We finally chose the make & model 5th wheel we wanted, Highland Open Range 3x 427BH for its four season insulation package and 2 bedroom 1.5 bath floor plan. Then we searched and searched, for the right used one at the right price. I tell you what, there was a lot of fear on this purchase. We found a seller on an RV selling site that fit the bill. They were located in Tennessee! We were currently in Idaho!! So, leaving our littlest with Nana and Papa, we went on a road trip to check it out and hopefully buy.
I did tons of research, learning about what to look for, what to be weary of. I had a printed out list to do a full inspection. We get there, and Matt is like…”we’ll just know when we see it. We don’t need all that.” Well, we met up with the nice young couple taht were selling it. They had been full-timers up until 6 months prior and had decided to settle down near family and grow their family.
We fell in love. It wasn’t perfect, but it was well maintained. There were no signs of water damage, the tires were new. Everything looked and felt great. So we called our banker, who was on speed dial waiting for the green light to process the loan papers. Then we signed electronically and waited for the seller’s bank to confirm the deposit. We actually had to go back to the hotel and wait till the next day.
What a great opportunity for me to meet up with a dear friend from my corporate working days. We had a lovely dinner with her family and caught up. I can’t wait to go back and do it again.
So, we finally bought our home on wheels in May of 2017. Then we drove it home to Idaho. By the way, on our way home, in Sidney, Nebraska, we stayed at the Cabella’s corporate office/campground and there was this amazing Mexican restaurant, Three Margaritas in town that we ate at. Definitely worth the stop if you ever drive through on I-80. The campground was cute too. Playground for kids, laundry room, they even had horse corrals for campers with horses in tow.
We spent the next few weeks, moving our stuff out of our parent’s house and into the 5th wheel. We were headed to our first RV Park in eastern Oregon the first of June, then to a different one in July…the plan…continue this lifestyle for about 3 years, until we discover the right final stop.