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Different Strokes for different folks OR One RV does not fit all

In 2006, my brother who owns the excavation business where I work took my advice and said he was ready to buy an RV. He was tired of living in a motel with his DW and all the hassles that entailed.  Sometimes the jobsite was 30 minutes from the motel, he had the fuel stolen out of a tank in the bed of his truck, you had to eat out all the time, he didn’t have the space for all his stuff in the motel etc etc.

When my brother makes up his mind, it is full speed ahead. I gave him some tips and general advice about what to look for and the next 2 weeks was a whirlwind. His top criteria was it had to be new, it had to be dependable and it had to be comfortable. My brother has no inclination to tinker around with a used RV — he has bigger fish to fry. So we spent the next two weeks with constant phone calls. What about this brand? Do I need a second AC? The dealer said…..

He settled on a 33′ Heartland Bighorn fifth wheel. He already had the tow vehicle and he definitely did not need a coach — just another vehicle to move.

On the job near Graford,Tx  --2007

On the job near Graford,Tx --2007

. The Heartland had a great reputation for initial build quality and after the sale support. It also has an active internet owner’s group.

I really like his fifth wheel. It is spacious with 3 slideouts. It has recliners which I like and it has a nice kitchen and big refrigerator. His DW likes that. Over the last 2 years it has proven to be a reliable RV. He did have a problem with his toilet and Heartland sent a Tech out with a replacement in the middle of nowhere east of Huntsville,TX.   I was impressed.

Right now he is parked at a really nice resort on Toledo Bend Lake with full hookups. The fifth wheel does not adapt very well to boondocking or jobsites with less than full amenities. Our present site has no water.  The Heartland has limited 12 volt house battery capacity and no generator. Over the years, the Fish Bus is the one that gets sent in to the remote jobsites to hang out and provide security for our equipment. I can breakdown and mobilize in about an hour and I don’t need electricity or lots of water.

Like I said, different strokes for different folks.

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