Don't get me wrong, I'm not here to diss fiberglass! I haven't decided against the Boler
, but that is a lot of cash for something that might have hidden frame issues, and still needs *some* significant work inside. Then there's the bar fridge
, uncertainty about the battery
... etc. I would LOVE to buy this and invest a lot of cash (if I had it) into making it the sweetest thing you've ever seen like many of you have done here, but am not confident I have the energy to make that happen.
I admit to being potentially seduced by the most base of naive RV shopper influences... new and pretty and ready to go.
Trust me, I'm still looking EVERYWHERE for fiberglass, up to two states away. This when I'm not sure I can hook the hubby in. But at least yesterday when I mentioned towing with the Volvo, he reiterated his successful towing of a Santana 20 (sailboat) with an auto transmission with the tranny cooler. This would be up and down steep boat rams also.
That was the FIRST positive remark I've had from him on this topic.
I also spoke to our independent Volvo mechanic (an absolute Volvo *geek* whom we trust implicitly), asking if he knew of other customers who towed with models like ours. He said he DID, they towed successfully, and he even tows a tent trailer (most of these seem heavier the FGRV) loaded with everything he can cram in there, he has the same transmission we do, and he says he doesn't even feel it back there when he drives.
I had been thinking the Aerostar would have to be the tow vehicle, but I'm learning now that is not the case. The tow rating on the Volvo (if the report is to be believed) is around 3400 lbs. We wouldn't go that high -- I'd like to drive through the mountains without worry, but it does expand our choices a BIT!
Thanks for everyone's input. I'm here because I want to learn, not upset anyone!