Grannies On The Road
Hi, my name is Janet. I’m 64 years old. Married with 2 grown children and 2 stepchildren and 6 grandchildren between us. I lived in Richmond, Va. the first 50 years of my life. In 2003, we moved to Myrtle Beach, SC.
This all started last year. I guess I was having a late mid-life crisis. I figured I was 63 years old. If I was going to see this country, I better hurry up and get going. You see, my husband has been everywhere he ever wanted to go. I, on the other hand was too busy raising my kids or I didn’t have the money. Or both.
Every time I thought about going somewhere, it was going to cost a fortune for hotels and restaurants.
I was getting a little discouraged. That’s when I started looking into RVs. I saw one on Craig’s List for $19,000.00. It was a small class C or maybe a B+. Anyway, we drove about 150 miles to go look at it. It was nice enough, but when I sat in the driver’s seat and turned around, it looked like the length of a football field back there. I got so scared I wouldn’t even drive the thing. (It was only 20’). So, we drove back home without it. I told my husband that was it; I’m going to forget the whole thing. But, he knew better.
Low and behold, 2 weeks went by and I was back on Craig’s List. This time there was another small class C just up the highway from our house. AND, cheap! I gave them a call to see if it was still available. They said it was, but another couple was on their way to look at it. I made a mad dash up there to take a look. HUM! It was ok, but the interior was nasty! It’s a 2000 Fleetwood Tioga and it had less miles on it than the first one I had looked at and they only wanted $11,000.00 for it. Just then, here comes the other couple. I asked the salesman how much deposit they required. He said $500.00 so I wrote him a check right there. This little rig had my name all over it. Now, I was still afraid to drive it, but he said I could drive it around the field next to their lot. Not bad! Then he put the dealer tags on it and out on the highway I went. Yikes!
It was pretty scary, but I did okay though. So back to the office we went and I signed the papers. I did get him down to $10,000.00. I felt good about that! WELL, HELLO! DA! Let me just say this is NOT the smartest thing to do. I hadn’t even had a mechanic look it. Oh well. It was mine now.
After I picked it up I took it right home and started ripping the window treatments down and took the cushion covers off and threw them away. Then I bleached it from top to bottom. I made all new curtains and cushion covers and replaced the shades with new mini blinds.
I finally got around to having it checked out. It sat in the shop for 2 weeks before they got around to it. They said everything looked good as far as the truck was concerned. Now I had to take it to an RV repair place so they could look at the coach. It sat there for a month. But, I lucked out again. It just needed new batteries.
Other than that, I looked up You Tube videos and learned how to blow the soot out of the back of the refrigerator so it would work and I had to replace the thermostat for the heater to work and a couple of water hoses.
Somebody was definitely looking out for me.
I named her Agnes after my Grandma. Whenever you asked Agnes is she wanted to go anywhere, she’d say, “just let me go to the bank”. I told everyone she had a sex change operation. (The rig, not my grandma). Because before I got her, well she just wasn’t that pretty. She might be old, but she’s looking good now!