Frozen

Another glorious Canadian winter. And, as I write this post, in our hometown, we are colder than the North Pole.

The brutal cold is a big reason why so many Canadians go south in the winter in their retirement years. I am hoping that U.S. lawmakers will pass H.R. 3513, the Canadian Snowbird Visa Act. The legislation, proposed by Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla), would extend the time Canadian citizens, aged 50 or older, may stay in the United States from 6 months to 8 months.

And that would suit us just fine.

Canada is a beautiful country and in certain regions, between May and October, the weather patterns are quite pleasant. But whenever winter hits hard, it can get cold.

Really, really cold.

On my bucket list for retirement is never to be cold again.

RV Of The Year

RV Business recently named the RV of the Year. And the winner?

A Winnebago.

Interesting.

The Winnebago Horizon is a Class A diesel and it seems to be comparable in price and features to coaches like the Newmar Ventana although there are no tags available in the 40-foot model of the Winnebago.

My concern would be the quality of this product. When I read David’s experience with his Winnebago, I thought to myself, life is too short for dealing with way too many build issues. And, my goodness, what an experience he had with his new build. Eventually the sale did not go through. His story, unfortunately is not unique. You can download this couple’s pdf and get a sense for the anger and frustration caused by the lack of quality control.

Quality was one of the reasons why the Winnebago product never made its way to our short list.

The RV industry is certainly under pressure to deliver. Record demand puts a lot more strain on the manufacturers. Hopefully this Horizon is a better built coach. It is one thing to get an award from an industry publication. It is another to build a solid reputation with customers.

Entegra Qwest

Not quite what I expected.

Entegra has now started posting some details about their new lineup of Class C coaches on their Facebook page and on their website.

Looks like the Entegra web team haven’t spent much time on building up a slick marketing presentation for the new product. No dedicated page for the Qwest as yet. Even the QWest brochure looks a bit, well, anemic. You can download the pdf here.

The brochure contains no photo gallery of the exterior or interior. A couple of small thumbnails and a couple of floorplans. And a fact sheet. At least with their coach brochure, you get a sense of excitement about owning their product.

Doesn’t come across to me that they are all that enthused about their new class C lineup.

Maybe someone forced them to do it against their will? The Qwest looks very close to the Jayco class C.

I guess I was expecting better. Looks more like a nameplate change to an existing platform with some minor refinements.

Marathon #1261

This was Marathon’s first 2018 coach built on the Prevost X3-45 chassis. A very classic look.

We have been looking at a 2007 coach built on the XL II chassis. Not seriously mind you. But looking at one just the same. Hard to tell that the coaches are a decade apart. Some minor differences on the front and rear caps and around the tag but otherwise remarkably similar.

The Marathon #1261 features the following floorplan:

Here is the video tour of the Marathon #1261:

The Marathon #1261 was offered at $2.1 million USD.

The 2007 built on the XL II chassis? Well, somewhere around the $500k USD range.

These coaches are engineered for a long service duty. Not sure that it is much of a compromise to buy a used one. Even if it is ten or eleven years old.

Maximum Length Of Motorhome

What is the legal length of a motorhome including a towable? It all depends on where you drive.

In my home province of Ontario, the maximum length of a motorcoach is 12.5 metres or 45 feet 11 inches. The maximum length including towables is 23 metres or a little over 75 feet.

As you can see from the chart above, there are some variables in terms of permitted lengths for each province in Canada.

I imagine it is the same in the United States.

Although I would not expect to be pulled over for being over length, I suspect if we were involved in a motor vehicle accident, the length of the coach could be an issue. Especially if we were towing a longer trailer.

I’m starting to think that I should be towing a car like this one — only 8 feet 10 inches long.