Travels with Bessie: New Owner and the First Week

Stan Cromlish
10 min readMay 17, 2021
I was languishing and longing for more adventures

Hello, my name is Bessie and I am so happy to meet you. I am a 2013 Forest River Sunseeker 2300 recreational vehicle and since my new owner purchased me in July 2020, my life has changed for the better. My previous owner did not keep up with my maintenance and I was a little worse for the wear. When he drove me away from where I had languished, I wondered about him and if he would take good care of me. I soon learned that I was in very good hands. He was methodical with me, and I also began to wonder why he’d chosen me to take him away from whatever was troubling him. I could tell he longed to escape from something, but just didn’t know what yet.

Stan took me to the nice folks at Quality RV after he purchased me from Halesford Harbour Marine & RV in Moneta, VA on July 15, 2020. Quality RV made sure that I was in tip top shape and I was ready to go. They checked my fluids, tires, roof, and all my appliances and gave me a clean bill of health. I felt very good and was ready to go, when Stan came at 5am on August 15, 2020 to start his adventure.

Me, blissfully passing the time in the Taylor’s driveway

That first day, he took his time to get to know all my highway idiosyncracies on his way to his dear friends in Cabot, AR, JoeAnn and Gary Taylor. That first three days were blissful in their driveway except for Onie, the generator. Stan hadn’t gotten the hang of what power items could run while Onie, the Onan Genrator, made electricity and he popped a few of my circuit breakers and Onie’s, too.

“Hey, Onie, what just happened there?”, I asked.

“Well, Bessie, our new owner should know not to run the A/C and microwave while I’m making power. He just popped my breaker. Sorry, but until he learns, I think this will happen a lot.” Onie replied.

“Yes, it will. What do you think of our new owner?”

“He’s better than our last one. My oil is fresh and I’ve never felt better! Really hope this TLC continues.”

“I think so, too. Look!” I exclaimed. “He’s reading his owner’s manual to find the issue.”

Stan Cromlish

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