That’s some serious alliteration I’ve got going on up there! I’m in the middle of planning out school for the kids for the year, so that’s probably why.
We’re spending these last days of summer (for Dave goes back for pre-planning Tuesday of next week) swimming, sitting in our air conditioning, painting Abe’s room (previews on Instagram, but I was overly ambitious to think we could finish it in time for a blog post this week), staying up too late watching TV (Dave had never seen White Nights! We watched it last night. I hadn’t remembered any of the extraneous Escape from Russia! plot that interferes with all the awesome dancing), and…..driving all over the state looking at travel trailers.
So remember how awhile back I was all “we need a travel trailer!” and I made Dave go to an RV show (and also I talked about bear attacks a lot)? And then a couple of months later I thought, “we don’t need a travel trailer! hotels forever!”?
Yeah, so now I want a travel trailer again.
So much that we went and bought this the other week:
It’s a giant van! We call it Big Blue. We had to drive to Huntsville to buy it, because we wanted a V10 passenger van, and there are almost no used v10 passenger vans for sale in the whole country. I won’t bore you with details, but I did a lot of reading about what tow vehicle you want to tow your travel trailer, and, basically, if you need it to fit 6 people, many of whom are adult sized or nearly adult sized, you don’t have a lot of options. So a v10 passenger van it was. Also, I will just note that if you show up at a car dealership, and they know you just drove four hours to look at their van, your negotiating powers are rather limited.
But still! We love our van! It actually only seats 7 people, which is sort of hilarious because my minivan seats 8. And it came with a VHS player, which is also hilarious. But we think it’s broken. We need to get someone to look at it. It has a DVD player, too. And a back up camera! And GPS! It’s FANCY for a 12 year old van.
With humans, for scale:
So now we’re at the part where we need to find a trailer to pull with our giant van. I think we’re going to get this:
I’m just kidding! We can’t afford an Airstream AND there’s no Airstream that will fit all of us. It makes me kind of sad, though, because Airstreams are, inarguably, much prettier than any other trailers. Also, it seems like all the people who have Airstreams are automatically friends with each other, and maybe they don’t want to be friends with people with ugly travel trailers, and that’s kind of a bummer.
So, yeah….something cheaper. Is what we will buy. We thought we’d found The One the other day, but then someone bought it before we could get it. We’re not in a huge rush, so we’re just kind of looking around and trying to be patient.
Which is hard because I want to go on all the trips!
But it actually might be a good thing that it’s taking a little while to find something, because we also need to have a parking pad put in in our backyard (not a DIY project, Dave is quite sure) and a bigger gate so we can get it into our yard (that might wind up being a DIY project, but Dave doesn’t want it to be).
So I will keep you updated on the status of our search for a second boxy little house. And I’ll show you what Abe’s room is looking like, too. Next week!