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 3/2/2007 12:16 AM
Hi, girls. Just before Thanksgiving, my hubby and I baught a used 30 foot Sunline Solaris. Although I camped with my family as a kid, a travel trailer is a new experience for both of us. John, my DH, is retired Navy and before meeting him I had lived on a 40 foot sailboat with my first husband. We are now landlocked in the beautiful mountains of Virginia. We were actually looking for a sailboat when we decided to look at travel trailers as an option, considering our distance from the sea. When I saw the layout and the pictures of the Solaris I knew it would be perfect for us. We drove 6 hours the next day to see the trailer, payed for it, and then drove home with the thick owners manual, wondering what had we done. We went back a few weeks later and brought the trailer back. We had hoped to be able to store the trailer somewhere in town but weren't able to find a place. For now, it is at a friend's house because we have no place yet for it in our yard. We are putting in a grass drive and pad for it and even had to take out several huge trees. Right now we have a simi-frozen muddy mess and are waiting for warmer weather to continue work on the drive. Meanwhile, I have had a blast getting things for the trailer, which we can't help but call a boat. It is our land yacht. :>) Her name is "Fantail". I've been buying towels and pans and things like hoses and connectors and DH had to buy a bigger truck. Oh, the thousands of dollars we've spent already because of our spontanious decision and we haven't even used the trailer yet. Yikes! No regrets though. I am unbelievably excited.
In October, I got disability retirement from teaching (yipee!!) so it is now my job to figure out how things work. It is a BIG JOB. Unfortunately, it is hard to do when the trailer is somewhere else. I have been reading everything I can find. This forum was a wonderful find. I have spent part of every day for more than a month reading what you girls have to say about so many things. It has taught me so much and is a lot of fun. By the way, I have a wonderful husband. We've been together for almost 14 years. When he left the Navy, about 11 years ago, he drove tractor trailer for a while so he understands about driving with a trailer. Thank goodness! He then started a painting contracting business. He works hard and is doing well. At this point, I don't plan to go back to work, but some day I might. I am a very lucky girl. And we both have hitch itch. It won't be long now.
Sorry I wrote a book. And this is the short version. I look forward to being a part of your forum.

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 3/2/2007 12:49 AM
Welcome, Danise!
I'm so glad you have decided to write a book and talk to us - not just read. But there certainly is a lot available.
Only thing I'll say about everything there is to learn - most of it isn't that different from all the things you do in a house (or did on a boat for that matter). Some, yes, are - and as you do each one the first and 2nd time, they become old hat rather quickly.
Welcome to our family and it's good to have you here. (And thanks for sharing so much of your story.) Smiling is contagious - try it!

--------------------------- Once your reputation is ruined, you can live life quite freely :) (old German saying) Bethers
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 3/2/2007 8:00 AM
Welcome Danise!
This is sure an exciting time for you. Making our campers cozy and homey is part of the fun. I've heard that Sunline is an excellent brand. I think you will be really happy with it. And you have a nice roomy size,.. does it have a slideout? If so you have a pretty big rig!
Enjoy! Cedar Adirondack Mts. in NY '02 Ford Escape '04 Chalet Arrowhead (C-->)
"One's world expands and contracts in direct proportion to one's courage"....Anais Nin.
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 3/2/2007 11:54 AM
Wow, you are going to have such a great time. I know what you mean when you talk about buying things for it. I had so much fun nesting in my new MH, even though I am not a full timer.
Keep us posted on your progress and travels.
2007 Itasca Cambia Pepper- Heinz variety dog

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 3/2/2007 12:36 PM
No apology needed for your long posting...I loved it..helps us to get to know you... Inter sting story as well!!
You will have so much fun making this trailer YOURS!! We always work on ours and personalize it..
DH and I are considering a Class C again.. I so hesitate to do this..as our trailer is only two years old. We did a lot of renovations to it to make it ours.. and I HATE starting over again. The Automatic Satellite Antenna, we can take with us. But, I added extra wallpaper border. We added two bathroom cabinet doors to cabinets that were only open shelves; took down sparse curtains and built, upholstered and installed "side valances" at every window, took off the wall mounted headboard and re-upholstered it again and bought a gorgeous quilt to get rid of that double-dog ugly bedroom decor. We added mirrors...
I can't find a floorplan I like as well as ours.. especially in large kitchen cabinet and countertop configuration...and living room, each with our own rockers... Which neither of us rock...but they are comfy..we bought and installed a 27" TV...and last unit we looked at had no room for that../We can move that into the stickhouse to one of the bedrooms.
And....I'M not even talking the money....to rid ourselves of a trailer only 2 years old..and head for a new "C".... Makes me cringe!!! I do LOVE my trailer.. AND my "Mad Money"..:)
Ah well...we'll see what this brings..
Oh...and the idea of getting "glued to the side" of a salesman who takes up our time..and it is OBVIOUS he either hasn't clue, he is a "beginner" and having RV'd since 1964..we know far more than he......or is trying to move us to something he has on hand, which is NOT what we are wanting!!! How tiring is that???
Oh...give me patience!!! You can surely tell DH wants this more than I.!!!
Sorry! I got carried away.... this idea was just presented to me...and I'm resisting!!! :)
Happy RVing..

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 3/2/2007 8:58 PM
Hi Danise!
Welcome to the forum! This is a wonderful forum to share and learn. The gals here are a wealth of knowledge!
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 3/3/2007 2:34 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome. Also, for the advice given on mattress stuff on the other thread. You girls are wonderful! Am still pondering on what to do there. DH and I are leaving in a few minutes to take another load of stuff to the trailer. I will remeasure the bed platform while there to make sure I get the size correct.
We are thinking of moving the trailer to a local campground (it is kind of dumpy but pretty cheap) for a couple of months until we get the drive done. I don't like feeling obliged to the friend who is letting us park it at his house. The price is right, though. he he.
I am working hard to try to remember who all of you are. It may take awhile. I admire the courage of all you single full-timers. I don't know if I would be able to do it. Danise

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 3/4/2007 2:25 PM
Hi Danise, Love your name, "landsailer"! We have some things in common. I too am a former sailor (23' Hunter) and still love to sail on other's boats. I also retired from teaching on disability (cancer) at the end of October '06. Cancer's gone, but I'm not planning on going back to work...woohoo! Instead, I'm going to enjoy God's beautiful creation in my little RV. Sometimes things we do on impulse are "just meant to be." I can tell by your excitement that you will have many great adventures with your new "landsailer." See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170
"Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."

See you down the road, Liz and Roe (dog) '99 Roadtrek 170 "Life in the presence of God is a life to be enjoyed every moment of every day."
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 3/5/2007 3:57 PM
Liz, I am so glad your cancer is gone. I will pray that it stays that way. My disability is for a hearing problem. I get full disability retirement and am not allowed to teach, although I might do some tutoring. But I am healthy and am able to do other stuff, if I choose or if DH decides I need to. It just won't be teaching. I thought I would miss it after nearly 20 years but haven't missed it for a second! I LOVE being retired.
So, were you a live-aboard, too? Do you full-time now? (In reference to the other thread, "Mobile Homeless", I wonder if live-aboard sailers are also considered homeless.) It was a great experience living and cruising on a boat. We had a very seaworthy Shannon 38 and cruised the intercoastal waterway from VA to Rhode Island and then south to Florida. Then we headed to the Bahamas and Carribean. When my ex became abusive I had to leave. We met an old guy who had lost 2 wives overboard. After that the ex started joking about wives becoming shark food. That was too much. Eventually, he hit me once so I jumped ship in St. Criox and moved home with my parents until I was able to afford my own place again. I loved the lifestyle of cruising but it wasn't much fun being with the wrong person. It would be different with my present husband. He really is a present. We love being together all the time. Although we live in a 4,000 ft stick house now I know we could handle the confined space of a boat or trailer. Some day, we might sell the house, buy a boat and move south. I don't really want to sell the house though. But if we do I would want to keep the trailer so we would have a home on land too. Right now, I am looking forward to cruising on land.
Cedar wrote earlier and asked if our Sunline had a slideout. No, it doesn't but the bathroom is huge. :>) And there is a walk around bed in a separate bedroom. It is perfect. There could be more storage space for outdoor type stuff, but I am sure we will figure that out as we go. Danise

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