Change of Heart — Again

I have been going over and over in my mind the work involved in redoing the Aliner.  And realizing when I am through, I will still have a camper that I am not happy with.

So Ron and I talked about it today.  We both feel that it is not worth the effort involved, and both of us are weary of camping in a pop up with very limited sewage capacity and no gray water tank.

So I’ll be trying to sell the Aliner as a fixer-upper as is, and if that fails, I will sell the refrigerator, water heater, etc. and then cart it off to a salvage yard.

I think that’s the only way I’m going to get past dumping our money down a bottomless hole without much to show for it.  What made the decision easy was realizing I’d have to replace all those expensive, large skylights (probably around $750-$800) and having the Fantastic Fan start making awful grinding noises after 5 years of flawless performance yesterday.  AND the air conditioner no longer works on the high setting.  I’m estimating that I’d end up spending at least $3,000 to rebuild it, as I will not be able to reuse the bathroom parts.  They can’t survive being removed without damage.

I apologize to all of you who have been so supportive of my rebuild efforts and have believed that I was past my waffling indecision.

We plan to have another camper, somehow, in time for our annual trip home to Florida for Thanksgiving.

In the meantime, I’ll be back to working on my toy garden, tatting and learning and playing the ukulele.  🙂


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  1. I know this decision was a long and hard one to make. Sounds like it was the right decision for you both. You never know what’s around the bend in the road way of life!
    Happy tatting, playing and making music.


  2. Gwen, it means a lot that you think it was the right decision!


  3. Karen

     /  July 15, 2011

    I think you made a good choice. We traveled on motorcycles and camped in a tent trailer that my husband pulled behind his motorcycle for years. Then . . . we found a used trailer with a garage for the toys at a very reasonable price. The last three summers we’ve been using the Toy Hauler and enjoying it so much – especially the indoor plumbing. We can still take the quad and/or one motorcycle and enjoy riding. It’s very nice in rainy weather or in really hot weather since we’re in the pick up and have air conditioning. Not sorry for the years without the toy hauler, but really enjoying it now. You’ll enjoy whatever you decide to get, It has something to do with attitudes and you seem to have a great one. You enjoy life. Karen in OR


    • Another vote of confidence! You don’t know how much I appreciate that! 🙂

      I do think a lot of it is attitude, and I will be happy with anything that is reasonably sound and has nice plumbing and big windows–that our 6 cylinder Silverado 1500 can tow.

      That’s the only real limiting factor. But there are still some nice options for us since we spend most of our time outdoors and don’t need a lot of space.

      Motorcycling and pulling a tent camper. Wow. I bet you have some fantastic memories of that! Glad to hear you’re still making those memories, only in a little more comfort this time around. 🙂


  4. It’ll all work out. Something better will come along at just the right time.


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