Freedom and Liberty

Freedom and Liberty
I travel in Freedom but sleep in the security of Liberty (not only on the road, but in this amazing country of ours)

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Changes, Downsizing and Liberty is for sale

Location: New Rockdale RV Park; Mansfield, Louisiana 

Well, it's been a while since I've made a post and some people were a little worried. Medically, everything is fine. No one in the immediate family has been sick or come down with Covid. There have been a few minor things, but nothing significant. 

Changes are coming, finally! I ordered my new RV back in May and it has finally been built and delivered to the dealership. It was built during the last week of August and is the first production run of the 2023 model year. The dealership is in Trenton, Ohio and named Couch's RV Nation. They are supposedly the largest online RV dealer in the country. I'm not new to online dealerships since I dealt with one before buying Liberty. I chose another Forest River product since I have been completely satisfied with how Liberty has performed over the last nine years.

Hopefully, this will be a link to a very good Youtube showing the model I'm getting. >>>>> https://youtu.be/r2DmICCWq4U

The new RV is a 2023 Forest River R-pod model 201. Compared to Liberty, she is a travel trailer instead of a fifth wheel, she is about 3,000 pounds lighter, 5 feet shorter in length and 2 feet shorter in height. She has ZERO slides compared to Liberty's 2. I will get into a deeper description in future posts after I pick her up. I leave Saturday, October 1, 2022 to head to Ohio to get her. I plan to get to the dealership early on Monday the 3rd to finalize the deal and tour the unit with their technician. Around noon, I'll head to General Butler State Park near Carrollton, Kentucky which is about 100 miles from the dealership. I'll stay there for two days while checking out the systems to make sure everything is working. If something is wrong and it is major, I'll return to the dealership. If it is something minor that I can take care of at a reasonable cost, then I'll head home after the two days. I plan to stop at Charleston, Missouri and Texarkana, Arkansas for one night each, before returning to Mansfield on Friday, the 7th. Hopefully, after a couple scheduled doctor's appointments and a quick sale of Liberty, I'll be back on the road doing some more exploring of this great country of ours.

Now that I have a set date to pick up the new RV, Liberty is officially for sale. I've had her up on Facebook Marketplace for a few months with the disclaimer that she wouldn't be for sale until a couple of weeks after I received my new RV. Someone is going to get a sweet deal with her. In the marketplace ad I listed everything that I know of that is wrong with her. Included in the sale will be my Reese Elite fifth wheel hitch, 50 amp surge guard, a full set of brake hub assemblies (I never got around to installing them) and an assortment of other things. A side benefits is the buyer can read this blog to see where all Liberty has been as well as anything that has happened to her. It's all about transparency. I will walk away after selling Liberty with a clear conscious knowing the buyer got a great deal. That clear conscious is worth more to me than money. That doesn't mean I'll just give her away, it will be a fair price. 

Although I'm anxious to hit the road in the new RV, it was kind of sad putting the for sale sign on Liberty. 

I intend to take my laptop with me when I go to pick up the new RV so I should be able to make some posts on the way back home. 

Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.

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    1. Thanks Barney. I hope your eye heals quickly.

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  2. Congratulations on your big change! I hope the new trailer is all that you hope it is.

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    1. Thanks Rob. I hope all is going well for you and yours. Time for an update?

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  3. I look forward to your future adventures.

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    1. Sorry Darrell, its me Double G - John. Finally retired and started our own site. Please give it a look. Www.rubyswindingroad.com

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    2. Hello John, good to hear from you and to hear that you retired. I visited ya'll's blog, but couldn't figure out how to comment on the latest post. I'll be checking in now and then.

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    3. I think its setup that you have to sign up to comment.

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  4. Great to have you back again Darrell. Getting a new RV is exciting, but getting rid of the old one is fraught with mixed feelings. It's good to be leaving your old problems behind, but the old RV is full of memories of good times and bad, but memories nonetheless, and memories are what holds our life together. But you'll be making new memories and I'm hoping they'll all be good ones.

    Tom

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    1. Hello Tom (Mr. Covid??). I guess personal attachments to vehicles and RV's is normal but especially so for those of us who travel solo. Take care in your truck camper (too small for me).

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  5. It looks like your overall travel length will be about the same with the new trailer. New trailers always give me mental fits until I get the FEEL of them on the road.

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    1. Hey Barney. Yep, from the front of Freedom to the bumper of the new RV will be about the same as with Freedom and Liberty but the living space is smaller which is fine with me. Keep healing.

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    2. I think you will notice the weight loss and less wind resistance in the cost of traveling too. Have some extra fun for me.

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