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Traveling Ambassadors

Posted by on August 30, 2013

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.

Jill and Maisie

Jill and Maisie

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.

Inspecting fridge

Inspecting fridge

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!

14 Responses to Traveling Ambassadors

  1. Andreas

    Lieber Manuel, liebe Roz, wir wünschen Euch eine gute Reise mit vielen interessanten Eindrücken. Viele liebe Grüße aus Deutschland
    Karin und Andreas

  2. melba toast

    glad to know you are both ok
    we are in the cattskills now wit a bunch of people.
    love to both

  3. Nancy Beadle

    What a great service you are performing, not only for LTV, but for those lucky people who get to see yours in all its glory. And I’m betting you are having a great time doing it, too. Happy travels! Have a great time in Nova Scotia. We loved our trip there. Nancy and Ron from Marblehead, Ohio

  4. Bobby Ray

    Glad to see your still on the trail .We are still here an ringin bowls at 11oclock on Sundays
    love you guys
    Bobby & Kim

  5. Mrs. DeLuca

    Oh this sounds like a great time to be had… That’s where you disappeared to! I am never told anything! Thank goodness I checked Manny’s Facebook page!

  6. reclaimingjill

    They are, indeed, all convinced. I have had so many people from the neighborhood who have also said that they would like one! Manny and Roz — you were such wonderful ambassadors — and we had so much fun that night. Thank you so much! I don’t know if I can wait 2 more years (especially since today was the first day back to school!).

  7. Manny & Roz

    Email from Ricardo:





  8. Manny & Roz

    Email from Eva María:

    Thank you ver much for letting me see your travel blog. Best greetings, Eva

  9. Manny & Roz

    Email from Gary Fanelli:

    Have FUN !!! 🙂

  10. Manny & Roz

    Email from Elsa:

    Hola Manuel. Muy impresionante. Felicidades


  11. Manny & Roz

    Email from Linda Morris:

    Hi, this is Linda Morris, we met last summer at a state park, had breakfast on a rainy day, talked politics, our rigs – we have an Airstream RV, and can’t for the life of me remember what town we were in.

    Just read your new blog entry and wanted to say hi. We haven’t been on the road at all this summer, it turned out to be too busy with family events to get away any distance greater than our house in WI. It sounds like you’re still loving the travel life and meeting interesting people along the way. We hope to be able to wander around next spring and summer.

    If you celebrate, wishing you a happy new year, heck, even if you don’t celebrate, happy new year!

    Look forward to bumping into you sometime down the road.


  12. Manny & Roz

    Email from Gaby:

    Mi querido Manuel:

    Eso sí que es una grata sorpresa, oir de ti y saberte viajando contínuamente! Pienso que Dr. Fritz nos infiltró el virus trotamundista. Mi marido —Klaus— y yo también estamos aprovechando nuestro “Unruhestand” para seguir conociendo el mundo. Esto en vista de que no rejuveneceremos en el futuro inmediato y ante el hecho de que la crisis financiera se está comiendo nuestros ahorros. Así que decidimos comernos nosostros mismos nuestros tres frijolitos antes de que se acaben…

    Estamos por partir a Nueva Inglaterra (Boston y Cape Cod) el jueves 05Sep13 así como a Montreal (13-15Sep) y Quebec(16-19Sep). En Quebec abordaremos el 19Sep13 el MS Le Boréal para conocer las costas del San Lorenzo, la Península de Gaspé, las islas de la Magdalena, Louisbourg y Bar Harbor, antes de regresar el 29Sep13 nuevamente a Boston, dónde tomaremos ese día el avión de regreso. Acaso están ustedes en este lapso por esas latitudes? Sería una linda coincidencia y nos daría la oportunidad de vernos después de 48 años…

    En espera de tus coordinadas, te envío un fuerte abrazo virtual desde Frankfurt, mismo que pido hagas también extenso a Roz.
    Con la amistad de toda la vida

  13. Manny & Roz

    Email from Margaret & Bernard:

    hi guys
    Good to hear you are on the road again and in Canada. We are currently
    in Europe for 10 weeks. Would you like our update emails? If so, tell
    me where I can send them please.

  14. Jessica Maris

    I was sold as soon as I saw that beauty roll through the parking lot NOT like a lumbering cow but instead like a skinny cow in a tutu doing the waltz.

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