Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Out With The Old, In With The New

AJ, AZ   Rollercoaster Weather – 99 last Friday and 83 Today

Jim and I sold our house in Billings last year and have been trying to decide if we were going to make any changes in our RVing lifestyle. In fact, I’ve been thinking about it for a couple of years.

Over the years we have had a Class B, three fifth wheels, a motorhome, and a travel trailer. We learned that we are definitely not motorhome people. There are a lot of reasons we prefer a fifth wheel over a motorhome but a couple of the major determining factors was how much Jim missed his truck and the fact that if we wanted to take the boat with us in Montana, I drove the truck and pulled the boat and Jim drove the motorhome. Just not for us.

So we went back to a fifth wheel and eventually started leaving the fifth wheel in AZ year round and traveling in our much smaller travel trailer. That really works for us. However, our fifth wheel was getting older and things were starting to fall apart. It was time to make a change.

So out with the old:  (thanks to Ginny for the pictures)

goodbye fiver

goodbye fiver1

And in with the new:

hello cedar creek1

hello cedar creek3

hello cedar creek6

hello cedar creek7

Our new is a 2018 Forest River Cedar Creek Cottage Destination Trailer. It’s 40 feet long with three slides. As the name implies, this is not a trailer that you move around the country but leave it sitting in one place. We love the park we are in and the people who have become our friends and family. I think we have become snowbirds.

Packing up the fifth wheel and unpacking in the Cottage just about did us in. We did survive and are now pretty much settled. Still can’t find a few things but they’re here somewhere.

I tried taking pictures but none of mine turned out very good so I am posting pictures from the Forest River website.


The dining area – has an extra leaf and storage in the chair seats.


The kitchen island


The dishwasher


Additional counter and cupboard space


Love the big deep sinks.


Just look at this pantry


And what’s not to like about this fridge


The sofa couch


Power recliners


The TV and fireplace are across from the recliners


This shower was a huge selling point


The bedroom has a closet with hookups for a washer and dryer but it has become Jim’s closet for us. Jim had to do some remodeling for me in the bedroom. I couldn’t reach the hangers in the closet. So he took those out, put in a bar that he lowered and built a shelf over it for me.



We really love our new home and are already looking forward to returning in the fall.


  1. you have been busy. looks great

  2. Wow, very nice! Congratulations! I know what you mean about finding a park and people that you love. It is an awesome feeling to have a great place to spend the winter and also be able to travel the rest of the year.

  3. Nice looking home, I just know you gonna love it !

  4. sweet, looks like a grand place you have now...

  5. I love it! Can't wait to see it.

  6. WOW! What a great place for you two!

  7. Congratulations on your new home!

  8. Congrats! Is as nice as any motorhome!!!! Are you staying in Billings in the summer?

  9. Beautiful Sandie and Jim and congratulations. We will have to come and see it in Apache Junction.

  10. I've been waiting for you to post the details. I'm so happy for you! It looks so nice. I'm sure it'll be hard to leave this summer now that you have a new home in AJ. Love it and looking forward to seeing it. Congratulations.

  11. We are happy for you. It looks nice.

  12. What a beautiful home for you. Congratulations!

  13. WOW! Congratulations. It's beautiful and so much space!

  14. Whew, I thought you had thrown Jim out and replaced him with a younger model. Don't scare me like that. LOL

    I've seen unit like those before and they look great. You made a great choice.


  15. Great looking new home Sandy, congratulations. We love using our electric fireplace to knock the chill off.

  16. It looks absolutely gorgeous and everything seems to be so well placed. Great choice.

  17. It's beautiful! It also looks very livable. Congratulations!

  18. So excited for you both (and the dogs)! It looks beautiful and you will love it! Can't wait to see it in early November! Enjoy! Wendy & Mark

  19. wow - looks like a great place. Happy you found it and are making it work. congratulations!

  20. Very nice!! I love it and I know you will. Congratulations!!

  21. Gorgeous! Yep your now snowbirds haha. So much room I just can't get over how beautiful everything is. Congratulations

  22. Beautiful rig it really looks so liveable and homey. I'm sure you guys will love it and so will the fur babies! Winner winner chicken dinner!!!

  23. Congratulations on your new home! I'm sure you love it!

  24. WOW...what a beauty! Looks like the Dixon's have a new party house. I LOVE the refrig. No more going to the grocery store everyday because the refrig can't hold more than three things a
    We wish you the best of luck. We truly enjoyed your park too.

  25. Outstanding choice! You'll be very happy with it I'm sure, especially with a dishwasher!

  26. Love your new home. We have friends down the street in our park with the same one so I know how lovely it is on the inside. Very posh indeed.

  27. Friends at our park got one and gave us a tour. Really nice. Hope you enjoy it.

  28. Fantastic! Looks like the perfect solution. Did Jim have to back it in?

  29. Fantastic! Looks like the perfect solution. Did Jim have to back it in?

  30. Congrats! it's beautiful, and it looks huge! Gotta love the dishwasher and full size fridge. Wishing you both many happy days in your new home.

  31. Looks like you have a great new place to hang your hats:)


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