The Search Continues....
With little time left (two months to be exact) before my first market, I reached out to my buddy (and master of Facebook Marketplace) Paige at @norootsboots for some camper hunting advice.
Well Paige hopped on Facebook marketplace and found a couple of real gems! Two airstreams for sale about 5 hours away. I instantly reached out to the seller and chatted with him most of the day. Let’s call him Dannie.
Dannie was great. He sent me more photos and reassured all my fears. But during that time, one of the airstreams sold.
Of course I felt the urgency, and told Dannie I would make the trip the next morning first thing as long as he promised to hold second airstream for me.
He reassured me he would never sell it out from under someone, and told me to text him when I was on my way.
Whew! It finally felt like things were starting to come together.
Fast forward to the next day at 6 am, I hop in the car and head towards southern Indiana. (But not alone because who buys things off the internet alone?!)
I sent Dannie a text “on my way!” And he replies “it’s on hold.” Perfect! (I thought).
We get 2 hours away from our destination and I give ole Dannie boy a call to let him know when we’ll be there. He doesn’t answer. But he IMMEDIATELY sends a text back. “Can’t sell it to you. It’s on hold. I told you.”
My heart sank. I had come all this way for an airstream that I couldn’t even see. Also, I was furious at Dannie. Reading back over the messages, how was I to know he wasn’t holding it for me? The thought never crossed my mind based on our previous conversations.
Time to pivot....
Three and a half hours from home, I pulled over to a rest stop to collect my marbles. Half of me wanted to cry - the other half wanted to punch a wall. I couldn’t decide 😂.
We immediately started searching online for other vintage campers in the area. Google. Craigslist. Facebook Marketplace.
We found a promising photo of a 1978 Avion on Craigslist two hours in the opposite direction. So we gave this new guy a call.
"This is John."
“So, John, do you still have this Avion? Are you a camper dealer?” I asked after seeing all of his listings of campers and trailers on Craigslist.
“The Avion...Avion....oh yes! It's still here. Wellllllllll, I’m just an old guy who likes campers!” He replied. I started to feel a small glimmer of hope. I could do business with an old guy who likes campers.
"Perfect, We're on our way to take a look!"
So instead of continuing another 2 hours to Indiana, we turned around and drove 2 hours in the opposite direction to Missouri. Siri lead us straight to this little used camper lot off the side of interstate 44, and well .....the rest is history. Dolly was sitting there among numerous other vintage campers, some better off than others. It didn't take me long to pick her out and hook her up to the truck to haul her home.