Sunday, June 10, 2012

2013 Road Warrior 381 CK Review

Here is a short review of Heartland's Road Warrior RW 381 CK .
It's Springtime and a Gals thoughts turn to tradin' up.

Not that I am unhappy with our 2011 Road Warrior 361, in fact I'm delighted with it and would be hard pressed to exchange it for any other type of RV, up to and including the big luxury Class A Motor Coaches.

But, one does get curious to see what's up with the newer models so I slipped over to Heartland and did a lookabout.

I was a bit dismayed by the initial shock of black cabinets, but I found that you can still order the Cherry cabinet version as an option, so I guess I can live with it, in fact, the black cabinets actually look pretty nice once the initial shock wears off, (as a caveat we sometimes stay in the shade and RV's are a bit dark, adding black cabinets would do nothing to improve the situation).

The stainless appliances are very sharp looking next to the cabinets.

What I don't care for is the benchette dining lounge, why on earth do the Good Folks that plan RV's think we need seating for a dozen of our best friends at all times? We, of course, would pull out the entire unit and replace with our desk set up, as we did with our present unit, but this would leave me with some awkward holes in the floor, (I'm sure there are caps, but really, are these toe jammers or what?).

The slide is much larger, and has really big windows, but the space is sucked up by placing the refrigerator in the slide. Hmmmm...not sure how I feel about not having even a small counter next to the fridge for pulling multiple items out....

Again, the great minds have decided to go the "Bar & Lounge" look, even to the point of hanging the TV at the ceiling above the entry door. This would kill my neck, but that's just a personal problem for myself.

What could be really nifty about the 381 was the hint in the floorplan of there being a "Camp kitchen" in the kitchen slide out for outdoor cooking. If this is truly the case, (why they don't provide even a snapshot of it is a total mystery to me), this would be a HUGE selling point for me! If it had a TV mounted in it, even BETTER! I might never have to go inside again other than to sleep!

All in all, this unit is very nice, it looks as if you can access most of the interior if the slide in in too, a big plus for us Full Timers who want to pull in a parking lot and just grab a snack and a nap before we head out again without putting out the slides.

I won't go too deeply into the specs on this unit, suffice it to say it has the best in the industry and if you need more information, I would click on the link provided at the start of this article. I'm also not going to describe the bedroom and bath, they aren't that much changed form any other Heartland Fiver layout, nothing new here and you can go to the site if your curious.

I featured this unit as it most closely resembles our unit in size and layout, (other than the garage is only 12' where ours is 14'), unfortunately, our exact layout seems to have been discontinued, just why, I am not sure, but I wont be trading in Our Gal anytime soon on this model, although I concede it does has some very fine features that others would appreciate!


Friday, June 1, 2012

Another Lovely Day in Wisconsin...

Here we are near Black River Falls in Wisconsin at Lost Falls Campground for the better part of a month now. It has become our unofficial home for the Summer, if we could be said to have one in the Northland, we have worked out a seasonal rate with the wonderful owners and are having the time of our lives here.

We will soon be leaving to attend the Big Event of the Year for us, Prairie du Chien Rendezvous and Flea Market. If you are in the area, stop by and have a Fry Bread and coffee with us! We also have an All You Can Eat Breakfast for $6 from 7-9am everyday, and the price includes your beverage!

It sure would be nice to visit with some of our Full Time friends, there are quite a few nice campgrounds within easy reach of the Event. We get pretty busy during the day but if you drop by for coffee or such in the am we would love to chat, especially with my Fellow Crafty Full Time Ladies!

I have been spending my days making pre contact native dresses and jewelry for my husbands creations as well as taking long river walks and alternating between freezing and frying with this changeable Wisconsin weather!

It sure feels like Paradise here, last weekend, Memorial Day weekend), the Owners warned us it would be super busy and we may be bothered by the traffic, heck! the way this place is laid out we never even noticed! Sure there were a few people strolling by and kids hollering somewhere of in the distance, but for the most part, we have seen much worse!

Well, here's hoping your day is special and you are appreciating this lovely planet we inhabit, I think I'll turn off the net and go outside and chat with the neighbors!
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