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Old 01-11-2013, 08:19 AM   #1
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Andddd, we're off (or will be soon)....

First, let me mind my manners and say, "Hello". I'm another "newbie" as outside of one, week-long tent camping trip the missus and I took about 5 years ago, I haven't been near a camper since I was about 16. For those of you scoring at home, that was a smidge over 3 decades ago...yikes

So, anyway, fast forwarding to the here and now, I recently traded my boat for a small, "vintage" Southwind Eagle 1; a compact 23 footer. At risk of boring you all, this is the story: the whole thing started with me trading a Gibson Les Paul Studio for a different boat, which got sold and the money used to purchase another, that got traded into both a power boat and a sailboat, both of those getting traded for different versions of the same toy, to eventually the sailboat getting sold, the power boat being traded for this last boat (which now becomes the RV) and my putting money in the bank when it was all said and done. WHEW!
In a nutshell, I'm a fan of "bartering" in case you didn't garner that out of that rather long-winded story. Thankfully, and more by necessity, I'm a little "handy" and have a few tools in the garage. I've always been blessed by "gumption" as opposed to "money". So, where other, much wiser folks have the luxury of buying exactly what they want, I, on the other hand, need to take the long road around things and usually build at least something similar to what I want.

Living in Florida affords us a lot of time to be outside, and while the PO of this particular unit put a lot of effort into this coach, what he didn't do was make her very "pretty".

As evidenced by the "mustache" stripe that remains on the front
I hope to try my hand at the "Rustoleum Challenge" on the outside. I'll keep you all informed.
The inside is rather clean for an older girl such as she;

Outside of the fact that 'she-that-must-be-obeyed' doesn't care for the rather yellowish woodgrain decor, I could've lived with it. As it is, I'll be updating the inside as well.

As it turns out, the only thing the lovely bride cares about is "pretty" so my work is ahead of me and there's LOTS to do on the list
Wish me luck.
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Old 01-11-2013, 11:50 AM   #2
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Welcome to IRV2! It's good to have you join the bunch here! Congrats on the new rig! Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 01-11-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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We all live with the compromises between what we want and something similar to what we want but we can live with. Enjoy the adventure!! There are a lot of us here that have gone from being the skipper to being the driver.
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:17 PM   #4
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Congrads on your bardering to a rv.As you know Happy Wife Happy Life.Good Luck and keep us posted.
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Good luck!! And welcome to iRV2!
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:17 AM   #6
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I like your approach. It doesn't matter how you get there, as long as you arrive. Nothing wrong with old either. She'll bring you many memories. Safe trouble free travels.
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Old 01-12-2013, 05:20 AM   #7
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Howdy, welcome aboard and congrats on your purchase. Hope you have a great time with all your travels.
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Welcome to the forum, you'll learn a lot and have a few laughs along the way!
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