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Old 04-25-2014, 02:28 AM   #1
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New old somewhat experienced almost retired couple going full-time!

Hello every one,
Actually I already am retired involuntary so I've had lots of time to do research and groundwork like budgeting and dreaming about our retirement planning so that's given us a head start, the wife still works but certainly has her role in getting ready for the big day (other then work )
Like it says in the title we've had some experience with RV's and decided that this is what we want to do as long as it is fun when we retire.
As far as Budget we could either wait until we sell the house and buy a new or almost new unit, In about 20 months. or we could start looking now and if we find the right unit for the right price then we can take the time to restore, rebuild, fix, test and try out, until everything is as perfect as we can get it before we get to the go date and hopefully save some money!

So that's what we started doing and a few weeks ago we found a great looking 2000 American Eagle 40' long in apparent good shape and after traveling down there (to Vancouver Canada) and checking it out we went home with Butterflies in our stomach's and a Ton of Information everything needed to check the unit out (It came from the Nevada US originally and had some minor accident history)
He had just started doing a service on it and had ripped out the carpet from the entrance steps.
He was very straight forward pointing out what needed to be done to it and where all the little dings and pit where, Yes it was going to need some TLC but the test drive was good and he had a very recent full engine analysis from Cummins Canada and the specs where very good, close to new as it should be @ 38000 Mls
To get to the point we made a deal over the phone and the next weekend we went down again to pick it up with a bunch of spare parts a full fuel tank and a full propane tank.

The drive home was mostly uneventful with one night camping and one big grin.
most everything seemed to work as promised and since it was pouring rain we had a great chance to check for leaks, None found

Since it came home Debbie has spend more then 40 hrs cleaning and detailing and she thinks she's about half way maybe???
and I have already fixed 100 little things and a few big ones like the entrance!
I did some of it in Aluminium and some in carpet, still need to redo the step/lid.
Changing both engine belts, adjusting storage door locks need some new ones.
But there's lots left like the level legs of which two have leaks, the odometer does not work at all ( he said it does occasionally ) but in 260 Mls going home it showed nothing. :bang head:
and I still have a growing list of about 40 items. including we like to replace the somewhat worn couch and buddy seat? (white leather)

But like I said we have almost two years and we did sort of budget for that and it could wait a bit if needed.

Dang this story got long sorry about that but you did ask me to tell a little about us, I've been known to do so.......

for now Regards,
Ed and Debbie

from 1man tent to 2man tent to tent trailer to real T-Trailer to C-class to A-class
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Old 04-25-2014, 02:40 AM   #2
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Congrats too both of you. I'm here learning and hope to buy in around 5_yrs or so. Looking forward too your insights...
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Howdy and welcome. Sounds like you have a little project going there. No fear that's what these things are all about. You fix one thing then find something else. Congrats on your purchase and I'm sure you'll get everything up and running and to your liking. Hang in there and enjoy all your future adventures down the road.
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Welcome and glad to meet you!

Owning a coach is similar to owning a SB. There is always something else to fix or change. Just goes with the lifestyle. But when you are FT, there are times when you want to spend the day doing something other than sightseeing. Wait, there is that little project you wanted to do, LOL! Enjoy.
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RVingDutchman:

Welcome to the Forum and congrats on your American Eagle. We look forward to seeing you out there and enjoy the MH.

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Welcome aboard and congrats and good luck on your project....
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Glad to have you here withg us. Good luck with your project!
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Owning a coach is similar to owning a SB. There is always something else to fix or change. Just goes with the lifestyle.
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WHOA there partner!

I spend far more time fixing things that break in/on my 35' coach, (which we "live in" only 3-4 months each year).... than I spend maintaining, (AND spent building), my 2000 sq. ft. S&B, (which we "live in" the other 8-9 months a year).

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Welcome, Ed and Debbie! Let me stop here...I just gotta know. You caught my attention when you said "traveling down there (to Vancouver Canada)." So....I'm in the southern U.S. and "down there" doesn't compute for me when referring to any place in Canada. Now...just for my own curiosity...where is "up there?" (home)

Anywho, hope you enjoy irv2 and we wish you good luck and happy travels with your new-to-you wheels. Enjoy!
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Hi Ed & Debbie! Welcome to IRV2! It's great to have you join us!

Congrats on the new rig! Enjoy the forum!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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North off......

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Welcome, Ed and Debbie! Let me stop here...I just gotta know. You caught my attention when you said "traveling down there (to Vancouver Canada)." So....I'm in the southern U.S. and "down there" doesn't compute for me when referring to any place in Canada. Now...just for my own curiosity...where is "up there?" (home)

Anywho, hope you enjoy irv2 and we wish you good luck and happy travels with your new-to-you wheels. Enjoy!
Yes there is life North of Vancouver Canada and of coarse you knew that but thought I would be writing from the US??? I live presently in a tiny town 375km (250Mls) north called Ashcroft a very cute Historic town worth stopping in to if you come this way on your trip to Alaska or such places North


Really guys I'm not making fun of you I'm laughing With you!

As to some of the other comments, Thank you for the warm welcome every one and man do we know we got a project but I guess we sort of choose that.
Every day I find more stuff, but that's the point as long as it stops by the time we want to go FT.

Kind Regards,
Ed and Debbie

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