Radio Days Interior

Behind every ARV van is a client with a vision and a team of craftspeople breathing life into it. It’s this relationship that makes our motor homes truly custom. It’s this trust that allows space for creativity and innovation to flourish. It’s what makes an RV a home.

Greg, owner of Radio Days, recently visited ARV with a few projects in mind for our cabinetry shop, including a new cup holder and storage for underneath his bed. His instructions were simple: make it functional, and make it beautiful.

Rob, ARV’s Cabinetry Team Leader, crafted a piece that not only included a cell phone slot, wide-based cup holder, and a loose change collector–it also carried the textures and theme seen throughout the coach up into the cab area.

“It’s fun when clients come in with ideas. It’s fun to make them happy; it’s rewarding,” said Rob.

This innovation wasn’t Greg and Rob’s first collaboration, either. They began envisioning Radio Days together in July 2017. Rob asked how Greg wanted to travel, what was most important to him, what his interests were. The motor home took on a few different names and identities in the beginning, but after diving deep into these questions, it’s true personality surfaced: Radio Days.

Radio Days Interior

Greg has spent numerous years working in radio and has a penchant for art deco, which also peaked with the golden days of radio. He translated these two interests into a beautiful and unique theme for his custom motor home. Bold, geometric patterns in rich colors cover the seats and a cased-in recording disk makes up his dining table/headboard.

Greg describes his approach to building Radio Days: “I come up with and idea and I make it ARV’s problem.”

Luckily, we are in the business of problem solving.

“This is not a factory,” added Rob, “it’s a team of craftsmen. Everyone here excels at thinking critically and creatively about design and function. Nothing is cookie-cutter.”

When building Radio Days, Rob and his team created custom fine cabinetry that mimic the lines of the old school radio mounted on top of the wardrobe. “I drew on my experience working on high end homes,” Rob said about the design and woodworking. “The artistry and craftsmanship here is fine focused.”

Radio Days Drawers

Knowing that his finished coach would serve as his full-time residence, Greg wanted to make sure that it was easy to change the decor and keep the small space fresh and interesting. Armed with that vague instruction, ARV’s cabinetry team designed Radio Days’ front wardrobe so that the fabric creating the illusion of a radio speaker could be easily swapped out with something new. Greg has a picture frame on his wall that contains 8 photographs he can rotate between depending on his mood. The vintage radio mounted to his wardrobe can be replaced with a fully restored replica of his dad’s 1936 RCA that he remembers listening to Cleveland Browns’ games on as a kid.

Restored RCA Radio

“Sitting around and coming up with ideas—how about this? What If we do it that way?—that’s the fun stuff. The whole give and take process,” noted Greg. “I would tell new clients, you don’t have to know how to do it! Never once have I worried whether or not an idea was possible. If you just let your imagination run, that’s when the magic happens!”

Indeed, there is a certain magic one feels when they step inside Radio Days. Just ask Greg about any of the design elements or decor and you’ll understand why.

Although ARV provides hundreds of fabric and finish samples for you to peruse during your configuration, the possibilities don’t end there, and Greg found art deco prints for his upholstery and galley accents that he purchased on his own and had drop shipped to our facility. Not so keen on the Mercedes-Benz emblem on the front bumper of his Sprinter, Greg worked with our engineers to come up with a radio dial that would take its place.

On his coffee shelf you’ll find a metallic lizard, and on his upper cabinetry you’ll find two metallic stars–all knobs his wife had picked out for their hutch to replace to boring original hardware. Nostalgic salt and pepper shakers and a dough family sculpture made by his wife and son are mounted to the kitchen galley. A print out of his wife’s favorite quote and sign reading “All roads lead home,” gifted from a friend, reside behind the driver’s seat.

“Customization is in the little things. And the little things are what make the van your own,” says Greg about these personal touches.

Rob adds that, “Our clients put passion into their design. They’re not just building a toy, they’re creating a home. The same things that go into making your house a home apply.”

Greg wholly embraced the design process for creating an ARV motor home from start to finish, and continues to partner with ARV’s engineers and craftspeople in thinking innovatively about improvements and ways to incorporate his personality and passions into his coach. Radio Days is truly one of a kind, even by our standards for customization.

Greg summed it up best when he told me, “I chose ARV when I decided I didn’t want an RV. That was the pivot point for me. I wanted more than an RV, I wanted a home. There is no RV that can be or do what Radio Days is and does.”

 

 

Summer Travels in Giddy Up

In an effort to slow down the pace of their summer travels to visit family, Mark and his wife recently rented Giddy Up from ARV. Check out his review of the experience below:

Giddy Up was recently rented by a wonderful couple looking for a slower pace to their summer travels. Enjoy their rental review below:

My wife and I recently returned from a nine day trip across the Midwest in Giddy Up, one of ARV’s marvelous Class B motor homes, and the whole experience–our first time ever in a motor home–was beyond expectations! In the past, like so many other families on summer travels, we would make an annual bee-line trip visiting family, just to book-it straight back home.

This time around however we wanted the ability to take a more leisurely pace, reconnect with friends along the way and spend time making some new memories along the way.

Boy, did we ever hit the jackpot traveling in this Advanced RV! The driving experience is literally like that of a slightly extended SUV. There’s a commanding view of the road, plenty of power to cruise the back roads or interstates, and a comfort level that you’ll really come to appreciate (especially after you have to get back into your own everyday vehicle).

We had the opportunity to travel through eight states, with stops or overnights in Missouri Valley, IA / Yankton, SD / Andover, MN / Stillwater, MN /Homer & Red Wing, WI, and of course, Willoughby, OH (home of Advanced RV). All of our stops were comfortably spent without hookups to “shore power” for the appliances and air conditioning or water due to the cutting-edge technology and generous capacities ARV builds into all their coaches.

Support wise, the ARV staff was very knowledgeable and impressively customer orientated. Vicki, the ARV Rental Program Manager, handled all phases of my inquiries, training, and questions from the road with virtually instantaneous feedback.

My thanks to all for their collective efforts as a company. I highly recommend renting an ARV to anyone else curious about the RV lifestyle!

To learn more about Giddy Up, click here.

To learn more about renting an ARV, click here.

Summer Travels in Giddy Up

Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

Last week, Marcia and I had a business meeting at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, New York. Chautauqua is a wonderful community that organizes themed weeks throughout the summer with daily speakers and entertainment. We enjoyed performances by Alison Krauss and Black Violin during our time in Chautauqua.

Following the Alison Krauss concert, I hung around the venue listening to one of her band mates describe life on the road to me and a few others. It turns out, I learned, that the rock star lifestyle isn’t always glamorous. Talking about a tough schedule and a lack of comfort, he pointed to the buses and said, “Those air conditioners have two settings–loud and louder.” I turned to see five major-brand air conditioners mounted to the roof of each of their Prevost coaches.

Alison Kraus' Prevost tour bus

I wanted to share with him the great news about our new Quiet Air Conditioner–9 decibels (3x) quieter inside a coach than the other two major-brand air conditioners we tested. I wanted to tell him that our Quiet AC for tour buses and motor homes has the same cooling performance as the two higher rated low-profile, roof-mounted air conditioners like the ones on their tour buses. However, I bit my tongue and continued to simply enjoy his company and his stories. I can only hope that there will be another opportunity to share our Quiet AC for tour buses, motor homes, and trailers with this musician and others living life on the road. We can’t do much about their strenuous schedules, but I hope we can help make their lifestyle a bit more comfortable when they’re not in the spotlight.

Low-Profile Quiet AC for tour buses

To learn more about our Quiet Air Conditioner for Motor Homes–or to order yours–head to Upfitters’ Resource, our vehicle for providing well-designed, high-quality products and systems for your life on the road!

High-Quality Quiet AC Inside Coach

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Picking Up Your ARV: Part 2, The Maiden Voyage

As we mentioned in Part 1, we recommend scheduling your pick-up for a Friday through Monday (if you missed it, read Part 1 here). This way, you can have a full day of training on Friday, take the weekend to make your “Maiden Voyage” in your van, and come back on Monday with any questions you may have discovered during your short trip. Of course, you can follow this formula mid-week as well, we have just found that past customers prefer utilizing the weekend.

Northeast Ohio is central to multiple wonderful destinations within a day’s drive, though if you’re not familiar with the region, some places may not be on your radar. With the help of ARV owners who have taken their Maiden Voyage before you, we’ve created five itineraries for you to consider when you take delivery of your ARV.

waterfall at hocking hills

    1. Route to take: I-71 S to I-70 E
    2. Where to stay: Park campground
    3. Where to eat: Hocking Hills Diner
    4. What to see/do: Hiking, canoeing, fishing, and other outdoor activities are all popular choices at Hocking Hills! Visit Ash Cave, the largest and most impressive recess cave in the state of Ohio. You can also visit a winery and stop into several arts and crafts stores during your stay!

 

waterfalls at letchworth state park new york

    1. Route to take: I-90 E to back roads
    2. Where to stay: Park campground (Note: this campground becomes quite busy during the summer months)
    3. Where to eat: Glen Iris Inn
    4. What to see/do: Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the East,” many of the beautiful site Letchworth has to offer are accessible without too much hiking, though there are wonderful trails as well if hiking is your thing! Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and canoeing are all options as well. And if you prefer a bird’s eye view of the park, you can enjoy a hot air balloon ride!

 

Beach at Maumee Bay State Park

    1. Route to take: I-90 W to Ohio Route 2 along the Lake Erie shoreline
    2. Where to stay: Park campground (Campsites are nicely separated from each other by foliage)
    3. Where to eat: Water’s Edge Restaurant (Part of the Maumee Bay Lodge & Conference Center)
    4. What to see/do: Ride bikes or take a leisurely walk on the paved trails along the shore and through the woods, watch the sunset over Lake Erie, or explore the boardwalk through a beautiful marsh while you are here.

 

finger lakes region new york

    1. Route to take: I-90 E, to I-86, to back roads
    2. Where to stay: Allen H. Treman State Park Campground (Trailheads are conveniently located in the campground and the location is close to the restaurants in Ithaca, numerous wineries, and the scenery of Buttermilk Falls and Taughannock Falls)
    3. Where to eat: Belhurst Castle in Geneva, NY, on the westside of Seneca Lake
    4. What to see/do: Water and wine are the blessings of the Finger Lakes Region of New York State! 11 beautiful lakes give the region its name, though it’s also known for gorges and waterfalls, its hiking, and its wineries. If the outdoors aren’t your thing, you may find interest in an art trail, history and museum trail, or even cheese trail–all available to you in the Finger Lakes Region of central New York!

 

Niagara Falls daylight

    1. Route to take: I-90 E to I-190 N
    2. Where to stay: Branches of Niagara Campground & Resort (Located on Grand Island, 15 minutes south of the Falls)
    3. Where to eat: Donatello’s Restaurant
    4. What to see/do: Niagara Falls is home to one of the 7 wonders of the world. See the magnificent Falls in the day time up close and personal by boarding the Maid of the Mist or touring the Cave of Winds. At night, head over to the Canadian side for a spectacular view of the Falls lit up in rainbow colors. Hike through the scenic terrain of the Niagara Gorge, or tour one (or more) of the 22 wineries that make up The Niagara Wine Trail.

 

Do you have any other hidden Midwest gems to add to our list? Leave us a comment and let us know your favorite spot within a few hours drive of ARV in Willoughby!

Vineyard along Lake Ontario

A 9-day road trip in the Advanced-RV Giddy Up takes Andrew and Katharine from Advanced-RV headquarters near Cleveland, OH, along the shore of Lake Erie, and into Canada. Follow along in Part 5 of our 7-part series, as the couple sees a show at the Shaw Festival Theater and stops at a vineyard along Lake Ontario’s shore.

Oban Inn

Following a lovely evening, a leisurely morning started with a continental breakfast in the Oban Inn. After breakfast, we contemplated our options for the remainder of the journey: 1) Go south and west along Lake Erie; or 2) Push farther North into Ontario to Muskoka Lakes Cranberry Marsh. Our choice (the second) meant we would spend Saturday pressing down from Ontario to, likely, a NY winery just north of Erie, PA, on Lake Erie.

 

Due to the rain, we picked up an Uber ride to the theater for the 2:00 p.m. “Me and My Gal” matinee. The Shaw Festival Theater is a lovely, intimate, modern theater with gardens behind it for pre-show and intermission breaks. Our balcony-front-row seats were great, and we were delighted with the performance. A lot of good tap-dancing, a lively cast, and good costumes and backdrops/settings made the show most enjoyable. It’s kind of a “My Fair Lady” meets “Grease” meets “Downtown Abby” show.

 

We grabbed an Uber back to the Oban Inn and Giddy Up, and from there, set the best course and speed for Legends Estate Winery just west of Lincoln, Ontario. We read and had Indian food as the rain and thunder boomed overhead. Although it was in the mid-40s outside, the rain and wind were making it feel closer to 36 degrees. Giddy Up’s Espar furnace had no problems keeping us warm as we listened to the rain and thunder go by while parked just a few hundred yards off of Lake Ontario.

Legends Estate Winery in Ontario

Waking up on the shores of Lake Ontario, we had our usual breakfast of Greek yogurt, berries, and granola – oh yes, coffee, too. We took a walk around the vineyard near us going right up to the shores of Lake Ontario. We watched a couple of vineyard workers cutting out and clearing new vine growth. They seemed to instinctually know how many new growth vines to cut out and how many to leave behind. They worked quickly and automatically – pruning and pulling out the new cuttings and piling them in between the rows. There seemed to be some old-world knowledge or training that was guiding them – suffice to say, it looked like a lot of work.

Vineyard along Lake Ontario

Since we arrived after closing, we made our obligatory stop in the wine shop before leaving and purchased a nice local varietal red. We got on the road quickly with the knowledge we had several miles to get behind us to make it to the land of the cranberries.

 

Interested in having your own adventures in Giddy Up? Click here to learn more about renting an ARV!

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We’ve talked a lot in the past about what to expect when you visit Advanced RV, when you rent an Advanced RV, when you begin to build your dream van with Advanced RV. But what about that long-awaited moment when you see your finished motor home for the first time? When you finally get to touch it, explore it, sit in the driver’s seat? We hope you feel all the fuzzy feelings of excitement and overwhelming joy, but we know you might also feel a hint of uncertainty, especially if this is your first RV.

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Here’s a snapshot of what you can expect when you take delivery of your Advanced RV.

  1. Delivery and training typically takes 3-4 full days, and we recommend scheduling your pickup for a Friday through Monday. When you arrive, an Advanced RV team member will serve as your “personal trainer,” going over every feature in your van with you and making sure you feel ready to take to the road, but first you will receive your vehicle’s title and registration. Congrats! You are now the official owner of an Advanced RV that is all you, and all yours.class b rv for sale
  2. Beginning your training on a Friday means that you have the weekend to embark on your “Maiden Voyage.” This is your chance to head out on your own in the motorhome you designed, apply what you learned during Friday’s training, discover what questions you still have, and taste that first bite of true freedom. Our customers typically travel between 3-6 hours away from our facility in Willoughby, Ohio (don’t worry, we’ll cover where to go in Part 2). Your Advanced RV personal trainer will be available to you 24/7 should you have any urgent needs.class b rv3. Monday morning (or Day 4), after you’ve returned from your Maiden Voyage with your stories and your questions, you will reconnect with your Advanced RV personal trainer. They will continue to go over any functions and features that you feel unsure about until you are comfortable enough to begin your journey home.

A few other expectations or tips from past customers:

  • You’ll receive a User Manual to support the training you receive on Day 1. This manual covers everything from your batteries to your curtains, and is designed to serve as a helpful resource before you leave for a trip, while you’re on the road, and when you stop for the night. It’s yours, so feel free to make notes in it of any questions you come across during your Maiden Voyage.
  • You will also gain access to our Slack community. Slack is an app you can download on your phone, and we’ve created a customer support group where you can ask questions of your fellow Advanced RV owners as well as our team.
  • Many customers choose to ship items such as chairs, bikes, etc. to our facility before they arrive. That way, their gear is here and ready to be loaded into their van in case they wish to use it during their Maiden Voyage or their departure journey.

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  • An alternative to shipping gear before your arrival, is shopping once you get here! We can recommend several stores depending on what you are looking to purchase for your new motor home. For the outdoor enthusiasts, we can’t speak highly enough of our friends at Appalachian Outfitters, located right outside Cuyahoga Valley National Park and just 30 minutes south of the Advanced RV headquarters. In addition to the highest quality outdoor clothing and gear, they carry several compact furniture, dish/cooking, and bedding options–perfect for stowing in a Class B!
  • We may contact you ahead of your delivery and request a short interview. This is completely optional, and we’ll always ask your permission before sharing any quotes or information, but we’d love to capture a bit of your story if you are willing.
  • Expect to take a celebratory team photo with us! Our engineers and craftspeople work hard to bring your dream van to life, and you wait patiently for its completion! You’ve become part of the Advanced RV family, so why not capture that in a family photo?

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Delivery days are some of our favorite days around here. We hope it’s one of your favorite days too.

Stay tuned for Part 2 where we’ll discuss places to go for your Maiden Voyage!

To learn more about designing your Advanced RV, click here.

Giddy Up Tales

A 9-day road trip in the Advanced-RV Giddy Up takes Andrew and Katharine from Advanced-RV headquarters near Cleveland, OH, along the shore of Lake Erie, and into Canada. Follow along in Part 4 of our 7-part series, as the couple heads from New York into Canada.

 

Two tasks that we had to complete before leaving for Canada were topping off Giddy Up (much cheaper in NY) and emptying Giddy Up’s black and gray tanks. Tank dumping was first on the task list. I had located a Water Treatment Facility in Lockport that allows for free tank dumps. So we made the short drive through orchards to Lockport. As advertised, the staff there happily invited us to drive up to the dump-out and dump. Of course, there is a first time for everything. The facility is really optimized for commercial tank trucks – so Giddy Up’s relatively short hose required us to creatively move some of the facility’s hoses around and into the sewage pit. It was not the easiest of tasks nor the most enjoyable, but the two of us managed it without being sprayed by sewage or falling into the pit. (Thank you, Jesus! Just saying.)

 

We continued on into Canada over the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge and drove North up the Niagara Parkway—following the water that Lake Erie pumps into Lake Ontario via Niagara Falls (to our south). We stopped along the Parkway at a picnic spot at the McFarland House. Built in 1800, the House is the oldest property owned by The Niagara Parks Commission. After a short walk around the park and peering down the cliffs to watch the water flowing by and filling Lake Ontario, we had a nice lunch.

Canada

Getting back onto the parkway, a short drive found us in Niagara-on-the-Lake. It was still too early to check into the Oban Inn, so we decided to drive onward west along the lake to scope out our territory for the following night’s stop. Two wineries, Puddicome and Legends Estate, were on the “possible list” so we set the GPS to their locations and drove on, taking the roundabout way along the shores of the town, hugging the lake. We were rewarded—so to speak—by being stopped at a drawbridge that was up. As I consulted the car’s GPS, I noticed that the waterway in front of us connected Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. We watched a ship make its way in front of us. I was puzzled by the ship’s speed as it cleared the bridge—it slowed down while a large black cloud of exhaust came from its stacks. Given that the ship stopped, I had to assume that the exhaust was from a strong backing bell. Why had the ship stopped? The bridge came down, and we moved forward. Going over the bridge, the answer was suddenly clear—the ship was in Lock #1 of the Welland Canal—part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The ship was snugly in its lock waiting to be “pumped down” into Lake Ontario—which is better than going down the Falls in a barrel.

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We eventually got up on the Queen Elizabeth (high)Way and hit torrential rains, which continued to help us clean up Giddy Up’s front from PA bugs and tree pollen. QEW runs up to Toronto—I could not help but think about driving up there and telling the Capitals to play well tonight.

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Gabriella at Legends Estate Winery was very helpful, and we decided to make the call for Thursday night at Legends. This time we took the QEW all the way into Niagara-on-the-Lake. More highway driving but quite the view driving high over the Welland Canal on the Skyway (bridge) this time. We arrived at the Oban Inn and did some creative parking in the parking lot to fit Giddy Up into a spot in the hotel’s parking lot. We checked in, took a nice walk about the golf course and the town—with lovely views over the lake and across the way to New York’s Old Fort Niagara—and got situated for the evening. Suffice to say, we enjoyed taking a (long) hot shower in a larger space.

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Dinner reservations were for 7:45, and we were seated by a window in the dining room. We were trying to figure out the changes from the last time we were here 27 years ago. Reading the history inset of the menu, we were, shockingly, provided our answer. A fire in December 1992 destroyed the old Inn. The Inn was rebuilt based on the old design, and parts of the Spa were updated/modernized a few years later. We were glad to hear that the cat that we recalled greeting us on the wooden reception desk from 1990 was not lost in the fire—but was interred on the Inn’s grounds after living a long 17-year life.

To rent Giddy Up for your next adventure, click here.

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Fest 2018

This May, we had the great pleasure of welcoming over 100 attendees to our fifth annual Advanced RV Fest and Open House at our new plant in Willoughby, Ohio. Wondering what it’s like to come together with Advanced RV clients, staff and suppliers from around the nation? Read on, and save the date for the sixth annual Advanced RV Fest—May 3rd-5th, 2019—to find out for yourself.

 

Advanced RV Fest is all about belonging. We connect with all of our guests, share stories, exchange information, and explore the unique, innovative motor home features we’ve created at Advanced RV. One guest provided us with this feedback: “So many [favorite moments]: the opportunity to learn about systems during seminars, to interact with current owners…it was beyond expectations”

 

 

Our property became a lively campground with over 40 RVs on site. Twenty eight Advanced RV motor homes returned for the festivities and ten other Class B RVers plus a fifth wheel were also in attendance. This spot became a hub for talking about Class B features, sharing stories, and meeting old and new friends from across the country.

 

 

We kicked off Friday with Family Night. Staff members and their families, guests and clients enjoyed dinner catered by Mario Fazios, plus music from Dreadlock Dave. We made smores around a campfire later in the evening.

 

 

 

Saturday provided great opportunities for guests to learn from our staff and various suppliers, including Silverleaf, Volta, Xantrax, Espar, and Mercedes-Benz. We discussed connectivity, battery systems, climate control, design, and more. One guest stated the importance of the workshops as “staying informed about advances and what can be retro-fit.”

 

 

Guests visited the factory floor to see motor homes in different stages of their builds, tour the cabinet and upholstery shops, view a demonstration of hydro dipping, and more. After a full day, we relaxed with a food truck dinner from Frank’s Bratwurst and the music of Alex Bevan.  Another campfire followed.

 

 

 

Sunday morning began with a pancake and sausage breakfast, prepared by Brittany Immormino’s church group. Ohio maple syrup came from the Neundorfer family’s sugarbush. Four current Advanced RV owners formed a panel to answer questions from the group about American Glamping.

 

The fifth annual Advanced RV Fest was a realization of where Advanced RV has been, where we are today, and where we are going. According to one guest, “Advanced RV has developed an atmosphere of trust, loyalty, enthusiasm, excellence, and a feeling of family with your staff and clients. It doesn’t get any better.”

 

 

Want to see more? Check out our video highlights of the event!

 

Giddy Up Tales

A 9-day road trip in the Advanced-RV Giddy Up takes Andrew and Katharine from Advanced-RV headquarters near Cleveland, OH, along the shore of Lake Erie, and into Canada. Follow along in Part 3 of our 7-part series, as the couple visits an 1800s mansion converted a winery.

 

From our stay at the Great Western Winery on the southern end of Keuka Lake, we drove up the lake’s eastern shore and crossed over Lake Seneca. Following the western bank of Seneca south, we pulled over at Shtayburne Farm and picked up cracked pepper and mushroom-flavored cheese curds and sharp cheddar cheese. The Mennonites were making cheese on the other side of a window in the shop and were happy to sell us their wares.

 

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We stopped for a wine tasting and lunch at Chateau LaFayette Reneau Winery, which had a beautiful view from a porch that looked across Lake Seneca. We enjoyed their dry Riesling with the cheese curds, cheddar, apples and bread—I think we enjoyed it all the more for the sunny day after so much rain the day before.

 

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Pressing north, we made our stop for the night at the Winery at Marjim Mannor—successfully arriving before closing. Margo (and spouse Jim) happily greeted us. The 9,500-square-foot mansion has a unique appearance and history. Formerly called Appleton Hall, it is built of bricks imported from Italy by its original owner, Shubal Merritt, who bought the property from the Holland Land Company. It features a wrap-around enclosed porch. The mansion, built in the 1800s, was originally a farmhouse and later a summer retreat for the Sisters of St. Joseph convent. The house even has resident ghosts. Margo told us a few eerie stories—everyone seems to die at 3:00 pm in the house, mostly on Thursdays.

 

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We took a pleasant walk down the tree-lined path that the Sisters of St. Joseph convent planted, and followed that path down a road to get as close to Lake Ontario as possible. Although not quite as cold as this morning, the wind was brisk.

 

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Margo is a very interesting lady, and commented herself on being a Jewish woman converting a convent into a winery. We talked to Margo about fruit wines before we departed Marjim Manor. Margo’s fruit wine approach is essentially the same as fermenting grapes for wine, which is different than many fruit wines that use fruit syrup after the fact. The result is a very soft, smooth wine that is not insipidly sweet or syrupy. Of all the wines I tasted, these were my favorites and totally changed my view on fruit wines.

To learn more about Giddy Up, click here.

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American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and Oscar-winning film producer Steven Wright is attributed credit for the quote “plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.” I can’t help but be reminded of those words when I read fellow ARV team member Nick’s story about his recent impromptu road trip to Arkansas in Cruzmobile. I love this story because, while it’s simple, short & sweet, there is great insight and wisdom woven throughout. I think you will enjoy it too.

It was 9 pm on a Wednesday when I got a call from Brinton, asking if I had plans for the next two days. Confused, I told him that I was free. “Great!” he responded, “You’re going to Arkansas tomorrow!” My confusion quickly turned to excitement as I was given the opportunity to drive Cruzmobile, one of our available RVs, to Arkansas and deliver it to a client. The next morning, I packed a change of clothes and got ready for my 900 mile drive.

I arrived at work Thursday morning and received a quick training session before setting off on my mission. Previously, I had only driven the vans around the shop, never actually taking one on the road. Needless to say, the thought of driving a 5 ton land-yacht for 14 hours had me worried! But, after a few minutes of hanging onto the steering wheel for dear life, I soon realized just how easy the van was to drive. It felt more like an SUV than a 23-foot RV!

As I got more comfortable, I began to really enjoy the trip! I spent my time listening to music and podcasts, and had some great phone conversations with friends. On Thursday evening, after covering 445 miles, I decided to call it a night in Effingham, Illinois. I pulled into a WalMart parking lot and turned up the AC while I ran inside for a late-night snack. By the time I returned to the van, I was shocked by how cold it had become in such a short amount of time! Between the cool air and the comfortable bed, I slept great!

I stopped to refuel three times over the course of the trip and got to meet some great people at each stop. In southern Ohio, I met a truck driver who had a lot of questions about the RV, and I was able to show him a few of the features. In southern Missouri, I ran into some elderly women who were refueling their church van. We struck up a conversation, and they were amazed to hear how much distance I had covered in so little time.

After what felt like no time at all, I arrived at the client’s home in Arkansas who wanted to take a trip over Memorial Day weekend with their 2 children and delivered Cruzmobile. I flew from Arkansas to Chicago, then finally from Chicago to Cleveland. On my last flight, I met a man named Reuben who was flying from Shenzhen, China to Cleveland so that he could see the Cavaliers play the Celtics in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals. He told me that he was a huge Cavs fan, but due to internet restrictions, had a hard time following the team, and wasn’t able to buy tickets to the game. I felt bad telling him that the game was sold out, especially after he travelled over 8,000 miles to see his favorite team play. Reuben was heartbroken by the news, and I felt like I had to do something to help him out. As soon as the plane touched down, I bought a resale ticket on my phone and transferred it to his. Excitedly, he payed me back, took a selfie of us together, and called for a cab to the arena. It was great to meet a Cleveland fan from the opposite side of the globe!

When I finally got home that night I was exhausted but refreshed at the same time. Being on the road really allowed me to clear my head and escape from the stress of everyday life. I’m happy to be back at work at Advanced RV, but I really look forward to the next time I get sent on an impromptu road trip.

Thank you, Nick, for sharing your first experience taking an Advanced RV out on the road! Thank you for teaching us about kindness and generosity, and reminding us just how liberating and rewarding it can be to say “yes.”

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Rent Cruzmobile: http://advanced-rv.rentals/reservations/