Although we planned this trip and purchase for quite a while, neither of us had ever traveled in a motor home before. We
believe in plunging in with both feet, however, so we got a Windsport 35D.
We had the RV modified quite a bit for our tastes. We took out the sofa and replaced it with an easy chair. Both the
driver and passenger seats were replaced with more comfortable ones, and the table was replaced with a wooden one. Small
focused lights were placed everywhere, and they were wonderful additions, as were the additional electrical outlets. The
kitchen and bathroom counters were replaced with corian. We added a SVHS/DVD player to the TV in the bedroom, and
a satellite TV system and satellite Internet system to the roof. We also added a navigation unit installed at the local
Best Buy. All the vents were electric, with one having a rain closer and
the other a low slung cover. The storage under the cooktop was replaced with an oven. Because
we expected to spend most of our time at the computers, the whole motor home was wired for Internet. You could plug in at the
bedroom counter, where Mary would work, either side of the dining room table, at the easy chair, or at the passenger seat.
This worked out very well.
Although we purchased the motor home in October '04, the trip didn't actually start until after the fear of snow was passed -
in April. Up till then, we fitted out the bedroom with a digital video editing suite, and Mary spent the winter there, working
on music videos. To avoid driving out for propane, we had a tank installed beside the unit, so it was a toasty addition to the
house, sitting right in the driveway.
It wasn't easy driving something 37' long, and adding a 16' car behind was even worse, even with a Brake Buddy. At first,
Mary drove behind. Once Paul got the hang of it, he was able to attach the car and Mary got to ride.
Our goal was the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas, and we were on a pretty tight
schedule. From there, the plan was to tour the west. Because we don't fly, we don't get out there anymore.