Hello from Casa Grande, Arizona. Just joined the site!
Hi! My name is Paul. I am in the process of selling my current rig (2008 32' Forest River Lexington) to finally get what I should have gotten; the Rialta. So, as soon as this is gone I am hoping to find a low mileage 2003-2005 Rialta HD. The irony of all of this is the actual list of facts (realities) that I discovered struggling with my Lexington. First of all - too big for sporty and fun spur-of-the-moment trips. Then the list goes on. My Lexington's 3 sleeping areas are actually inferior in size and useless. Yet I am hauling an extra 8 foot of rig with a back bedroom for what? Turns out the Rialta dinette (in the HD) expands to 79 inches long! I am 5' 11" and my heels hit the end of the bed in my rig. My current dinette and sofa are much too short to sleep on. I had to sleep on my dinette last trip and my heels were resting on the arm of the sofa next to it! So, luxury, sliedouts, and length don't win out over superior space design of the Rialta. Also, it would be nice to get better than 8 mpg.
Turns out the Rialta Bath/Shower is BIGGER than what I now have. There is more elbow room for showering and one can actually go into the Rialta Bath, undress, etc. with the door closed. I am only 174 lbs and I have to leave the door open in order to bend over or maneuver in the Lexington. There's more! I can "squeeze" 3 people on my sofa currently. The front seats don't swivel and there is no barrel chair. I can't get rid of the table at the dinette so that isn't comfortable either. In the Rialta? I can put the table away, seat 4 in the lounge area, seat one in the barrel, and swivel the captain's chairs around and seat 2 more!
Of course, you guys know all this stuff. I probably sound like a salespitch for these things. I have driven a 2005 Rialta on an extensive test drive and was very pleased. I also owned a 2007 Itasca Navion for a year. So, finally I will get back down to earth, get the Rialta (very soon I hope) and keep you posted on my adventures.
I have family in San Diego but the thought of taking my current rig there is so costly that I may as well charter a private jet. Since 1992 (my first RV'ing days) I have had so much joy hopping into a rig and going until I went into the "bigger is better" ether of fooling myself. It will be nice to stretch out in comfort, shower withouth bruises, and retain privacy in that awesome "spaceship" of a design of the bathroom. I think the telescoping walls grabbed the gadget loving kid in me! I also love to cook in my RV and have people in for nice dinners. When I had my 1983 24' Brougham (Hawkins Motor Coach) I could seat 7 for that and I will once again be able to do that in the HD. I am hoping to find one with that optional lower "real" oven because I love baking, roasting, and broiling food much better. So, I hope I haven't come off like a lunatic, just have a lot of appreciation for these and those of you who share that. FINALLY, I can plan to hop in and go far and not suffer the fear of gas guzzling bankruptcy.
Last thing I want to say is to encourage more people on here to participate and write. I am very lonely out here in the desert and hope to make some new friends with shared interests! Let's keep up the steam and support this site!
Paul Riesland (look me up on Facebook or mySpace too!)