As I was signing the paper work inside the office I noticed there was a couple inside my Pleasure Way. I joked with Nick and said they had better get out of my RV. We both laughed and a little later the couple walked into the office and the sales person told us that they wanted to buy it. Nick told him to inform them that it was sold. As the couple was leaving they spoke to me and wished me well with my purchase. They had driven down from New York. I sure hope they find something that they like as much as I like my Pleasure Way. I'm going to miss my Class C motorhome but this move to a van was the best choice for me to make... all considered.
My experience at Sunshine State RV in Gainesville was pleasant. There was friendly and helpful staff and a very nice inventory of motorhomes. Nick gave me a fair deal and although I lost a great deal of money on my trade-in I do understand that my Class C Coachmen motorhome does depreciate dramatically every year. So even though it is only 5 years old and I've had it for only 3 years of that, it averaged $10,000 a year depreciation from the price I paid for it. That's a big loss for someone on my tight budget. Oh well, you live and learn.
This Class B Pleasure Way is the last vehicle I will ever purchase. It will have to last me to the end of my days because I don't plan on getting any other vehicle. I'm glad that my last vehicle is the one I dreamed of for so many years. This camper van represents the fulfillment of a young hippie girl's desire for a van to travel the country in. I've waited a long time for her and traveled a crooked road to get to this point - but it has finally happened... and I am happy.
It took hours for me to move all of my stuff from the Class C into the Class B. There simply was just not enough room so we just stacked all the bags onto the twin beds and I took off back to the campground. When I got settled in I started to clear off one of the beds for me to sleep in for the night. I stacked everything at the entrance to the van and on the other bed and the next morning put it all back on my bed. I had emptied out the basement before leaving home so that was a good thing.
I stayed at Meaher State Park in Spanish Fort, Alabama my first night and my last night of the trip. Stayed in site 19 and 21 both near the water. Torreya State Park was nice but far from the Interstate. Oleno State Park was close to the Interstate and I enjoyed my stay there for two nights. Also stopped at Beaver Lake Campground for a night. It's just a large grassy area with full hookups but very close to the Interstate. There were only 3 campers there with me.
Meaher State Park
Torreya State Park
O'Leno State Park
O'Leno State Park
Peace Rock #45 - the last one I'll ever place
The Gypsy Boho Freedom Express is no more.
Momi YaYa's Cajun Pleasure
Meaher State Park - return trip
O'Leno State Park - return trip
Meaher State Park - return trip
My babies were so confused by all this change in their lives. They'd just sit on the floor and stare at me. They weren't comfortable enough to take their naps and stayed awake alot.
This is what it looked like when we arrived at the campground the night of the purchase.
Finally cleared off one bed and stacked all on the other bed.
Also stacked some stuff by the entrance door.
Strangely enough, all of my bathroom stuff fit into the bathroom.
I just love my little bathroom.
We were even able to use our electric fireplace.
After deciding to just throw a lot of stuff away, I was able to clear a bed for the Shih Tzus.
Poor little babies. They look so confused.
They did enjoy the yard at Meaher Park.
Now for one last chapter in this saga. When I got home I went upstairs and walked out on my balcony and looked at the roof of the van. To my surprise there was a tool that had been left there by the workers at the lot. It stayed in that one spot all the way from Florida to Louisiana. I got my ladder out and climbed up and used a broom to sweep it off the roof. However, there is now a discolored rust spot where it had been. I scrubbed it with a brush but it didn't come off. I will probably just paint over it.
You can see where it had moved a bit off of the rust spot during the trip.
I can get the whole front end under my deck which is 8 feet high and the van is 9 feet high. I may eventually get a carport installed.
I woke at 7:00 this morning and did not stop till dark. However, I finished everything I wanted to do inside and out of the van.
These are some photos taken after I was able to empty out all of the stuff I don't need.
My bed will remain dedicated and the sofa or doggie bed will remain with the back rest on it.
There is our little fireplace which fits nicely and gives me a place for my computer by the lamp.
The TV swivels out. The two front chairs also swivel around.
The dealer threw in a van cover with the deal. Thanks Nick.
I'll be building another blog for my travels in the camper van and will link it to this one.
Right now I just want to rest.
TRAVEL EXPENSES FOR THIS WEEK LONG TRIP OF 1174 MILES
Gas................................$381.26 - $239.77 in Class C - $141.49 in Class B