Saturday, January 7, 2012

RVPainter Done Good

Today we went to the RV and boat show down in Albuquerque. When we went to it last year, our dream of buying an RV was only that - a dream. We thought there was slim hope of selling our house in this environment. But here we are, house sold, RV under construction, and ready to roll in less than three months.

What we realized at the show today was that there was nothing we saw there that we liked better than the Nexus Phantom we decided to buy. Phew! There are bigger RVs for sure, but it's not all about bigger for us. We got a well-designed, well-built, brandy spankin new RV for the price of what you pay for some used ones.

That's because Nexus sells directly to the buyer without going through a middleman. That's got to cut out something like $30K from the price. We toured the manufacturing plant in Elkhart, Indiana last October, and couldn't have been more impressed. We met the people - real, hardworking, experienced people - who are  building our RV right now.

RVPainter gets all the credit for this. He found Nexus and did the research. He checked it all out. And he did good. Really, really good.

Here's a picture of RVPainter talking to Claude, one of the owners of Nexus, at their plant last October. That RV in the background is pretty much what ours will look like.


22 comments:

  1. Hi Melissa and RVPainter .. sounds like you've got one wonderful RV coming up - so pleased plans etc are coming along fine .. I shall enjoy the travels with you ..

    Cheers and a very happy 2012 .. Hilary

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  2. Yay for RVs! So happy to hear you'll be going to my homeland this year.I hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Hi Hilary - we are sooooo excited! we are chomping at the bit.

    Talli, thanks so much for coming by. Yes, I am so looking forward to being in Nova Scotia for an extended time period.What an opportunity for me to write and RVPainter to paint.

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  4. There is nothing like knowing you made a good decision. Kudos and bon voyage!

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  5. Thanks Sally, it definitely made us feel good about our decision. so much so, that I got bored quickly and said, "I've seen enough, let's go!"

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  6. What an awesome feeling...knowing you got exactly what you wanted. My parents have an RV and they say the same thing...it's not the biggest but it is perfect for them. :-)

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  7. I'm so excited for you, Melissa! So many people never actually go for their dreams, and I'm so happy that you and RV have!!

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  8. P.S. I LOVE your new profile picture. You are adorable!!
    No more swimming suit photo! :D

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  9. Hi Melissa,

    Have a safe trip and enjoy!

    I was reading about your MG book and reading what all the children say is so fantastic. I'm so happy for you!

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  10. I recently read a story, 'One for the Road' where the heroine had an RV. She hired out and met the hero!! A very romantic trip indeed!

    Safe journey!

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  11. So good that your plans are materializing and you'll get to do what you want!

    I like your profile photo and your book sounds awesome!

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  12. Hi Becky - thanks, I thought it was kinda cute too.

    Hi Nas - the letters from kids have overwhelmed me - to have them love it as much as I hoped just makes me want to cry good tears.

    Romance Book Haven - that sounds like a GREAT book :-)

    Hi Romance Reader - thanks for the kind words

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  13. Wow, so exciting! Sounds like you shall have many happy travels. :)

    And yay for great deals!

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  14. All looks so exciting Melissa! Hope you guys have a great time!

    Megan @ Storybook Love Affair

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  15. Good for you Melissa! I know that you'll have a rewarding journey in many ways :)

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  16. Janet, Megan, and September Mom - thank you so much. It's a very big leap for me - the homebody. I am looking forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends and family this year. Also looking forward to walking on beaches :-)

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  17. We just got a new camper last year. I love camping on the weekends :)

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  18. Hi Melissa, what an exciting adventure to look forward to in April! I saw by your blog title and header,you're a published writer! Congratulations. I write stories and articles for various magazines back in South Africa although I live as an expat in East Africa. I'm busy with my husband's memoirs about a very adventurous trip he did across West Africa. I'm also starting on a book about cats. Later on I want to write about my life as an expat around Africa. Meanwhile I love blogging and try to keep up posts in between writing for the mags. I'm about to follow your blog for more inspiration! Greetings from Jo (Kenya)

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  19. Hi Bragdon Dorn, I can't wait for us to get going!

    Jo, I love your blog and I'm so glad you came by. I think your experiences would make great memoirs!

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  20. Glad you got the one you wanted! Hope the trip goes well.

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  21. Oh, what fun this is going to be. I'm green with envy. I LOVE road trips.

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  22. Hi Charlie and Catherine, I love road trips too and I really can't wait!

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