Wednesday, January 09, 2013
We Bought The Farm!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, we didn't really buy a farm, but we did buy a motorhome last night. Which is the most crazy thing ever, because we were not in the market for a motorhome at all.
Then my friend Misti called and said she was buying a brand new 32 foot Fleetwood and did we want their old motorhome? Since Greg and I spent a year traveling the country in a 34 foot, Class A Bounder, then another year in a Lance camper on his truck, pulling a car, not pulling a car, and pulling a motorcycle, we've thought long and hard about how we could make RVing work with the kids.
And we decided we couldn't make RVing work with the kids. Due to our extensive experience, we think it's essential to have a pull car. Since our pull car needs a third row because we have all these darn kids, we'd need a 100,000 dollar diesel pusher to pull a car that is big enough for us.
So then we decided the only way to do it is a fifth wheel. However, we still don't have a vehicle with enough seats for our family in Greg's truck to pull a fifth wheel. His truck only seats five.
Having that fourth kid really threw us into a whole different category.
So we told her we just didn't think the motorhome would work for us, thanks anyway. The reason she's getting rid of it is because it's too small and she only has triplets.
Then yesterday, she called and said the dealership wasn't going to give them squat for the trade-in and they didn't want to deal with creepy people on Craigslist, so did we want it for the dealer trade-in price?
I think we can all agree that Greg IS a creepy guy on Craigslist, so we just couldn't refuse this offer. Misti said she didn't even care if we turned around and sold it for a profit. She just wanted it out of her driveway.
So we bought it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the most amazing part of it is that Misti's husband refurbished the ENTIRE thing. New carpeting, new linoleum, new window coverings, new toilet, new TV, new tires, new brakes...........
I am being dead serious when I say it's like brand new and only has 33,000 miles on it. It is absolutely gorgeous.
It's only 24 feet, but we think that's possibly small enough to not have to take a pull car. We could actually drive that beast around. Given the fact my van only gets 12 miles per gallon in the summer, it wouldn't even cost us that much difference in gas!!!!
So we're totally, totally, totally going to go see some national parks this summer. I want to do Yellowstone, Glacier, Mt. Rushmore, Yosemite.
Do you even understand how insanely happy I am? The kids are at a PERFECT age for this now.
Now I'll have to take up photography so I can book sessions to pay for the gas. (I'm KIDDING, sort of.)