Maiden Voyage

Palazzo in Palm Desert

On Friday, we finished preparations for our initial excursion in the new RV. We had been stocking the RV with the necessities ever since we brought it home from the dealer. Naturally, we didn’t remember everything, so we went without some items and improvised on others. Damsel has been keeping a log of things we need the next time. It will be better next month.

The drive out was a pretty good test for the new rig. We encountered gusty winds and the usual rough road on select places along I-10. The Palazzo handled much better than our previous class A. The new air ride smoothed out the teeth-chattering bad spots on I-10 between Quartzsite and Blythe to mere thuds underneath rather than the entire inventory of dishes and other things on board banging up and down. The rear-engine configuration allowed normal conversation in the cockpit rather than having to shout to be heard, especially when in lower gears going uphill.

We will be back out here again sometime in March for another visit. In April, however, we have a longer excursion planned to Northern California to welcome our second great grandchild who is due the middle of that month. We will also take some scenic routes along the way going and returning.

We are enjoying the new rig and accessories. The DirecTV receiver allows us to view our regular programming just like we were at home. Wait! We ARE at home away from home. :D


  1. Norm said,

    February 19, 2017 @ 23:57:28

    Splendid looking rig…we miss the ole camping days and Debbie occasionally brings up the idea that we should be looking at obtaining another camper while we’re still young…I’ll be 77 some time between this month and next (that’s the way we describe my birthday in the years that “29″ is missing from February).

  2. Norm said,

    February 19, 2017 @ 23:59:25

    What’s with the orange colored attachments to the wipers?

  3. drjim said,

    February 20, 2017 @ 00:52:41

    Glad to hear the new rig is performing nicely!

  4. CapnBob said,

    February 20, 2017 @ 09:02:17

    Hi Norm - glad to hear from you. We are enjoying the new rig for sure. We cover up the wipers with foam “pool noodles” to keep the sun off of the blades to last longer.

    Jim - it’s really a good rig. It stood up to all the California “liquid sunshine” here in the desert just fine.

  5. Norm said,

    February 20, 2017 @ 12:01:26

    As much as I like Camping I’d rather be

  6. glenn b said,

    February 23, 2017 @ 08:35:05

    Very nice ride. Enjoy those future trips especially the one in April to meet and greet your second great-grandchild.

  7. CapnBob said,

    February 23, 2017 @ 08:53:17

    Thanks GlennB - we’re very much looking forward to the April excursion.

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