Long Story Short

As a novelist, I tend to give all the details… that can make a long story *very* long, maybe too long, probably boring… So I’ll just cut to the chase this time.

We bought a new toad. We swapped the little truck for a Jeep.


We loved the little truck, but wanted a bit more interior space and more flexibility for off-road adventures. We got both with this cute bugger!

This is why we ended up taking a vacation from the RV in September — the Jeep we wanted was on a train when we bought it, so we had to wait for it to come in. A lot of details had to dovetail — getting our truck title to us (thanks to Ray, Dave and Mary Jo, this went smoothly!), ordering the front part of our Blue Ox hitch and getting the parts on time, among other things…

A couple of lessons learned:

  • Buying in Oregon is a good idea when your domicile state is someplace else because you won’t fight with salespeople about sales tax (no such thing in Oregon).
  • Purchase off the lot. Especially if you don’t want to be in limbo while your vehicle is in transit. The only reason we put up with the delays was because we couldn’t get the Jeep we wanted any other way. Portland’s a nice city, but we’re not city people, so heading out to the coast for a few days in the interim worked for us.
  • Take your toad and your RV to the company installing the hitch parts. The service manager we worked with was able to see what was on the truck before we traded it, and when we took the RV in, he could make sure all the pieces and parts connected as they should.

The good news? Fun, fun, fun waiting for us just down the road…. πŸ™‚

More on that to come!


About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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4 Responses to Long Story Short

  1. Congrats on your new Toad purchase. We too purchased a Jeep, in Montana, and have not looked back since. The company we took our Jeep/RV to get them connected made sure both the RV & Jeep were onsite during the whole process and that they played well together.

    Safe travels!

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