Island Girl Seeks A New Home

Update: Island Girl found a new home with a young couple with three little boys!

No not THAT Island Girl, Brenda continues to put up with me. We are selling our beloved Island Girl the RV! We still plan on RVing part time but have decided that a smaller rig would be a better fit. So our thoroughly proven and reliable 2004 National Tropical T396 RV, “Island Girl” seeks a new home.

Since settling into our new home here in New Mexico, Island Girl has been meticulously cleaned and serviced from end to end. Every detail has been taken care of. Other than a few minor cosmetic beauty marks she is in much better condition today than the day we bought her in 2011.

Numerous upgrades, a thorough interior remodel, new roof, new tires (this week) mechanically perfect and drives great. She has just over 73k miles on her Freightliner XC chassis / Caterpillar engine / Allison transmission. We are asking $68K. Someone is going to get one great RV for not much moola.Below are detailed shots of Island Girl and her features as well as some of our favorite shots of her in action. Of course this entire blog is about her in action. We sincerely hope that her next owners are inspired by our Walkabout and have as much fun as we had.
In 2011 and 12 we completely remodeled and reupholstered the interior using Tommy Bahama fabrics, ultra-leather for the Captain’s chairs and stone for the backsplashes. We installed two new flat screen TVs, a Flexsteel sleeper (Queen mattress), a recliner, 25 LED bulbs/tubes and built a custom computer workstation. 

Solid cherry dinette table top

No RV should be without a Tiki Bar!

She has a spacious kitchen with a huge pantry cabinet (all cabinets are maple) and deep drawers. And a new GE Profile convection microwave, a 3-burner cooktop, and a Dometic side by side fridge with a new cooling unit and brain.

And a comfy custom built office with space for books, files, and a printer drawer.

A compact but functional bath. And a second sink in the bedroom. We replaced the plastic sinks with residential porcelain ones and installed new faucets, an Oxigenic shower head and a new toilet.

A spacious bedroom with a walk around standard size queen bed (new Sealy Posturepedic mattress in 2016), all new ceiling and sconce fixtures, vanity sink, laundry hamper, washer/ dryer combo unit, a large storage cabinet behind a new flat screen TV with a safe, and Elfa shelving in the closet.

She is very comfortable to drive and handles great.

Her exterior fiberglass is in great shape and has been regularly waxed. She has a Winegard satellite dish and an HD “Jack” TV antenna. There is some fading on the decals and a beauty mark or two but she is still quite shiny and good looking.  


After a hailstorm in 2013 we replaced the roof (not just the shell, but the underlayment too). It is sheet fiberglass not rubber. She also got a new 140W solar panel, a new skylight and new slide toppers.

She has tons of storage underneath as well.  Pass through central bays.

External SeeLevel II tank sensors that actually work!

New water pump


And large holding tanks for comfy boon docking.  95 gallons fresh water, 60 gallon grey tank and 40 gallon black tank and new SeeLevel tank sensors. A 100 gallon diesel fuel tank runs both the engine and the 7.5Kw Onan Quiet Diesel generator.

So that’s it.  A great coach in great shape at a great price.

But her most important feature is karma. Such wonderful memories of our amazing 3+ year walkabout. She delivered us safely and comfortably to many of the wonderful destinations across the continent.

Contact us through this link or a comment on this post if you’d like to discuss making her yours. She is ready for new adventures.


16 thoughts on “Island Girl Seeks A New Home

  1. Say it ain’t so!
    Like saying goodbye to an old reliable friend. Thanks for sharing Island Girl with me and all of us!!!

  2. Island Girl will be a great companion for future adventures, for sure. Glad to hear you will continue you own adventures, and trusting that includes keeping the blog going. Thanks for taking us along on your travels!

  3. Beautiful rig. If we hadn’t just got a 5th wheel, would be making you an offer. I hope you enjoy your next phase if life as much as we’ve enjoyed your blog

  4. Well Island Girl is certainly a beautiful looking rig. Another family will be so fortunate to have her, travel across the land and create their own wonderful, happy memories.

    We were fortunate to see Island Girl when we were camping at Squanga Lake, Yukon a couple of years ago.

    Wishing you all the very best in your next Rv’ing life.

    “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” Robert Louis Stevenson

    Anna & Derek

    • Hi! Squanga Lake was beautiful and we hope to get back there someday.
      Safe and Happy Travels to you!

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  6. I love your adventures! and great pictures. I’m selling home and business and ready to start a walkabout with my daughter. I’m a retired social worker and need some healing after working such an emotional job. After I retired I bought this property and business, then got cancer and my adult son died.
    So, I am looking for something that is also easy to maintain that an older lady can handle. I like the idea of diesel, what kind of mileage does it get?

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