I have just returned, alive, from the biggest adventure of my life. A week-long ordeal spanning the east coast from Virginia to Mass. With my intrepid co-pilot we faced: tire-blowouts, dead batteries, low-bridges, hill-stalls, cops, tainted diesel, the DMV, insurance agents, sleeping in rental cars, partying with the late-night train station homeless, city-driving, snowstorm driving, and let's not forget simply learning to drive a diesel stick-shift 40ft bolt-bucket that's 12 years your senior. Even the people met on this adventure were uncannily colorful: Super Mario, Indian, Lone Star, both Officer Ryans, and Rooster to name a few.
Ladies and gentlemen, let me present you with BLUNDERBUS "bad idea" Mayflower. The 1978 Crown Supercoach.
Ballparking the expenses:
- The Bus ($2500) + $250 in diesel
- Replaced 4 aft tires ($1800)
- Replaced 2 fore tires ($1200)
- Tainted the diesel with gas >.< ($2000 inc. towing and purging)
- New Batteries ($500)
- 3 Rental cars and 1 hotel night ($400)
- cops/fines/attorneys ($600)
That's about 1/3rd original purchase, 1/3rd expected repairs, 1/3rd unexpected expensive lessons... AKA 50% more than I would have liked to spend >=( Now I know to double check the left-side pump (hint it's not always diesel). Oh well.
Next-up: A full mechanical checkout at the local truck garage (mid February urgh), proper DMV RV registration, better insurance, a better permanent location other than the driveway, and clearing out the figurative and literal squirrel's nest from inside the cabin. Once those essentials are checked off, restoration, insulation, and installation can begin! Starting with that ugly carpet, the half dozen broken lights, and those sorry broken windows.
Pictures from the adventure can be seen IN THIS ALBUM
. Eventually I'll put this stuff up on a website I think, probably wordpress. Questions? Comments? bring it on.