Friday, May 21, 2010
The bedroom area, which has two twin size beds with like-new mattresses and bed covers which match the sofa, the pilot, and the co-pilot seat.
My groovy 1970's window treatments. They are in pristine condition, and are actually growing on me (although the tassells are going to have to go!)
Big Bertha has a Dodge 440 chassis with a new carburetor. She has under 39,000 original miles (which I subjectively verified based on the wear and tear around the drivers area -- or lack thereof).
I feel that I bought Bertha for a fair price based on the NADA guide book value(http://www.nadaguides.com/). If you are wanting to buy an older RV, this is a tremendous bargaining tool. Most people seem to price their RVs based on emotional value. I understand the value of blood, sweat, and tears, but at the end of the day the unit still has a roughly established book-value. (I talked to several people who were asking two to four times the amount listed in the book.) I used the book value to talk the previous owner of my motorhome down from $3850 to $3300. I bought her knowing there was some water damage that had to be addressed due to the roof being inadequately repaired in the past, and that I would want to do some cosmetic updates. I am limited in that respect due to finances, so I am grateful that Bertha's interior looks neither worn nor "extremely dated," though that aspect is in the eye of the beholder. This blog is going to follow Bertha's makeover from being an "old motorhome that never gets used" to being an "off-grid micro-mobile home" that can be moved without having to hire someone to do it for me. Thanks for looking!