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Our First Coach Is A 1999 Tradewinds DP We Call MC Kismet

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Over the last 20 years we have rented motor homes for family trips in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Colorado, and Texas. In the summer of 2015 we loaded up our adult daughter, our son-in-law and three granddaughters for a 4,300 mile, five state, excursion in a rented 2013 Fleetwood Bounder Classic. It was a wonderful experience that led us to think the time might be right to buy our own motor home.That started the process of identifying everything we liked and didn't like about all the RVs we've rented and seen. The list was long, and very, very specific. Fortunately for us (because of the cost) new motor homes just didn't fit the bill, so the search was on for just the right gently used even if nearly vintage motor home. It took a couple months and a national search, but we did find our Kismet.

We're very happy with our "new" 1999 Tradewinds 7372 and have quickly developed a fantastic support network of several other '99 TW owners. Since we bought the Kismet a month ago we've driven her across five states and visited several cool places and state parks. She's going to see lots of use. If you're interested you can read more about the start of our adventure at http://ourhwylife.blogspot.com/2015/09/taking-leap.html


Bastrop State Park, Bastrop, Texas


Little America, Wyoming


Visiting grandchildren in Houston, Texas

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Good move. Mary and I have owned trailers and fifth wheels but three years ago bought our first motorhome, a 2002 Coachman Mirada. Last month, we traded up to a new(er) 2005 Damon Challenger. We learned what we wanted with the Coachman and got it in the Damon without incurring a huge debt. Photo taken the day we were switching everything out and tomorrow we make our first trip with the Damon.

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