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#1 OFFLINE   DA TOAD

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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:10 AM

Well Sue and I picked up our 2016 Arctic Fox 1140 truck camper last month. She is as fully loaded as any camper could be.  Dropped it on the cement slab we had put in next to the garage. Spent the first week waxing it and buying all the accouterments we would need for camping. Chairs, grill, dishes silverware, coffer pot toaster, silverware etc.

Then the schitt hit the fan with Mom. Family crisis in Florida necessitated us moving her from Florida up here to Massachusetts. She is in a beautiful place, is safe and well cared for but I cannot in good conscience consider taking off for weeks or even months at a time as we had planned.

We were going to criss-cross all the Canadian provinces, hit the ALCAN and go spend a month or so in Alaska. Then return home and take a lot of long trips in search of America. 

Will be selling it outright or maybe bringing it back to the place we bought it from to be sold on consignment. We never used anything. Sucks but schitt happens.

Dang thing has only had a 60 mile ride home. sad.gif


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Posted 09 August 2016 - 03:40 AM

Sorry to here the bad news about your mom this must be real hard. Keep the truck camper spirit alive there will be another time.



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 01:35 PM

WOW, and I just sent you that LP Quick Connect fitting info. So sorry to hear of your misfortune. 



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Posted 10 August 2016 - 09:08 PM

This is all I have to say about the situation.

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Posted 16 August 2016 - 09:49 AM

I would suggest hanging on to the camper.  If it "ready to go" , it will give you and your wife a chance to get away for a few days here and there. As time goes on, you may feel like you can leave for a week, knowing your mom is in good care. Now a days, you are generally only a phone call away if something serious did happen, and it might give you a chance to explore what's right in your own back yard so to speak. Use the short trips to get experience for longer trips. Your truck camper beats a hotel room any day.

 

Good Luck, I hope you find a path forward that helps you and your mom



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Posted 16 August 2016 - 10:55 AM

We take care of an elderly parent remotely and keep in contact with her and the caregivers multiple times through the day. It does restrict us to areas with cellular coverage, but I have to say that Verizon does a good job covering most of our travels.


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Posted 17 August 2016 - 01:45 PM

Sell house

 

Buy a couple acres in the country.

 

Get water, electricity and a 500 gal propane tank!

 



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Posted 19 August 2016 - 07:23 PM

Unless you're an emergency doctor or at least an EMT, your immediate presence isn't of much value to your mother.  Cell phone conversation will cover most of what you can actually do.  I'm in agreement with the short trip advice you've gotten.  My wife (RN for 35 years) went with me to Alaska for two months even though my wife is the go-to person the nursing home calls whenever her 94-year-old aunt has a problem. 

You bought your camper at retail, you'll get no more than wholesale if you return it.  You will be shocked at the difference/depreciation (about 50%).



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Posted 20 August 2016 - 05:37 AM

Like TDWebster, Bedlam, Norske said.  Keep the TC.  You've earned it, now enjoy it.  There is nothing you can do to alter your moms health.  I know how you feel.  My mom has been in a care facility for 10 years, put on hospice 3 times and has amazingly bounced back 2 of the 3 times. She is in her lte 80's. Travel, enjoy the TC.  Your mom would want you to.  

 

Do not make any rash decisions.

 

Just my 2 cents.


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Posted 20 August 2016 - 07:54 PM

A lot of times when I make plans, I think I can hear God laughing. We'd recently started on a 6 to 8 week trip to places north of us after much planning. Second day out I get an email from a very close friend advising us he would not be making an annual camping trip. He was put in hospice and he stated the outlook was "grim". Three days and several hundred miles later we were visiting him at home daily. We were able to laugh, play backgammon as we had done for years, go to the store for him and be with him when he past. We had the opportunity to be of service to him.
We took two weeks off at home to recuperate from the experience before resuming our trek north. A wise man told me many years ago, that "you can't give water to someone if your bucket has a hole in it."
Maybe you won't make the big trips now, but the little ones can put some water in your bucket. Mom's coming is a great opportunity to be of service to mom, be sure you stay in shape to do the best you can.
And if you return the camper,there exists the likelihood of getting resentment that'll feel like a pebble stuck in your shoe forever and a real good bath from the dealership.

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Posted 21 August 2016 - 04:54 AM

I can't state it any more eloquently than the folks who have already responded, but the best approach, when your world trembles, is to just hold still for a while. Let things settle-down, and don't make rash moves in the meantime that you will regret later. You have a lot invested in your rig, both financially and personally. Unless it is a financial imperative, you shouldn't give it up so readily. It will wait for you, and so will the destinations you set-out to visit when you decided to buy it.

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Posted 22 August 2016 - 06:17 AM

Family crisis in Florida necessitated us moving her from Florida up here to Massachusetts. She is in a beautiful place, is safe and well cared for but I cannot in good conscience consider taking off for weeks or even months at a time as we had planned.

But you COULD take off for shorter periods of time (extended weekends or a week or two) and stay within a days drive of home for quick returns if necessary.  You've already stated your Mom is in a safe place and well cared for, so daily visits to her don't seem warranted.  Modern technology, such as Skype, allows you to have daily contact and face-to-face communication as much or as often as needed or wanted.  I'm with the others that have responded thus far; DO NOT SELL.  Unless it is absolutely imperative to do so to assist financially with the care of your Mother, it would be a financial disaster for you to sell the camper at this time. 


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 02:18 AM

Really appreciate all the responses and opinions.  I definitely cannot take the financial hit by bringing it back to the dealer and selling on consignment.  The depreciation even though it is really "unused" plus a 15% consignment commission would mean a hit of 6-8 thousand.

 

I have had two people who came and looked at the camper and the truck as package deals but have not heard back from them.  These hits came off of Craigslist.

 

As Mom is settling in to the home she is becoming more comfortable with each passing day.  I am thinking that perhaps in the near future I just might be able to take some long weekends or even week long trips.  Time will tell.

 

Anyway if it doesn't sell soon I probably won't be able to unload it this year and it will winter over on the cement slab and lose even more value come next spring.  Just don't know what to do at this point but just hang in here and see what happens.


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Posted 25 August 2016 - 07:54 AM

Maybe stepping back, take a break, over the winter, is exactly what the doctor ordered. Sometimes responding too quickly (knee jerk reaction) is not really necessary, and allow the whole assisted living thing to settle in/settle down, to allow you and your wife time to really make good, well informed decisions. 

Its not hard at all, and takes little time to winterize and cover the camper for now. Don't give up on your dreams, just do a little zig left, or zag right. GIVE IT A LITTLE TIME!!, SO YOU DON'T REGRET AN ILL FATED DECISION



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Posted 25 August 2016 - 08:16 AM

Its hard getting back been throw the same also so hang in there. Just store it in your yard if no takers that will breck even at least.


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