We purchased an RV!
A nearly 40 year old RV.
A 1977 Dodge Rockwood to be exact.
20 Feet of Moving House.
It gets a whopping 10 mpg (motor homes in general don’t get great mpg) – and I can’t really drive it any faster than 60 mph – but I still think it’s GREAT.
Sure it’s just a little older than I am (OMG) but the fact that it’s still running and in great shape means that it’s age is kind of meaningless. It’s been taken care of with a lot of work and maintenance done on it. The last owner especially reworked the thing and that’s one of the main reasons we took a chance on this purchase. It’s the same reason we felt comfortable buying our 2001 Subaru Outback – because the previous owner put in the effort to keep the vehicle in good shape. (Since we don’t buy new cars, or cars from dealerships either.)
Rebuilt engine, new radiator, alternator, blah blah blah – stuff that should be broken but isn’t because it’s a new(er) replacement part. Sure there are things that are still original (like the interior) but those things are easier to replace and deal with (than say, a dead engine).
After my last wedding on July 4th here in Atlanta – we’re driving across the country to the Washington coast.
There’s kind of an endless list of things to do but when you get down to it – we just need to pack everything in and start driving. That’s the core of any road trip right? It doesn’t even matter where you’re going – just start going. And maybe you’ll end up there and maybe you won’t. But that’s okay too.
Most of what I have to do for preparation involves learning everything about keeping the RV running. Making sure the tires are inflated properly. Making sure the engine area doesn’t overheat/breakdown. Making sure everything else… will work. And even then we have road side assistance.
It’s a strange thing – this beginning RV Life of ours. It arrives at the same time that I want to be… away.
And a little gone. Or disappeared. And more gone.