I’m downsizing. Again. As much as I love my home, Pegasus is feeling cumbersome, like a big, gorgeous, costly anchor.
I wanted to go to Milwaukee but diesel to drive the 1,600 miles would cost about $960, conservatively estimating five miles to the gallon at $3.00 per gallon. Almost $2,000 round-trip. As much as I want to see my sisters, I could stay here at the LoW-HI RV Ranch for nine months for two grand.
And then there’s our plan to spend this winter in Mexico. We’ll start in Puerto Peñasco aka Rocky Point aka Gringolandia due to its heavy U.S. and Canadian winter population. We’d move as our whims blew.
I can go down to Mexico with Pegasus — lots of large Class As do it all the time — but the thought does not appeal. I don’t want to be stuck in an RV park. I picture myself on the beach; it’s not Pegasus I see on the sand.
And so, I began looking for a Class B, a van conversion for my non-RVing friends. I could store Pegasus and my car here at the Ranch. But then my insurance renewal dropped, a boulder in my Inbox.
When I asked my agent why the premiums went up 17 percent, she said, “Liz, unfortunately, insurance claims are at an all time high and every company is facing rate increases.” A familiar refrain. Molina Healthcare — which doesn’t even cover me outside of Wisconsin — said the same thing after increasing their rates 20 percent.
To cut costs, I could drop down to one engine. But, if I have to get a trailer, there is only one choice — the Airstream. As Ron would and does say, “I’m a sucker for beauty and form.” Ditto Doc.
Why do you want to buy an Airstream? In your view, what are its pros and cons? Just curious.
To which I responded:
Pros: Beauty, simplicity, modern design, easy to tow, an active and enthusiastic community, the manufacturer is still in business, 80% of Airstreams ever made are still on the road (or so I’ve heard).
Cons: Higher cost relative to other tow-behinds, no slides.
I’ve looked at a few trailers and fifth wheels over the past three years being on the road. The Airstream is the only one I get excited about. It’s an emotional response, similar to finding the right house.
And so, despite previous plans to summer in the Rockies (Rainbow bound), I’ll be staying here in Deming where the only thing rising is the temperature into the low 100s.
As I do with any desire, I’ve begun shooting tendrils of intent out into the Universe. To be more specific, I’m researching and searching — RV Trader, Craigslist, the Airstream Classifieds. I’ve appealed to self-affirmed “crazy” Vince at A to Z Motors near Napa. I sense that he could be my ace in the hole.
And I’ve contacted a few dealers inquiring about trade-in values for Pegasus. Needless to say, the amounts quoted disappoint quite given all the money I’ve put into my home since Spring 2013. I’ll pocket the dealer mark-up, thank you.
So, that’s where it stands now dear friends and readers.
I began living as a full-time RVer to go with the wind. I’ll downsize — again — to continue to be able to follow the flow.