Our First RV
Since Chelsea says I can write good, I suppose I will continue with this blog. Let me tell you a little story about how we ended up with a 1985 Barth motor home.
The thought of living in an RV had actually occurred to me a couple of years ago. I’ve been trying to escape the cold winters of Wisconsin for years, and hatched a plan to move us down to Florida. Ideally I would have gotten us a truck and a fifth wheel trailer, and pulled it down there. For various reasons this never came to fruition and the idea of RV living barely crossed my mind for a couple more years.
Fast forward to the summer of 2018. We took a road trip out west for a couple weeks and this is where, I think the idea of seeing more of America, and more specifically being on the road more often took hold. After our trip we decided to take the plunge and seriously look at some RV’s.
We went to one of the big box RV stores looking at Class B motor homes. We did find one we really liked and made an offer. Despite both of us having excellent credit, it turns out it is hard to get a loan for an RV if you haven’t borrowed a large amount of money before (mortgage for example). In the end I think this worked out for the best as I doubt going on the road in debt would be good for our anxiety.
Then we turned to craigslist to look for something used. We were more attracted to “vintage” looking rigs rather than the horrid looking things they have made from the 1990’s to today. No weird swoosh marks for us. We were able to make a cash deal on a 1985 motor home, in seemingly quite good condition for its age.
Welcome to our machine. Made in 1985 by Barth Motor Co, it was built on a Chevy truck platform and powered by a mighty 454 V8. It has everything you’d expect in a motor home, and even has a musical horn. My favorite feature is the twin beds in back, although it’s possible I will try to make a larger bed fit.
The interior is pure mid 1980’s aesthetically. I regret that I didn’t take more pictures of the interior before we basically gutted the first half of the rig. Please keep following us for a bio about our travel companion and the renovations we are doing to modernize this coach.