Thursday, April 17, 2014

WELL, WE UP & BOUGHT OURSELVES A LITTLE SOMETHING THIS MORNING:))

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Had ourselves a ripping cold East wind on our walk despite temperatures being above freezing. We also had sunshine & sunshine always works well for a drive on a cold windy day. And it was a drive we decided to do this morning after reaching a decision to go have ourselves a look at something about 2 hours south-east of Bayfield.
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LEFT PHOTO BEDROOM SLIDE OUT…RIGHT PHOTO LIVING & DINING ROOM SLIDE IN & DRIVERS DOOR HAS A POWER WINDOW
DSC_0027A few days ago while Kelly was going through a bunch of 'RV's For Sale' something of interest caught her attention & when I looked at the ad it caught my interest too. Until a short while ago we had both basically known very little about a Canadian RV manufacturer called TRIPLE E.  Simon & Sandy, Triple E Class A owner's, while staying for a bit at North Ranch in Congress this past winter clued us in to the quality built Triple E's made in Winkler Manitoba.  Readers may remember Simon & Sandy from our 2 Jeep trips with Bev & Jim along with JANNA & MIKE.  When they went shopping for an RV awhile ago they specifically went looking for a Triple E coach & nothing else.  Simon & Sandy had done their homework.  Simon sent us this A Class A TRIPLE E PDF FILE.  I should note here that Triple E has not built any new Class A’s since around 2008 but they still fully service them at their Winkler plant in Manitoba.  And that has to be a plus for we Canadians.  They have concentrated their quality efforts into the smaller Class B+ units.  I never did get to see Simon & Sandy's coach but Kelly & I both got on the internet this past while digging up all the info on Triple E's we could find. Talked to & emailed other Triple E owners, received comments, & never had a single negative bad thing about them. The word 'Quality' built coach kept coming back & owners loved them. Built & insulated well with Canadian Winters & Desert Summers in mind. Right up our alley.
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SOLID OAK CABINETRY
We didn't head to Cambridge this morning with any high expectations of finding this 2003, 36' Triple E Commander 3611FB W-22 in the same shape the ad described it. We have all seen the ads about marvellous, one of a kind, one owner, excellent condition, perfect everything, blah, blah, blah, only to find something somewhat & substantially disappointingly less. We did not find what we expected to find. This coach was everything the ad said it was plus a whole lot more.

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WITH SLIDE IN & THERE IS A COMPUTER STATION FOR THE PASSENGER AS WELL
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NICELY LAID OUT DRIVERS AREA
Here's how the ad read:: Excellent condition, 36' motorhome on a Workhorse W-22 chassis with an Allison transmission, and Vortec 8.1 engine. Full maintenance records. Comes with 2 slides, 2 A/C's, 2 furnaces, 50 amp service, and almost every available factory option. In addition this motorhome has the following upgrades, 4 solar panels, 4-6volt golf cart batteries (new 2012), 2000w inverter, new fridge (still under warranty), screen room, porcelain toilet, flat screen LED TV up front with home theater, 50amp surge protector, full width rear mud flap, new Michelin tires fall 2011, CB radio, plus much more. Must be seen to be appreciated.
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WOULD YOU BELIEVE THERE IS EVEN A DASH RADIO VOLUME CONTROL UNDER THE VALANCE WITH STEREO SPEAKERS OVERHEAD & BEHIND THAT LARGE MIRROR AT THE END IS A LARGE STORAGE CLOSET FOR HANGING CLOTHES ETC.
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AND A QUALITY MATTRESS WITH TONS OF STORAGE UNDER THE BED AS WELL
We met owner Don at the rig & could tell right off the bat he was a straight up honest fellow.  No slick Willy sales staff here.  We were overwhelmed as soon as we stepped inside & it was my first time in a Triple E Class A. Love at first sight:))  This Triple E Commander with 31,000 miles on it looked like it had just rolled off the assembly line both inside & out. And it was soon obvious why. Coach has never been winter driven & Don & his wife used it during the summers for trips down into the Smoky Mountains & out West to Alberta & British Columbia. They ordered this coach custom made right from the factory in Winkler Manitoba back in 2003. Picked it up in Edmonton. Has pretty well all the factory options. It's a Chevy Workhorse Chassis which I prefer because of it's 8.1 Chevy Vortec engine. Same as we had in our Damon Class A. Coach has had all it's recalls done & the plus's don't stop there. Don has personally customized the coach further over the years doing a bunch of upgrades & modifications etc but here's the big one for us. He completely installed his own Solar system & as readers know that is a huge plus for us. Said he installed it himself to make sure it was done right.  On the roof are 2-75 watt panels & 2-80 watt panels.  And they do not have to be tilted.  He also had stabilizing bars installed front & rear & with the bigger 22.5" tires it makes for a much smoother ride. And would you believe he even took the chrome hubcaps off & stored them at home for the winter.  Don is one of those clever handy craftsmen type people & it's obvious inside as we saw all the fine improvements he has made to this already finely designed coach. I've often said to Kelly over the years the best used type of RV to buy is one previously owned by a meticulous handy craftsman type owner who absolutely loves his/her coach. And this morning that is exactly what we found. And how nice to meet the actual real owner of the coach for a change.
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AT LAST A BIG CORNER SHOWER, PORCELAIN TOILET, & A DECENT SIZED BATHROOM SINK FINALLY……YAY TEAM:))
There are so many extras with this coach we can't remember them all. Something about hot water heating in the coach while driving & new fridge not having to run on propane while driving either. Plumbed for washer/dryer but a washer/dryer is something we wouldn't be interested in having anyway. Central vac, outside stereo system, & the add-a-room is custom made. No bugs or animals can get in & no holes drilled into the coach to attach it. Owner Don designed it himself. We think we have ourselves a winner here:))))))
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So long story short..............we bought this beautiful Triple E Commander:)))))))))
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CONTROL PANEL ABOVE ENTRY DOOR INCLUDING SOLAR
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DON FIRES UP THE ONAN 5500 GENERATOR & SHOWS US THE BANK OF 4 SPOTLESS PULL OUT SOLAR BATTERIES
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THE WATER BAY & LARGE PROPANE TANK

And now.........we have a 26' 2011 Winnebago Access Premier in great condition to sell. Ford V-10 with less than 20,000 miles on it & complete with a new solar system.  Haven’t decided on a selling price yet & will wait until we touch base & here back from our good RV knowledgeable friend Ron at FOUR SEASONS PERFORMANCE.  Ron & Jan are currently on the road making their way back from the Scottsdale area in Arizona.
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KELLY GOES THROUGH A CHECKLIST OF QUESTIONS WITH DON…NOTICE THE SKYLIGHT & HOW BRIGHT & CHEERY IT IS INSIDE THE COACH
GROANER'S CORNER:(( "Mary," asked Dawn thoughtfully one day, "what would you do if you caught your husband with another woman?" "Another woman with MY husband?" Mary thought it over. "Let's see. I'd break her cane, shoot her guide dog, and call a cab to take her back to the institution she escaped from."

54 comments:

  1. Great find! You will really enjoy that motor home. Pheebs will have to get used to it, but that won't take long, I bet.

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  2. WOW Al and Kelly, that is one gorgeous coach. The furniture looks very comfortable. I hope you have many happy travels in it.

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  3. Love it! We are so happy for you.It's beautiful, they are a great RV.

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  4. It's just beautiful and looks so comfortable, too. I'll bet you guys are going to love it. All those extras really make life easier. Now you're going to be chomping at the bit until you can travel south again. Congratulations! :)

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  5. That is a beautiful rig with the room you wanted, solar, and plenty of room for Pheebs to stretch out while moving on down the road or after a long walk. I imagine you and Kelly are so excited that you will want to finalize the deal, sell your Winnie, and head back out on the road. That rig has "road trip" written all over it.

    Where could you find a better seller?? ... unbelievable.

    Congrats and enjoy!!!!

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  6. Congratulations! It looks great. It has lots of room for the three of you. I hope we get down your way this fall to see it.
    Have fun this summer traveling around Canada.

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  7. Congratulations..she looks beautiful. I'm sure you'll enjoy your trips back and forth much more now, lots more 'leg room'.

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  8. Congratulations! Can't wait to see how you two personalize your new home away from home.

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  9. Wow! It's BEAUTIFUL~ I bet you guys can't wait to try it out!
    Cheryl Ann ~ mid 80's here today with a lot of cloud cover & humidity.

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  10. Congratulations, it looks like just what you want.

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  11. `Floorplan is much like my coach.. Looks big and roomy, and it was much more expensive than mine when it was new.... Looks to be a deal...

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  12. Looks like a great coach Al...they make an excellent machine!

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  13. I love everything about it - the roominess, the decor, the light and airy feeling. I think you will love traveling and living in this beautiful coach!

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  14. Sweet!! Beautiful and roomy. Perfect for your boondocking adventures.

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  15. Congratulations !!
    Nice deal !!

    http://www.kijiji.ca/v-rv-motorhome/london/36ft-triple-e-commander-motorhome/584306365?enableSearchNavigationFlag=true

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  16. It's beautiful!

    I have to ask, though ... Why is he selling such a gorgeous coach? Coming off the RVing road? Wants something smaller? Just being nosey. ;)

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  17. Congratulations!! What a beautiful coach!! Can't wait to see it after you personalize it ;-)

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  18. The light was the first thing I noticed--what a gorgeous coach! Congratulations!

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  19. Unbelievable - you guys always seem to find "just" what you want in the RV world. Maybe I should have you out looking for me!

    I'm still sad that I didn't "jump on" and purchase your Damon rig.

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  20. What a blessing!!!! God is so good to know what you were looking for and to give you the best. Wow!

    cindie

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  21. congrats on your new purchase! it's a beauty!! the two of you sure worked fast on this one!

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  22. Congrats. It is a gorgeous coach and the bed will be so much easier to get into. LOL

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  23. Congrats Al! That is one sweet motorhome and Triple E is a quality company. Love the fact that it already has the solar installed.

    No wonder you jumped on the chance to buy it. Think how wonderful it will be as you travel your PDD Gold Level days!

    I know you like it and Kelly like it but we're all waiting to see if it gets Pheebie's seal of approval. :cD

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  24. Sweeeeeet! Sure looks like it just rolled out of the factory. Congratulations

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  25. Glad to see you found something that is up your alley. I am sure you will both enjoy the many days ahead of you.

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  26. CONGRATULATIONS!!! What a beautiful rig...you sure that's not a diesel pusher...ha! ha! What a great find. I look forward to reading about all the boondocking trips this winter. WOW!

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  27. Congratulations. What a dream coach. Enjoy!
    Barrie

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  28. There is some really amazing deals out there to be found and looks like you scored this time.
    Enjoy you new wheels.

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  29. Wow Al!! That's the very first coach I've seen in 4 years that I might prefer to Winnona. What a find Kelly!!

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  30. You can say (Math 8:7) "...he (she) that seeketh findeth... ":))

    Congratulations, that's a great Motorhome you got there!

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  31. Congratulations Al, Kelly and Pheebs on a beautiful coach.

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  32. Congrats Al and Kelly! Looks like the Three Little Bears choice. This one's just right. ;)

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  33. WOW,,,, It takes my breath away. It is BEAUTIFUL... You guys always seem to find just what you are looking for,,,and so quick.

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

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  34. What an incredible find!!!! It was made for you and Kelly!!! Congratulations to you both!!!

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  35. Beautiful coach guys--we think you found yourself a winner!! Congratulations!

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  36. She's a beauty and from everything I have seen and heard you can't beat Triple E for a quality coach.

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  37. hahahah what a guy won't do to get 10 more feet of living space, eh?

    It's beautiful!!! and to be all decked out with just about every feature we would want in a rig for boondocking!

    Solared up, inverted fridge when driving, spiffy interior and exterior, what more could you ask for?

    Oh, you didn't mention the size of the holding tanks! How many gallons on board for boondocking pleasure?

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  38. Gorgeous, looks like a perfect match to me!

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  39. Congratulations on your new purchase. I hope you get many safe miles in it and lots of fun adventures.

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  40. Wow, that is one gorgeous coach. Congratulations, I am so excited for you both. Glorious road trips in total comfort- you'll have!!

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  41. I so admire the way you and Kelly get things done. You recognized your last two RVs just didn't work for you and kept looking until you found this one! It looks great and I hope you have many adventures in her. The color scheme will be a good background for your colorful western accessories.

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  42. Congratulations! It looks like a great rig. Having once owned two sailboats and a RV at the same time, I know you will be looking forward to quickly selling the Winnie:)

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  43. Al and Kelly, Looks like you scored! Great looking rig with all the needs for boondocking! I'm sure it will get Pheebe's stamp of approval. Light and airy! Well laid out too! Love that window above the head of the bed!
    See you down the road.
    Cathy and Jan

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  44. Space for everyone and thing! How wonderful. Plus all those extras. Wow! Will be great to go boondocking in this beauty. Congrats.

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  45. Well, well, well....I must congratulate to your purchase. Triple E's are indeed a good choice. Now you are where you have been before...in a Class A. Have lots of fun with it.

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  46. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BAYFIELD BUNCH !!!

    Needless to say, the gentleman owner can't imagine how his motorhome and all the fixings will fill the bill for the BUNCH !!! But all the " FOLLOWERS " know THIS IS THE ONE !!!! Without a doubt this is a fit !!!

    Kelly on the sofa sure looks like she is comfy and ready to roll ...... I was looking for Al behind the wheel on the test drive but no go there ....thought the drivers seat was waiting for him and a great fit ....... And, of course, THE PHEEBS is gona be a real happy camper in this new sweeeet roll'in find .....

    Such excitement and joy knowing you all were right where you needed to be to seal the deal....you all are such good shoppers and always get the job done you set out to do ...... I am impressed !!!!

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  47. Great find you two...do you ever go on trips while in Bayfield during the summer? I don't remember any from last summer.....

    It's a beauty! Now enjoy.....

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  48. That is an amazing motor home!!!

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  49. Al & Kelly - Pheebs too
    That is the coolest of cool beans. So excited for you guys and now can't wait to see what you do with it till next winter. Show us some cool spots north of the border!!

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  50. What a gorgeous coach. I must say, though, I am not surprised because you mentioned two RV dealers that you passed on your way home from the Southwest USA. ;)

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  51. Just catching up on my blog reading. Congratulations. What a wonderful find. I can't think of anything you could do to make it a better deal. Well done. Glad you grabbed it.

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  52. Congratulations! What a beautiful coach:) You did hit the jackpot!!

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