Our Heartland Gateway 3650BH Video Tour

February 25, 2014

Family on the Road

Heartland Gateway 3650BH Tour

In our search for an RV, we spent a ridiculous amount of hours online looking at various models and reading reviews and forums. After selling our old RV in Texas, we headed to Florida to meet my  doctor before heading to Indiana, RV capital of the world.  Determined to find ourselves a new home we braved the cold to visit RV dealerships and an RV show. We found many models that would work for us but finally narrowed it down to five models that had almost everything we wanted: Avalanche 360RB, Montana Mountaineer 356TBF, Cedar Creek Silverback 35QB4, KZ Durango 358BHK, and the Heartland Gateway 3650BH.

The things we were looking for in order of priority were:

  1. Four or five slides with double slides in the back bedroom (Our last RV had 3 slides. )
  2. A place for Brent to build a desk (If he can’t work we can’t travel!)
  3. 12 cubic foot or larger refrigerator or an RV with a space big enough where we could install one ourselves
  4. Pantry
  5. More kitchen counter space than our last RV
  6. An all-in-one front bathroom (as opposed to a walk-through bathroom, i.e., one where the shower, toilet, sink are separated)
  7. A second half bath in the back.
  8. Washer and dryer hookups (Which ultimately didn’t matter b/c we aren’t going to use them after all.)
  9. Booth dinette as opposed freestanding table and chairs (We like the coziness and the storage a booth provides.)
  10. Storage storage storage!
  11. Bathtub (Not a huge priority but would be nice.)

As you can see we had some high expectations but after living full time in an RV with our family for over 2 years we knew what we wanted.  Although we knew we were going to finance this RV, we still had a budget we wanted to stay within so a few brands we would have liked to look at were out of the question.

A quick word about financing our RV. When we set out on the road we still had credit card debt. Most people insist that you should pay off all your debt before hitting the road. Clearly that would have been ideal but our boys were getting older and we knew we no longer had the luxury of time. So instead of waiting to pay it off, we decided to hit the road before everything was “perfect”. That’s another post for another time but to make a long story short, we chose to not wait to have our ducks in a row before following our dream. At this point of our journey, it made better sense for us to sell our old rig which was paid for to pay off high interest credit card debt and finance a new rig at a rate that is less than a 3rd of our credit cards. Not only did we lower our monthly payments, we improved our overall quality of life. Keep in mind we came from Southern California where we were used to a high cost of living so our monthly RV payment is teeny tiny compared to our house payment. That said, it would be ideal to have zero debt before you hit the road if you can do it!

Anyway back to the RV. Of all the RVs we looked at the Heartland Gateway 3650 BH had more features we wanted than any other RV, including a bathtub! In fact, the one thing it had we didn’t want was an outdoor kitchen. (At this time the outdoor kitchen is not an option on the Gateway 3650.)  The big concern we had was the Gateway is a brand new model so there weren’t any used ones on the market. Used was our first choice but after lots of thinking we decided to get what we really wanted since it is our home. You can read more about how we finally made our decision to buy it from Dixie RV and see the photo tour here. Or for those of you who prefer video I finally had the time to put a little video tour together. Enjoy!

Love and Laughter,
Jenn

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I'm Jenn and I'm so happy you stopped by our little corner of the web. My favorite moments are cuddling with my boys, listening to the purrs of my cat, and sipping warm cups of tea. The smell of orange blossoms conjures up delightful memories of childhood even though I grew up in Indiana hundreds of miles from citrus groves. I love animals and when I'm stressed I dream of owning a goat farm. I love art, road trips, books, and food. Vintage clothes make me ridiculously happy. Red lipstick is my friend.

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8 Responses to “Our Heartland Gateway 3650BH Video Tour”

  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes Says:

    LOVED the video tour! Congrats again on your new home! It’s amazing!

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  2. Tamara Says:

    It’s so gorgeous!! As are you! Miss ya but this was a nice little way to spend a few minutes with you. Thanks for the tour! xo

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  3. Emily Says:

    Loved your tour! Just wondering how you secure your Berkey water filter when traveling? We just got one and I love it. We don’t travel full time but are planning a big trip this year and I have been trying to figure out how to bring it. Thanks for any ideas you have :)

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  4. Jess Says:

    Love it!

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  5. Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) Says:

    wowowowoowowowowowowowow!!! The two words that spilled out of my mouth when I saw the OUTSIDE kiTCHEN were “HOLY SH**!!!!!” and I meant it in a totally good way! Plus love the boys’ Ikea duvet covers ;-) and my little man, MC- so cute! Congrats you guys- you 5 will be very happy there!

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  6. Valerie Kirkland Says:

    Hey Jenn,
    We love your site! We are a family of 7 and will be buying an RV as soon as our house sells. My DH would like me to ask if you still love the RV with 3 kiddos now? We have always liked the Open Range but we also like the Heartland BH. Is there any thing you don’t like, things you would do different? Thanks for your time! We will keep checking your blog for updates!

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    • Jenn - Newschool Nomads Says:

      Hi Valerie! Thanks for stopping by and the kind words. :-) To answer your question, yes we still LOVE the RV even with 3 kids. Before deciding on the Heartland we were considering an Open Range but we there wasn’t a model that had everything we wanted. Although there are a few things we would change in the Gateway like bigger kitchen sink and adding some skylights. Although neighter of those things would be a deal breaker. Because of the outdoor kitchen (lose sleepign space) I’m not sure how it would be for a family of 9? That would be something to consider. Best of luck on your adventure! :-)

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  7. Suzanne Huff Says:

    Hi Jenn,

    My husband and I just ordered a Gateway 3650BH. We have 3 children and plan on full-timing soon. When we saw your video we fell in love with the Gateway. We looked at a lot of different models, but none of them had all of the features we were looking for, except the Gateway. In your video you mention that you were going to make a few modifications in the bunk room to increase storage. I was wondering if you have made those modifications and, if so, what are they? Also, we saw the remodel of your old 5th wheel and loved it. Have you made any decorative changes? Do you have any suggestions for easy things to do to brighten up the living spaces? This is our first 5th wheel and would greatly welcome any suggestions you might have. Thanks so much.

    Suznne

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