The original plan went something like this: Go to the Harbor Towne marina, dock the boat and park the RV for a few days while we unload. As usual, nothing goes as planned.
As soon I had turned the engine off and walked out the RV door, the harbor master drove up on his cart and said “the little car can stay but the RV has gotta go”!
Moving trucks, large trucks, boat trailer…all ok, but no RV’s. Why, oh why do marinas dislike RV’s so much!?! It’s a land yacht, a boat with wheels, the whale of the road, a non-watertight submarine…why can’t we all just get along?
After some desperate pleading he allowed us to keep the RV parked for the afternoon while we unloaded, but under no circumstances would they allow it to stay on property overnight. In a total panic I called Fleetwood. They arranged a driver to come out on Friday night instead of Sunday, meaning we only had an afternoon to remove all the technology and get any remaining items.
Thankfully the crew at Just Catamarans was able to help, and we may or may not have bribed their master lithium battery and technology guru (Raf) to assist with the delicate stuff. In other words, we didn’t want to royal botch the job because we were in a hurry.
Why Remove the Technology?
I bet you’re wondering why we would remove all the technology from our RV in the first place. Mostly because the technology is ours and the RV belongs to Fleetwood. Our Bounder was a specially designed test coach that we were hoping would be the first of many. We helped put it together with the team at Fleetwood and had a one-year lease. You can see the full story here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/category/rvin/resurrecting-dinosaurs
Well, things have changed over at Fleetwood and most of the people we originally worked with have moved on to bigger/better/different things. Our departing idea was: Fleetwood would purchase the technology from us and the RV would live on the way she was designed to cruise; fully off the grid. Then, we would share when we moved out of the RV and we could personally hand it over to the new owner. We would meet them in Florida, show them how everything worked and tell a really nice departing story. We thought it was the perfect goodbye.
Instead the higher ups decided it would be easiest and least expensive for them to pick up the RV, let the engineers spend some time with it, then list it on auction. Sad, but we do understand…it was a test unit and not their typical production RV so the team really wanted to spend some time with it and see how it held up against the Alaska Beating.
So, if you happen to purchase a used 2016 Fleetwood Bounder that has unique artwork on the walls, wood grain composite floors instead of the tile, pre-wired for solar and a different paint scheme than the others its probably ours (well, technically it’s yours if you bought it). Please send us an email and give us an update on her we’d love to see how she fares.
So, here we are with a bunch of awesome RV gear on our hands and no RV. However, there are some things that are transferring perfectly onto the boat. Everything else…well, it’s gotta go! So, we’re having a Virtual RV Yard Sale (and our boat now looks like a junk yard).
What’s for Sale?
Sure, we could have just listed everything locally and been done with it but that didn’t seem right. Considering how many of you have reached out asking about it all…we knew we had to give you first dibs! This is where the virtual yard sale comes in.
We’re generally listing everything at half its original price, and most of the items have only 1 year of use. If things aren’t in perfect condition, or are used more, I’ve notated it in [brackets]. The first price you see is our asking price and the price in (parentheses) is the online price. I’ve included links when available so you can research, see specs and details if you’d like.
We’d prefer not to ship anything so I know that rules out a lot of people but if you think it’s worth it to pay the packing and shipping cost from the UPS store then we can make a trip to drop it off.
The most important thing is we will take the requests in order. If you want something leave a comment (the exact time and day will be automatically documented). If you’ve never commented before you comment may be held for approval, but don’t stress the time-stamp will still apply.
I will reach out to you via email as quickly as possible and answer any questions and accept payment at that time. Should you decide you don’t want the item I will move onto the next person. My guess is the stuff will sell pretty quickly and I’ll do my best to update the post by crossing out items as soon as I’ve accepted payment. We hate to do it like this but it seems the most fair considering the number of requests we’ve received over the past few months for the gear.
Without Further Distraction here is our RV Gear for Sale:
On The Go Double Standard Water Softener – $100 ($275) http://amzn.to/27p6lrn H2O Labs Tabletop Distiller – $100 ($275) http://www.h2olabs.com/p-15-stainless-steel-model-100ss-water-distiller-with-polypropylene-carafe.aspx [It’s 3+ years old but in great condition with new cleaning solution and filter] Waterlogic Firewall Water Purifier – $40 ($200) http://amzn.to/1Oym37W [Needs a new filter kit which cost $100, that’s why we’re selling so cheap] Sun Oven – $100 ($300) http://amzn.to/27p6mf3 Roadmaster Sterling All-Terrain Tow Bar – $430 ($860) http://amzn.to/1sphIzJ Roadmaster “Alaska pack” – $300 ($850) [Tow Defender http://amzn.to/1XcsTa9 Guardian http://amzn.to/27p65IT Stowaway http://amzn.to/1R2Jdmx ] Roadmaster Brake Master & Brake Away – $400 ($1000) Brake Master http://amzn.to/1OEVPG8 Brake Away http://amzn.to/1qsBBE7 [there’s a few parts and wires I can’t remove from the Smart car so you’ll want to call Roadmaster and order direct] 09′ Smart Car with Tow Bar – $5,000 ($20k ‘ish) Rand McNally RV GPS – $150 ($400) Tire Minder AIA w/ 10 Transmitters – $250 ($570) [main kit minus extender http://amzn.to/1Ouui59 Extra Transmitters http://amzn.to/27p6riN ] ViAir Compressor – $150 ($300) http://amzn.to/1TDIRow
- Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animal Vacuum – $200 ($500) http://amzn.to/1YtrwCB
- Dyson Hot+Cold Fan – $200 ($320) http://amzn.to/1XcEKVJ
Xtend Ladder 10.5ft – $75 ($150) http://amzn.to/1YtrOt6 9KWH (700 ah) Balqon Lithium Battery – $2500 ($5000) http://www.balqon.com/lithium-batteries Outback MPPT Flexmax 60 MPPT Controller – $275 ($550) http://amzn.to/1Yts0sy Magnum Hybrid 3000w PSW – $1,100 ($2223) [I also have the BMK and the AGS] Magnum BMK & AGS – $175 ($450) AGS http://amzn.to/27p7Zt9 BMK http://amzn.to/1Ouv7dZ [I was not able to remove the wiring so you’ll have to order direct from Magnum, hence the sub 50% discount] WiFi Ranger Go2 + Elite – $250 ($600) https://wifiranger.com/shop/product/49-elite-pack [I was not able to remove the Ethernet cable or the mounting plate, so you’ll need to order from WiFi Ranger direct] We Boost RV Data & Cellular Booster – $250 ($400) http://amzn.to/27p9Iyz [New In Box, never used] Wilson Sleek 4g-V Data & Cellular Booster + Home Office Kit – $110 ($250) http://amzn.to/1NxdSOt [More powerful than the WeBoost Sleek Version] Cummins ECW-30 Wireless AGS – $200 ($600) [new in box, never used] GoPower! Solar Tilting Kit – $200 ($480) http://amzn.to/1rNs2B4 [I have 6 kits so it will work for 6 panels] Misc – I’ve got a box full of Misc RV related items that whomever shows up first to pick up stuff can have. In total it’s a few hundred bucks worth of stuff but it’s not worth listing and shipping.
With the transition to the boat I’ll also be selling my Canon Camera gear.
My Canon has been great but our style of shooting has changed over time. Our focus has shifted from primarily stills to primarily video. Now, we are surrounded by water and having a larger, more professional camera isn’t a particularly smart idea (especially since I’ve lost 3 cameras in various bodies of water over the past few years). We’re going need some specialty gear to capture this new lifestyle and while my Canon gear has been a beast and my go to for years…our needs have changed. This wasn’t an easy decision but a necessary one. See the gear here: http://www.gonewiththewynns.com/best-travel-camera-video-photography
5d mkiii – $1400 [recently serviced, and professionally cleaned] 16-35mm f2.8 L II – $1,000 24-105mm f4 IS L – $500 70-200mm f2.8 IS L – $1100 Canon 580 EXII Speedlite Flash – $180 Rode VidMic Pro w/ Dead Cat – $150 Zoom H4n Recorder – $140 Sony UTX-B2 + URX-PT Wireless Lavalier Mic System – $400 [I have 2 sets to mic up 2 people,I also have a portable mixer if you want to buy both sets] Manfrotto Monopod 685B – $50
I have hundreds of bucks worth of accessories like extra batteries, chargers, polarizers, cable release, intervalometer, etc. that I’ll include for free if you purchase the camera and lenses.
Whew, that’s it! We’ve been going like crazy lately and we have so much we want to share, just haven’t had the time to sit down and make it happen. We’re almost settled in and organized…which means we should be back to posting more often again very soon. Thanks for hanging in there with us!