My wife Steffi and I have been RV’ing since the early 70’s. Over the years we owned just about every type of RV that was available. However, our last three motorhomes since the early 90’s included a 32’ Class A Gas, 30’ Class A Diesel and for the past six years a beautiful 40’ thirty-four ton American Tradition diesel with two slides. During this time we have travelled more than 250,000 miles back and forth across our beautiful country. Mostly on the interstates.
Recently I turned 70 years old and was considering giving up the RV lifestyle. Driving forty footer, towing a car, unhitching the car in the campground etc was getting harder each time. In January at the Tampa FL Super Show I spotted the Unity 24MB. For whatever reason, I could not get this little coach out of my mind. This past May we stopped into RV World in Lakeland FL and were afforded the opportunity to test drive a brand new Unity 24MB. As I pushed the gas pedal to the floor going up the on ramp onto I-75w, I noted the speedo reading 80MPH. My last coach, at best, would be up to 40MPH entering traffic at this point. So to make a long story short, we purchased the Unity 24MB coach that very day.
A few weeks later we decided to take a trip from our home in Florida to Washington DC and tried to stay off the interstates as much as possible. We spent time with my younger son parked in his driveway in NC. His 20Amp circuit keeps the AC humming. Then onto the NC Outer Banks via ferry for several days of dry camping next to the ocean, then it was off to the Army Corps of Engineers project on the NC/VA border directly overlooking the John H Kerr Reservoir with 800 miles of shoreline in a pristine campground, complete with 50 Amps of power and water for only $12/day. Something we always wanted to do but were unable because of our past coaches size. Then up, and over the Blue Ridge Mountains on the Skyline Drive to my son’s home in DC we went. After five great days visiting with my oldest son and his wife and our grandchildren it was time to head home. This time we were it a little hurry to get home… so it was I-95 south. In the other coaches we owned we never wanted to drive more than five hours a day… we found it to be tiring to keep on trucking.
I don’t know what they did at Triple E, but my little 24’ coach took off south and we drove in comfort 12 hrs. a day for the 24 hour trip. The weather was ugly… hard rain 24/7, windy with limited vision… but we kept up with the big guys all the way. I think that the driver’s seat was designed to drive long periods of time. My other coaches had plush seating with perhaps less support. The distance from my house to my sons in DC is only 1000 miles. However as we pulled into my driveway in Florida, I noted that we actually drove 3,200 miles. We averaged just under 17 MPG travelling 62-65 MPH.
Lastly when most folks purchase new coaches, they plan to make a number of trips back to the dealer to get things fixed. I am sorry to say that the only thing that my new Unity 24MB coach needs is a good cleaning after all the bad weather we had during this trip. Along the way we met a number of folks that could not believe how much room we had inside. The in-wall Murphy Bed makes our little coach into a modest coach of at least 34’.
Thank you Triple E for making a coach that older folks, like me, will enjoy.