We've been following the threads about the Senecas for quite awhile. And we are coming very close to purchasing one as our retirement camper/motor home/semi-permanent residence.
Just a little more financial matters to resolve and we will pull the plug and take possession of our future.
We have been camping since 2010. Having moved from a life time of over 40 years of marriage / sailing / cruising / living a life along or on the water.
Retired last December 1, 2014, but if you talk to the guys I worked with, I really retired about 2010. We made the decision to live in our travel trailer, an Arctic Fox 30U, over the Winter of 2013/2104 and set the goal of living in it full time as of March 2014. So far, we have succeeded and spent just a few nights in our house, since then. We are moving from our house to a condo in a retirement community to relieve ourselves of the home responsibilities, but have a home anchorage if one of us get sick or we decide we don't want this life style. At 66 and 62, we are healthy, but want to be ready for what comes in the future.
We live near a Corps of Engineers Reservoir with a great campground just 2 miles from our house. We raised our family on this lake and still find it a great place to home base in the Spring and Fall, with traveling south in the Winter and north in the Summer. I don't care for the heat and the bride doesn't like the cold.
Our neighbor's kids, from Colorado, have a Kodiak Seneca. So its got to be at least a 2011 or older. We know they like it and it seems to hold up well.
Last month on our way back to upstate New York, we went through Grand Rapids, Michigan and stopped at Motor Home 2 Go. They had a large selection of Senecas and Dynamaxs. Spent two days checking out all the models, drove a Senenca and just can't find a vehicle that fits our needs better.
Jan like the single unit. Personally, I like the flexibility of the truck and trailer. The Arctic Fox fits our needs and we pull it with a Chevy 2500HD with the diesel engine. We have pulled with a gas powered conversion van on a smaller trailer and really like the power, fuel economy and reliability of the diesel. The wife feels, as we get older, a single unit will resolve many of our setup and tear down issues of getting established in a camp or getting ready to move camp. The leveling, loading, hooking up and all the little issues of moving our rolling home down the road seems to be her major concern. She thinks a single unit resolves this. After 43 years she still doesn't catch on that I like to putts with stuff. Its just my nature.
How we got to the Seneca, is that nothing else fits the bill. I like a truck over a diesel pusher. I want the reliability of a vehicle that can be repaired by regular mechanics and not gymnasts. I want the established reliability of what companies use to deliver goods or haul stuff every day. I have experience with Freightliner and feel it can always be easily repaired by qualified mechanics.
What model of Seneca? Not sure. Most likely we will choose as to what is available, but are leaning toward the "bunk house" model or FS because of the bunks allowing extra storage. We have 4 grand kids and may make one or two pilgrimages with all of them, but the bunks seem to give the most flexibility for different needs and storage.
We will choose the model, color and style by what's on the lot at the time of purchase. Right now favoring MH2GO, but certainly not locked to them. We have no plans of ordering a unnit. Have only ordered a car once and wanted to change our mind before it was delivered. Like the idea of driving and walking through what we purchase, not something like it.
So after 6 months of lurking, looking, kicking tires and researching - this is where we are.
I thank you all for your postings and answers to posts for other people's needs. The opinions and different subjects have all helped us make these decisions.