This is out of character for me, but I heard about this website and figured I’d give it a try.
I’m in my late 20’s and my father passed away about 7 months ago from complications with Multiple Sclerosis. I’m an only child and I cared for him for the majority of my life, as he was diagnosed when I was about 8.
When he passed, I received a small amount of money. I had always dreamed of traveling, but knew that while he was alive, I had to stay close. I was his power of attorney and the only family that cared enough to do anything for him. My dad loved to travel himself, and I felt compelled to get away from the place I’d never left and explore the world and experience life, after a first hand look at how truly short and unfair it can be.
I used the money I received to purchase a 1999 motorhome, with plans to travel the country. My boyfriend and I are both self employed artists, so we thought it would be an awesome experience for us. I bought it from an older couple in a different state, who I found on Facebook marketplace. They assured me that there were no issues, and I trusted them. Biggest mistake of my life, thus far.
I was so excited that I quickly told my landlord I would be moving out of my apartment. I packed my entire life and my cats into my new RV and soon after, drove across the country in hopes of a new, happier life, only to find out that my new home is an unsafe, water logged, piece of absolute junk that after the repairs (unprofessional and probably unsafe patch-jobs) I’ve had to make, has cost me tens of thousands of dollars and almost every single dime I have.
All of the walls are riddled with water damage. There are leaks on every seam and the wood lining the walls is soaked, destroyed, and full of mold. The walls are crumbling and the window hardware is falling out. There is an existing clog in the sewage tank that can only be fixed by a professional (trust me, we have tried). There is an electrical issue with the generator, which causes smoke to come out if the fuse box every time it’s turned on (so obviously we are not able to use the generator at all). The refrigerator doesn’t work, so we have been living off peanut butter sandwiches and cereal bars. There is an unknown issue with the brakes, that I haven’t been able to have diagnosed because I’m now too broke.
I feel completely scammed by the people I purchased this RV from, and have contacted them several times, but they could care less. I’ve found evidence of them trying to hide issues, so I believe they were fully aware that they were selling me garbage, but I signed a contract, so there’s nothing I can do about it.
I have so much regret surrounding this. I wish I’d taken the money and used it as a down payment on a new, reliable RV with a warranty. Life has been full of so much sadness and all I wanted was some peace, but instead I was met with more frustration. I’m scared for the future. Back home, I had a living situation that worked for me and my income as an artist. And now I’m not sure how I’m going to get by. If I sell this RV, I will probably get a third of what I paid for it initially, let alone all of the money I put in after the fact.
I have also been dealing with panic disorder after a trauma for about 3 years. Not long ago,I was so agoraphobic that I couldn’t leave my apartment for months at a time. I’ve worked so hard to get to the point where I am now, and was so proud of myself for making this massive life changing trip. The last thing I would ever want to do is fail, and have to immediately come back home.
My hope is that I can somehow afford to finance a new RV that I can explore, live, work and create art in. Anything would be very helpful and so very much appreciated. Thank you so much.