July 22, 2018
The question is,
Do I keep it, Or should I sell it??…
Lots of memories in this old thing. It belonged to my dad and he really loved it. I remember he would just load up in it and drive it to the grocery store when he had nowhere else to go. He just loved to drive it. Sometimes he would call me up and say lets go fishing, and of course this is what he would come to pick me up in. We would take off in it and we might make it home before day light or maybe not. Those were some really fun times and cherished memories of my dad.
After my dad, Donald Ray Jones, passed it sat in his yard and was never driven anymore. At the time, my youngest daughter Deanna was heavily into softball. She played for school, the rec department and she also played on travel teams. We spent many of our weekends traveling to different places with her. Long and far away tournament weekends we usually ended up in a motel somewhere and between games try to rest up and maybe catch a nap in our truck. I finally convinced my step mother; Lisa to let us use the motorhome sometime. And that is how I ended up with it. It was definitely much easier to rest up in rather than our hot vehicles in the terrible summer heat. so now instead of motels, we would find a campground to set up in. Sometimes we would even set up in the parking lots at the ball fields and just run off the generator. Still much easier for us than a motel room.
Softball tournaments wasn’t the end of our trips. Of course we took it on many camping trips with friends too. My oldest daughter Stephanie, actually ended up living in it for a while parked behind our house. But now, its time to get it back on the road!
July 23, 2018
I came home from work today and found the motorhome sitting in the front yard! My husband, Dwain went and bought a battery for it and pulled it to the front yard so I could start cleaning it up. He said he put the battery in it and it cranked right up, Even after sitting for a year or two in the back yard. Of course its very dirty and needs a major bath, Now I am really questioning my intentions. Keep it or sell it? It still runs good, just needs to be cleaned up and new tires and its ready for the road once again.
July 25, 2018
Couldn’t wait to get started! As soon as I got home from work today, I started on the clean up. I think it is going to take more than one bath. I did manage to get the sides cleaned but I still need to get on the top. Didn’t want to do that with no one else at home. I don’t do heights very well, so if I fall, I would at least like for someone else to be here, if nothing else but to say “I told you so…” LOL
Bath time phase 1
The more I am working with it, the more I am questioning myself. I really want a Class C motorhome, but I really like this too. And not to mention “it IS a classic.” The window sills need to be replaced and it needs tires. It really wouldn’t take much to fix it up. Everything on the inside still works, it still cranks up and drives good. And not to mention the sentimental value that it holds only to me. Dwain doesn’t want me to sell it. I really don’t know what I want. I am sure there are many more conversations with myself while cleaning and getting road ready. decisions yet to come, so stay tuned…
July 27, 2018 – Just A Quick Update:
I posted this blog on the Airstream Argosy Owners Facebook page, and had a short conversation with someone that really hit home. I failed to mention in my original post with the memories of my dad and this old RV that he always kept a flannel shirt hanging on the back of the drivers seat. He always said he never knew when he might need it. Well, that shirt still hangs on the drivers seat today! She made the comment that my dad is still in the drivers seat! I never really looked at it that way, but she was right! He is still in the drivers seat and has been for all these years. He passed in 2007.
Her comment really brought tears to my eyes, and I have to say that it has “almost” finalized my decision. Whether I sell it or not, I will always have the memories. My memories will not go with the RV, but my connection will. Of course I still have other items that belong to him and I will never really loose his connection. I guess it’s the special physical connection that I don’t want to loose.