Operation Sea View
No, not the 60s Richard Basehart TV show. I’m talking about our newfound interest in a 2001 National RV Sea View after Operation Sea Breeze failed . . .
But first, Operation Sea Breeze failed pretty much from the get-go. For example, let’s start with our drive to the Sacramento RV dealership to see the 2001 Sea Breeze . . .
PART I – THE DRIVE THERE
We had several routes to chose from, and since we were in no hurry, we decided to take the “scenic” route – Highway 49 / 120. I mean, according to the Google map below, the scenic route was only 20 minutes longer.
What a mistake.
The Good News about the Highway 49 / 120 route is that we drove it for the first time. So we’re now familiar with another fire evacuation route. Also, great mountain scenery, especially if you like STEEP DROP OFFS & HAIRPIN TURNS. (Check the map insert below.)
The Bad News about Highway 49 / 120 – besides some white knuckles – is that the route added more than an HOUR (not 20 minutes) to our drive. C’est la vie.
So after 3 1/2 hours of driving, we arrive at our hotel room near the RV dealership. We eat lunch, freshen up, and walk the dog (oh yeah, Flirt is with us).
After lunch we drive over to the RV dealership to check out the 2001 Sea Breeze.
PART II – IT’S DEFINITELY A SELLER’S MARKET
As soon as I walked into the RV dealership, I knew buying an RV here was going to be difficult.
The Guy at the Front Desk just kept talking on the phone when I came in. Would not turn around even after I dropped a large RV catalog on the desk behind him.
Then, after finishing his phone call, he walked away without looking at me and got some kid to help me.
PART III – THE 2001 SEA BREEZE WAS A POS
It reminded me of RVs returning from the Burning Man Desert Festival – Dust Mobiles that looked like they had served in Erwin Rommel’s Africa Corps or in Breaking Bad. Let one picture tell the story . . .
PART IV – THE OFFER
Definitely a fixer-upper, so I thought I’d offer less than asking price when I met with the RV dealership’s finance officer.
Our short meeting was classic Failure to Communicate. When I told Mr. Finance my offer, he asked “You mean the ‘Out the Door’ price?” I didn’t know what that meant. However, I said yes. What a mistake. I was talking about just the RV price and he was talking about the total cost (RV + tax + fees).
After he turned down our offer, Jan and I went back to the hotel, checked out, and drove back to Mariposa – the fast way this time.
PART V – WHERE’S MY HOTSPOT?
A few minutes after returning home, we realized that we had left out Internet hotspot in the hotel room. Long story short, the hotel staff found it and will mail it back to us.