In 2011, after my daughter was born, my fiance and I started taking about downsizing, severely. After my job dried up, we left for greener pastures, found a small stick and brick and moved in. The job I had taken didn't pan out, so once again the idea of downsizing came to visit, and stayed. 

    We set literally everything we owned in the front yard and went to selling. For three months this was our only income, we saw our treasured items, which we held onto for years slowly go to new homes,however rather than feeling remorse, we were elated, relieved even. With every sell we could feel a weight lift from our shoulders, freedom was near.

     

     I found a few RVs on craigslist and we looked at several but found our Albatross, a 1985 Fleetwood Southwind.

After a few negotiations, we bought it for a song and drove it home. We knew it needed some work, the previous owner had backed into a few things at the roof level, and we could see where it had leaked around the antenna and down one wall but no worries, I am pretty handy. We lived about an hour and a half from where we purchased it, and it took us only 4 days  to get it home. 

     The entire fuel system had to be reworked, from the tank to the carb, fuel filter, fuel pump etc, Now it ran great. Of course it had not rained yet. Once it did,  we found the leaks, cleverly hidden by the seller behind wallpaper. Less than a month later the water heater went out. We have a whole list of things that have come up now, including the delamination of the siding, air bags that have to be replaced, so now as we live in this, the two babies, my fiance, two furry babies, and myself, we have decided to rebuild. 

     Now out of the blue we have found an old 1947 PD 3751 Greyhound bus! It needs a lot of work as it was poorly refitted into a motorhome, But we are considering getting it and using everything in the Southwind to do a build in the bus. and scrapping or selling what is left of Albatross.  We will see. 

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