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Monday, December 21, 2020

Another video of our new motorhome

We survived another two days of weekend quarantine and now have five days of freedom in front of us. But, we won't know what that five days is going to look like until we have our eye doctor appointments this afternoon. It could be that surgery happens fairly quickly. And we'll probably have to alternate somewhat who gets what done when to allow at least one of us to be able to drive and look after the other depending on how things go. We'll find out more later today.

And Christmas is coming up on Friday, but we're not sure how much that will affect things here in Turkey... a mostly Muslim country that doesn't typically celebrate Christmas, although we have seen some Christmas trees and things in some of the stores. From what I have read, this coming Friday could be a fairly normal work day here in Turkey.

So we spent most of yesterday on the internet. We watched a couple of youtube videos about Kilimanjaro and did some more research. And I came across another video review about our new motorhome. Because it's a fairly new model, there haven't been many videos made about it.

He says this is a 2020, but I think he's made a mistake and it's a 2021 model like ours.

So while I was perusing things, I came across a new motorhome that is being produced in Canada by Leisure Travel Vans. This is the company that usually makes Class B van style motorhomes.

This is a 25' model, compared to ours which is a 20' model. I wasn't really trying to compare the two, but you can definitely see where they are trying to use some of the more European touches such as the big skylight. 

But of course the one thing we did compare is the price!

While our little unit comes to the equivalent of about $82,000 CAD ($64,000 USD), the Leisure one, at $155,000 CAD is almost double that! Yikes. You can even add on some pricey options that will balloon the price to $200,000 CAD. And even more, since our price includes taxes. I don't understand how it can be that much more money. And, then you take a big depreciation hit after you buy it...  something that doesn't appear to happen nearly as much with European rigs.

We both can't wait to get into our little motorhome.

Heading out for a hike this morning, then the eye doctor this afternoon.

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Nice price drop on this 3 Piece Bedding Set.

And in Canada...

Fishing Gear.


22 comments:

  1. Ontario is going into lock down on Christmas Eve. Causing a lot of strife for a lot of families.
    I'm going to check out that Canadian made Camper Van!

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    1. Yes, we saw that in the news yesterday! I feel really bad for those that are home alone, I know that they can have one person visit them but for some that may not be possible. It is going to be a difficult Christmas for many. :-(

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  2. This “HOUSE ARREST” stuff must be getting old??

    What a way to have too spend Christmas and New Years for 6 days.

    Hang in there you two. Dust off the Backgammon. Lol

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    1. It is getting a bit old, especially when the weather is beautiful outside! However, we are still in a much better situation then many, so we will take what we have and be happy. It is sounding much better here than it is in most parts of Ontario.

      Christmas is on a Friday so we won't be locked down for that but the two days after we will be and then again for four days starting the following Thursday (New Year's Eve day).

      We don't have the backgammon game with us, it would have taken up too much room in our carry-on bags. We do have Yahtzee, our cribbage board and a pack of cards though.

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    2. Really not sure of Ontario’s regulations?

      The wife and I are in Western Canada.

      We have restrictions also but not House Arrest as Kevin would say! Lol

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    3. Here is a link to the new lockdown regulations for Ontario starting Dec. 26th. https://toronto.ctvnews.ca/ontario-will-enter-strict-lockdown-on-dec-26-nearly-all-non-essential-businesses-to-close-1.5239810 They are not being forced to stay at home but are asked to stay home except for essential reasons and not to travel outside of their local regional and not get together with anyone that is outside of their own household members.

      I don't believe this affects other provinces, just Ontario.

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  3. I had no problems driving after have the lenses put it. Only had a protective cover to put in at night in case a steay elbow bumped me.
    However; I did have them done separately, one week apart.
    My hubby couldn’t tell which one I had done when I came out if daycare surgery.
    Just a different routine of drops per eye.
    I have incredible vision!

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    1. Wow, that is good to hear! If we do go ahead and get it done, we will not be getting both eyes done at the same time, they will be at least three or more days apart. It is so nice to hear that you had a good experience and that you are loving your new vision. :-)

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  4. Prices like that would be scary at this time.
    Good Luck with the Eye Appointments.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. When we were watching the video of the Canadian made motorhome we had both figured the price would be around $160,000 CAD mark so we were pretty close but once you add in some of the extras that we think would be necessary to have for boondocking purposes, it becomes a lot more. Even at $155,000 CAD it is out of our price range! I think we will be getting a lot more for our money with our little European unit and I think we are going to love it. :-)

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  5. Christmas will be just like any other day in Turkey. Many households have adapted Christmas-like decorations for the New Year celebration, which is a big deal in Turkey. Of course, it won't be nearly as festive this year what with COVID-19 and the 4-day lockdown. Good luck with your eye appointments.

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    1. That is pretty much what we figured on for Christmas. It certainly has been different for us this year, as it is the first time that we have been in a Muslim country over Christmas. We are so used to being in Mexico where they go all out for Christmas. We have missed seeing all the Christmas lights and decorations this year and we "sorta" miss all the Christmas music that we would hear but after a short time that music really gets old, as they always start it way too soon, lol!

      It is a shame though that we will miss the festivities that would have happened over New Year's Eve and Day. As you said we don't think any of that will be happening this year. :-(

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  6. No wonder you are excited about the new motorhome. Lots of well thought out features, and the pull down bed is great!

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    1. It looks great doesn't it?! We can't wait to get in and start touring around and making it our own little home. :-)

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  7. Don't you think that class b's in the Americas are still a niche market? At the price you are paying it would never happen here. You would think that built in Europe it would be more with higher wages and benefits. Very nice unit you guys have purchased. I can't wait to rent it! :)

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    1. More or less, yes we do think they are a niche market but that is because most people want something much bigger with all the toys!

      We don't quite understand why the prices are so much cheaper in Europe either, especially when they are so much better built and the fact that the units hold their value so much better.

      We would have no problem letting you and Juan and a few others people that we know have use of our little motorhome when we aren't using it ourselves. It is better to be used then to have it sitting still for too long. :-)

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  8. Just be careful when opening those overhead bins, as items may have shifted during flight.

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    1. Lol, I don't think that will be a problem, it never was in Sherman! :-)

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  9. Which one did you get? I guess you picked the Europe one! How exciting! Sounds like it's everything you wanted. Take care, Rawn Stone

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    1. We were always getting the European one, Kevin was just showing the North American on for a comparison between the two.

      We are very excited, and looking forward to getting to see it in person but we still have a little while to wait before that happens. :-)

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  10. I love your new rig & can’t wait to see how you make it your own. If someday you wanted to come back home is it reasonable to bring it back with you?

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    1. Thanks Bonnie, we are looking forward to that as well. :-)

      We don't want to bring it back to North America but if we did, shipping is fairly reasonable, however there are probably certain things that would have to be done to the unit to meet Canadian standards and parts would not be readily available. To us it just makes more sense to sell it and then buy something else once we return to North America for more RVing.

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