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Old 10-25-2007, 03:24 PM   #301
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Re: The Black Plague II (The new Jacuzzi Bus)

So how's it going out there?
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Old 10-25-2007, 05:28 PM   #302
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The altenator stopped working last nite, but we drive quite a few hours on battery power and our lights really weren't even dim when we decided we were both too tired to drive. It didn't help that we were in the mountains and it was raining. Stopped on the pn md border and got a hotel room for the nite in a truck driving town. there were about a dozen truck stops, i figured i should be able to get an alternator here in the morning.

Phill decided he needed a bit more beauty sleep this morning, so i decided to head out and get a new alternator myself. It was about a mile from the motel to the truck parts store.

We had checked the tow bar/car setup at pretty much every stop along the way, except for this one.

As i pull into the truck stop/repair place i look in my rearview mirror to see how the car is doing. When the bus is turning is the only time you can see the car. Through the mirror, much to my dismay, i see the bumper of the bus going around the corner, and the car going straight. It's difficult to describe the feeling in my gut, but it wasn't good.

Thankfully those chains did their job. The car soon took the slack out of the chains which forced the car to follow the bus. An interesting thing about chains.....they keep the car from getting any further away from the bus, but the car is able to get a whole lot closer! *BANG* The car hit the back of the bus.

I got out to see what had caused this catostrophic failure. The pin that holds the reciever to the hitch had fallen out, including the little pin that is supposed to keep the big pin in place. How does that happen? can't be sure it wasn't vandalism, though that seems unlikely.

only the headlight was damaged, here is a photo of the smashed turnsignal/headlight



and the pin after we fixed it



wer're in richmond now, haven't met up with the guy yet.
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Old 10-25-2007, 06:06 PM   #303
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Re: The Black Plague II (The new Jacuzzi Bus)

Wow! That sucks. I was thinking that the car had totally separated from the bus and you didn't know where it was! HA! At least there's not a whole lot of damage to the car and the buyer gets a new alternator with his bus. There's a certi-fit in Baltimore where you can get a new light, but It's a bit out of the way for you to get home. I'd just get some tape or drive it as is. Hope the sale goes okay!
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WHOO HOOO!!!!!!!!

the new owner seems to really like the bus. i just got a wachovia cashiers check for $17,500. we're on our way to go find a hotel for the nite.

i can't begin to describe how relieved i am. I was a little worried i'd drive hte bus the 700 miles to get here and the winning bidder would change his mind.

the banks closed, so i still have to call tomorrow morning and verify the check, but i'm pretty sure it's legit. Afterall, i was at his place of business. it's got a water mark, and perforated edges.

700 to deliver the bus
1000 via paypal
17,500 for the rest of the $$

= $19,200.00 total.

2 weeks ago i was so broke i was practically eating ramon noodles.













now we're in phills car headed back north. We're gonna find a hotel with an indoor pool for the nite.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:48 PM   #305
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Re: The Black Plague II (The new Jacuzzi Bus)

I eat Ramen noodles!
Dang..... I must be broke too!

CONGRATS Jason !!!!

I'm excited for you! Hope you guys have a safe trip home.
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:41 PM   #306
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WHOO HOOO!!!!!!!!

the new owner seems to really like the bus. i just got a wachovia cashiers check for $17,500.
Way to go dude! Nice SCORE!!!
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I can't believe you sold that thing for $18,500! Nice! Did he seem pretty pleased with his purchase?

I've eaten lots of Ramen noodles in my time. Back about 7 or 8 years ago, my wife and I were so broke, we had enough money to buy enough Ramen to last us for a month. It lasted, but my intestines haven't been the same since! My wife won't touch the stuff these days.
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We found a Holiday Inn in Frankenberry, VA (franken...somthing) - It's about 50 miles south of Washington DC. Its a real nice hotel, it's got memory foam beds. Jason fell right asleep, then I snagged his laptop.

The guy that bought the bus was not a typical skoolie owner, or even a party bus owner. I guess he's just going to park the bus outside the club and use it as a VIP room... I can't imagine having that bus and not using it as a party bus.

He had his assistant come out and we went over the basics with him. Either way he must have been happy with it enough to hand over a sizeable amount of money for it.

We're thinking about taking a few hours to check out Washington DC tomorrow on our way home.
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I'd recommend the Smithsonian Air and Space museum.
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ya-hoo


walked into a wachovia bank today in fredericksburg va. We don't have these at home. I asked the bank teller if she could tell me if this check was legit. She replied that it looked legit to her. Phill asked her if she could run it through a machine and make certain it's not fraudulent. After walking away for a minute or two she returned and stated that it is a good check and the funds are guaranteed.

thats' good news

now we're on our way to the air and space museum.
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