2008 Winnebago Aspect 24 ' Class C
April 2011, parked at Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner, FL
In April of 2011, I found "the one" (in an ad on the internet), the perfect RV for me. Only one slight problem, it was in Florida and I was in Chicago. I had never driven an RV before. I had been going out RV shopping, but I never did a test drive.
I decided to go ahead adn make a call about this RV. Usually when I would find an RV that I liked on the internet, I would make a note of the website and the details. I never made a call on these other RV's because I did not want the salesperson calling and bugging me.
This time it was different, I wanted this RV. It had a lot of the features that I liked, and was missing the items that I did not want. I talked to Greg at Lazy Days RV Center in Seffner, FL. He gave me some details and a price. I called him back a few times with more questions, and he emailed some videos of the interior and took some measurements of things for me. I decided to go ahead and make a $500 deposit over the phone. He said it was refundable if I changed my mind.
This RV had an unusual floor plan, it was custom made as a traveling office for an insurance company. Lazy Days had originally sold a fleet of them to this business. I don't know why the insurance company did not keep them. It had only 7,000 miles on it, almost brand new.
Lazy Days had to install a shower, there was a cabinet in the place where the shower should be. The rest of the bathroom fixtures were already in place. This RV has a kitchen area with a refrigerator (very small) and a microwave/convection oven. There is not a stove top or a kitchen sink - this was ok with me. I did not want a stove top, and 2 sinks in such a small space seemed to be unnecessary. I don't cook a lot, I eat mostly fruits and vegetables. If I want something cooked, I can go to a restaurant.
There were 2 dinette tables. The larger one was folded down and I added a twin mattress to create a couch/bed. The smaller dinette will eventually be changed into a desk and chair.
in Florida, getting ready for the drive back to Chicago
We set a date for about a month later for me to pick up the RV in Florida. After a few days, I decided I could not wait that long, I called and said I wanted to pick it up sooner. They had to move me up on the list for the service department to get the work done.
I went to Florida to pick it up, I arrived before it was finished. I visited with a friend and did some sightseeing and took some classes at the RV center. Lazy Days also offers a free Driver Confidence Driving Class, I attended this class on the morning I was leaving to drive back to Chicago.
Lazy Days RV Center is the best place for a first time RV owner. They offer classes and extra services.
They now have a 2nd location in Tucson, AZ. I am hoping to go to Tucson to have some interior remodeling done on my RV.