You could say I’ve downsized a bit. Our Journey is 40 feet long (okay, I lied, it’s actually 39 feet, 11 inches) and hustling it about sometimes can be tough, especially winding through tight campgrounds or fueling stations. So I yearned for something a little smaller.
I’ve been waiting for a long time to find the perfect smaller RV, something reliable, yet reasonably comfortable with some pretty good storage space. It didn’t have to be new, but in good, well cared for shape.
Finally, I found it. Let me ‘splain.
Our son, Corey, is the service manager at a large New Jersey car dealership. He called me up one night and told me all about this RV that someone had traded in for a purchase of a new car. He had one of his techs check it out and said it was in A-1 condition. Corey sent me pictures of it, which raised my interest.
We talked back and forth, I had Corey check out a few things and even take it for a spin to see if it performed well. After the road test, he said it ran perfectly. A few more pictures to help me make up a decision and then the price. The price was good, in fact, it was a steal.
Just for my peace of mind, I did some research on Kelly’s Blue Book and Craigslist for comparable RVs and found the price was amazing, so I pulled the trigger, sent Corey a check for the cost and now I own this new (to me) downsized RV. The dealership wanted to move this RV off the lot because they don’t normally sell this kind of vehicle. Plus, I got Corey’s employee discount. Sometimes the stars do align.
So, without further ado, here is the picture of my new, downsized RV:
It is a fully loaded 2003 Honda VTX 1800 motorcycle. That’s a picture of Corey with our granddaughter Anabelle on it the day last week when Corey rode it home to his house.
For now, Corey is going to keep the motorcycle in his garage for me and ride it whenever he likes. I’ll get a chance to ride it this summer when we are up in NJ for a couple of months. As to the logistics of where we’ll eventually keep it and how (if) we take it with us in the Journey as we travel will be worked out when the time comes, but right now I had to strike while the iron is hot.
I’m looking forward to a few short motorcycle trips this summer with two of my brothers who also live in NJ and have motorcycles. I’ve been riding motorcycles for many years and did a major 7000 mile cross country motorcycle trip years ago with my dad and brother. In fact, Marti and I went on our honeymoon 37 years ago on a motorcycle. That whetted my appetite to travel leading us to our full time life. I gave my last motorcycle to my other son, Ryan, shortly before we hit the road.
I don’t think Marti will do any long trips with me on the motorcycle, just maybe some day long sight seeing rides. I think riding in the Journey has spoiled her a bit.
Of course, all of these plans are dependant on if I can get Anabelle off the motorcycle… ;c)
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