The RV comes home….

Me and the RV leaving Swain, NY

Me and the RV leaving Swain, NY

When I started planning the trip several years back, I had a couple of options in mind. One was a tow-behind 5th wheel and the Chevy 2500HD truck I owned at the time. The next two options involved RVs – rent one for a whole summer, or buy one new and sell it after the trip to get rid of the payment.

All this time, I had been saving money each week into the Alaska trip fund (separate savings account – see future “planning” topic).

In the early spring of 2013, my daughter Heather and I were skiing at Swain when the mountain was partially green and the snow was half ice. Anyway, at the bottom of the hill over in the side parking lot was this RV with a “For Sale” sign on it. When we got done for the day, we stopped over there and looked around the outside and then wrote down the phone number. I called the guy later on and arranged to come down and see it up close and inside and get the scoop on it.

It turns out that the RV was a single-owner and had been owned by his grandparents. A 1986 Winnebago Chieftain 31, with 26,000 miles on the odometer. 1,000 miles for every year old that it was. It had been serviced every year and well cared for and came with essentially 7x brand-new rubber on the wheels. It needed batteries and the generator wouldn’t start, but it was a deal for the price.

I wasn’t the only one interested. Other’s had called expressing interest to use it for a backwoods party house. The gentleman selling it liked the idea on my plan to take a long family vacation with it (reminding him of when he was little and went with his grandparents) and decided he would rather sell it to me than have it rot/rust away in the woods full of empty beer cans.

And so we drove it home on April 20th, 2013.


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