Sunday, March 15, 2015
My research led me to conclude that a Class B Mercedes Sprinter Van was my best choice. I had narrowed things down to the Leisure Travel Free Spirit SS or the Winnebago Era 70C, with the latter being my top pick.
After having been to a couple of RV shows, I was waiting to make my final decision until after attending one more RV show in Portland. (I had done PLENTY of additional research - including renting a PleasureWay Plateau FL for a long 4-day weekend in February.)
I went to the RV show Friday afternoon. My daughter was kind enough to go with me. While I know she had her fill of RVs, it was very helpful to have her there! We looked at lots of different Class B Mercedes Sprinter Vans, including the Winnebago Era 70C. Although I had spent a lot of time researching them - especially the 70C - I discovered some new things I needed to consider more carefully.
That led us to look at a few Class B+ Mercedes Sprinter vans, including the Leisure Travel Unity and the PleasureWay Plateau XL. As the afternoon (and my daughter's patience) wore on, I kept coming back the Class B+ units. They offered some additional flexibility that I realized I might appreciate.
I left having decided to head out to the dealer the next day to test drive a Plateau XL they had on their lot. The next morning I took my test drive and was still impressed but also decided that the difference in price was going to be a barrier. The sales person confirmed my fears.
While this rig has some very nice features the Class B units don't have, it also fell short of some of the other rigs I had looked at. I spent time comparing them and eventually concluded the Plateau XL had the edge. (Not in small part due to the bed.)
Today I had a call from the sales person with an offer that was a couple of thousand above my upper limit. I thanked him for his time but said it was just out of my reach. He called back an hour or so later and said they would meet my price. (There are lots more details here that I may go into at another time.)
Bottom line, I put a deposit down to hold the unit which I should take possession of in the next couple of weeks.
I could not be more excited. Or sick to my stomach!
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Friday, November 25, 2011
10. The satisfaction in knowing we got to Jerusalem just in time for the big 50% off sale. "Big sale! Big sale!"
9. The almost impossible choice we faced each day: Falafel or Shwarma?
8.. The confusion in knowing Israelis have developed a fence that can sense where and when a bird lands on it but do not possess the technology to make a decent napkin.
7. Not that I wanna harp on this but the napkins are the size of a post it note and the wash cloths are the size of a football field.
6. The enormous and, dare I say, out of control, feral cat population.
5. Drinking a beer while on a church trip and almost getting away with having it charged to the pastor's room.
4. Dancing the Hava Nagila without creating an international incident by putting out our tour guide's eye.
3. Carrying around 300 pounds of change but never having enough to actually pay for anything.
2. Visiting Qumran and then wondering about the sexual preference of the Essenes - a sect of deeply religious men who wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls and spent a lot of time in ritual baths. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
And my Number One memory of my trip to Israel . . .
Never once getting lost while wandering around the Old City. Okay, that's a lie. ALWAYS getting lost while wandering around the Old City - but going back every day for more.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Gonna make this one shorter . . .
We hit the road at 8:00 AM and headed straight to the Mount of Olives - along with all the rest of the tourists in Jerusalem. The view from our starting point looks out over the old city and is pretty spectacular with the early sun on the golden Dome of the Rock. Beyond that we visited the Garden of Gethsemane and a few related churches along the way.
Then we went into the Old City and visited an archaeological park at the southern end of the Temple Mount. This is the spot where anyone visiting the temple would have come to enter the Temple Mount. it's one spot where we can be certain Jesus would have walked.
From there it was a trip to the outskirts of Jerusalem to visit Yad Vashem, Israel's memorial to the millions of Jews killed in the Holocost. It features the stories and artifacts of hose who went through it. Very powerful.
We headed back into the city to visit he City of David which is essentially the Jerusalem of David's time. This is a very controversial dig in East Jerusalem. It's controversial because Israeli's are literally digging in Palestinians back yards.
The purpose of our visit was to walk the 1,750 length of Hezekiah's Tunnel. This tunnel was dug to secretly bring water from the Gihon spring, the only source of water for the city, to the pool of Siloam on the other side of town. It guaranteed the Residents would continue to have water if their city was attacked. A pretty impressive engineering feat for its day.
We climbed down into a cavern and stepped into the entrance. The water quickly crept to our knees and then our thighs. After a few hundred feet it was only ankle deep. The tunnel is pitch dark but most of us had flashlights. It took less than half an hour but was very cool and Indiana Jones like.
After dinner A few of us made the trek to the Old City to see the Western Wall at night. It is very cool to see things at night. Shops are closed. It is dimly lit and feels even more like another world.
The Western Wall is always cool with lots of Orthodox men bobbing their heads as they pray. There is also a covered area just north of that section do the wall where even more men gather to talk and pray. We wandered into that space as well.
Our trip to and from the Old City resulted in us getting lost several times but that's all part of he fun.
Feral cat count: 13