featuring a caring staff that happily walk me through their facility, allow me to sit with them while they eat breadsticks, and comfort me while taking x-rays of my heart. I’m still stable, working on completing month seventeen of a 6-12 month outlook. That being said, change is in the air. I was told that my massive heart is pressing against my wind pipe, causing me to cough more often. But my health care team expects to see me in early May, so life moves on.
Speaking of life moving on, Mom and Dad were amazed at the push into diesel rigs within their RV club. Lots of folks have upgraded to diesel in recent months. So guess what? Mom and Dad switched to diesel as well. Can you believe it? They traded their rig in for a diesel vehicle. Wow!
But not the diesel vehicle you might expect. They switched to this … TO THIS!
Yes, that’s a Class B … a CLASS B rig, folks. Mom and Dad stepped down in size, and when I say they stepped down in size, I really, really mean that they stepped down in size.
Now, to be fair, this isn’t a smart car. It’s a 24 foot long rig on a Mercedes Sprinter Chassis. It has a small bathroom (small being the operative word) with shower, and amazingly, a king-size bed in the rear of the rig that morphs into a full couch. There’s seating for four, up front.
Here’s something I can verify, based on my ride home off the ferry last night … the ride is SMOOOOOOOTH! It’s almost identical to riding in a car.
Now why, you are asking yourself, would Mom and Dad give up the comfort of 400 square feet, two bathrooms, a bedroom, three massive slides, and a living room with seating for six, for THIS?
Well, as Dad told me, he wants to “use the vehicle”. He wants to camp at State Parks. He wants to be able to easily drive anywhere. He wants to ride comfortably. He really wants to ride comfortably! He wanted something he can park at home.
Most important, Mom and Dad want to explore Vancouver Island, Orcas Island, Lopez Island, The Gulf Islands, Vancouver over to Banff/Calgary, Idaho, Oregon, and California. National Parks. Golfing. Ocean Viewing. It’s harder to do all that in a big rig when you want to be close to 50 amp service.
Yes, Dad will the be the first to acknowledge that you can tow a car and do all that with a Class A rig. But it is much easier to do it in a Class B.
Dad also looks forward to being able to drive longer days … it’s pretty common to go 5-6 hours in a big Class A before stopping … this thing drives like a car, so getting places will be much, much quicker. And Dad likes the idea of a vehicle that holds its speed going up mountain passes.
So, I’ve been told that I will spend the rest of my life having fun across the Pacific Northwest – that doesn’t sound like such a bad thing!
And when I’m not out there having fun, I can sit on my patio at home, and watch my Mom ride the ferry!