We have a new Winnie!!

We have replaced our class C Winnebago with a Class A Winnebago!  Old Winnie was 12 years old – we never had a problem with her but as we approach retirement, we thought we should consider a change in these last few years of full time income.


Hopefully we can pay off New Winnie before we retire!  John has committed to 3 more years and Barb 5 more years (then she hits the magic 30 year mark and about $900 more per month.)

Below are the floor plans of our new and old Winnebagos.  Not much different in layout.

Here are the feature changes we love!!

  • The new MH is 31 feet bumper to bumper.  Old MH was 30 feet bumper to bumper.
  • We now have a regular length queen bed instead of a “short” queen.  5 extra inches makes a huge difference!  No more pulling out the homemade extension at the end of the bed, pulling the mattress to the edge, and placing the foam fillers at the headboard!!
  • More space in the bathroom and kitchen area.
  • 😢 new MH has a smaller shower (25 x 30 versus 26 x 36). Thankfully we don’t shower every day in the MH.  If a place has a decent shower, we use it.
  • No more drying rod in the shower, but I think I can live without that.
  • More storage both inside and outside.  John is happy the outside storage doors don’t hinge at the top.
  • More closet space!   Here is the new vs old closet area (from online pics).  The old vanity wasn’t ever used.

  • A little more space in the living area.  2 of the table chairs fold for storage.  When it is just us, that will give us a little more wiggle room.
  • We still have the bed above the driving area.  The new MH overbed is powered so it is up against the ceiling unless you need it.  It is also about 9 inches narrower (48 inches wide, midway between twin and full whereas the old one was midway between full and queen).  We rarely had more than one person up there so we should be ok.)
  • Powered leveling jacks!!  Anyone who has played with leveling blocks knows how heavenly this feature is!
  • Powered awning with lights!






Guess we really need no-spend months now!

So you know those stupid postcards places will send you in hopes you are an impulse purchaser???  Well, they got to us!

Last Friday we received a postcard from Winnebago Motorhomes.  All it said was “Look at our new models”.   We are were not in the market to replace Winnie (so we thought!), but what the hey, let’s look on the website and see what’s new.

They have our current motorhome floorplan!  It is new and updated!  I happens to be a foot longer with an extra slide-out in the living area.  WOW!  We both said “I wonder how much different it is?”

The Old floorplan


The New floorplan – we have the table and chairs option with a buffet and retractable TV as well as the overhead loft bed.

So we search the RV sites and (unfortunately?) there are 2 at the RV place about 10 miles away.  What the heck, let’s go look!

Saturday we wander over and look.  The first one (2018 model) is really dark on the inside and while basically our floorplan, it didn’t really wow us.  Then the salesman says he has one on the lot that is on sale (about $50,000 cheaper)  because it is a 2017 edition.

OH MY GOSH!  It was love at first sight!!  We can’t believe someone hasn’t purchased this one!   We gush over it and then say goodbye.

When we got home, we measured the front driveway and (unfortunately??) the new one would fit in the driveway.  Now the real dilemma begins.  Do we want to trade up??

Our old motor home is a 2006 with 65,000 miles on it.  Any vehicle 12 years old will undoubtedly will begin to have problems at some time when we least expect it.  We have seen that some RV parks only allow vehicles under 10 years old.  Some also only allow class A.  Our old one is a class C.

After weighing the pros and cons of the purchase, we decide to go back for another look.  This time we are leaning towards purchasing.  As we approach it, someone is looking at it and acting like they really like it.  My gut does a flop and says “you can’t have it.  It’s ours!”

In case you can’t tell yet, we bought it on Sunday!  We were convinced to start this entire endeavor by a 20 cent postcard!  Can’t wait to pick it up!!