Checking out the Spartan Motors RV motorhome chassis

We recently began focusing our search for our next RV on Class A motorhomes and quickly realized there’s a whole lot more to consider than gas vs diesel.  While we’ve always enjoyed drooling over motorhomes at RV shows we never really got into the weeds until we really started shopping.  It was then that we really started looking at the structure that keeps it all together…the chassis.

We see each RV manufacturer tout the chassis used in each model as if it’s part of the winning equation, but we what’s really important to us?

* Do we need the million mile capability of a diesel pusher chassis?  Probably not.
* Is the extra cost worth the better fuel mileage?  I doubt it.
* Is the extra power from the diesel pusher worth the extra cost?  I think so.
* How about ride quality, reliability and safety?  Yes, I think.
* Freightliner, Spartan, Ford, Cummins, Detroit, V10?  Jeez, we’re not sure.

We had a lot of these questions and the more we searched the more questions we came up with.  We’re leaning towards a diesel pusher for many reasons, but there’s still the question of chassis.  A motorhome is a huge investment and don’t want to base our decision based solely on floor plan and color cabinets without understanding what makes it all tick.

So when we had the opportunity to speak with the folks over at Spartan Motors we jumped at it and I’m glad we did.  They were super knowledgeable and it’s not everyday to have the chance to see these details up close and personal.  They have us the grand tour, answered questions (lots of them) and even got some tips on what to look for in a used motorhome if we decide to go that route.

Checkout the below video to see some of what Spartan Motors has to offer.

And for more info visit http://www.spartanmotors.com/why-spartan/

Sharper Image Electric S’mores Maker Review

At first glance, an Electric S’mores Marker would be the perfect Christmas gift. This gift was passed down to us from Sandie’s mom who doesn’t like S’mores, which also makes me wonder if I REALLY know my mother-in-law, and we were excited to give it a try!

If you’re looking at purchasing this product also check out our video review below.

After opening the Electric S’mores Maker we quickly began to doubt how well it would work. It’s built about as well as any other mediocre “Made in China” appliance yet it has a $79.99 price tag. It’s essentially a small hot plate with a metal cover and includes a base to hold all your S’mores stuff. After seeing this I realized our dreams of delicious indoor S’mores may have just been shattered, but there was no stopping us from trying it out.

When we gave it a shot, the Electric S’mores Maker does indeed melt marshmallows, but it took over 3 minutes for it to happen and the kids aren’t that patient. There’s also not much room for the kids to roast 4 marshmallows at the same time. It doesn’t brown the marshmallows when they’re cooking, so you won’t get the crispness on the outside. It basically makes a melted mess without the best parts of the S’mores (crispy cooked sugar and open flames).

After all of our poking, prodding, testing and eating we were fairly disappointed in the Sharper Image Electric S’mores Maker. It may be a good novelty gift if it was $60 cheaper, but at $79.99 it’s a rip-off. In the future if we want S’mores and can’t wait for a campfire well do as they did in The Sandlot and use a candle.

If you have any ideas for making good S’mores indoors share them in the comments below. We’re still on the hunt for making the perfect S’more without a campfire.