Based on the title, here’s the ‘Readers Digest’ version of this story. Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Then on Leap Day, February 29, 2016, they fly from Dayton, Ohio to Las Vegas in the morning. They buy a 2016 LTV Unity Murphy Bed in the afternoon. Then that evening, they find Elvis, who happens to be an ordained minister, and he marries them in front of their new “Unity” at the RV Glamour Park! This story is true. None of the facts have been changed. And if I still have your attention, please read the longer version below!
My name is Sam Swauger, and I had been a widower for four years when I met a wonderful woman named Cristi Pittman. Over the next couple of years, we would spend many conversations talking about retirement and looking forward to when that day would come. Also, as part of those conversations, we began to think about what it would be like to travel around America and Canada in a motor home. Cristi had spent much of her early childhood living in truck campers, travel trailers, and even a Class A! Myself, I couldn’t tell you the difference between a Class A, Class B, Class C, Travel Trailer, or a Fifth-Wheel. Because of that early ‘Bohemian’ lifestyle, Cristi had never really put roots very deep in any one place. I found her ‘Gypsy’ spirit contagious, and before I knew it, we were looking at RV’s.
Initially, we settled in on a Winnebago Vista 30T Class A. Some time passed and in June of 2015, Cristi was on the internet researching a paper she was writing when she saw a ‘YouTube’ video that featured the 2015 LTV Unity Murphy Bed. After she showed the video to me, not only she, but I was very excited to see one in person. As luck would have it, there happens to be an LTV dealer in Ohio. We called and they happened to have both a used 2014 and a new 2015 Murphy Bed. After high-tailing it to the dealer and walking through both models, it was good-bye Class A and hello Class B+! Needless to say, we were sold!
But there was one lingering issue to be resolved, we were told that a new ‘Leisure Lounge Plus’ option was coming available soon. Before we were going to order our very own LTV, we had to see and sit in those chairs. After, we found out that a Leisure Lounge Plus would be available at the 2015 Hershey RV Show in a couple of months. We could hardly wait. We made it to the Hershey RV show an hour before they closed on Saturday, just enough time to try out those reclining chairs. That was it, we were going to order one the next year, which would be around the time we were going to retire. We started wearing out the brochure, looking at the pictures and figuring out what options we wanted. Finally, we knew exactly what we were going to order, but the wait was going to be impossible. I don’t think I’d been that excited since I was a kid waiting for Christmas morning to arrive.