Even though our motorhome is now ten years old, it certainly doesn't look it. It has 92,650 miles on it, too. Hubby Luke is known as "Mr. Clean" and his passion is having a shiny rig that draws Oohs and Ahhs. The first images show how the motorhome looked in December 2008 when we actually took delivery at DeMartini RV in Grass Valley, CA. It was a great deal! It had been sitting in an enclosed dealership in Indiana that had gone bankrupt in 2007. Because it had never been sold we even got full warranties.
|The engine is a Cummins ISL400 Diesel, before the requirement for extra DEF tanks. Notice all the outside storage bays.|
|Officially, the coach measures 39' 10" and is on a Freightliner XC-F chassis. To drive Highway 49 through our "restricted" canyon the true length cannot exceed 40'. More storage bays and one includes an outside extra freezer.|
We spend a lot of time in Arizona where spectacular sunsets are the norm. Reflections on our front windshield always attracts attention. Our friend Jim Hood took this sunset reflection photo of us near Lake Havasu City, Arizona. This photo also shows the motorhome with the slide-outs extended and our DirecTV dish on the roof. We were "roughing it" in the desert. Thank goodness for our new solar panels.
|Our Horizon parked on BLM land in Quartzsite at sunset.|
Let's Look Inside
The Horizon 40TD is a "front kitchen" model and feels very residential. The entry door comes up in front of the co-pilot/navigator (i.e. passenger) seat and the left side features plenty of storage, the food preparation area, cooking appliances (propane stove and convection oven), a dishwasher drawer and even the kitchen sink.
Next to the galley is the "living area" which has a "jackknife" style couch that converts to a futon-size extra bed. It also lifts up for storage of extra bedding and two dinette folding chairs. There is a wonderful 53" Sharp Aquos HDTV television that receives both over-the-air television signals from a roof antenna and satellite programming from DirecTV. We have a Winegard roof antenna that automatically raises/lowers to find the proper satellite positions at the push of a button.
Opposite the Kitchen/Galley...
Our Dining Table/Office Computer SpaceThe greatest modification we have done to this floor plan was to remove the free-standing table with no storage (shown above) and replaced it with a custom built dinette computer cabinet with a hidden expansion dining table leaf. The built-in unit now has two laptop work stations and office storage space.
The whole unit was built by Amish cabinet maker Carlyle Lehman of Focal Wood Products in Nappanee, Indiana. This was the first unit he built with Corian surfaced counters and he matched the pattern and harware to the rest of the coach.
The BIG Slide
|When the long, passenger side slide is extended Luke can have access to his double clothes closet and dresser drawers located in the hall. A nice touch to this space are the curved walls that softens the "boxiness" of an RV.|
Bedroom Fit for a Queen (and King and Dog) The bedroom has a Select Comfort number queen size bed with dual night stands, cedar-lined hanging closet with extra end storage shelves and an under-bench storage compartment opposite the bed. One thing we like about this bedroom is that there is walk-around space to get to the far side of the bed and the pillow area is easily accessible when making the bed. The only drawback to a queen size bed is having a German Shepherd who has claimed "her space" between our bodies at night. I would probably sacrifice the night stands to add a KING size bed that would accommodate Miss Shade better.