I have a new ride. A 1985 Minnie Winnebago. I've named him Carl. Like the old man in Up.
I can't tell you how excited I am to have found this in such great condition. This will be my next project over the months to come as I remodel it into my own personal studio - so please follow along! I have bright expectations that this is going to open a lot of doors and allow me to work on projects that would otherwise be too costly or cumbersome.
I hope to completely gut the inside and make more of a studio with some benefits of a camper. I will be tearing off the roof and redoing that entirely as well (some water damage seeping in from an improper seal around the AC unit). I don't think it's too terrible, but it's the most critical thing at this point. But the engine is rock solid and for being 30 years old only has 70k on it. I've noticed a few new parts under the hood as well. No rust under the frame. An elderly square-dancing couple owned this before me and the man's wife couldn't get out of the door with her 'hoops'???!!! so they traded this in and bought a new rv. It's a smooth drive too, surprisingly.
It'll be a challenge for sure. But I love challenges.
Once we settle, I plan on renovating this with every spare minute I have. Can't wait to show the process and struggle and finished product. I know it'll be a long and difficult rebuild. But I've thought and prayed and searched and worked really hard to make this happen. I'm ready for this!
Part of the reason I wanted to get this is that I knew my Dad would've helped me if he were around. My Dad was a carpenter by trade and could build anything. I really want to do this for my Dad because I know he'd be proud of me. I really wish you were here, Dad, to help me. I miss you a lot.
Let this weird journey begin...