Why New Horizons?

This process was very linear for me.

Full-time or not full-time? Full-time.

Fifth wheel or diesel pusher? Fifth wheel.

Go crazy, bite the bullet, be prepared to write a big check, ignore the inevitable depreciation, and get what we really want, or buy something still pretty nice but sacrifice a number of details? We just said WTHeck and went for get what we really want.

This is a very personal decision and I’m convinced it doesn’t really matter what you end up with as long as it meets your needs. The box you call home doesn’t define you any more than the size or location of your stick-and-brick residence. My happiness and sense of self-worth comes from who I am, how I contribute, how I think, how I engage with others, and how I love, and never from what I own. Those are the convictions on which I base my life, and I suspect they’re pretty consciously or subconsciously universal (just my humble opinion).

photoThat being said — am I being a bit hypocritical? — we decided to go with very nice.

There are a few custom fifth-wheel manufacturers in the midwest who do excellent work, and I learned a fair amount about each. But over and over, everything I read and everyone I spoke to who knew what they were talking about, pointed me to New Horizons. I began having extended conversations with Drew Brokenicky, the son of the owner and one of their two very fine salespeople. He convinced us that New Horizons could help us build our dream.

It didn’t take long for Karen and me to decide we wanted to do business with New Horizons. We never regretted that decision.

 

4 Responses to Why New Horizons?

  1. Peter Stewart July 10, 2014 at 07:23 #

    I think I’ve told you about my father in law before. He’s a former flight test engineer at Edward’s Air Force Base in Southern California. As you can imagine he has seen some very cool things. When I told him you bought a 42 foot fifth wheel, I could see his eyebrows raise. He was impressed. Go big or go home? Wait a minute, you are.

    • Jeffrey King July 10, 2014 at 07:31 #

      A flight test engineer from Edwards Air Force Base impressed with my measly little ‘ole trailer? Well, I’M impressed! Clearly he has discerning tastes that got transferred somehow to his son-in-law.

  2. Steven and Daphne July 15, 2014 at 12:12 #

    Hey Jeff & Karen, first tried sending you an email on your contact page but for some reason it wouldn’t work for me so thought I would send you what I wanted to say here.

    First, I want you to know that I heard about you through Gregg Shields (RV Haulers) video he did of you 2 at the “New Horizons” plant. Daphne and I will be having our 44.5 foot custom coach built in 2016 along with having RV Haulers do us up a truck.

    I’m not a flight engineer just a retired trucker that has always either done with, done without or compromised, always second best. So when my wife and I decided to go full timing we decided to get the best ( what WE want) this time or “stay home”. Daphne and I are like totally impressed with your 48′ New Horizons, if you don’t mind me asking what made you go with a 48′ length? …….. Its sure is purty 🙂

    I’m very impressed with your blog and intend to see the country through your eyes and learn some of the do’s and don’ts of this crazy lifestyle.

    Any way, just wanted to send a note to you and send Daphne’s and my CONGRATULATIONS on your new home on wheels!\

    Steven & Daphne
    Farwell, Texas

    • Jeffrey King July 15, 2014 at 18:54 #

      Hi Steven and Dapnne! Thanks for the note. Actually, it’s a 42 footer. There is one 47′ toyhauler in the lot right now, but for us that’s just TOO big. You have to park it, after all. The key is to hit the full timer’s sweet spot, and for many people that’s around 42 feet. You just have to make sure you have enough truck to haul it. That’s very, very important, and many people don’t think enough about their truck. But if Gregg is building yours, you’re golden.

      Gregg is one of the smartest and most ethical people I know. While we were waiting for the punchlist items to be finished on our fifth wheel, one couple took possession of one of Gregg’s trucks, and another couple just previously took possession. He personally delivered both. I took Gregg and his son to the airport when he left New Horizons, so I got a chance to talk with him at length. I love my truck, but I DON’T love the company that did the aftermarket work — 2L Custom Trucks out of Poolville, Texas. It was one of the worst experiences I ever had. If I had it to do all over again, Gregg would be doing the build.

      Good luck. We hope to see you on the road.

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