I've been casually - and obsessively - checking out craigslist for months, waiting for the perfect rig to put itself in front of me. I see a lot of them that look great and would work for me but none that make me excited ... until 2 days ago when an old Class C listed just 1/2 hour from where I'm currently camping. I got all googly-eyed when I saw the pictures. Here, let me show you:
Was it love at first sight? Heart racing, sweaty palms, butterflies in the stomach, googly eyes. It was either love or the chili I had for dinner.
It's a 26' Mobile Traveler, with low mileage, new tires, new fuel pump, new fridge, new cooktop, and new flooring. I can see myself in this rig. I can see the critters in this rig. It's all fabulous ... except the year. It's a 1981 and that's what gives me pause. The Bounder is a late 90's model and I'd been saying I don't want anything older than that. But this, holy cow, this rig is lickable.
I'd love to hear your thoughts, positive and not so positive. If you're driving and living in an old rig, tell me the things I should hear. I know all about checking for leaks and roof condition and systems but what am I not thinking of?
You may remember that Roxanne and I had a Geo Tracker, which was a super fun car to drive and towed like a dream but I discovered that finding parts unique to that model was a bear. When Chevy bought out Geo and then discontinued the line, they stopped making parts for it and availability of parts are drying up. It sat in the shop for 6 long weeks while they tried to find the transmission parts I needed to get her back on the road. Working on the Tracker was easy, any mechanic could do it and I could do some of it myself, but finding parts was not. So when it finally was fixed, I sold it.
Would I need to have the same worries with an old Ford? Ford is obviously still in business and I know there are a ton of old Fords still on the road so it seems likely that parts are easily available. Right?
Anyone out there with a 26' rig without a toad? I have a Honda CR-V now and I like it a lot but would rather have just the one vehicle. If I were to buy, say, this rig, I'd keep the Honda for a while until I was confident I could do without it, but your real world experience would help me up front. I'd have to give up fast food drive-thrus but that doesn't seem like a bad thing.