Sunday, May 20, 2007

Choosing adventure

Well, I did it. I was the winning bidder on eBay and have a 26’ 1985 Southwind motorhome (or I will in three weeks.) The owner bought the RV on eBay in November, had a lot of work done to it ($2900) and then was laid off. He has all the receipts and manuals. We met today, he likes my enthusiasm and knowledge of RVing, and knows I would enjoy it. It needs a few little items like light covers, a new blade for the bathroom fan and a bedroom curtain, but the engine has new (not rebuilt) parts like a new carb and alternator, 7 brand-new tires (at least $1000 just for those) and it’s better than it looks. He even tried to put up wallpaper for me that he thought I might like (I do). He started the engine and oh my—is it great! It’s a Chevy 454 with a lot of power and it runs smoothly. And all the stuff I have in storage will fit inside too without going over the weight limit.

So I gave him a $1000 deposit today and in three weeks, she will be mine. After a couple of local shakedown trips, and parking and backing practice (don't want the other kids to make fun of me when I go to a campground), I'll start my travels on July 2. My summer schedule was posted in a previous blog and if anyone plans to be in the area, I'd love to meet you.





6 comments:

  1. We bought our motorhome on eBay also! We've been living in it full-time for 4 years now. Best thing we ever did! Congratulations. See Blog at www.geeksontour.blogspot.com

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  2. Hi, Adrienne! This looks like a nice one! I'm so glad you found it. Have a great summer in it, and happy trails to you. Jane

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  3. Congratulations! I admired that little baby on eBay myself not long ago, it's so cute and blue. My Scotty is from eBay, too. We've ended up putting some money into it, as your seller did with Baby Blue, and have now decided the bed is too short for DH, so we are looking for one with a walk around bed.

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  4. We bought our 21" 1991 Itasca on ebay, almost a year ago. It's been great! Go ebay!

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  5. lecleve13@MSN.COMJun 5, 2007, 11:46:00 PM

    Adrienne, your new little blue home is wonderful. It looks very well taken care of. I would never have thought to buy a motorhome on e-Bay. I went to a dealership & I paid more I know. Happy travels.
    Leta

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  6. Thanks for the good wishes. It was part luck, part experience and part timing. I hope to meet some of you nice folks on the road.

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