Our beautiful little trailer!

Travel Trailer Before

Well, we're gearing up for another renovation.  This time though it's not inside our house!  Last year we purchased a 1970s travel trailer in the hopes of restoring it to its former beauty.

Last year, I asked Josh if we could buy and restore one, and showed him what I wanted to do with it once it's finished.  He said if I can find one for cheap, he would agree to it.  If you know me, you know that I'm all about a bargain.  Once I start looking for something, I look for the best deal out there.  I never want to pay full price!  I looked on Craigslist, FB Marketplace, online RV sites, and anywhere that listed used RVs for sale.  After missing out on several  (these are very popular right now) and turning down a few that were overpriced, I finally found my "girl."  She was listed in Kentucky, and I enlisted the help of my friend Jenn to go with me to pick her up.  (I've never pulled anything other than a boat trailer and a small Uhaul trailer so let's just say this was going to be an adventure!)

The Facebook ad that I responded to included these pics!

The Facebook ad that I responded to included these pics!

Our Journey to pick her up!

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So, my sweet friend Jenn was up for the adventure.  I asked her to go because I needed some support, and because she owned an RV.  I knew she would know what to ask since I've never owned one.  When we pulled up to the house in Kentucky, this was greeting us (see pic above).  If you look real close, you'll see a parrot hanging out in the trees.  If you've never bought anything off Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist, well, you've never lived.  Okay, I'm kidding, but everytime I do, it's always an adventure.  This time was nothing different.  We showed up and there was a parrot hanging out in the tree that kept flying over us and a 3-legged dog that wouldn't leave us alone.  Not to mention I thought the dog was super pregnant only to find out it was "just a tumor."  The guy that sold it to us was a real character.  He informed me that he bought this travel trailer from a "carnie" a few weeks before and that it had been lived in.  I'll be honest-I was a little scared to go inside.  But, I knew we'd be gutting it and I just needed the "shell" to be okay.  

I negotiated the price, signed a receipt and off we went.  Here's a little disclaimer-even though they had trailer lights, they were outdated and wouldn't connect to my SUV.  Let's just say I white-knuckled it all the way back to West Tennessee praying that I didn't get pulled over and that no one hit me while I was hauling this trailer.  I'm seriously not kidding-I prayed the whole way home and was sweating bullets everytime I had to slow down.  Jenn and I both couldn't see a thing out the back window, and it wasn't the safest ride home I'll admit.

I knew about an hour into the drive, I had to get out of the car before I had either a panic attack or heart attack.  I'm a law-abiding citizen, and pulling that travel trailer with no lights was beyond stressful.  Luckily, Jenn's parents own a restaurant between here and Kentucky, so we stopped there to take a break from hauling this load.  When we pulled into the parking lot, we could see Jenn's sister leaving the restaurant.  I so wish I would have caught that moment on camera!  She gave us the strangest stare, not realizing that it was her sister in the car hauling this beautiful trailer.

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After a quick bite to eat and a grabbing a picture of me in the parking lot, we hit the road to continue our drive back to Medina.  It was a long drive home, and I suddenly starting panicking about how I could get my kids after school.  I really couldn't figure out how I could get them, reverse this travel trailer and not make a complete fool of myself in the middle of our downtown!  So, I called in back-up and had a friend get my kids, while Jenn and I made it to my driveway with my travel trailer.  

I released my grip on the steering wheel and let out a sigh of relief that I had actually pulled this off!  Until, I couldn't make it up my driveway with this trailer...I'm not kidding.  I had managed to pull this thing 2 hours home with no lights attached, and I literally couldn't get it past the gate to my driveway.   Oh well...I got her home, had a day of adventures, and now can't wait to give her a full makeover!

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