During our travels this summer we stopped at Virgin Valley for the night. One of our favorite camp grounds, where we met Mike. He was living in the back of his truck, enjoying life and the people he met. As with most folks we meet and like, we said stop by if you get out to the Oregon coast. Well a couple weeks after we got home Mike showed up and stayed in his truck at our shop for a couple of weeks waiting for a appointment at the VA hospital. Joy and I being GORV folks thought Mike should be in a GORV rather then the back of his truck. Mike has a very small pension from the VA. So the plan was for Mike to save enough to find a 500 to 1000 dollar GORV and he with a bit of guidance from Tony make it a home.
Well after much searching we were listening to a radio buy sell show here and a guy had a 22 foot wilderness he had been using for a fire watch camp at logging sites. 500 bucks and it could be yours was the pitch from the logger. So off we went to check it out. Six miles up a logging road hoping we would not meet a logging truck coming down off the mountain we were going up. We only met one and there was a place to pull off and get out of his way as he went by. The poor old Wilderness was in a lot worse shape then advertised. Both front corners banged in, roof vents with no covers. The sheet metal was coming off here and there. A couple of soft spots in the floor. But the rig was hopefully fixable. After a hard round of price negotiating we gave the logger a 100 bucks and hooked up and off down the mountain we went. We made it back to the shop and Mike started cleaning and he kept cleaning for a couple of days.
The rig as it was upon arrival at the shop, it looks pretty good.
The over head was all mush, but after tearing it out with our hands we found the bones to be in good, well OK shape.
The floor had a real bad spot in front of the reffer. (don't step there)
The front was a lot worse then first thought. Amazing how rot can hide. well after tearing out the rot we had another really big door, right in the front of the rig.
Still a lot to do. But the floor is fixed and all the OSB is off the floor, ready for new laminate flooring.
More updates as we get more done.