After buying a Motorhome from eBay and then having tell my hubby afterwards, we have to decide to do we keep Rose The Lifestyle Challenge Bus or do we sell her and Buy a New Motorhome?
Our Motorhome was not new – not by a long shot! Actually the guy that sold our Motorhome was very clever – he took photos of the Motorhome from afar, and from years back so the Motorhome was not in the condition of what was in the photos or the listing. But I knew in my heart that buying the Motorhome was what our family needed! David is extremely handy (aand he can make anything look good!!) as he is a boat builder and has been building Caravans for years.
For the last six months David has been working on our Motorhome full time. Before that he worked on the bus while also looking after the boys, cleaning the house and cooking our meals while I worked night shift as a Nurse. In February we moved from Glasshouse Mountains to the Bundaberg area to work on the bus full time, if you were in the area you could pop in and See My House.
See My House
Since we got here David has been working on the Bus nearly 12-14 hours every day. He has had a few days off where he has taken the boys fishing, or has had to go to town for supplies or even had the odd day off to visit great facebook friends! There is a lot to work on – and the bus looks nothing like when we first brought her. I will have to try and do a “Before” and “After” pictures so that you can see how different the bus does look. If you were living close by you could pop in to See My House, so instead of taking you on a live tour I thought I would do a vlog instead.
See My House from the way I can see it!
Our Home On Wheels
I am very excited about the work that David has done on Rose. He has worked super hard to turn our Motorhome into a bus that is a home on wheels. Our son Zachery said last night “Mum, the bus is looking good. It now looks like a home” and he is right! This is our new house, and I am very proud of the work David has done.
Here is a short list of the work David has completed so that you can see my house through my eyes
new front door (gosh it was sad saying goodbye to the old door)
new lounge chairs
new lounge cushion covers
new overhead cupboard doors
new cupboards where the oven used to be
new kitchen benches
new stove top installed
new sink installed
new queens size bed base – David raised it so that the washing machine will fit in the boot
new wardrobe next to the queen size bed
new overhead cupboards above the main bed
New window seals for the back window
more cupboards added to the front of the bus
“sign” at the front of the bus discovered – he discovered that we could add a sticker to the front of the bus where the bus used to display where it was going!
Also discovered that it was an old school bus because we found a sign that said “Jo’s – Don’t Eat In Bus”
The best discovery that we have come across as yet is the “Saint Christopher” – Catholic Patron Saint of Travel Safety
See My House
If we are ever your way, on our travels, we will be sure to let you know so that you can See My House – I sure am super proud of how she is looking. We still have a list just as long of what needs to be finished in the bus (from the outside, to even under neath) but it sure does feel good to be sleeping in the bus! I think that this is the best home we have owned since we started our life together. We have moved a lot of times, into a lot of different homes but now we have our house on wheels so that when ever we feel like moving house we can!
The most famous Lounges in Australia are about to be ready for Rose! The Lounges that took three weeks to build and that is just the frame work! The Lounges and their cushions have to meet the safety requirements of Queensland Transport to pass inspection. So David has been hard at them to make sure they do pass!
There was a big debate between David and I – do we re-build the lounges so that they are the same shape but with seat belts so that we can drive around Australia with five boys wearing seat belts? Or do we take them out and put in seats that face forward and have no storage space and no dinning area? There were many positives and many negatives to each one…and after asking a few families who are in Motorhomes travelling with their families, we soon decided to re-build what was already there. Just more detailed so that we could add seat belts and travel with the bus registered to carry seven!
So we packed up our house, sold most of our furniture off and stored the rest. Then the fun starts….we hit the road and The Journey Begins! Or so we think…….
How The Packing Went
I was so shocked with how much I still had left in each room, in each cupboard, under the house and even in the boys cubby house! David picked up the truck on Tuesday morning and packed our house into it, taking it on the road Wednesday morning up to Bundaberg. Then he had to bring the truck back in the same day! Yep that’s 10 hours of driving in one day, plus having to unpack the truck. Then we had to clean. I cleaned all day Wednesday, all day Thursday, all day Friday and was still cleaning right up to Saturday afternoon. We were told by the Real estate that it had to be cleaned for the inspection, so I was over the top with trying to make our house extra clean!
Is buying a used motorhome a good idea? Or would you be better off buying or building a new one? If you are not mechanically minded I would suggest that you buy a new or good second hand motorhome. But please have it checked out by someone who knows what to look for. Some poor quality motorhomes are sold at a premium price by unscrupulous sellers. If you fancy yourself as a Cabinet Maker, Plumber, Panel Beater, Auto Electrician, Upholsterer and Mechanic Then I would refurbish an older motorhome. It costs much less and is quicker than starting from scratch. But read on to discover What challenges may lay ahead.
The Challenges Ahead
These are some of the challenges that I have ahead of me to renovate our used motorhome. They are typical of the problems faced in older motorhomes, but obviously each motorhome will have its own unique set of faults. Read more