Living Large on the Road
318 Forum loves sharing with readers things that are really special, above average ... and this is it. For this edition of “atHome,” we stopped in for a visit at Bayou Outdoor Supercenter to see a real home on wheels that has every modern con- venience imaginable. An owner, Chad Brazzel, provided us fantastic customer service and arranged a tour of the incredible Tiffin Phaeton 37BH Class A diesel seen on these pages.
First of all, it is a technological dream – the dashboard alone will make any potential road warrior sigh in anticipation. and he will have plenty of onboard gadgets to keep him engaged for many, many miles. The driver and passenger seats (in butterysoft Ultraleather) rotate to double as additional luxury seating (and they recline) in the living area.
It has automatic leveling jacks, in-motion satellites, home-theatre sound system and concealed speakers. It features beautiful Ultraleather upholstery, smart-house technology that controls everything from remotes or screen devices or the pad on the wall. Automatic shades (both light filtering and blackout). The ceilings are soft-touch and filter out noise. This Tiffin model is primo: A real “go big or go home” opportunity.
Above the cockpit (that’s what guys are gonna call it!) is television No. 1, which lowers with the touch of a finger. In the living space and adjacent to the kitchen, television No. 2 electronically rises from a hidden pocket for viewing. Flat screen No. 3 is in the master bedroom. And finally, the fourth television, No. 4, is outside under a sun- and rain-protective shade that pops up exposing the screen. An awning can easily be extended by pushing a button to create a full outdoor living space for game- or movie-watching. There are multiple large outdoor storage spaces for easy access, some with slide-out drawers.
You will be amazed at the spaciousness of this home on wheels. It includes a washer and dryer, a half-bath in the living space (can you believe?) and even an electric fireplace. The counters are topped with Corian, and it has residential-grade fixtures throughout. The polished tile floors are heated while the slide-outs feature a neutral carpet. Cabinetry doors and drawers are solid wood with hidden hinges. In the kitchen, in addition to a pull-out pantry and full-sized refrigerator, it has a top-load dishwasher as well as a cooktop and stainless steel sinks hidden under Corian pop-up covers. It has a stainless steel microwave / convection oven. An island also slides out for more surface and storage space. The dining table extends to a table for four with the additional seating stored under the RV.
According to Brazzel, these homes on wheels are no longer just seniororiented, but they also appeal to millennials and young families because they are so compact and convenient for keeping the family together when traveling while also saving money on hotels and dining out.
These vacation “homes” come in many shapes and sizes. Some smaller bumper-pull models can be pulled with an SUV, larger models by a truck. And for those bigger boys, a fifth-wheel that hooks up to heavy-duty trucks. Of course, it’s RVs like this one that you drive! Bayou Outdoor Supercenter offers all of these and more.
Bayou Outdoor Supercenter has three area locations to serve you. You can visit them online at www.bayououtdoor.com. Or, better yet, give Chad a shout at 629-2628. He will treat you right. Tell him 318 Forum sent you.