Well, today’s the day. In my last post, I told you that there was a surprise. This is it!

A 1981 Ford Econoline E350 Mobile Traveler, and man, does it need some work. It’s okay, though. It’s a gift, from someone who wants to help me achieve the things I’ve never been able to do before. Now, you may say, “Wow, Don. I think I’d pass on that one.” Would you really, though? Here’s what I say.


There aint no such thing as a free lunch.

See, here’s the thing. This vehicle represents the future of my Vagabond Life. Is it in rough shape? Obviously. Is it going to cost a lot to fix it up? More than likely. Will it take a long time? Definitely. Am I going to let those things intimidate me? Not on your life.

I’m excited for the possibilities. The interior is in pretty good shape. According to my benefactor, everything works – heater, lights, refrigerator, stove, etc. The junk inside was left there by some homeless people, who squatted in it for a while. He has promised to clean it out before he turns it over to me. After that, it’s all on me.

“That’s a big project, Don.”

I know, but I’m not alone in this. There are people in my life I can go to with questions about RVs and campers. One friend even works for an RV storage lot, so I’ll have a place to keep the thing, while I’m working on it.

I already know that the waste tanks need to be replaced, but that isnt an immediate concern. A composting toilet and Planet Fitness membership will get me by. So, I’ll drive it to the storage place, flush everything, and replace the fluids belts, points, plugs, condenser, and wires. Next, comes the first major expense – tires. I looked for a date on these, but they’re mounted with the code on the inside. If they’re too old, I’ll have to replace them. I’m not looking forward to that.

In any case, the perspective has changed on my Vagabond Life. A year ago, I had given up and was simply waiting to die. So many things have changed. Today, I’m excited and encouraged by the prospects that lie ahead. I’ll keep you posted.

Now, you get out there and get your Go on.


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