On November 4th 2017 I got to take our new home on wheels back to New York! Our new 2000 Shasta Sprite Class C #RV was perfect and we were so excited to bring her home! My mom and step dad took the ride with me to Connecticut to pick her up. The entire car ride my tummy did flips just thinking about how little-five-foot-short me was going to drive that monster of a vehicle home.
My step dad took the ride with me home, while my mom was like our body guard driving behind us for the three hour drive back home through NYC. Beginning of the trip was easy peasy...it was when my GPS took me off the Downtown Brooklyn exit that started to make my heart race. My step dad and I was laughing as we drove through Downtown Brooklyn, a very expensive neighborhood to live in and very busy with roads that just are not ready for an 18 year old RV to pass on through. Everyone was staring and pointing which made us laugh harder.
It's not everyday you see an RV driving through #NYC!
We got her back to Staten Island, NY successfully and parked her in my moms driveway for the remodel. Being that I am impatient, I immediately went to Home Depot and blew the remaining of my 9k budget on paint, floors, and other cosmetic nonsense.
A few days after demo and the first two coats of paint on the cabinets, Phil found a crack in the wallpaper in the bedroom. Once Phil pulled back the wallpaper he immediately noticed that the walls were all wet. Slightly after, we discovered more water damage throughout the RV, mold growing in spots, and carpenter ants!
I was so sad inside because I wasn't too sure what to take away from this mess that we just got ourselves into.
Seeing progress after being so down about all of the issues we encountered was truly inspiring in itself. She was slowly on the rise to the top and things were finally looking up for us!
Some other issues we encountered after fixing all the water damage:
-Propane tank leaking -Water tank corrosive -Awning broken
-Punctured plumbing & leaks -Ladder broken -Wiring draining battery
The Verdict: Kevin and Bernard, two of the most kind-hearted people I have ever met came and helped us with our new issues we were facing.
We couldn't be more grateful or all of the people that have taken their valuable time to help us build our tiny house! If it wasn't for all of your help we wouldn't be where we are today. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
Phil & I have learned so much about basic building, plumbing, how to notice water damage, how not to pay people for jobs until they are completed, and most importantly how to take the absolute worst and turn it around into something amazing!
"Life's a slippery slope, regrets the steepest hill. Hope for the best, plan for the worst, and maybe wind up somewhere in the middle". -Bright Eyes