Everything is offical - house sold, new (to us) truck, and new camper. Life is grand - now - because getting here was pure insanity but totally worth it. What is that saying about all good things . . . .
The insanity began when we started to close on our house on Tuesday morning only to discover, at the closing table, that we needed our septic tank pumped and inspected BEFORE we could close. At 11 am, with everyone gathered around the closing table, I began going down a short list of septic inspectors - one lucky man answered his phone and spent the next 4 hours in the brutal August sun locating, digging, and pumping our septic tank. Finally at 4 pm I had a reciept to take to the bank - only to find out the next day it was not the correct piece of paper the buyers lender needed. So, now two weeks later there is still money in esgrow waiting out the septic tank sample results. I guess that is what we get for selling with out an agent. Please keep your fingers crossed that everything else comes out okay.
John then had to call the guy we had planned to by a truck from, and tell him that we couldn't do it because we didn't recieve all our money at closing. I felt so bad for John, he had his heart set on that blue truck, so I spent most of the night on the internet searching for trucks, and low and behold, the truck that my dad and had looked at the previous week was still available.
So, on Wednesday my dad and John went up to buy the 2005 RAM 2500 from the Dan Deery dealer in Waterloo - no grass grows under our feet. This truck was quite a deal and pulls the new camper great.
We talked a lot about getting a passenger van and straight trailer, so we could all fit in one vehical and wouldn't have the expense of an additinal vehical; however, in the end we went with a camper that had more room, and we will just have to bite the bullet on keeping a second vehical for awhile.
And 7 days later, we drove over 900 miles with 7 kids and 2 dogs in less than 36 hours to pick up our new home. I bought it over the internet from RV wholesalers in Lakeview, OH, and couldn't be happier. I saved a little over $8,000.00 rather than buying it locally, and even got an extended warrenty with it. We left Wed. at noon, got into Fort Wayne Indiana at midnight, woke up at 6 am to drove into RV Wholesalers at 9:30 am. Did our walk thru, got a 5th wheel hitch installed, signed our papers, and on the road by 11:30 am. Pretty fantastic to do all that with our tribe in 2 hours.
As we pulled our new home across Illinois, we stopped at a Walmart to get subway and ate lunch in the house, which we decided had more room in it, with the slideouts in, than our old camper with the slideouts out. We love the U-shape dinette because all the kids can sit at the table and eat or play games.
John's two favorite things about the camper are
The remote for slides, awning plus other outside things, and the outdoor kitchen.
My favorite thing is the electric hot water that is always ready for me, especially for my morning shower :)
The kids love their new bunk room and we are loving our own bedroom, so all in all I would say we are pretty happy campers.