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Old 10-01-2016, 02:38 PM   #1
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We Did It - New Unit Ordered!

My husband and I have had rv's since we were married in 1977. First a pop-up, then a fifth wheel, then 2 used Class C motor homes, then a Winnebago Class C, purchased new in 2001. We sold our 2001 Winnebago in September 2015 and started looking for a replacement in February 2016.

Since my husband will only purchase a Chevy, finding a replacement was not an easy task. After reviewing floor plans and manufacturers, we decided we wanted a 2860DS Sunseeker or 2861DS Forester but were not able to find one - or order one - anywhere. We were told by several dealers that Forest River could no longer get the Chevy chassis for their Class C's. So we waited...and waited...and finally...SUCCESS! Forest River could now get the Chevy chassis!! We placed an order this week with RV Wholesalers for a 2017 Forester 2861DS. Expected completed build date is about 8 - 10 weeks away, but will probably be impacted by the Thanksgiving holiday. We live in the Finger Lakes region of New York state, (no shortage of snow and ice in the winter here!) so we're hoping for a window of relatively good weather when our pickup date becomes known and the trip to RV Wholesalers in Ohio takes place.

I've been reading this forum since February 2015 and greatly appreciate all of the information you all have provided. If anyone has additional tips / hints / advice for us, feel free to comment.

And yes, the Eternabond tape is already on order!!

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Old 10-01-2016, 02:57 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new MH. I know you will enjoy!!

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Old 10-01-2016, 03:08 PM   #3
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SWEET! Congrats and

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Old 10-01-2016, 03:18 PM   #4
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Congrats on your new rig.
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Old 10-02-2016, 01:59 PM   #5
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Congrats on your new rig! Oh I hear you on the snow and ice issues. Last trip coming up for us this weekend for Canadian Thanksgiving. Are you heading south this winter or hunkering down counting the days to camping season?

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Old 10-02-2016, 03:00 PM   #6
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Thanks everyone.

oldsmasma, we'll just hunker down this winter, wait for spring, and dream of NEXT winter!
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Old 10-02-2016, 04:41 PM   #7
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Congratulations on getting, well ordering, you newest motorhome.

Is Kayley a Shih Tzu? Does she travel with you?

I have six Shih Tzu that travel with me in my 2016 Forester 2701DS. In fact, I bought this motorhome to be able to travel to lots of Dog Shows and show some of my furbabies! I've converted the sofa into a shelf which holds six dog crates to keep my babies safe in. Works out well and is VERY study.

I've also decorated the entire Motorhome in Shih Tzu "stuff".

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Old 10-02-2016, 06:48 PM   #8
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Congrats on your new motor home! I hope you enjoy it! ��
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Old 10-02-2016, 06:52 PM   #9
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Vicki F, thank you!

Yes, Kayley is a Shih Tzu. She will be 3 years old next week. They are great dogs! Such personality! We had 3 cocker spaniels over the course of 25 years, with the last one being extra special. When she passed we knew we just couldn't get another cocker spaniel - Amber had been too special to ever think about getting another cocker so we decided to go with another breed of dog. We are so happy we settled on a shih tzu.

Kayley does travel with us. At 11 pounds, she is just the right size for us and the motor home. We got her after we retired so she is just about always with us. Using the motor home for traveling to dog shows sounds ideal!

When we got Kayley we had to choose between her and her sister. We often wonder where her sister is now and have said several times that we should have taken both! But I don't know about six!!!
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