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Old 06-08-2014, 07:40 PM   #1
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My New (to me) Home

Quick back-story, I moved back to Western WA in January to take a new job at the mothership. Brought my 26' TT to stay in for "a couple weeks" while looking for a house to buy. A couple weeks turned into several months, and meanwhile the RV park here - and the people in it - are so nice I eventually decided to forego buying a house, and instead started looking for a larger RV to live in full-time.

I would have liked something in the 38' range but I wouldn't have been able to get it into my space. Full-time spaces are hard to come by in this park - I'm lucky to have landed the space I did . So not wanting to stay in "the shoebox" indefinitely while waiting for a longer space, I accepted the 34' limitation and began looking. I looked at a lot of fivers locally, learned a lot from reading this forum, studied a lot of floor plans, and settled on a 2008 Carriage Cameo LXI 33CKQ. I paid a pretty hefty price for it ($39K) but it's in absolutely pristine condition. It TRULY looks brand new, inside and out, like it's never even been used. at. all. I couldn't be happier with it!

With four slides, it's just big enough for a single person to not feel cramped, perhaps even entertain occasionally . (The only really tight spot is between the bed and the closet. I can live with that.) The U-shaped kitchen adds a ton of storage and counter space, and separates the rooms nicely. But the best part is all the windows. I have it backed right up to the lake, and the wraparound view is absolutely lush, and adds tremendously to the spaciousness of the living room. Did I mention I couldn't be happier?

I've spent a couple weeks getting it just how I want it - added stabilizers to the landing gear. Installed a ventless W/D combo (and subsequently bought an iron and ironing board!). As the tail end is overhanging a steep bank, I relocated my rear stabilizer 5' forward so it's on the asphalt. And of course upgraded the AV with a 55" LED screen, streaming Blu-ray and updated surround.

I don't have any plans to move it in the foreseeable future, just bought it to live in right now, don't even have a TV yet - but I really like knowing that for the price of a TV (and a hydralift for my bike), I can take my beautiful home on the road. :-) In the meantime I'm sitting here looking out at the ducks and Great Blue Herons, and what I believe are Osprey, and I'm a still pretty amused at what's transpired. If you'd told me a year ago I'd be living in a "trailer" full-time...


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Old 06-08-2014, 11:15 PM   #2
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Sounds absolutely fabulous! Congrats.

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Old 06-09-2014, 02:52 PM   #3
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Well, you know, life happens! Congrats on your purchase, the only 2 cents I could offer is that you may regret that ventless W/d combo. Other posters seem to curse them. We ended up going fulltime by buying a used 38' 5'r to live in while we built a new house and vacations. Before we sold the house we owned we took the 5'r on vacations and never wanted to come home! Soooo, we just sold the house, gave up the option on the land and hit the road 8 years ago. No regrets and no plans to settle down.
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