!@#$%&*! SHORT-SHEETING CHEATERS
We stand aghast at the "reputable" manufacturers who use such inferior appointments in the construction of their products. Visit just about any dealership that sells class A motorhomes and tour their most expensive units with a tape measure. Virtually every "queen size bed" will be one of those !@#$%&*! short-sheeting cheaters! They fully expect us to pay a quarter million dollars, and sometimes much more, for one of their rolling palaces and still quietly suffer such abuse.
The punch line to this rude joke is that so many gullible fools really do!
Probably the worst part of the whole issue is that many manufacturers and virtually every dealer's sales rep display no hesitation about calling them "queen-sized" beds! Most stick to their guns, too, insisting that there are no official standards for what a queen bed should really be. They can apply any definition they please. Talk about a cop-out! George Orwell would be proud, indeed.
A few attempt to back-pedal and regain some modicum of their integrity when challenged by declaring that they're really "short-queens." Are we really supposed to be fooled that easily? Apparently a lot of people are!
The essence that they fail to perceive is that trying to foist those !@#$%&*! short-sheeting cheaters off onto the public as "queen sized" advertises a complete lack of scruples and integrity. This certainly does nothing to enhance the reputation of the RV industry, does it?
Do you really want to pay two, three or more years salary to someone you can't trust at least that far? Not us!
Ever since the mid 1990s Stan has been visiting the annual RV show held in Calgary's Stampede Park every February and haunting RV sales lots other times when time would allow. We vacillated between 5th wheels, Class Cs, travel trailers and Class As. Every manufacturer and dealer did their level best to talk us into buying their concept of the ideal RV. However, we saw many problems and shortcomings in their products. Among them were:
Eventually we decided that we couldn't use a towed RV. Marguerite's handicap makes moving back and forth between the towing vehicle and the towable tiresome at best, death defying at worst. And, such a trek would be necessary every time we stopped for an evening or even a "pit stop." Thus we disqualified 5th wheels and travel trailers.
Realistically, that left us with only two other possibilities, a Class C or a Class A. A perusal of the Calgary market clearly demonstrated, however, that the only Class Cs that would be acceptable, i.e., not possessing most of the failings listed above, were almost as expensive as Class As. It was also quite clear that the overwhelming majority of Class Cs neither exhibited the quality of comparable Class As nor the storage capacity. Thus, after years of dreaming and haunting RV sales lots we finally decided that the only rational option was to look seriously at Class As.Why did it take us so long? There were several reasons.
By this point, then, we had a pretty good idea of what we DIDN'T want in our ideal retirement home on wheels! Was it all just a flight into fancy? Did something like this really exist? At anything like what we thought we could afford? How on Earth would one go about finding such a beast in the first place? To find out the answers to these questions and a lot more, return to the Game Plan.
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