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Our “New” RV – a Travel Trailer is Right For Now

Our new RV travel trailer 1-25-15

Picked up our new-to-us travel trailer today. It’s a 2008 Starcraft Homestead 262 RKS.  We’ve wanted to get one for quite a while, probably since the day we sold the motorhome :) so we’re thrilled to once again be RV owners.

This RV, we believe, will be much better suited to our current lifestyle than was the 40 foot diesel.  For starters, it’s a whole lot less expensive in every way; less to buy, less to maintain, less to store. It’s also more practical for us. At 28 feet total length it will easily fit the campsites in county, state, and federal parks.   However, with a large slide out and very efficient floor plan it will sleep six and accommodate quite a few visitors.

Our plans for the new RV include one long trip to New Mexico so we can retrieve a trailer full of property we have stored there. We hope to make this trip early in the spring while the weather is still cool but without a chance to freeze along our route. Other than that we plan mostly short trips around Florida including private getaways and also family vacations. There are many parts of Florida that we have not explored, for example most of the East Coast. But this trailer is such a convenient size that we could even take it to the beach to use as a private bathhouse.

I plan to write more at a later time about how we found this trailer and our criteria for what would be an ideal RV for us. Briefly, our requirements reflected the towing limitations of our half ton pickup truck and our need for enough space inside so family members could accompany us.

Happy travels and will see you around the campfire.

Pickup Sold Quickly

It’s sold!  A nice young man from Cocoa Beach came over and hauled it away.  When he showed up pulling the trailer I knew he was a serious buyer ;)

Wish we could have kept it, but can’t park a 1-ton truck at home because of HOA rules.  Paying to store it wasn’t worth the expense, and having it 10 miles away wasn’t convenient as a second vehicle.  Hope to get a standard size pickup sometime in the next few months.


1997 Ford F350 4×4 crew cab 4 door 7.3 Powerstroke Diesel


This is the pickup truck that we took in trade when we sold our motorhome.   We like it but we need a smaller truck that will fit in our garage, or at least that we can park in the driveway (HOA prohibits 1-ton and larger trucks).  See the craigslist aid linked and give me a call or text if you’re interested.  Please read the ad before you call and look at the pictures :-)  http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/cto/4649082431.html

Motorhome is sold!

Yea!  A nice couple from Mississippi are buying it and trading us an older Ford F-350 4×4 pickup with the popular powerstroke diesel engine.  We’re just waiting for all the paperwork to flow through so we can do the swap.  Should be happening next week.  A couple of days ago I had a fuel leak repaired behind the generator and changed the oil and filters so it’s ready for the trip.  We’ll be sad to see it go but happy at the same time.

Which advertisement did the trick?  This time it was a Facebook group called “RV Classifieds”  https://www.facebook.com/groups/rvclassifieds/ coupled with a link there to our Craigslist ad.  We had also advertised on eBay, RV Trader and in Craigslist once before with little response.  This time we dropped the price a few thousand dollars and had a surge of interest.  One guy offered to trade me a small plane (which my pilot son-in-law would have liked) in fact several people had trade ideas that didn’t work out for us.

What will we do with a one ton, four door, 4×4 pickup?  I’d love to keep it, buy a camper to pull behind it, use it for hauling stuff and general fun.  Unfortunately our homeowners association prohibits anything larger than a 3/4 ton pickup.  In the short term we’ll store it close by where we can get to it and use it.  Eventually we’ll probably trade for a smaller pickup that we can park at home and stop paying storage fees.  So if anyone wants to trade let me know!