The first step would be getting the RV, naturally. Easy step, for those familiar with these vehicles. Not so simple for someone that has never been inside one! If you think buying a used car is a big hassle, buying a RV is exponentially worse!
The idea was to buy the RV in the middle of the winter, hoping prices would be low, clean it, add about 10K miles on it and sell it the following spring season, hopefully for the purchased amount. Kinda solid plan, isnt it? Buy it low, use it, and sell it quick at the high season.
Well, as most things in life, "planning" is always the easy part, the actual "doing" it is a lot harder!
After checking local ads for RVs and realizing it is a very small market (talk about finding a RV, in good condition, for less than $4K and near Stamford? Impossible!) we decide to check Ebay, and limit the search within 5 hrs driving. The fun begins!
Maybe 20 different RVs in the price range and location shows up on the search. And now, how do we know what we need? V8 or 4-Cyl? Generator or no? How many beds? How big can it be? And the list goes on...
We basically chose a 1988 Chevy LeisureCraft as a starting point: it looked great (from pictures!) and the ebay seller assured (via description) the thing was "ready to hit the road". We waited for two listings to end, and they ended at around $2,500, no meeting the reserve price. The plan as to drive all the way to West Virginia (5hrs), check the RV, and offer $3,500 cash and hope for the best!
But then we realized it would be a waste of time to drive all the way there and not buy this particular RV. Why not check more RV's in the way there? After all, none of us, had EVEN been inside one, so the more we check, the better off we would be to choose the right one!!
So there you go, here was the list of contenders for the Ultimate Prize, the trip to Burning Man 2010:
- 1984 CHEVROLET LEISURECRAFT 26' MOTORHOME
- 1988 ITASCA PHASER
- 1976 FROLIC HOMES CHATEAU MIDAS
- 1977 DODGE HONEY
Reserve price $2,500, located somewhere in PA. At first I thought it came with the cowgirl, but after contacting the seller, he said his daughter was not part of the deal and hung up on me. I dont think he wanted us "testing drive" it, so at the end, the Honey was out of the deal. :)