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1995/96 Winnebago Rialto
on February 5, 2012
I came across Tynan's site when I was researching different types of RVs. I enjoyed his site quite a bit because of common interests in such things as poker, smart gambling, RVs, minimalism, programming. In addition, he has an attention to detail about things that he's passionate about. He's drawn to the best of breed products but couple that with a practical side. Not just spending gobs on money on something that has perhaps only a minimal advantage over lesser priced product.
I had already read most of what he had written on his site, tynan.com and was interested in what more he could add to his new book. I wasn't expecting too much because he had mentioned he wrote the entire book or booklet on a round trip flight. But for $2.99, I wasn't going to quibble plus I wanted to support his endeavours. The book is heavily biased towards the vehicle he choose which is a '95-'96 Winnebago Rialto. While it suits his purpose quite well which is to park near metropolitan areas with the least amount of conspicuous attention. I don't think the majority of the people, including myself, would choose this particular vehicle. For one thing, as he mentioned, they increased the size by a foot in later years so one of the main advantages he cites, being able to park in a regular parking spot is no longer available. RVs have progressed in 16 years and some of shortcomings in his Rialto have improved. The vehicle is really tailored for only one person so couples or families need not apply. Much of the book goes into great lengths about the modifications that he did to his Rialto. Some of it very specific to that RV but others that could be extended to other RVs. Upgrading to solar panels. Adding a subwoofer. Looking for DC voltage products for energy efficiency. Upgrading to LED bulbs. Etc. All these suggestions are pretty great and RV manufacturers would be smart to take heed. It would be interesting to see what kind of awesome RV, Tynan would come up with, if he could start from scratch and design his dream RV.
I couldn't give the book 5 stars because of its bias to an outdated RV but I think 4 stars is quite deserving based on its attention to detail and its great price.