Taking the next step was a bit harder than buying the car. The motorhome we had seen online several times was advertised by PPL Motorhomes. Guess what? They happened to be in Houston! Here is a perfect example of how God made provision for us to return from Belize. We headed over to PPL on a Monday. We were given a list of available coaches, told to take our time, and let them know if we had any questions. Super low pressure! Out to the lot we went. We looked at everything available 40 feet and over and the coach we had seen so many times online was still available.
Some of you might be wondering why the 40 foot minimum? We talked to some friends with motor coach experience who advised us that 40 would be the minimum for us to be comfortable. Meaning, we would not be cramped or constantly in one another’s way all the time. Others might be wondering, why a motor coach? We decided on a motor coach because the ability to travel was a huge priority for us. Otherwise, we could have simply found a piece of property and gone with a well designed tiny house.
After looking at several coaches we kept returning to the one we liked when we were looking online. The floor plan is open with a dinette rather than a booth. The living area has two leather chairs with footstools rather than a sofa. A love seat is nestled into the space a the end of the kitchen counter which features an residential size double sink and side-by-side refrigerator. There is no typical oven creating additional cupboard space. Instead, the microwave is also a convection oven. The bathroom is spacious with a residential shower stall. The only area a bit cramped is the bedroom which, while featuring a walk around queen bed, is a tight fit on one side and a step up on the other making navigation a little difficult. We have adjusted to this minor inconvenience, noticeable only when making the bed or getting up at night. Storage space is abundant inside as well as under the coach. It is hard to imagine hauling so much that all our space is utilized.
The only change we have made to date has been to replace the carpet of which there is only a small amount in the living area and wall-to-wall in the bedroom. The rest of the flooring is grouted tile which was filthy. I actually did not know how dirty until I started cleaning it–spending five and a half hours and earning myself swollen knees and another project. Sealing the grout is at the top of my project list since I never want to walk on a floor that dirty or experience cleaning the grout like that again!
Next time I’ll tell you about our first campground!
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