Our Journey From Dreamers To Full-Timers: Delivery and Moving In

By:  Kelly Barnett

17th Nov, 16


We placed the order for our 2011 Heartland Landmark Key Largo in January 2011 but had to wait several months for our fifth wheel to be built and delivered to the dealer in Tampa, Florida.

That was one of the longest waits of our lifetime.

Preparing For Our New Heartland Landmark

We sorted through things to keep, to donate, to give to our sons or to other family members. Then we had to break down the things that we wanted to keep to 'things that would go in the new coach' and 'things to put into storage'. What a slow, painful process…but much needed.

Michael had joined the Heartland Owners Forum many months before it came time for us to order our Heartland Landmark. He gained a lot of knowledge and insight from members of the forum so he knew what to look for when completing the lengthy PDI he'd created.

We used the PDI to go over the coach with a fine-tooth comb, finding minor things that the dealer quickly rectified.

The RV dealer had a nice lot where our old camper and our new home were parked door to door so that we could transfer all our belongings from one to the other easily. We stayed in our new home on-site for several days while we worked on the PDI and the dealer fixed what needed fixing. An awesome experience to say the least.

Finally Full-Timers

Michael didn't have any experience with a 5th wheel RV. The dealer did a great job of educating us about hitching up or towing. When it came time for us to hitch up and pull our new baby home…we passed with flying colors!

We parked our new home in the parking lot outside of our apartment building for a little more than three weeks while we finished up selling off our stuff, moving our belongings into the Landmark and preparing ourselves for the adventure we'd dream of for so long that was now a reality.

On April 27, 2011, we locked our apartment door for the last time. We hitched our truck up to our brand new 5th wheel and made our way to the Capitol City RV Park in Montgomery, Alabama, where we lived until August of 2012 while Michael finished his 29-year career in the Army.


Kelly Barnett

Kelly Barnett


RV There Yet Chronicles

My husband, Michael, and I have been living fulltime in our 2011 Landmark Key Largo since April of 2011 and LOVE every minute of it. 

When Michael retired from the US Army in October of 2012 (after 29 years of service) we hit the road and haven’t looked back. 

We usually work in the south Texas oilfields in the winter and spend time with our two sons and their families in the summer. We travel and sight-see as much and often as possible.