How do you choose a moving earthquake on wheels. Well you look. Then you look again. Then you narrow it down and look again. They you choose one you like. Then you change your mind. Then you look again. Then you go back and start all over. Then finally you decide on the features you need and the floor plan you like and if you are lucky you just might get it or you can order it.
Well, that is somewhat how are choice began. We knew we needed something that would stand up to the cold of Colorado, after all I did not want to freeze. Again, I am a minimalist but a luxury minimalist. I knew I wanted to live with less, so what ever fit’s in the 5th wheel that is less. I knew I would maintain a small little storage area for family pics and such. I also new that I am 50 plus make decent money and don’t want to suffer too much. I know all of you travel free, with less stuff, people are cringing. I admit it I did not want to go to the extreme. I am a realist who likes heat, and comfort. I especially like comfort, and wine I like wine, and nice hotel rooms I like nice hotel rooms.
Well when the decision was coming into fruition we had really narrowed it down to 2 styles. One was the Landmark who I think is absolutely beautiful and then our choice the Redwood. We were all set to pull the plug on a brand spanking new baby when we hit a little snag at Camping World in Arizona. Nothing on the Redwood itself as we love it.
It was our experience at Camping World. We went through everything paper work and everything at CW, and we were not ready to pick it up but wanted everything set for when we came back in a few weeks. So we waited, then waited, then waited and days had passed and we were already home and still knew nothing. Called finance manger who was the worst at calling back, called the sales manager again the worse. Finally, when we did get them we heard several different stories from each. You would think if someone is dropping that much money in today’s economy they might want to give them a little better service. I mean I don’t expect any one to drop down and kiss my feet but an email or phone call letting us know how everything is progressing. NOPE, NADA, NILTCH every single time it was me calling.
I figured out that if this is the way sales worked I surely did not want to have to deal with service (which most know with a new rv is inevitable). My husband and I pulled the plug and stopped the transaction (not sure it had even started really). The final straw was after we decided never again the assistant GM called and tried to smooth things over. He tried to be nice and understanding yet when we stated we weren’t interested and refund our deposit his tune changed. Talk about never visiting a company again. With employees like that it makes you wonder why they have any business at all. We took our business elsewhere. To La Mesa RV really nice folks who gave us impeccable service across the board.
So we ended up at LA Mesa RV in Arizona and we are truly happy with our choice. The Redwood is definitely a nice rig (Rver slang). It is completely a four season choice in the world of 5th wheels. A heated undercarriage is completely important when the temperatures in your area can be below zero at times. Two fireplaces and a 40,000 BTU furnace are also important to us.
Yet, what caught us is the elegance and beauty of the Redwood. It’s products are made with high quality materials and construction. It is labeled as a luxury residential 5th wheel and I believe it lives up to it’s advertising. You know that word luxury would appeal to the luxury minimalist in me. What appealed to me also is that I can purchase a residence that I can take anywhere and my front door can be anything from a barren but beautiful warm desert to a alpine setting in the mountains and it is luxurious. The beauty is not only in the area I am visiting but the 5th wheel itself.
I simply love the kitchen with it’s beautiful and functional design. The pantry is lovely and has plenty of storage. The kitchen itself is filled with extra cabinet storage which is really important when you are full timing. My husband refers to it as a two butt kitchen in that both of our derrières fit nicely in the space. We have a gas stove and an oven and it has worked for us well. We don’t have a full size refrigerator but it is pretty decent and seems to work for us with no issues.
Our bedroom is completely comfortable and has more than enough storage and space for us. There are little drawers and spaces everywhere for you to place items. Being we are full timing in it closet storage was important. We still work and have work attire and play attire and we live in an area with four seasons. We don’t have any issues what so ever. I do however remove summer cloths in winter and winter cloths in summer. This helps to have a more organized area and increases the ease of use in the closet area. I just take what I am not using and place it in plastic bins in our under carriage area. It is then neat and organized.
So we have scaled everything down to fit into less than 300 sq feet. You really have to like each other in that amount of space and lucky for us we do. The Redwood does not feel cramped or even small and we enjoy everything about it. Our original idea and we had read all of the RV blogs was to go big. Big enough to give you space you need but still able to fit into various places you might want to see like national parks and such. At our first initial stop this is just what we intended and we were looking at a 41 footer. After our initial issue with the above mentioned worst customer service ever place we located our new home at LA Mesa RV. This is when we did our final search on the internet and our beauty came up she was basically 36′ inside and 38′ in exterior length. I have to say we love it! It is not too small at all and Redwood has taken care of everything as far as storage and placement of furniture to maximize every space. We have storage we have yet to even use. I have to say I was quite surprised at the efficiency of everything in the Redwood. Very well planned out and a beautiful place to call home. Especially for the Luxury Minimalist. So if you happen to be in the market for a 300′ sq ft living space I would not hesitate to recommend a Redwood Fifth Wheel not only for comfort but luxury too.
Oh and I get nothing from this endorsement but if you want to send me a check I would not turn it away. (smiling deviously)