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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!

Selling an RV sucks

We sold our 1996 Fleetwood Southwind on eBay in 2010 when we bought our current RV. The buyer got it for half what I think it was worth and in the two weeks between sale and delivery he annoyed me endlessly with nitnoid questions about the cleanliness of the tire tread, the soundness of the shower curtain, and the brightness of the tail lights. Okay, maybe not those things, but you get the idea.

Now we’re selling our 2001 National Islander. It’s a 40′ diesel engine motorhome that was the top of the line for National in 2001. It sold for over $200,000 new. It’s 13 years old and it’s NOT PERFECT. We’re asking $34,900. I swear every caller is looking for a new motorhome.

I suppose the problem is that I’m honest. It’s NOT new, and it doesn’t look new and I tell them the cosmetic issues because I don’t want to drive out and waste an hour showing it to them if they have absurdly high expectations. “Oh, well there’s a scratch on this wheel lug… ”

Nobody has a 13 year old motorhome that looks like it just rolled off the showroom floor. If you think you do you’re either delusional, or you have spent WAY too much money on your old ride and should have traded it long ago for a 2014 Marathon Prevost 45 (starting price $1.5 Million).