Roadtreks are fairly scarce unless you are willing to shell out $100K for a new one. Having researched them for well over a year, I knew the year range and model I wanted. Hunting one down was a completely different story. They are scarce to begin with, and the few I found local had issues. Local being a loose term for within 300 miles. So I knew I would need to search nationwide.
After a 6 month search, I found one in California. It was priced right, low mileage, and very clean. I was working with the dealer, we agreed on a price, and I was in the process of sending him a deposit when out of the blue he told me he sold it to buyers flying in from Denver. I think he got a motivated buyer willing to throw a few extra dollars his way to un-do our deal. I was not happy.
A month later, I found one in Tennessee. I put up the money, shipped a couple of boxes of necessities, and jumped on a plane. 6 hours later I was in the dealers lot. A less than desirable transaction with the dealer, but the van was solid and in good shape. I spent the night locally to test all the systems prior to heading home.
It will give me shelter from the elements, keep me warm or cold as desired, a comfortable bed to sleep in, ample food and water storage, meets my kitchen and bath needs, and enough storage to house my outdoor living gear. Even though small, I can’t go too wrong. I hope!
Compared to my last motor home, this was very small, but comfortable. The longer I live, the more I find I can actually be happier with less. Less stuff means less work and responsibilities, and that translates to more freedom and with extra time and money. More like the good old days of backpacking, but with more creature comforts needed with advancing age 🙂
Time will tell.
Here are some images from the trip home from Tennessee to Massachusetts.