I don't know if being in the right place at the right time fits best, or "It was meant to be" or knowing the right person; or probably a combination of all three is what landed us such a great deal yesterday, but I'm sure happy we were there for the taking, er, buying. I would not have guessed when I woke up in the morning that I was to go to bed the proud owner of a motor home, no sirree. I probably would have blogged about it if I had known-ha!!!
Tom first mentioned it to me yesterday morning. A friend of our neighbor, Dan was trying to sell it, and had been for months; the price had started at ten grand (I found out later), but after trouble with the city he had to sell quick (we all know how that can be, if you make 'em mad, they'll come and cut down your trees-ha!). Turns out it had been his parents, they were the original owners and had taken fantastic care of it; it only has 60,000 miles on it! Although it is older, a 1983, we decided to go check it out since the price was right and we did some quick research and thought that we could probably resell it and make some good money. The guy was wanting $2,000 and we could sell it for around $5-7,000 we thought. Then we found out it has a brand new generator and tires, hmmm.
As I mentioned, we were pleasantly surprised with it's condition. The interior is in great shape as you can see by the pictures. It is The Executive model, meaning it came with all of the bells and whistles that were available at the time. I had to chuckle when I found the central vacuum, thinking this must be God's peek into heaven. No phone, no bills, no e-mail, my family trapped in my teeny tiny nicely organized little home where the dirt just disappears down the tube-GONE!!! (I'm assuming there is a container that will have to be emptied at some point in time, but in my little dream, the dirt just vanished into thin air, amazing!)
Well, back to earth Judy, now you have an extra project! Tom has already started work on a few of the very minor mechanical things that need done and we are hoping to go camping next weekend for Nathan's birthday. There is a lot to do to prepare for our maiden voyage, like 5 years worth of cleaning and some mouse poop removal, but it will be so worth it! I had to laugh, because Tom was dying to get to work on it, and people kept stopping by, and I hate to say it, but they were green with envy when they heard about the deal! We all agree that it was definitely meant to be here at The Royal Ranch.
As for our plans to "flip" the motor home....we'll take it day by day, and enjoy it while we can, for now there are just to many ironic things happening to keep us wanting to "raemble on". First and foremost, our son Thomas likes it, which is amazing, he's like Mikey, he doesn't like anything! Secondly, I found a video from the previous owner that was labeled Royal Rambler, Royal sound at all familiar? Lastly, the motor home was titled on my daughters birthday. So as I said the last thing I would have expected to wake up to this morning is a huge gaudy motor home in my driveway, but I am ecstatic. It is a reminder, and a really large one at that, that we must always keep our eyes open for those little, or not so little, gifts that are sent our way. Here I am in a time in my life where I feel I am getting ready to lose my family and a tidy little unit that my family can inexpensively travel in together for our last few years, was literally dropped onto my ranch, unbelievable!
So, in honor of the little (4'11") old lady who could back this monster up with the boat on the back and just perfectly drop her (blind) husband in the boat into Blue Mesa Reservoir while all the old men had to use their front hitches to push their boats in, we will keep the name Royal Rambler...it's only fitting!