Friday, December 9
I had written earlier about the unpleasant surprise we had when we went to move our Road Ranger fifth wheel and how that was causing us to rethink our plans. Since that time we have been looking (mostly online) at fifth wheels and travel trailers. A couple days ago, while online, Ella found an older Excel at Plaza RV in Bondurant. There were lots of photos of the trailer and it looks like it is very similar to the Road Ranger in size and layout. The biggest difference is the placement of the entrance door. The Excel’s is near the rear of the trailer (like the Hitch Hiker’s) instead of in the middle like the Road Ranger’s. Today, being a bright sunny day, we decided to drive over an take a look at it in real life. The battery was down and the slide out was in and the baggage door locks were frozen shut, so we didn’t see it quite as completely as we’d hoped.
Later that same day. We decided that we needed to take another look at the trailer. I called the dealership and told them that we would like another look with the slide out and with the baggage doors open. Dave, the salesman, said to give him an hour to ninety minutes and he’d take the trailer inside to thaw out.
So for an additional hour, we did some praying, soul searching, some considering “what ifs” and then went back to take another look.
We looked it over very carefully, looking for bowed or warped walls, soft spots in the floor, rust, damage, excessive wear etc. We opened every door and drawer, tried every light and inspected all appliances. The only thing I could not check was the roof, because there is no roof ladder.
We really liked it, partially I think because it is so much like our Road Ranger, which we really have enjoyed. The only part that I’m not thrilled about is the ceiling height in the living room area. The ceiling is only about 6’6”. I’m 6’1” and a lot of my family are taller than that. Well, I guess we just won’t be doing any jumping around it it. Dave gave us a lot of ‘alone time’ to discuss it and we decided to buy it. We’ll go Monday to get the money out of Ella’s retirement account.