As soon as we got back from our boating trip to Canada, we handed over our lovely 2005 25' Bigfoot travel trailer to a very nice couple from Texas. They'd been looking for one for years. It'd only taken us 12 hours to sell it via Craigslist. Shows why we've always loved them. They're well built, hold resale value, and are desirable.
We loved the trailer, but it was work for Fred to do the towing and setup work. Not relaxing. So, we agreed it was time to move from a trailer to an RV.
We've had our eye on a Winnebago View style RV for years. They're beautiful, well built, easy to drive, and comfortable.
Happily, the day after the Texans left, I found the very model we wanted at a dealer about an hour and a half from here, in Marysville. It's a 2016 24G, looks like new, priced like 25% off new. Perfect!
Fred went by on his way to a Wednesday doctor appointment and bought the RV right out from under the next guy in line. (They're popular.) The following Saturday we went to pick it up. Fred didn't even make it to the freeway before the check engine light went on and the engine went into "limp home mode." Flooring it, Fred crawled back to the dealer.
"Ah, it's the battery," they said. So we went home without our new RV. On Monday, we went to pick it up and Fred made it about two miles up the freeway before the same thing happened and he had to limp back to the dealer. And come home empty-handed again.
Now the View is waiting in line at the Mercedes dealership in Lynnwood. They'll start work on it on August 31. The theory is that it's a sensor issue. Covered under warranty, thank goodness.
Next time, the dealer will deliver the View to us, I'm pretty feisty about not wanting to drive down there a third time. That way, if anyone limps home, it won't be us.
I sure look forward to future reports of happy travels.