Hey yall thanks for the replies to get me thinking!
I plan on parking it on my parents property for a little while while I get a solar rv kit and try to install it myslef so that living in the bus will be easier without paying for campgrounds each night. My credit is shit so I can't rent an 'apartment' so the bus will quickly pay for itself compared to paying 800-1000 a month for a studio hotel. I basically need something I can live in now and get a few states away where I have a job offer since the economy here in CA sucks so much.
As for being slow, I used to love my westfalia and never drove it faster than 55. I live in the right lane when on the freeway
I am a bit aprehensive about driving a bus ten feet longer than a westy though! I will probably invest in a few additional mirrors, lol.
As for maintanence I would rather pay a few hundred each month getting basic maintanence done after I start working. I just wish I could know if the engine was going to fail within the next thousand miles, but if I had that skill I'd probaby be able to afford a much better bus.
Also, is there any way to get a mechanic to go evaluate it and inspect what is wrong? I'm in the central valley of CA just south of Sacramento but would feel silly emailing a bunch of shops if this is something that is not regularly done. Heck is anyone on here in the area?