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Old 11-17-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Hi Guys!

I'm Travis, 31, father of 2(2 & 3). I work at Southwest Florida RV Services. Though I currently don't own an RV within the next 2 years my wife and I will be buying our first Class A or bus restoration project with plans to FT by tax season 2022 and to start FT travelling in 2023.

My love for RV's started as a kid going on summer trips with my grandparents in their early 70's GMC. They sold it in the mid 90's to a neighbor for $1000 in perfect running condition, he parked it on his hunting land and within 6 months it was ruined when a storm knocked a tree onto it. I've always wanted another but ft with kids and animals means we need a bit more space.

We have been looking in the $30k price range on sites such as RVTrader but haven't fell in love with anything but a rusted up 98 Safari Serengeti.

Thanks for reading. Here is a pic of a 2010 Newmar Essex we just finisher for a customer. Needed a few electrical gremlins worked out and a good detail.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-17-2019, 12:18 PM   #2
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Welcome to the IRV2.COM

Hello, I am a member myself and wanted to take some time to welcome you and your family to this IRV2 Forum. As you may feel somewhat overwhelmed by all there is to see, read and learn here from others.

So, if you will let’s sit and have a cup <[_]””[_]>’’’’’’ Here is the place to share what’s on your mind as it relates to RV’ing. Everything is here, just for folks and Families. I have some TIPS which I hope will make your visits here more enjoyable. Kind of your FORUM Driving Instructor lol.

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On top are two menus and the one on top is the forum and the one below that is more helpful and personal for you to tell your story by clicking on USER CP.

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Old 11-17-2019, 12:44 PM   #3
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Welcome. There’s Hope.

We looked in all of the regular spots too. RVT, RV Trader, Craigslist etc.

But we found ours posted locally. 2001 Triple E Embassy 34XL with one slide. Well maintained and sold by a couple in their late 70s or early 80s. Everything included as they were leaving RVing as the wife had early dementia and it was not a safe situation for either of them. Ice maker, stainless steel bbq, appliances like kettle, toaster, all kitchen utensils, Blue Ox and more. And a 2002 toad - a Pontiac Sunfire with just 40,000 on the clock. (Sold for $2000 and re-invested in the CRV as we’ll not tow our 1990 Supra Turbo)

Sure, we’ve done about $15,000 of upgrades in new tires, brakes serviced, steering control stabilizer, shocks, theatre seating, fire stick tv etc. Mostly for our piece of mind and starting with a clean slate. The tires were close to needing replacement, but it wasn’t absolutely necessary at that point in time.

Our cost all in was CDN $ 28,000, or about $21,500 USD at today’s exchange rate.

So, it can be done. Just be diligent, patient, and do your research on the aforementioned sites as to likes and dislikes about any particular RV brand and model. And do have it inspected. $300-400 is a wise investment for piece of mind and a heads up for immediate and future problems.

Happy hunting!


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Old 11-17-2019, 04:03 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses for some reason the app keeps saying my email isn't confirmed but the website has no problem letting me post. Not sure what's wrong but that is going to severely limit my posts. I use Duck-Duck-Go(browser) which erases history and cookies every time it is closed and it isn't going to be fun logging in every time I see something I can help with or complement. Hopefully the app fixes its self though it has been 2 days since I confirmed my email.
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Old 11-17-2019, 08:06 PM   #5
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Welcome to the forum. Nice job on the Newmar

You are joining a good group of folks here with good info to share.

Good luck with your future plans.
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:01 AM   #6
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Hi Travis! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Hope you find the perfect rig for your needs!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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