Yesterday, we picked up our new Navion IQ.
The IQ is a class C motorhome, built by Itasca, a division of Winnebago. It’s built on a Dodge Sprinter chassis and has a Mercedes-Benz diesel engine.
This is quite a a change from our previous camper. We traded in a 31’6″ high profile fifth wheel. We had found that the fifth wheel was just not suited for the kind of camping that we are interested in and that it would not fit in many of the campgrounds we would like to go to.
It will certainly require some adjustments. We carried a lot of stuff in the fifth wheel that we really didn’t need because we had the room and we had adequate margin to our weight limit. In our new camper, we’ve got a lot of margin to the weight limits, too, but there is a lot less room for storing things. There will be much more of a focus in only taking the things along that we really will be using or that we need,
Our first shake-down trip will likely be this next weekend. We’re going to go for a night or two at a nearby state park. We’d like to go for longer, but my schedule doesn’t allow it for the next few weeks. However, the contract job I am working on will be over in about 6 weeks and then I’ll be back to the retired life again.
Our first relatively long distance trip will be to Wisconsin, where our youngest daughter and her family lives. We’ll probably take a few days to get there, stay a week or so, and then take a few tays to meander back home.
We still have a few things to get in order before we take off on that trip. We need to get our CRV set up for towing. I’m going to have to come up with some sort of modified shower curtain so I’ll be able to use the shower — I’m a big guy and the shower is not quite big enough with the installed “door.”