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Hugh R 02-23-2013 05:13 PM

Bought a New Class A RV today
A Coachmen Mirada Model 29DSSE.

Nice size for the wife and me. These are pics of the unit that I bought. SmileWavy

R K T 02-23-2013 05:24 PM

Very nice......looks like the perfect size

motion 02-23-2013 05:25 PM


URY914 02-23-2013 05:29 PM

Slower traffic keep right!

Jferr006 02-23-2013 05:31 PM


legion 02-23-2013 05:35 PM

Now you have the means to flee California.

Nostril Cheese 02-23-2013 05:36 PM

What kind of mileage do you get with something like that? Diesel?

Hugh R 02-23-2013 05:45 PM

Gas, about 10mpg. But haulin my old trailer with my sons Tacoma I only got about 14.

I'm tired of used crap with other peoples half assed fixes to problems. 3 year on the Ford engine and chassis and one year on the box. My wife is/used to be a Purchasing Agent for schools, and is used to negotiating multi-million dollar contracts; I let her do the dirty work in the negotiations. I think we got a pretty good deal, and just as they think they've closed, she threatens to walk out if they don't throw in a 7 year bumper-to-bumper on the entire thing. No exclusions except the usual accidents (like a tire blowing and wiping out the fender well, voiding warranty with non-standard parts that cause a problem, etc.

schamp 02-23-2013 05:51 PM

Check out Coach Net, Good Sam, Blue Sky Insurance, and FMCA. Good luck.

Hugh R 02-23-2013 05:51 PM

Yes, I have that now with my current trailer. Especially since it doesn't come with a spare or a jack, nor a convenient place to really store them. It also comes with one year of Coachmen roadside services including free tire change (you pay for the tire) and I think 100 miles towing.

It has room for a second marine duty battery for the box, and I'm going to get one.

The backup camera has a neat feature, a microphone so you can communicate to the driver as you back it in (one way to the driver only). Could use the cellphone, but nice feature. Outside shower, and a 5KW generator which runs off of the gas tank, generator won't work if the gas tank gets to less than 1/4 tank, so you can't as easily strand yourself.

porsche4life 02-23-2013 05:53 PM

Nice ride Hugh! You and the wife certainly deserve it!

onewhippedpuppy 02-23-2013 06:01 PM

Nice! We've been kicking around something to accompany our boat, but nothing nearly that nice. Any big plans? Road trip!

Baz 02-23-2013 06:06 PM

Hey Hugh......congrats!

That's just for you and the Mrs.?

That thing is HUGE! :eek:

Hey have fun! :)

Hugh R 02-23-2013 06:12 PM

I won't get to use it too much for the next month or two, as I will be traveling a lot for work.

The attraction is that my current trailer I have to borrow my Son's Tacoma, hook it up, open it up, load it up, close it up. Travel, open it up, empty it out, camp, load it up again when I leave. It takes an hour or more for each load in/load out. For the new one from closed, I park level it automatically, hook up water and power in about 5 minutes. I'm more willing to go for the weekend at the beach with this.

Five year plan, I retire, sell my SoCal house,(hopefully for stupid money) buy a place, thinking about Coeur d' Alene, ID for the Summers and my condo in Ventura county (CA) for the Winters. Stay in ID for six months plus 1 day, so I don't pay CA income taxes.

Maybe take some road trips.

From BAZ: That's just for you and the Mrs.?

That thing is HUGE!

For two of us, its the right size, at 29 feet, I can use all the CA state parks. We looked at larger units, but decided we wanted to be able to camp on the Beach (30 foot limit). The dinette and the sofa will sleep one adult each or two grand kids each (which I don't have yet). It will tow the wife's Mazda 3 easily. I may look into what it takes to tow the 84 Targa, I think that requires a front or rear wheel dolly, not sure yet.

Jim Bremner 02-23-2013 06:31 PM

Very nice !

911Freak 02-23-2013 06:34 PM


+1 too funny!

We love RV'n! We've had a couple over the years, PIA to maintain if they're not used often but really fun to pack everyone in and hit the road. It's the only kind of camping my wife will do ;)

Last trip was from Sierra Nevada foothills west to Sonoma county/Russian river/Jenner down hwy 1 to Stinson beach, over the GG bridge and back up to south of Tahoe ! Epic scenery and nothing beats rolling in your living room! Pull up to camp site, roll out the pop out room additions... Yeah baby!
Pissed off bunch of tent campers running the generator at 6:30am making espresso :). No one complains at night when you fire up the blender making margaritas!

Seriously though enjoy!
Congrats Hugh! You have arrived! Wishing you and yours a life time of memories enjoying that bad boy!

Those still use propane for fridge and freezer in addition to generator? Get all the electrical plug adapters for keeping it charged and versatility at various hook up sites?

Man that brings back some memories. All good too!

kaisen 02-23-2013 06:38 PM


Originally Posted by Hugh R (Post 7292088)
I may look into what it takes to tow the 84 Targa, I think that requires a front or rear wheel dolly, not sure yet.


I had a 40 ft gasser with slide and it was great, but too big for many uses/places (although it took it up Laurel Canyon and over Mulholland!)

You CAN flat-tow your 84 911 Targa. No issues. Just pop it in neutral.

azasadny 02-23-2013 06:41 PM

Very nice "home away from home"!

Hugh R 02-23-2013 07:09 PM

Thanks Eric! Good to know. Thanks Art and Everyone else. Big step for us, but what was really nice is that at this point in my life I can AFFORD it easily. It costs more than my first house 35 years ago. My camper is OK, but I'm glad to be moving on to something nicer. My last trailer cost me $8K, the one before that $4K both used. Something new with no one having effed on the bed is a nice thought.

Joe Bob 02-23-2013 07:10 PM

Take a blacklight to the bedroom before delivery....just sayin'.....

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