I am in the military and just got back from Afghanistan looking at a forced early retirement due to service-connected injuries.
I came home to find I no longer had a home/rental property, a marriage, personal belongings, decent credit, or custody of my daughter.
I was having a hard time moving forward with my life until one day, one of my best friends growing up, who I had lost contact with for 20 years, looked me up on Facebook and introduced me to the idea of RVing as a life filled with fun, freedom, and flexibility.
I am still on active duty while getting evaluated/treated for my injuries, and it was costing me a fortune see my daughter every time I was able to take a little leave. As strange as it may sound, looking for an RV has given me purpose and hope.
I am now on the hunt for a classy class A (or possibly a larger class C) around $10,000. I am open to finding an older one I can fix up/update (as long as it doesn't have too much water damage or a funny smell).
I am hoping to find one with a nice exterior that has a clean, cozy interior and ample storage that feels light, open and airy on the inside. I don't necessarily need any slide-outs. I am open to hearing advice/experience from people who know about older RV's and what brands to get/not get.
I saw a 1996 fleetwood southwind for $7,500 with a floor plan I just loved... nice kitchen, big tub, a hallway leading to the bedroom (so it felt more like a house) and a huge closet with a space where I could put a stackable washer/dryer, but it was one of the first ones I saw, and I did not snatch it up in time
... now I hear that fleetwood went out of business so it might have been hard to find parts/get service, etc., so maybe it was for the best, but now none of the ones I have been seeing lately seem to measure up.
But I am doggedly determined to look for as long as it takes to find exactly what I want.
Looking forward to meeting/hearing from all y'all... thanks for reading my post!