Yes, it's time for a new 10-year plan.
The motorhome sold in ONE day to a very happy couple we already knew from Pennsylvania. They drove up to get it and put their Subaru on a car hauler to bring it back home. That way they could both enjoy the view from the big front windshield without having to follow behind in a separate vehicle.
Originally, we bought this motorhome with the intention of living in it full-time. Once Steve retired in 2012, we were going to sell the house and move into the motorhome and tour the country.
We sold the house and lived full-time in the rig for the first 5 months while Steve was still working. But then Steve was able to continue his job in a better place at High Cliff State Park for 3 more years (thus padding up his pension with better wages than at the University). We really couldn't live in the rig during the winters in Wisconsin. We ended up buying one more home in Chilton.
Fast forward from there 6 years... Steve was finally fully retired. We sold that Chilton house. Instead of hitting the road, we ended up buying a home in Oconto, closer to the children and grandchildren.
So we really never ended up living full-time in the rig other than those 5 months. It's been wonderful for traveling and sometimes we would go for months at a time. But we really don't need an RV this big as we age.
Every 10 years we evaluate our goals (and our finances) and figure out what our next 10 years will bring. We had decided that with Steve turning 65, is he going to want to spend the next 10 years maintaining a large diesel motor home?? Or is he going to enjoy going smaller and maybe we can maneuver into some of the little backwoods places that we otherwise had to bypass with the big rig. The ease of maneuvering a smaller rig while touring and sightseeing would be nicer too.
The biggest reason to sell it now, of course, is that everything is in tip top shape and prime operating condition regarding the engine, the drivetrain, the tires, the solar etc so it's best to sell it now.
And if you're a blog reader of any length of time on my blog, you will know that Steve keeps meticulous care of everything on the rig. We have a complete huge file of all of the modifications and improvements and maintenance that we have done over the years. It has dates and places and costs and part numbers. Of course we gave that all to the new owners as well as the full red box chock packed tight with every single manual that goes to every item within the rig. On top of that, Steve also has the complete CAT engine service manual. Mechanics know this, it's the big huge thick yellow folder about 6 in thick of every single component what mechanics use for any repairs. That was included too. Over the years I've collected many hints and files and information as well as wiring schematics and documents on the Safari motorhome. I belong to multiple Safari Yahoo groups and lists on Facebook. Everything has been saved into files. We transferred all of those files over to a flash drive for the new owners. Hopefully they will never need them for anything, but it's a great resource to have!!
So that really is our motivation behind changing to a smaller rig. We are thinking of a class b+, or a small C without that bulky overhead bunk. We are only looking for 25 ft or less. Steve said it has to be well maintained and not a junky brand to begin with. It will take some time for Steve to find the right one.
But I will back it up a teeny bit. When I first posted it for sale the other day, I didn't really expect it to sell that soon. But it did. In ONE day. After getting the message that they were on their way, we knew we had to start clearing out our gear and getting it all spiffy and cleaned up for the new owners.
Steve had to take care of some things for his father with his brother Pete. So I hauled a stack of totes out to the motorhome and began the "Process"!
In spite of the ominous crazy weather coming across the Midwest right now, the buyers made it to our house safe and sound. While Steve took him all over the outside of the rig, she and I worked our way through the inside of the rig showing all the features and talking about all of the functions of the appliances. While they did that, their two very well behaved darling dogs waited patiently in Binney's potty yard. It was icky on and off drizzly rain, so was not too fun for anyone.
P. S. The buyers got about 150 to 200 mi down the road and holed up for the night at a Walmart. They are on the road again this morning heading back to Pennsylvania... trying to dodge the thunderstorms, the tornadoes, and the high winds. He is an experienced retired truck driver and knows what he's doing..