Who the hell is “Barney”?
Start referring to your house by his name in conversation with non-RVers and they’re apt to give you a sideways glance or two. Of course, a lot of non-RVers already think we’re lunatics for living in a tiny tin can on wheels. So there’s that.
Whatever the case may be, our RV has a name, and his name is Barney. And unless you feel like reading through everything I’ve written on this blog, you might want a quick overview of where we live.
First, why did we choose the name “Barney”? Well, the color scheme we chose used to have a very strong purple tint to it. So, when I thought about driving around in a giant purple bus, my first thought was Barney the purple dinosaur….
(Really, these logical paths are not all that complicated….)
So, who IS Barney?
Barney is a 2016 Tiffin Allegro 36LA. He is 37′ 10″ long, 12′ 10″ tall, and he weighed a svelte 20,496 pounds before we crammed him full of our stuff. He is powered by a Ford 6.8 liter, V10, 362 HP gas engine. He has a 70 gallon fresh water tank, a 66 gallon gray water tank, and a 50 gallon black tank. He carries a 7000 watt Onan generator, two rooftop air conditioners (one with a heat pump), and 30 gallons of propane. He has two slides on the driver’s side – one long hydraulic one that covers almost the entire living area, and a smaller electric one for the bedroom. He has 1.5 bathrooms, a washer/dryer combination unit, a residential refrigerator, convection microwave, two televisions, and an electric fireplace.
The Grand Tour
These are photos from the day we took possession, so everything is pristine. It is less so now, because we live in it with a hairball roommate who refuses to wipe her paws, even though we have a doormat that specifically says: “Wipe Your Paws!”
The best thing about Barney was actually sort of a happy accident. When researching RVs, we learned that, by request, we could have our chassis upgraded from a 24,000 pound chassis to a 26,000 pound chassis. It wasn’t something the company was advertising, but if you asked, they could do it.
We got the upgraded chassis and what that has meant for us is that we have an additional 2,000 pounds of cargo carrying capacity, which makes an enormous difference, especially since we are full-timers. To this day, even though we barely watch what we carry, we still have hundreds of pounds of capacity to use. Not that we want to weigh more than we need to, but it’s nice to have the flexibility.
Overall, we have been very happy with our purchase. We dealt with lots of “shakedown” issues early on, which is to be expected with a new RV purchase, but since then, all systems have been operating quite well and we have all the creature comforts we need.