Home Away from Home

Written by Leah LeMoine Category: At Home Issue: June 2015
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Bring the comforts of your casa with you on the road.
Even ramblin’ men want to be comfortable when they’re on the road again. That’s the overwhelming consensus Danny Graham gets from his customers. Graham is a sales manager at Little Dealer Little Prices, a family-owned RV dealership that’s been outfitting Arizona adventurers and their vehicles since 1966.

“Who are you taking with you? How do you want to travel? Where are you going on your first trip?” Graham asks customers. “You’d be surprised how many people know exactly what park they’re going to and they back it up so they can see the lake, the mountains, the stream, the desert, whatever they’re looking for. That’s why rear-living coaches [with full back windows] are so popular.”

RVs have come a long way from the crusty old campers of yore. Graham says his customers are looking for “a house on wheels” with amenities like flat-screen TVs, leather recliners, separate living/dining/bathing spaces, electric awnings and skylights. Like a stationary home, it has to be cozy and aesthetically pleasing. “It’s not just a white box going down the road [anymore], it’s actually beautiful,” he says.

Graham, a Southern Arizona native, has his eye on Prescott and Sedona for his own summer getaways. “For our travelers it seems like the White Mountains are very popular,” he says. “The neat thing about our state is we have so many state and federal parks that have access for recreational vehicles and they have the hookups.”

Whether you’re headed north, south or points in between, it’s easier than ever to bring your creature comforts with you on the road. Make like a band of gypsies on the highway, to paraphrase Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again” – gypsies with Netflix and skylights.

Above: Little Dealer Little Prices
2350 W. Deer Valley Rd., Phoenix
623-889-3900
littledealer.com
Other locations: Mesa, west
Phoenix, Prescott Valley
“That is a mom-and-pop coach,” sales manager Danny Graham says of the Jayco Eagle HT, a half-ton, fifth-wheel towable camper manufactured in Indiana using old-world Amish and Mennonite craftsmanship. “It has all the luxuries of home, yet it has the sleeping capacity if they want to bring grandchildren or a couple with them. It’ll fit in all state and federal parks and most campgrounds.”

Tiffany’s Tools
951-878-8665, tiffanystools.com
For minor RV repairs or routine road-trip maintenance in your everyday car, Tiffany’s Tools offers chic toolkits custom-designed for women. Professional ballerina Tiffany Koepke dreamed up the designer toolkits ($60-$100) when she couldn’t find tools that suited her petite hands.

Tiffany's Tools
Tiffany's Tools

 

GoGargle!GoGargle!
gogargle.com
Valley nurse January O’Connor’s proprietary blend of salt, honey, chamomile, aloe and mint ($5.99 per 10-count package) helps travelers ward off sickness. “GoGargle! is a great way to stay healthy while traveling – the package fits easily into a purse or pocket, and the tablets can be activated quickly on the go to cleanse and refresh your throat,” says account supervisor Rachel Jones-Pittier. “Personally I always seem to get sick while on the road, so it’s good to keep handy!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration HardwareRestoration Hardware
15015 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
480-658-1021, rh.com
Restoration Hardware’s luxe mohair oversized bed throw ($409) is a soft, chic statement piece in a living room or bedroom but works equally well for long road trips or plane rides.