Why we bought a 2015 Heartland Road Warrior 425
The first RV we purchased just over a year ago was on a whim. We had decided to move away from California to be closer to family to settle down. Danielle won the debate if we should settle down in Minnesota vs Maryland because although MN is more beautiful, it’s just too darn cold in the winter! I somehow convinced her that if we were going to leave the Surfing Community of Newport Beach, CA that we should buy an RV and travel for six months. We headed to a local dealership and the rest is history.
Now fast forward to today and we have enjoyed the freedom of RVing so much that we’ve decided to do this with no end in sight. Being marketing experts, we started a company that does Social Media for RV Dealerships and Campgrounds so we can sustain our travels. With this type of business model we can work remotely and share our passion of RVing to the world.
We recently found out Danielle is pregnant, so we made the decision that we were going to upgrade to something that had more space and felt like a home. We had been looking at RVs online and found a floor plan that we both agreed would be the perfect fit for us. It was the Heartland Road Warrior 425. A few weeks later were visiting one of our clients, Optimum RV in Ocala, FL. In just 2 weeks we would be filming the TV Show “Going RV” which is a form of House Hunters RV Version at their Dealership.
After we met the owner the Denver Beck, we immediately noticed the Road Warrior. We hadn’t been in one as of yet and Danielle nudged me that this was the RV we had chosen online. I didn’t recognize it because of the Full Body Paint job As soon as she laid her eyes on this I could tell the decision was made. This would be our new home.
We spoke with Denver about their Social Media, then threw out that we wanted to talk numbers about the Road Warrior. After agreeing on a purchase price we signed papers and had we were proud new owners of a brand new Toy Hauler. We were trading in our 27 ft Class C Sunseeker and now the challenge was we had to find a truck to pull the 44ft Road Warrior. We searched for just a day before finding a 2008 Chevy 1 Ton Dually which had a tow capacity that would handle the RW.
Here’s a summary of what we felt was important to us in upgrading:
- Separate Space, Danielle likes music while she works and I like silence. With the RW we are able to turn the Toy Hauler area into my office and give us separate working areas.
- Amenities, this thing is fully loaded with all the bells and whistles so that we feel at home.
- Washer/Dryer, this is a convenience we felt strongly about.
- Something modern, if we are going to do this for at least the next few years we wanted something that looked and felt modern.
- Floor Plan, we wanted something that makes sense for how we want to live and also had the capacity to put a baby area. Since we didn’t have a dishwasher, I wanted to be able to watch our TV when I do the dishes or Danielle when she cooks.
- Bath Tub, Danielle wanted a way to give the baby a bath in the RV. I also like having the convenience of having a second bathroom. It’s great in my office and really nice when we have guests.
Now it was time to move everything from the Sunseeker into the Road Warrior. It took two days to move everything into the RW and we Boondocked at the Dealership which turned out to be a lot of fun! The move was was chaos inside the RV, it’s incredible how much stuff we had accumulated in just one year on the road. It reminded me that I love being somewhat of a minimalist. After all, we still have two massive storage units back in Orange County, CA of stuff we “needed” to keep. I couldn’t even tell you what’s in there, we obviously don’t need it… As much as I can’t stand buying a bunch of “stuff” we may or may not need, I’m convinced Danielle loved the upgrade because she gets to go shopping for things to make it look and feel like home. I couldn’t keep up with her at Walmart as she was darting all over the place.
The bedroom is gorgeous. Danielle wanted the king size bed however I wanted a queen because I knew that the bigger the bed, the more space it took up. I was hoping to get something under 40 ft long and felt like a larger bed and bedroom wasn’t something we needed. It came with the layout we chose. Although it is still a little nerve racking driving such a large Toy Hauler (gross weight is around 20,000) I’m extremely happy with the larger unit.
The bathroom is so much larger than in our Sunseeker. It’s modern and has the tub Danielle was looking for.
The living area is Danielle’s favorite part of the layout. It has a huge couch which also works as recliner massage chairs, a good sized kitchen, and some extras such as a fireplace, heated floors, and a other bells and whistles.
In the living area Danielle has a built in workspace.
My favorite part is the Toy Hauler which we’ve turned into my man cave/office. We bought some things from Ikea to make it functional to the way I like it.
There is a drop down queen size bed above my office. This is great for when people come to stay with us. I have my own bathroom in the back. At first I didn’t like this idea because I wanted to save the space and felt it wasn’t needed. I would have rather had a smaller unit to drive around but after having it I have decided I really enjoy the convenience and since we’ve had multiple friends come stay with us it’s really been nice to offer them their own bathroom.
Probably the coolest feature about the RW is the drop down Deck off the back of my office. We grill out there often and it is just so cool!! If we ever don’t like our view, we can just go somewhere else!!
Here’s a quick tour of our home.
Here’s a breakdown of some of the features in our home.