Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Picking up our Tab

September 2007
After looking at the Tab trailer in person I made contact with every Tab dealer in California to get their best price. Some would not "give me a quote" and a few others did.

We wanted a Sliver/Jolt Grey Tab with:
- Cool Cat / Heat Pump
- Furnace
- 3 way Fridge
- Northern Breeze Vent
- Aluminum Rims
- Add a Room Tent
- Awning
- Storage Cover
- adding the hitch and wiring harness to our 2005 Honda CRV

After getting the best deal we could find we settled on California RV Sales in Fontana (about 420 miles from home).. We saved close to $4,000.. ( well worth the 6 hr drive)

We started our drive to Fontana,Ca Sunday September 23rd at 2:00am.. We drove all night.. Well.. I drove all night, Nathan does not enjoy driving as much as I do. We arrived at California RV Sales at 9:00 am ( after stopping for gas and breakfast along the way)

It was a VERY Long Day.. they put on the hitch and wiring harness on our 2005 Honda CRV. After 4 hours we finally pulled out of the dealer with our New TAB ..

We headed West to Leo Carillo State Beach near Malibu. After being up almost 20 hours I was ready for sleep.... We really liked Leo Carillo State Beach and hope to return. The area was stunning the weather was great.. Since this was our frist trip with the TAB and we wanted to head home..

Monday: It was a long slow drive back to the SF Bay Area As it turned out it was a good thing we left and planned to drive back home all day.. the CRV is good for flat land towing but for the hills in California this is NOT a good match for our TAB it was a struggle for the CRV to tow the TAB and keep up a speed of 60

After the long drive home from So Californa we started to look at getting a new Truck... A week later we got a New Silver 2007 Honda Ridgeline.


msracer said...

Wow! Assum pictures.. Thanks for sharing,

Suzanne from Groveland CA

Fred said...

Pretty amazing. We bought our identical T@B at virtually the same time in Colorado. We've been towing it with a Subaru Forester Turbo but have moved up to a "Billet Silver 2008 Honda Ridgeline" just last month.
What sort of gas mileage are you getting while towing the T@B with your Honda? The Subaru varied from 11 to 18 mpg while towing depending on wind and hills. Our T@B is in winter storage for another three weeks until we take it to Sedona for a trip so we haven't towed it yet and are just curious.
Fred and Linda

Aggie said...

I have a T@B which looks exactly like yours. Mine was bought in 2002 after seeing it on The Price is Right. I did not have easy access to a dealer, however, and was rather stuck with the one that was nearest. Sadly to say, they did not provide the service I felt a new vehicle deserved even with the warranty.

I was wondering what problems anyone else has had and the solutions. For example, mosquitos come right in under the screens in the camper. This was not one I addressed through the dealer. My biggest problem with them was the refrigerator has never worked consistently leaving me without on several trips.

I have taken several long trips with it. From South Dakota south to Florida stopping at many campgrounds along the way. I can recommend some if anyone is going that way.

One of my favorites was the St. Joseph Pennisula State Park in Florida near St. Joseph. You park so close to the ocean it is amazing. There is "nothinf" but beach there so children who need more activity would not like it. There is a touristy area fairly close but I was so happy there I never checked it out.

Others are:
Cumberland Falls State Park in KY

Fall Creek Falls State Park in TN

Be sure to plan on a couple of days at each of these or you will miss soooo much. Boo

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Anonymous said...

Do you still own your tab in Oct. 2011???

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