Several months ago, while fishing at the lake, my husband saw a used travel trailer for sale. He has always dreamed of having a cabin, trailer or actually his home, on that lake. When he said this trailer was only $1800 I couldn't believe my ears. I thought he must mean $18,000. So the next day we rushed to the lake because surely a deal this good couldn't last for long! All the way over there, we talked about how we could go down for a weekend, he could fish, while I sat on the deck and read. How relaxing it would be!
When we arrived, I realized that we were experiencing two different dreams! The trailer was ancient, had a distinct musty smell and had visible cracks in the walls. And oh yeah, he failed to mention it sat on the parking lot of the marina restaurant. Wouldn't I look great sitting on the deck in a parking lot reading my book? Even at $1800 it was definitely overpriced! But even with all these obvious flaws, I could still see the hope and sparkle in my husband's eyes. His own fish camp, a place to bring our grandson on weekends, a place for him and his buddies to stay! What more could a man want?
I could really see the disappointment in his face when I pointed out that our daughter would never let her five year old son stay in that fire-trap of a trailer and that I would really be embarassed if he brought any of our friends down to stay there. But as we drove away, I realized that this man deserved to be happy and we were now destined to become the owners of an RV, so I might as well get used to the idea and find us one that was livable.
After several weeks of scouring craigslist, I found a couple in our price range and once more we headed to the lake to find "our" dream retreat.
Trailer #1 looked like something out of the movie Deliverance. It was right on the water's edge, in a trailer park that wasn't paved and had many ancient trailers nearby. Beer bottle lights were strung everywhere. Even my husband ran from that one pretty quick!
Trailer #2 was a fifth-wheel trailer, also on the water's edge, but in a nicer park. It was older, but still in good condition and ready to use without a lot of work. So, to make a long story short, next week we will be purchasing his, I mean, our trailer on the lake.
As he dreams of a fish camp with his buddies, I'm thinking maybe this thing just might work if we install a flat screen TV, get some cute dishes and placemats and maybe some monogrammed towels. What do you think?