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After six months of lurking on RV boards all over the cyber universe, after six months of working six different budgets in Quicken, after six months of enduring homespun tales fed to us by overweight, overanxious salespersons, we finally got it all together.

A 1990 Fleetwood Pace Arrow, 34 ft, 50K miles, in great shape (it seems the little old lady from Pasadena DOES exist, and she is an RVer!), all for $20K. We did our due diligence, carfax, BBB, got the number of the previous owner and chatted at length with him. Got a good finance deal, got the dealer to throw in free storage until the snows cleared here in NJ, and as of tax day, April 15th, we were fulltimer RVers!

Found a nice KOA in the Delaware water gap, and have spent the last three days figuring out just what the heck we got ourselves into. Our experience so far has been "stressderful." Got scared silly by possible leaks (false alarms, thank goodness), slightly annoyed by a tranny leak, and befuddled by the water heater bypass valve (hidden behind the drawer in the bathroom sink, took six hours to find).

But each night we sit in our big, comfy easy chairs, watch the tube and smile at each other. No more rent, no more making someone else rich, yes we're paying a bank for the next eight years, but after that, we own it, we control a bit more of our destiny, and all of it within budget and continuing our goals of reducing CC debt, increasing investments, and enjoying each other's company as we tour the USA.

Cheers. See you out there, as they say, on that endless black ribbon!
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