Back in August 2013 we bought 20 acres in the country. There is nothing on the property except of 2 streams, overgrown brush, and red, hard clay.
Lately we decided that even though we can’t afford to move there yet we are going to start farm a few acres.
After driving back and forth a few times (the land is almost an hour from our home) it became clear that we need a place for us to stay. It was too hard to get stuff done because an hour after we got there the kids got tired or board, it got too close to lunch time and then their nap time and we still had an hour drive back home. Many times it was either too cold or too hot for them to spend hours outdoors.
We couldn’t afford much and we have no time at the moment to build something ourselves.
One day my husband came back home from work and told me one of our clients, a car dealer (we have a locksmith business) bought himself a 1988 Aluma-Light Holiday Rambler 27′ Rv a while ago meaning to fix it and use it for traveling. He never got around to fixing it and the old RV was taking up valuable space in his small car lot so he decided to sell it. I asked my husband how much and he said $1500 (no, I didn’t miss a 0).
We could afford $1500. So we went to see it and drive it. Mechanically it seemed fine, the layout and the size were exactly what we need, the dealer said the roof was leaking but they fixed it along with few other things. We knew it will need some work but the price was right so we bought it. After tag and dealer fees we drove out of the lot $1700 short.
We parked it in the driveway and meant to start working on it that weekend.
Let me show you around…
Here is the kitchen. It is to the left of the entrance door.
Across from the kitchen is the refrigerator, some storage, and the door before the bedroom is the restroom. There is a small bath tub across from it.
This is the bedroom in the back. Its got a bed on either side, a night stand in between and lots of storage room under the beds and above them (there will be mattresses on the plywood of course) .
This is what you see if you look from the back bedroom towards the front of the vehicle. There is a small dining table, a chair, and above the driver and passenger seats there is more sleeping space (I will explain the cables hanging off the ceiling soon).
A day after we parked the RV it rained. I went to check the vehicle and as I walked inside I noticed the ceiling was sagging and water was dripping from it. The roof was still leaking.
We climbed on the roof to inspect and try to find the cause for the leak, instead we found a total disaster. There was one patch on top of another, duct tape everywhere, and a gazillion types of glue in various colors and thickness. Needless to say, we will have to fix the roof first. We are lucky to have friends who know a thing or two when it comes to RVs so we parked the vehicle at their home (right next to the custom Rv they are building for themselves) and started working.
Then we peeled off all the duct tape and patches.
Here is the roof without the vents and patches.
We used can after can after can of Goof Off.
Meanwhile, inside the RV, things were even worse. The ceiling in the back and middle of the vehicle was fine but the front end was wet as a catfish in the lake on a rainy day. We had to replace it.
Yep, that will be me.
Since we can only work on the RV on Sundays, it is taking forever. During the week we cover the RV with a tarp to keep the rain out and try to order supplies and get ready for Sunday. The total expanse so far, including all supplies, a new battery, tools, the RV itself, vent covers and mic. stuff, is $2755.85.
We are now done with cleaning the roof and moving on to sealing it. I will share this in the next RV post.
In the name of organic vegetables I wish you a relaxed and joyful 4th of July!
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