As the old saying goes, “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”  Recently I wrote that I would likely buy a 40 or 45-foot diesel pusher.  Instead, today I purchased a 33 footer!

“Nellie” is a 2008 Newmar Ventana with a 350 Cummins engine, Spartan chassis, 30,000 miles on the odometer, and 56 hours on the jenny, but she doesn’t look like the one in that link. The batteries are less than six months old, and the tires are three years old.  The second owners, Tom and Wendy, spent a great deal of time and money redesigning the interior, to fabulous results.  Wendy is a designer/decorator, and Tom is an engineer, and their expertise shows.  This is no shoddy, DIY job!

During the test drive yesterday I was thrilled with Nellie’s nimbleness around traffic circles, stopping quickly, and accelerating to freeway speed.  At 34 feet I will have no problem fitting into any state or national park, which was a concern in a larger diesel pusher.

Nellie has less basement storage and cabinet space than, say, a 40-foot Beaver, but for me, that is a good thing.  Give me a space, and I will fill it to the brim.  If I don’t have the space for it, it won’t be coming along.

It feels so good to have this piece of the puzzle filled in. Hooray!image image image image image image image image image image image image