2015 is here

Our new FourWinds 22e

Our new FourWinds 22e

2015 is now officially here. I know because I saw the ball drop. As Sher and I look forward to the new year we are excited about our new RV, a Four Winds 22e motorhome. We have had it a couple of weeks and are still getting things organized the way we want them. Changing from a truck pulling a travel trailer to a self-contained Class C has been a change as you can imagine. The coach will fit into our travel life a lot better than the trailer.

We are planning on heading south from Indiana, maybe towards Florida or maybe towards New Orleans. That is the fun of the RV lifestyle: you can go where ever you want.

Our new short queen mattress from Mattress Insider

Ok, how many of you RVers out there still have the mattress that came with your RV? If you do, you sure had a better mattress when you bought your RV than we had in ours. The mattress in our master BR was a five inch thick thing that appeared to be stuffed with the same material in a carnival prize stuffed animal. We both were waking up with backaches after sleepless nights.


This is the mattress we bought from Mattress Insider

Sher began to check around for a different mattress. She found the MattressInsider.com site on the web. Long story short, this site is a gold mine for RV replacement and custom made mattresses.

We looked at the many styles of mattresses and felt that we really would prefer steel coil construction for the firm support. We found the 8″ Park Meadow Pocketed Coil RV Mattress II. We placed our order by phone and received the mattress seven days after it shipped with free shipping.

Wow. This mattress is more comfortable than the one we had in our house. Backaches have gone. We sleep at night. (Now there is a concept!) We just love this mattress and should have ordered it sooner.

Don’t even hesitate to do business with Mattress Insider. They were great to work with on the phone. Delivery was as promised. Set up was easy: simply remove the packaging and the mattress unrolls itself. (The package is about the size of a 30 gallon drum, weighs about 70 pounds.) Let it “expand” for 3 hours and you are good to go.

Guarantee? You bet. If before 100 nights you are not satisfied, simply donate the mattress to a charity, get a receipt for same, and send the receipt to the company for a full refund. No sending the mattress back to the company on your nickel!

Need a new mattress for your RV? Browse the Mattress Insider website and/or call them at 1-888-327-3047. You will not be disappointed working with these great folks.


Buying our Keystone Hideout 260LHS

The die was cast: it was time to get an RV trailer that would be suitable for our roadtirement. We had the Starcraft AR-ONE for a trade. We now had a pickup truck with a 7500 pound towing capacity.  After researching online we decided to go to Walnut Ridge Family RV in New Castle, Indiana.

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The Walnut Ridge  staff welcomed us late one afternoon. The Keystone brand was on our list of brands to consider, and, as it turned out, the dealership was having a special on Keystone travel trailers.


Our decision to go with the Hideout model 260LHS was based on several factors. The master bedroom had a short queen bed, and both of us could get in and out of it without having to climb over the other. This was a must, as the Starcraft did not allow that. The kitchen was fine, with a decent sized fridge. There was a three burner stove and an oven.


The bathroom had a full sized porcelain commode by Dometic. The tub was small, but the shower was fine and it was easy to get into. A second bed with drop down bunk would allow for storage and sleeping room when we had our grandchildren along for trips. Basement storage was more than adequate for us.

The quality of the Keystone Hideout immediately stood out to both of us. Cabinet doors and drawers were solid when operated. The fit of the interior trim was excellent. Electrical outlets were positioned well, and were firmly installed.

The Keystone Hideout 260LHS became our roadtirement home!