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For those of you interested Only in TRAVEL, I (Jack) wrote the blog between March 2010 and October 2010 during our travels west. We saw the most beautiful places and had the best time in our big truck and little trailer. See Blog Archive below.

Jun 30, 2013

I Can Brag if I Want to and VIA 25Q!


John, my eldest son and his wife Lisa, recently went on a cruise. Before they left, they treated their three daughters and their dates to a Braves game, and as you can see they enjoyed the day. They are an amazing family.

All three girls went with them on their 25th Wedding Anniversary and they had a blast together. The rest of us, in the family, call them the "Father Knows Best Family". They are so happy all the time and love being together; I'm so proud of Lisa and John for raising their girls as they have.

Guess which one is the Mom!
This is the 25th Wedding Anniversary Trip. I can't wait to see pictures of the cruise John and Lisa returned from, yesterday.

John just called as I was writing and I told him about my thoughts regarding selling my house. He reminds me of Rich with his easy going manner and his willingness to listen--even to my pipe dreams--without judgement. He always brings logic and suggestions to the conversation. I saw a video of the Winnebago VIA, and it got me thinking that I could sell the house, truck and trailer and use proceeds to buy it and invest the rest.

I would buy a new unit. I know there's no insurance that things can't go wrong, but I think I have a better shot at least for a few years with new rather than used. I'm leaning toward the VIA 25Q  maybe towing a Jeep Liberty, but haven't discounted the View or Born Free. Our second motorhome was a Winnebago Chieftain. We loved that coach, but we should have gotten a diesel. The third was a diesel, but I hated the lack of inside storage space compared to the Chieftain. My needs are different, now, but I'm convinced that I want a diesel.

I could buy it, now, but I'd rather not go into savings that don't get replaced once on a fixed income because I want to remain independent. Well, we'll see. If you got this far in my dream, thanks for reading. If you have any view points or experience with the VIA, the View, or the Born Free, I'd love to hear them.

This whole idea was scrapped within days. Just not worth the investment at my age, and I'm grappling with the reality that my back will never be the same. I will still manage, somehow, to get to Tennessee in the fall, but after that I think maybe it will be time to sell the truck and trailer. I'll have to be content that I had the opportunities to go west, and enjoy all the memories of those trips.

15 comments:

  1. You have every right to brag on your beautiful family. How nice that they all went on the anniversary trip together.

    We actually looked at and drove both the Via and the Vista a few years back before we decided on the Lazy Daze. It's such an individual decision that I wouldn't want to say anything to sway you. I will say that the Via was very tempting because of the Mercedes diesel and the fuel economy. However, when we drove it, it seemed "top heavy" because of the sprinter chassis - tall and skinny. It got blown around pretty good every time a truck passed. But try for yourself and find the best rig for YOU.

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  2. What a gorgeous loving family... brag away! which one is the Mom? beautiful all four! I looked at all three pictures to try to find Mom... wow

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  3. What ever your choice, they are all beautiful. I do agree with Donna, we thought the Sprinters felt top heavy. And what a great family you have. You just keep on bragging! So which one was mom? I couldn't figure it out.

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  4. Donna, I sent you an email. Thank you for your advice. Betty, as I told Donna, this is just the kind of feedback I like to have. I wouldn't even consider giving up the stability of my big truck and little trailer, but I don't know whether I'll be able to hitch and unhitch with my back. I'm hoping it does; then I have no decision to make (and less money spent).

    Carolyn and Betty, my lovely daughter-in-law is the first on the left in the first two pictures and the first "girl" on the right in the last photo. She is like my own daughter; an incredible person and a wonderful wife and mother. Sorry to badger you into compliments, but so seldom do I see a family get along as well as they do and enjoy each others company as they do. Thank you for stopping by.

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  6. I always enjoy seeing pix of the family. They are a good looking bunch. So great they enjoy each others company. Like the RV Idea.
    Teresa

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  7. Hey, T! The RV idea is on the back burner in case I can't hitch up. Doctor on the third. I don't expect to hear much except to take the meds and be patient. The house is too much for me at this point, and will only get worse the older I get. Thanks for reading, kiddo.

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  8. You should be very proud of the fine son you and Rich have raised. He obviously chose a wonderful woman with whom he could have the same sort of great relationship and family that you did. So wonderful that you have them in your life. I'd brag big time too if I were in your shoes.

    I have a single friend who has the view and just loves it. She says it is perfect for her. Enough power for anything. But then she doesn't drive in bad weather or windy conditions so I don't know. I too would be worried about the hitching and unhitching. SO glad to hear you thinking of going back out on the road that you loved. What do John and Lisa think??

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  9. Hey Sherry, I am very proud of my son. He treats people as his Father taught him. It takes two to make a good marriage and Lisa's Mom and Dad are good friends of mine and have a wonderful marriage, too.

    I know someone with a View. It's a few years old, now. The Views have diesel engines, I believe, so I wouldn't be too concerned with power IF they are not top heavy. I suspected that with the VIA before Donna confirmed it--only because it is pretty narrow.

    John and Lisa are concerned for my safety. On the phone, today, John said he wants me to be happy, too. He said he'd go to some RV shows with me if I can't hitch up the trailer. He's very level-headed so I can always depend upon his advice. I'm not giving up on the first priority, yet, which is to keep the truck and trailer and try to start getting the house ready to sell. If I need help, I'm sure my kids will help me. I'll take what I want to put it in storage (which isn't much) and what the kids/grandkids don't want, I'll sell or give to charity.

    I could slap myself for not making the right decision when I had a year old motorhome to trade in on anything I would have wanted. Oh, well. Hind sight is 20/20.

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  10. The Via is really a nice RV. I hope you and John can find something to make you very happy.
    I have made so many mistakes with RV's. I love my tent but if I want to travel it won't work. I'll think of something.

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  11. Have you considered an Aframe, Jo? The group of women I camp with all started out with Aliners or Chalets, just as I did. Most are still in them since they are so light weight. I know you're looking for something light. Have you considered a Tab? http://tab-rv.com/

    What will make me happiest of all is if I can hitch up the trailer and go. I've been very happy and content traveling/camping in it.

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  12. What a lovely family. Mom looks so young, I had a difficult time picking her out.

    I don't know anything about either one of them but hope you get to fulfill your dream and begin your new journey in enjoying the good life.

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    1. Thanks Paul and Marsha. My true dream is to stay with my truck and trailer, but only time will tell if my back will allow it. Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. I can't offer much advice on the MH but I do know a beautiful, happy family when I see one. Congrats on being a very successful Mother and Grandmother.

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    1. That's a compliment coming from you, Rick. They are good inside and out. I'd like to take all the credit, but Rich had a good deal to do with it and Lisa's Mom and Dad. My granddaughters are a joy. You're just starting on that path with Mason, but enjoy every moment because it goes so fast.

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