So we have our second RV now. Yay!!!
Long story short: hubby was in line behind a very nice man at the store the other day, talking on the phone with an electrician about fixing a service issues and some wiring. He’d gotten a quote of $800. He didn’t have $800, explained to the guy that he’d been laid off and having trouble finding work, but he was sure he could make monthly payments. Electrician didn’t agree to arrangements. Hubby starts talking to him, and he has a camper for sale for $600. Hubby thinks a fair price for the work is closer to that. Guy has camper in town to sell so he can pay for electrical work, so they make a quick trip to it. Hubby brings home the camper to inspect, and calls the guy to agree to the exchange if the guy will purchase the wire needed for the job, guy agrees, and hubby gets directions. He works for about 8 hours, gets everything done, and everyone is happy with the trade-off. 🙂 I ❤ Barter!!!!
So, we are now the proud owners of a 1975 (we think) Coachmen Camper XL-1800. I’ve included some pictures with our post, but it’s a definite work-in-progress. 🙂 We’re still in the process of fixing up our house, and planning for a family/business trip to Florida next week, so work on the camper will begin in about 3-4 weeks, but we’re excited. It has a new (electric-only) fridge that works, a shower (that works), 2 table/bed combos, a possibly-non-working stove (we don’t have a propane tank, so we can’t test, but the previous owner warned us it may not work, and threw in the microwave they used in it’s place). It also has a sleeping cot above the larger table (we’re thinking twins only, as it’s got heavy canvass like a cot, but it’s hung on the walls of a 30+ year old camper). We’ve tested the water, and the sink and shower work. We’re not sure about the toilet, so I’m in the process of searching for an online owner’s manual so we can learn how to do the repairs that might be needed (water doesn’t come on when it flushes, although trap opens). All electrical works when plugged in, but we’ll need a new battery to determine if DC works. Previous owner said it does, so we hope all will be well with it. Rooftop A/C is there, but protective cover is missing, compressor switches on, but does not blow cold. We’ll have to do a little research to figure out if it will need a new A/C, or just a re-charge. 🙂 Both tables need to be replaced (that will be the easiest fix, as we have all the hardware to put them back together, and we have the original tables to use as a template). Foam is all good, but we’ll need to reupholster. We could just put coverings on them to begin with (think sheets, pulled together and pinned at the bottom), but I’ve been looking for an excuse to learn to sew, so here we go. 🙂
This RV will definitely NOT be what we eventually full-time in. As I told my husband, it’s large enough for weekend (or maybe even a week-long) trips, but definitely not large enough for a family of our size to live in. But it’s a step in the right direction. We’ll learn on this one, and hope that once we fix it up, we can sell it to upgrade to a newer, larger model. That’s what it’s all about, right? Working your way towards what you want… baby steps. 🙂 In the meantime, it’s a gas saver (as it’s so small), and it will give us experience and plenty of fun family memories.
So, look for my RV links to start being updated as we start looking into what we need, and once we start camping! 🙂