I finally did purchase the '84 Toyota RV - Sunrader that I have wanted so long off of ebay. "Bathsheba" was delivered while I was in Europe in July. Thank goodness I have friends who were willing to meet the carrier and drive her home for me -where she sat for eight weeks until I returned to the US.
Since them I have spent as many weekends with her as possible. It made more sense for me to "live" in her for several weekends before I started doing alterations. Much has changed since August. I am working on reupholstering the couch and 2 chairs. I removed the collapsible melamine top table and slipped in another tiny table that I owned. It is a definite improvement. It is prettier and has a useful shelf underneath. The brown shag carpet is sun-bleached to a nasty orange. The plan is to remove it and replace it with some faux wood vinyl flooring. In the meantime, a hall runner covers most of the ugliness. The same friend that I previously mentioned, removed a cupboard above the fridge to make space for a microwave - another wonderful improvement.
Two weekends ago, I went to a nearby campground and spent the weekend. It was glorious. After years of being a hiker and tent camper, I felt like I was in the lap of luxury. It took me 10 minutes to park her and get water and electricity connected, and, put on the kettle for a cup of tea when I completed all of the "strenuous work". It took about the same amount of time to unhook her and ready her for the trip home.
The problems: (1)She leaks around the one of the windows above the cab, so my bedding gets a bit damp. I understand there is some type of drain on the exterior that may be clogged. Clearing that is my first priority now. (2)Too, the shower tray is cracked. It had been repaired before, as evidenced by the nasty looking, ancient orange goo that was used as a stop gap measure. I want to do my own emergency repair for a while, but haven't made the time to browse online or in a hardware store. (3)I don't know about the furnace yet, because I've not tested it. I hope that is it in good order, too. (4)I am uncomfortable with the RV door. It seems like anyone who wanted to get in, could with only a bit of effort. I am still working on a solution for that problem.
During the Christmas/New Year's holidays, I have two weeks off. So, I am driving her to Goose Island / Port Aransas to have a seaside holiday. (She has an appointment with a Toyota mechanic on Monday. I sincerely hope that he doesn't find anything terribly wrong.)
Even though getting her delivered from Nokomis, FL was a HUGE expensive nightmare, I am delighted with my decision and purchase. I would definitely do it again
The attached photos are when She was still in Florida. I will post current photos later.