Home Sweet Home (On Wheels): A Photo Tour

 
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Welcome to our new home!

Wow, this post has been a long time coming. (Yes, a really long time—my bad! As it turns out, just because you write for a living does not mean you always keep up with your blogging. Oops!) If you know us or have kept up with some of our older blog posts, you know that we took a break from full-time RVing to live in Utah from January until May, awaiting the arrival of our new home on wheels.

On May 8th—exactly 4 months and 26 days, 148 days, 105 weekdays, 42 weekend days, or 21 weeks later—we finally got our new home.

Here’s a little backstory: We ordered a new Montana High Country 293rk from a wholesaler in Ohio. When we ordered it in December of 2014, we were told it would take about six to eight weeks to be built and delivered to us in Utah. So, we decided to get off the road in January, sell our toy hauler, and settle back into a “normal” routine until our new place arrived.

Little did we know, Keystone was done building 2015 units when we ordered ours, and was completely changing the interior of the new 2016 models. So, every week, we would call the factory, and they’d tell us that it would take a few more weeks. We finally found out about this grand overhaul to our future home, and that we would be waiting until May to finally get it. We were disappointed that we wouldn’t be able to travel, but were completely thrilled for the upcoming changes.

And let me tell you: it was worth the wait.

Before looking at these pictures, you should go check out what the 2015 Montana High Country’s looked like. Let’s just say they made some big improvements to the design. Our new home is exactly as we had hoped and dreamed it would be. I mean, exactly. There’s hardly a thing I would change. How lucky is that?

So, I guess I better give you a tour of the place! I’ll be sure to point out my favorite features along the way.

Living Area & Kitchen

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Things we love:

  • Cozy reclining theater seating.
  • The “living room” area, which is great for entertaining.
  • A desk—we couldn’t do without one!
  • A free-standing dining table (which doubles as a second desk for Brandon).
  • The cute electric fireplace, which puts off a ton of heat without burning any propane. And looks adorable.
  • A giant fridge and freezer.
  • Pretty much every single thing in the kitchen—including my amazing pantry.

Bedroom

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Things we love:

  • King sized bed—ohhhhhh this bed is the BOMB. (You can buy one here if you’re in the market.)
  • A giant open closet. We can organize all of our clothes easily with these Target storage cubes.
  • Under the bed storage, which speaks for itself.
  • A bench that doubles as a laundry hamper—brilliance.
  • It’s just cute. So there’s that.

Bathroom

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Things we love:

  • Seamless shower. We had issues with our last one leaking, and this one cannot. So, yay.
  • LOADS of storage. There are three large “closets” (not pictured) that hold tons of stuff.
  • A porcelain throne. (Our last one was plastic. Call it weird but I love that it’s ceramic!)
  • The skylight above the shower.

Other things we love:

  • Easy peasy set up with auto-leveling. This whole fifth-wheel thing is SO much better than a pull-behind trailer (in my humble opinion).
  • Gigantic pass through box that holds anything and everything we could ask for.
  • Big beautiful windows with wood blinds.
  • Nice aesthetics! I don’t love the design of the cornices (so I’ll eventually give those an update), but we’re completely smitten with everything else. Love the floor color, love the black leather couches, love the cabinetry…really we just like our home a whole lot.

Thanks for coming on the tour! Right now we’re working on a post about the modifications we made before we hit the road—including solar, batteries, our internet set-up, and more. Stay tuned!

10 Comments

 
Martin Turner Wrote:

Well thanks for solving the “wonder whatever happened to….?”
Nice Rig. Interesting that you went for a rear kitchen rather than the center island config. I cook so more counter space is important to me.
I’ve relocated to TT’s Lake of the Springs in Northern California. Rancho Oso wasn’t profitable and I got tired of the dirt. 3.5 yrs was the longest I’ve stayed anywhere in the last 20+ yrs. So I’m still mobile, just a a glacial pace. I’ve sold memberships at 21 TT parks (All 4 Corners of the US + Texas), 5 Colorado River Adventure’s and 2 Western Horizon’s. This may be my last resort. There is lots to see and great areas to ride and I’ll find a warmer climate for the winter without the big fifth whl (maybe the Philippines again or Nicaragua). Sold my 85 VW van (at a good profit) and will probably replace it with something newer, perhaps a VW Eurovan that will double as a passenger vehicle. Good to hear from you. If I could make one suggestion, make this blog about what you discover rather than one big “selfie”. Happy Trails! Martin

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suzi Wrote:

Do I detect a little passive aggressiveness going on with your comment Martin Turner? I think your new home on wheels is fabulous Meagan!

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Megan Wrote:

Hi Suzi! As a writer by trade, I think it’s easy to interpret words about 1,000 ways when they’re written and not spoken. So no worries :) But thanks so much for the compliment, we are thrilled with our new place! Happy travels :)

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Megan Wrote:

Hi Martin, nice to hear from you! Yes, I fell off the blogging bandwagon for a while—but I’m trying to get back on! :) In our last trailer, I had about half the counter space I have now and so this amount of space feels palatial! Mostly we just didn’t want to take up too much floor space with an island, but I do see the benefit for sure. Glad to hear you’re enjoying your new place–how is little Roo? It sounds like you have some great adventures planned for the future. And thank you for the suggestion; I will be sure to write more about that! Take care and keep in touch – Megan

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Jennifer Wrote:

We have a 2015 High Country as well but the 305rl! We love ours as well. I’m not too crazy about all the Browns but that’s what fabric and paint are for!!! Enjoy it!!

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Megan Wrote:

Hello Jennifer, that’s awesome! We are in love with High Country’s, and the 305rl is gorgeous! And it’s true, there’s nothing a few throw pillows and a splash of color can’t fix ;) Enjoy your beautiful place!

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Andre Wrote:

Hi.
we have the same unit and like you we waited a long time to get it but it was worth it. We have worked out the kinks out of ours. Here are a few recommendations to check on yours. We did not find anything major and fixed the bugs ourselves:
1. The closet pole gave way without being overcharged. It ripped the end crossed bars that supported the whole pole and shelf. Solution: i added pieces of wood that I screwed in the whole length and sides of the shelves.
2. I replaced all sealant around the outside of both slides. That is the sealant that joins the rubber and the walls. A lot of it was coming off. I ripped it all off and redone.
3. One shelf crashed in the pantry. I reinforced underneath all shelves on the 3 sides. Same as in closet. I added two shoeves in pantry in the pantry also.
4. Our showers doors leaked on the bathroom floor near the front (next to the sink cabinet). Sealant was missing on the outside door rails where the rails meet the shower overhang. Redone the whole outside rail sealant. Also added sealant all around the shower piece top so water would not get behind the one piece shower from the top.
I hope you find this information helpfull.
Happy travel.
Andre and Denise
Donnacona , Quebec, Canada
sailorpic@gmail.com

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Megan Wrote:

Hi Andre! Congrats on your new unit! I agree, it was completely worth the wait. Funny, we have already dealt with issues 3 and 4! The shower leak was something we noticed quickly and fixed right away; and I found out the hard way about the pantry shelves being flimsy; 2 out of the 4 are cracked! We’re taking it into a repair shop and having them reinforce all of the shelving soon. We also had a major issue with our one main downstairs slide (I’ll write about that in another blog). I’ll make sure to keep an eye on the closet pole and the sealant. Happy travels to you!

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MARTIN TURNER Wrote:

Time flies! Just stumbled back across this site. Are there a bunch of other posts that I just didn’t get or did you cease and desist from blogging altogether? How did the rig work out? Looks lovely. I’ve retired from TT and live in Baja (same 5th Wh) now and am considering doing some sort of blog for RV’ers and Expats. (Any suggestions?)
Roo is hanging in there at 14, going blind, deaf and lame, but still always in good spirits. He’s my Rock!

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