Start small, start now! – Beginning your RVing journey

“Start small, start now.” This is a phrase I heard on a Keep Your Daydream video. I can’t remember if they were quoting someone else, or it was an original, but I’m crediting it to Marc & Tricia Leach.

Since I heard that a couple months ago, I really embraced it, and thought, “you know, they’re right.” Essentially, if camping and RVing interest you, get the gear that’s in your budget and get out there.

Teresa and I have spent so much time going back and forth with what our first RV would be. Do we want a motorhome, a travel trailer, or maybe a bus conversion? But the longer we remain indecisive, the longer it will take for us to take the kids camping.

Granted, at this time in 2020, COVID-19 has ruined most people’s camping plans, but it might be a good time for us to gather our gear while we wait for the world to open back up enough to get out there.

We almost pulled the trigger on a travel trailer at the Columbus RV show, but with the pandemic we decided against it. This was probably a blessing in disguise.

Instead of buying new, we started looking at used RVs in good shape, for a lot less money, but we still couldn’t make a move. So, we kept looking.

Fast forward to May 2020 and we finally found an RV that is inexpensive, will sleep our family and will help get us camping this year! So exciting!

What we got was a 1986 Jayco Jayking 6 pop up. It needs work, but we got it at such a good price that renovating it won’t be a budget killer.

Our 1986 Jayco pop up when we brought it home.

It has its issues, which is to be expected for a 34 year old pop up. The main thing that needs fixed are the lifting cables and tires. Once those are replaced, we’ll start working on replacing the little things that are worn or broken and renovating the interior.

We’ve decided on a color palate, but that may change once we get started. At this point it’s a coral/ocean blue/grey scheme. We’ll see if that sticks.

Now, what’s going to make this project take 10 times longer is COVID-19 and it’s effect on parts suppliers. My first round of parts were originally scheduled to come the 3rd week of May, now it won’t be until early June. Fun times.

Anyhow, that’s where we are now. We’re excited to get our camper on the road and take our first camping trip as a family. So, we hope to see you by the campfire!

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