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Old 01-28-2016, 01:05 PM   #1
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Widow must sell 2014 Solera, Advice Needed

I hope I am not breaking any rules by my posting. My hubby was the Forest
River Forum guy. I will first begin with: I am SO GLAD that we bought our
2014 Solera 24R. We never had any bad experiences and, in fact, we had
some of our BEST times because of our motorhome. We had only had a
chance to put 7,036 miles when, sadly, my husband passed away suddenly
and I am facing my new life.

I am looking for advice and information from you on how I will best
accomplish the sale of this vehicle. Of course, for this year's trip south,
we had purchased a 2013 Honda CR-V and it had it equipped for towing
behind our Solera. Blue Ox towing with additional braking System. (Easy
hookup system - I can hook it up and drive motorhome with ease)
This would be a great package deal! (Even have 2 Thule kayak carriers
installed on the Honda roofing system)

We were ALL ready for our 3 months in the Florida Keys!
Keeping my faith strong through the sadness.

Appreciate any help,
Thank you, Widow Mrb1

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Old 01-28-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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Sorry to here about your loss. You could try posting here on this site under Forest River classifieds. Would you consider to still camp some folks do. Later RJD

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Old 01-30-2016, 01:19 PM   #3
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Thank you for your response! I will check out the FRF classified to gather
information. And, you are right, I may consider your advice about keeping
the Solera. New times require new thoughts! Widow Mrb1
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Old 01-30-2016, 01:34 PM   #4
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There are websites for women who RV alone. You may want to wait a bit before you sell your Solara. I have read that you should wait a year before you make major decisions so you don't do anything you regret. Of course, selling your Solara is not too major a decision. Best wishes to you as you learn to live life without your husband. I'm sure it has to be the most difficult thing to do.

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Old 01-31-2016, 11:34 AM   #5
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I agree on the wait if you can afford to keep the Solara. If you have enjoyed RVing in the past, may still want to do it, perhaps with a group. Give yourself time to adjust. And he hasn't totally left you. 8-)
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:01 PM   #6
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I am so sorry for your loss. I know there must be a million things going on in your life but the folks here make some good points. If you are able to continue travelling it really is a great way to stay active.

If you do sell one other option is consignment. Not always a great option because the dealer is of course going to get a cut of the sales price. I have a friend that sold his MH through PPL Motorhomes in Houston and he thinks he wound up with more money in his pocket than if he sold it himself.

There are always folks on this forum willing to help when they can so please let us know if you have more questions.
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:08 PM   #7
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Very sorry about your loss. We also have a 2014 24R Solera. A friend bought a 2015 and a friend of theirs a the Solera is developing quite a fan group around here.

It would help if you added information about what part of the country you are in. I'm more likely to pass along the information if you are within 200 miles.

Also, when I sold my previous RV, and my car, I engaged my son to handle the showings and negotiations. It went quickly and both he and I benefited financially by not involving a dealer.

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Old 01-31-2016, 12:08 PM   #8
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My condolences on your loss. I too own a 2014 Solera and I am a single female. My circumstances were a lot different though. Getting a small RV and seeing our country had been on my bucket list for 30 years while I was married and raising kids. My husband had no desire to purchase one or travel anywhere, he just wanted to hang out at the beach and surf nearby. After my divorce two years ago, I finally got my Solera. I love it and have put 17,000 mi. on it already. I purchased it six states and numerous mountain ranges away and drove it home by myself, terrified at first. By the time I made it back home, I felt such a sense of accomplishment and empowerment that if I could do it all by myself, I could handle anything. I haven't tried towing anything yet with it. I don't really feel like I need to because of it's small size and great maneuverability. I do take it into mid city Los Angeles and find parking for it. I also travel in my Solera to visit relatives and friends.
I would like to suggest that you slow down before you make any drastic changes in your lifestyle. You may regret it if you sell it too soon. Are there places on your list still to be seen? Do you have pets, or a friend or family member who could vacation with you and keep you company? I don't know if you are an animal lover. Personally, my two dogs have saved my sanity after my breakup and are my great traveling companions.
Best wishes in your new life and whatever route you choose.
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Old 01-31-2016, 12:33 PM   #9
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If you want keep traveling

If you think you might want to keep traveling, look into RVW (RVing women). It is a national organization with regional chapters. I've met many women who didn't want to give up their RVs after their husband passed. It's a great way to get support from other women RVers. Good luck to you.
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Old 01-31-2016, 01:52 PM   #10
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There is no way to feel the sorrow of losing a sole mate until that ultimate time comes. I have told DW , that if I pass first, to move on and live her life to the fullest. Difficult to do at the moment, but a little easier as time moves on. Your hubby would expect you to do the same. Our sympathies from all of us whom your husband has touched.

You have taken the first big step by reaching out to others. In agreement with others, take a step back on selling until you are certain it is the right thing to do.

Should you decide to sell, I would strongly suggest posting all, or the part of the unit, you want to sell on The Solera is set up with the toad and that may be an advantage. Post a lot of pictures and give a very detailed description. Do not tell prospects that the sale is due to your husband's death. Your reason for selling truthfully? We are making other life choices. Make sure you have at least one phone call and refrain from answering emails. Have someone with you when showing. Be very cautious in allowing a test drive, best when you have a cash deposit and full buyer information. Law enforcement views a test drive as giving someone permission to use the vehicle and not theft. The best way to transact money is bank-to-bank direct deposit and the best place to close the deal is in front of a personal banker.

Consigning a sale brings a whole new set of challenges. From experience, it would be the last option.

Should you decide for certain to sell, give us another post and we can go further into details.

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