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I always hate to say how happy we have been with our Montana for fear of jinxing it but it really has been one great unit… In three years we have taken it to all corners of the USA and down into Mexico and far north almost to the Artic Circle…. We have had very few problems and most of them could be fixed by Bill himself…. Keystone has been wonderful to us. It’s hard to believe that a company who makes as many different RV’s as they do really cares about their customers, but the Montana Owners sure know that it is true…

After looking at one of our favorite Class A motor home’s our Tana must have gotten angry or hurt with us for even considering trading her in for another brand…. We arrived back at Lake Elmo and could not get one of our landing gear legs down… For those of you that haven’t the faintest idea of what I’m talking about, just picture an airplane that can’t get it’s front wheel down when landing. The plane will just fall forward on it’s nose… That is what would happen to the Montana when we disconnect it from the truck….. We need two front legs for it to sit on..

Well…….The leg wouldn’t go down and just made a loud noise when we pushed the hydraulic motor….. Bill tried to use the manual crank next and proceeded to brake off a shaft that went into the motor … What a mess… There was no way we could move the truck out from under it until one of the kids brought us a second jack and we were able to prop the front end up on two hydraulic jacks…It held us up but was very wobbly inside since we couldn’t even put up our stabilizing bars… But… Quality RV to the rescue…

We called the Montana Dealer that we had bought our Tana from and they told us to bring it in as soon as we could and they would work on it right away… They are super to full time RV’ers and do everything in their power to help you get back on the road…

We couldn’t do anything yesterday because it was graduation for one of the Grandsons… Now that being the #1 reason that we are sitting in Minnesota right now there was no way that we wanted to take a chance on not being here for it so we made an appointment to bring the Tana across town early this morning… Boy do we hate to do that… It is almost 50 miles from the East to West side of the Metro and rush hour traffic starts about 6:00 am and lasts all day…..

This morning we got up at 6:00 and were all hooked up and out of here by 7:30.….. They were waiting for us at Quality RV and took us right in…. One hour later we were all fixed and on our way back to Lake Elmo… They had put a whole new leg on the drivers side and it was covered on our extended warranty….I know that they don’t know this but that just put the final seal of approval for us and we now know that when we get our new RV it will be another Montana and it will be from Quality RV in Elk River, MN…

We have had a lot of response on the “other hand” post and appreciate each of them but let me tell you some of the deciding reasons.

The first and foremost is the cost… If we were even 15 years younger we would not be looking at this the same way but in our situation age plays a deciding factor….Both of us are getting close to 70 years old… Gosh that’s hard to admit… We only feel like 50 but fact is fact…

If we bought the Class A we would have two options…(1) Take it out of savings and pay Uncle Sam a ton of money on the earned income or investment income…. That would mean adding at least 35% to the bottom line… (2) Finance it for 20 years and have payments again…. If we have payments, we have to get the money for the payments from are retirement funds and there again, we would have increased taxes on top of the payments… If God is real good to us we may have another five years that we can continue this lifestyle but that remains to be seen… We have seen many 60 yr olds that should not be on the road and then we have seen some 80 yr olds that are as good as anybody…. I hope we know when it is tome to hang it up… Anyway, 5 or even 10 years from now we will still owe on a Class A motor home and that does not make us happy at all….We don’t mind debt but we want to pay it off every month… This trip to Newfoundland will be an exception because of the price of fuel and we will have to make up part of the credit card when we stay put in Florida for the winter instead of drawing more out of our investments… Once in a while we don’t mind paying interest and this is one of those times…

Another consideration is the mileage between our truck and a motor home… Well the truck should get about 4 or 5 miles more per gallon which isn’t a deal breaker but add to that the extra insurance, cost of oil changes and replacement of tires etc and it just makes more sense to us to keep on doing what we are doing…. We have learned to love the “Lets eat Out Club” and not worrying if we find something that we just have to have…

After three years on the road as “full timers” we have become friends with many young people and we have a real hard time with thinking of them as younger than our children, but the bottom line is that if any of these friends had to come off the road, they could get a job and pay off any debt they have in a short time….Who wants an old account or engineer? Not only that, we don’t want to do that any more…. So… That means….

The bottom line is that we will stay within our means and replace our much loved Montana with a new Montana Big Sky either after our trip to Newfoundland or next spring when we return from Florida… Why the Big Sky???

Cuz it’s made by Montana, has a double wide fridge and we can buy it from Ranger Rick at Quality RV in Elk River, Minnesota…..

All about the graduation next…………………



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