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Old 04-12-2007, 05:05 AM   #11
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Hi There,,,I'm Ron (rinkman1)and my common-law wife, Evie live in Saskatoon, Sask. Canada We got into RVing. This year (2007) we'll maidenship the 2006 PleasureWay Excel TS, Silver Annivesary paint, with a few options on the coach. Our first trip will WEST to Van. Isle, after west trip, then EAST to maritimes. We'll stay main hiways, until we'll backroads, if we have an ERS calling OUTTTT, IF NEEDED (SHUDDER )
A few weeks back, we put spacers (correctrack) for sticking on solid pavement, four (4) Munroe shocks, (thinking of Bilstins). Yesterday we put bug deflector on it. It might not work for the bugs but snazzy looking. I put a "spinner" on the wheel for disability and a block on the gass pedal, moved the gas on the left. I lost movement of right leg and right arm and should from a stroke.
My common-law wife (Evelyn), Princess (Dog,,,border collie/black shepard) and of course me,,,Ron or rinkman1

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Old 04-12-2007, 04:12 PM   #12
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Hi everyone,
My name is Bobbi Bergstrom and my husband Harold and I are the EASTCOAST AMBASSADORS FOR PLEASURE-WAY. We are on our THIRD PLEASURE-WAY, and still loving it.
We have travelled through 48 US States and 6 Provinces of Canada. We have enjoyed the National Parks all over, and have also been back to visit several of them.
We just came back from a great 3 week trip to Florida and N.Carolina and are now looking forward to the PW Rally in Canada in June.
We have spent 6 weeks together in our PW- without "killing each other!" We had 2 Dodges and now own a Ford. The best thing about driving is that you get to meet such wondeful people, which you would never be able to do if you were to fly all over. We have made many new friends over the years. Harold is always asking me "Can't you make friends closer to where we live?" My response is, "No, because this is how we get to travel all over in our PW!"
Hope to see many of you Class B owners on the road!

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2003 FORD EXCEL-RD (#3)
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:09 AM   #13
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Hi, we're Bob & Sharon. Just saw this thread after being on this forum for about 4 months. Oh well, better late than never.
We are both retired. Me from General Motors, I built em. She from Southwestern Bell Telephone, now AT&T. Both retired about 2 years ago within 6 months of each other. We have 2 grown sons, one of which is in the US Army for 14 yrs, is a sergeant and a crew chief on a Kiowa helicopter. The other is a railroad engineer.
I, Bob, am also a volunteer firefighter and have been now for 14 yrs, almost 15. We live in eastern Kansas USA in the Kansas City area.
We have been RVers since about 1986 when we rented the first of 3 class c's over the years. We bought a Jayco 5th wheel in 2001, kept it for 2 years and used it twice in that time. Found it to be too much trouble and a pain to pull for us to enjoy it much, so we sold it and the truck we pulled it with. We had no intention of ever owning another RV at that time.
Well the bug hit us again after a 3000 mile car trip in 2005 that lasted 11 days during which we spent almost $1500.00 just on motel rooms. That got us to thinking, why are we spending all this money on somewhere we don't really want to be???? We can buy another RV and then we can decide that as we go.
On a trip to Ft. Carson in 2006 to Colorado to see our son & daughter in law, we took a trip up to Denver to look at some RV's and ended up looking at Roadtreks. We got in a 190P, and both of us said, "why didn't we buy one of these in the first place?" So we thought about it over the winter, went looking again and ended up with a Pleasure Way Lexor TS.

Now we're comfortable traveling and driving in a more manageable vehicle, for sure!

Thanks Marco for doing this forum and your tips and suggestions........
Bob & Sharon
2019 Winnebago Travato K (2018 Chassis)

Past RV's: 2013 WGO ERA 70A, Chevy PW Lexor
Itasca Navion, 29' Jayco 5th Wheel
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Old 08-01-2007, 09:10 PM   #14
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Default Terry Jones - Home built Chevy van

My name is Terry Jones. I have been RVing since the 60's with various types of RV's. I live in Lincoln near Sacramento, Ca. The summer of 2006, we took a trip to Glacier NP and Banff & Jasper National Parks in Alberta, Canada. We then went down the Oregon coast. Our Chevy van with GTRV top got 20 mpg highway. I am very happy with milage. In September 2006, we went to Yosemite NP. Nice time of year for Yosemite.

Terry's Home Built Chevy with GTRV Top

I ordered a new 2006 Chevrolet 1500 Express Cargo Van and "T" Top from Mike Reed of GTRV in November 2005. (I selected the Chevy van because of the superior gas milage that I got with my 2005 Chevy truck with the same drive train)

I picked up the van in Vancouver, B.C. with the "T" Top installed, in mid March 2006. (I selected the GTRV top over Sportsmobile top, because it would be garageable)

I did the internal conversion of the van to an RV myself. (This was the fourth van that I have converted to an RV) .(My last conversion was a 2003 Dodge van using the Sportsmobile top (It was garageable) with similar floor plan to my Chevy conversion)

I orded the van with the following options from the Chevrolet factory:
5300 V8
Tilt & Cruise
Power Windows & door locks
Cloth high back bucket seats
CD radio
Side door & rear door windows
HD trailering equipment
Remote keyless entry
145 Amp alternator
Chrome bumpers

I ordered the following option installed in the "T" Top from GTRV:
prewire for solar
prewire for roof mounted Fantastic Vent
TV antenna embedded in "T" Top
added vinyl windows to side of "T" Top

I installed the following items:
Note - layout of my van is similar to Sportsmobile RB-12
Norcold DC0051 12 DCV refrigerator
Rear dinette/bed (72" x 48" x 4" bed/matress)
Penthouse bed (3 ea. - 24" x 37" 3/4" oak plywood panels)
Tri fold 2" x 37" x 72" Penthouse mattress
WFCO Converter, 3 stage battery charger, & AC/DC electrical center
4D AGM battery
110 ACV electrical inlet
sink, faucet, 12 DCV water pump, & fresh & grey water tanks
12 DCV outlets
110 ACV outlets
Sure Power battery separator 200 Amp
interior 12 DCV lights
Trimetric TM2020 battery monitor
Fantastic Vent
cable TV
TV Stand
Vinyl Flooring over plywood
two side windows
window curtains
privacy curtain
Porta Potti
110 ACV rear door Air Conditioner
Portable one burner stove
wall paneling
Oak cabinets
Suburban NT-12SE furnace
Manchester #6814 propane tank

I have posted pictures of my construction progress on the GTRV Westy Owners Forum "Photos"| "Terry's Chevy RV Construction"
I have also posted pictures of the finished van on the GTRV Westy Owners Forum "Photos"| "Terry's Chevy with GTRV top"
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Old 10-27-2007, 07:15 PM   #15
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Hi All, ....I found this forum with Google while looking for manuals for my 88 ChevyVan30 with Escaper Van convertion. Reviewing the other intros revealed that mine is by far the oldest rig reported. But as someone said here I therefore feel fairly free to modify to suit my needs. I travel with my 4yr old lab Belle and usually a friend or relative sharing the considerable gas cost (10mi/gal imp). I also use a 35' 5th Wh tlr behind my old Diesel Dodge, and @ 15 mi/gal imp it's the cheaper mode of travel. I am on the lookout for a Duramax diesel for the Chevy if at all feasible(comments?). I'm from Alberta, currently in the Ottawa area but am gradually touring eastward and plan to spend a year in PEI in the none-too-distant. Meanwhile local grandchildren and friends are keeping me hereabouts. Good to be here in this forum, ....Dennis
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Old 11-05-2007, 03:25 PM   #16
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My wife and I recently bought a 1999 Roadtrek 190 Versatile. Our previous camper was a 1978 VW Westfalia bus. We drove that thing everywhere. This is our first actual "RV", and we are very much 'do it yourselfers'.

We are empty nesters who live in Salt Lake City and most of our traveling in towards the Pacific NorthWest, principally the Oregon coast.

We are new to the class B scene, and are in need of a great deal of advise. With time and experience, we hope to be able to give help as well as we receive it.
1999 Roadtrek 190 Versatile.
on a Dodge 3500 chassis
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Old 11-05-2007, 11:39 PM   #17
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Our previous camper was a 1978 VW
And I thought only VW RVs had popups. LOL. (not sure if the pictures are working)

I'm becoming an empty nesters myself, except for grand children, who are at least part-time

Marko not only finds great ideas, but seems to be a master of detail, when it comes to implementation.
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Old 01-05-2008, 07:23 AM   #18
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Hi all, My wife and I are from Northern British Columbia. We are both retired, or is that, as they say, just tired! Over our whole life together, we have done extensive tent camping, covering just about all of B C and the Yukon. We owned a 30 foot sailboat and until medical problems prohibited it, sailed from Alaska down to the mid B C coast area for years. Not wanting to forgo the outdoors after I had a few problems, we bought a little used 1995 GWV and have been using it since August of 2007. In a nutshell we love it. It took a little while for our beloved old Husky to share our enthusiasm but she now loves it as well. This has ended a topic of some strain between the dog and I, as when we used to tent, she slept in the car on plush high density foam seats, protected from the wind, rain, and frost, whereas I had to huddle in our SMALL tent!! Now we both get to have some luxury. "Oh hush!," my wife would say as I shivered miserably," this is a charactor building experience for us!" I find that a very great deal of the surplus equipment left over from the sailboat is quite useful in the van. As well I find that the wiring, plumbing, etc etc is just about identical. It's our little yacht on land!! I find that the van is just about ideal for extended camping as well as truly easy and convenient travel though towns and cities. To make matters perfect, I can have a little snooze when the better half decides to spend some time in the many many Quilting stores that magically seem to appear where ever we go." Stop sniveling", my wife says, "it just proves that God is a woman" We both find the site to be of interest and look forward to reading your posts.
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Old 03-10-2008, 09:43 PM   #19
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Hello all, My name's Chip. I'm 51 and have lived in Arizona all my life. I have a '86 Horizon Class B and a '86 Tioga Arrow Class C. I am into mostly boondock camping and I'm modifying the Horizon towards that end.

I travel by motorcycle mostly. logging thousands of miles here 'n there on a Moto Guzzi. The campervan is there to provide a base from which to go explore, mostly in New Mexico and Utah.

I got the handle "Cornbread Red" for my love of NM cuisine, especially anything with chile in it..

Boondock traveler, Frugal, but never "cheap".
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:32 PM   #20
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Default new from AZ,looking at class B's

I'm a newly-retired physician from Cave Creek AZ (just north of Phoenix).My SO (soon to be retired physician) and I are looking at motorhomes suitable for 2 people and several cats. So far we like everything about the class B's except the price of new ones
Roadtrek seems to be the most appealing,although used ones are hard to find ,it would seem.
We appreciate all the contributors to this site and will refer back often as we begin our search in earnest.


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