Mary's RV is parked 3rd from the left next to us.
Mary is a retired firefighter from the Tallahassee area eand quite adventurous. She had been reading about Habitat for Humanity and the RVers who travel to different places in their RVs (otherwise known as Care-A-Vanners). The thought of participating in a build interested her so she signed up to join us.
She was not concerned about the fact that she had never volunteered before with Habitat. And she shouldn't be. The whole volunteer concept with Habitat is for people with all levels of experience and ability. From my perspective the main criteria is being willing to learn and able to get along with others. That was certainly not a problem for Mary. She is one of the most affable, friendly and personable people we've met. And a firefighter!
But there was a small issue -- she had no RV!
But she did have a trailer with a ramp and a truck. And she had the desire and determination and ingenuity and courage and resourcefulness to find a way to get here.
She built her own RV.
Upon closer inspection, I realized she had built it on the trailer frame. Very ingenious. I believe she said she had the wood she needed so she just built it with that.
Fascinating! Who builds their own RV. Mary. Why--she decided she wanted to be here and found a way to make it happen. It took he three weeks and she finished the project within budget. (I'm not sure what it cost her overall, but the most expensive piece that she had to purchase was the tarp ~$60.)
Most other people would go out and buy a small trailer on credit and pay it off over the next ten years. I like Mary's way better. Its unique, shows her resourcefulness determination in joining us. She really wanted to be here!
Now for a tour of the inside. With her permission, I took a few pictures of that also.
Inside, you can see some shelving and windows on each side.
Looking out from the front of the RV, her rear door has a latch from the inside, more shelves and easy access for an electrical cord.
Mary had an electric blanket and an air mattress and was mostly warm. But then when it got real cold she made other arrangements. She built this in three weeks. I can't wait until next year's model to see what upgrades she comes up with.
Mary also brought the campfire and we had some around the campfire sessions with her Weber pot bellied grill that also served as our campfire.
We were so impressed with her that she conceived, designed and built this and made the trip there to join us.
I have often said, "There is more than one way to do this". And Mary proved that again. It was fun meeting her and working with her and see her RV.
Thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!