Because Leisure Travel Vans only sells through dealers —and those are few and far between— Leisure Travel Vans (a.k.a. LTV) started an Ambassador Program, so people like us, who love our Serena, offer to show our LTVs to interested people who are unable to find a local dealer.
Manny and I were busy Leisure Travel Van Ambassadors in the first days of our trip. Our first stop was in Armonk NY to show our Serena to Peter Tiller, who found us on our blog when he Googled Serenity. Peter, 59, is a retired fireman and ex-policeman who presently owns a Pleasure Way but is finding it too small to really live in for extended periods. His biggest hesitation before seeing a Serenity was its size. He likes to be “stealthy” and wasn’t sure he could be inconspicuous with one. After a two-hour Serenity tour with Peter, he was a convert.
Our next stop was Middlebury CT to visit with Jill Freeland, who plans to retire from teaching in 2 years. She had gotten in touch with us via the Leisure Travel Vans Club Yahoo users group that Manny had started. As she was unable to see a Serenity, we offered to stop on our way to Nova Scotia so she could see ours all packed and ready for adventure.
We arrived about 5:00 PM on a Monday, just about the time that four of her best friends showed up to see if the Serenity passed muster. They all were skeptical and very worried at Jill’s choice of a full-time RVing lifestyle for retirement.
We spent the next several hours setting up the bed, pulling out drawers, opening cupboards, giving them the hundred-dollar tour! By the end, without exception, they approved Jill’s choice 100%. Two of them even took me aside to confide that after seeing the quality of the Serenity, they were now relieved and excited for Jill.
The demo turned into an evening of new friends. Jill even invited us to stay overnight, which we gladly did. On Tuesday, we took a test drive with Jill to the local bakery. She was so grateful to us, as she now really feels the Serenity is the right rig for her. There is a saying: “A picture is worth a thousand words”. But a live demonstration is worth a thousand pictures!