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
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