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Monday, February 21, 2011


While I wait for word on the Shasta, I continue to search for my future abode. I ran across this gem.

Visibility could prove to be challenging and those steps will probably drag.

*picture lifted from

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Theo is that you? I've been looking for so long...

I took a drive to Nevada today, to see an RV that belongs to a friend of a friends' parents.

I'm afraid I have fallen in love.

She's a 1989 Shasta Reverie E350. She's got a 460 engine with 57,000 miles.

Both the cab

and the living area look brand spanking new.

There's a bed

and bath

in the back.

My friend was laughing at the mauve interior. Sooooooo 1980's. I informed her that it was NOT mauve. It was dusty rose, and as long as it wasn't white I sure didn't care!

The owner wasn't sure if she was 22 or 23 feet. The body is faded, but without dents or rust. All manuals and maintenance records are intact.

She's got an Onan 4.0 generator and a Norcold 3-way fridge. There's a heavy duty tow package installed and she comes with a cargo carrier.

I looked underneath and there was definitely a drip, that had stained the ground below :( The owner mentioned a long time power steering fluid leak that he just always kept extra fluid available and filled it as needed.

A friend of mine is going to check out the leak. The hoses are as old as the vehicle, so I am hoping that's the problem.

I'll know more after that.

I hope the sellers don't read this! if they find out I am already hooked, they may up the price!

Friday, February 11, 2011

Well, I do like the beach and waterfront living...

But a BoHo? I think I am going to pass...

In real news, I am going to see an RV that belongs to a friend of a friend, that I have been trying to see since last summer. It could be THE ONE. I am sooooooo excited. I hope I didn't just jinx it!!!

Calling it THE ONE totally cracks me up... you know I am going to have to name THE ONE, "Theodora." Theo, for short. According to, "The meaning of the name Theo is Divine Gift." How's that for good kharma?

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

More RTR

I guess I'll be going on and on about the RTR, for awhile. I'm going through pictures and the memories make me laugh, all over again.

We had lots of entertainment while we were there. Most of it was unintentional. Johnny, however, was always happy to entertain us with his juggling skills.

Below is a mash up of Johnny and Hollywood Dave juggling. I only wish I was videoing when Johnny caught himself on fire. I can still picture it, though, and the picture in my mind is enough to bring tears (of laughter) to my eyes. Now THAT was funny!

Nelda and Jerry! I'm trying to email you but your emails aren't working or you have me blocked :(

Sunday, February 6, 2011

1984 Itasca Sundancer 24RC

I went to look at this Class C yesterday. Joe, the gentleman who is selling it just traded it for another vehicle. He has no knowledge with regard to it's history. It does come with all it's manuals and receipts for all kinds of maintenance and work, prior to 2000. So it looks like it's had only two owners, before Joe.

It's got a 350 Chevy engine with 77,000 miles. It's 23 feet, sleeps 5 and has a bed and bath in the rear. The vehicle also has an OnanRV 4.0 generator, installed. The engine is clean and the fluids look good. It seems like the vehicle was cared for, meticulously.

It needs 6 new tires, an AC roof cover and ceiling vent cover, and at least one battery. Although everything seemed to work on shore power the Itasca was just about out of gas and out of propane so that still needs to be checked. The water wasn't hooked up to see how the plumbing worked.

I looked online for comparable vehicles and at NADA and I think the Itasca is over-priced. Plus, I want to look at one in Nevada, that's a few years newer, has 15,000 less miles and the same or less in price.

For those of you also looking, Quartzsite and Yuma are supposed to have some serious deals. I did see some interesting vehicles on Craigslist.

1993 LAZY DAZE 26 FT Class C for $12,000.00, in Yuma.

hmmm...there was a RoadTrek, too...must have sold it.

Thanks, Silvianne

At the RTR we had a little talent show and Silvianne recited the The Mad Farmer Liberation Front by Wendell Berry. One might be surprised to realize how much farmers and rubber tramps have in common.

"Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.

Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

Listen to carrion — put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.

Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?

Go with your love to the fields.
Lie down in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.

As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
you didn’t go.

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection."

I'll be reading more of Mr. Berry's work, guaranteed. Thanks, again, Silvianne!