We drove up to visit our salesmen at Alpinhaus in Central New York State today, and completed the deal – we are now the owners of a 1995 31′ Fleetwood Prowler Fifth Wheel RV.
We offered just above the Bluebook value (because it is in pristine condition), and they accepted without drama. We went through the thing with a fine tooth comb before we signed – crawling over, under, and on. Absolutely immaculate. There are no signs that anyone ever even used the thing. A little wear on the awning, but that’s it. I’m convinced it sat in a garage most of it’s life. It’s even spotless underneath. The condition is amazing. There will be a dealer check (with us present) on all the mechanicals before it is delivered to the Adirondacks. Should you have ever wondered exactly what I look like, here’s a photo we took while I was checking out the chassis. What? You wouldn’t recognize me?
I have to admit, it was a little exciting to turn on the air conditioning, the furnace, the fridge, the stove. We were thrilled to a stupid degree about the stereo that switches speakers from room to room and to outside the RV, and I have an unnatural love for the kitchen. Also love the fact that there are lamps everywhere. I’m kind of into the outdoor shower/wash-off station too. The pink carpet and those vintage-1996 Trump-esque gold stripes may have to go.
Space wise, the RV is about 290 square feet, and then we have another 140 square feet in the (mostly) heated cabin, about 430 square feet living space total. The only real sizable piece of furniture we’ll retain is my piano, and that will go in the cabin. We’re just about halving our living space. Oddly enough, we’re actually gaining kitchen counter and cabinets – our NYC apartment is relatively large, but very little cabinet space.
Also on the plus side, we have a good amount of storage space – lots of hatches under the RV, and a 3′ loft I built over half the cabin. Don’t know what I’m going to do with the lawn mower, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve lived in smaller. (Have you ever seen a NYC studio apartment?!)
Not much more to report I guess, other than we really like the thing. I’ve named her “Tin Lizzie.” Here are a few parting shots from the day. Don’t hate her because she’s beautiful. Tin Lizzie loves you, and only wants your love in return.