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Old 04-14-2014, 01:52 PM   #711
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You can't think about the maybes. Maybe the tyranny goes and I've got to shell out 9k for a new one.. Maybe the engine siezes. Blah blah. If your going to do that you shouldn't even leave the house. Maybe you get hit by a bus? Live it up guys. If you do what you want and it doesn't work that's great. Way better than just continuing to watch tv and buy other expensive plastic stuff.
That's about how I feel. People have asked me (usually older businessman type people who live in a bubble) what I will do if something expensive fails, I say "uhh...I fix it" (idiot). If my motor fails I don't have to buy a new one, there are plenty of used motors I can find, and I'd probably replace it with an 8.3 cummins anyway

Granted I'm a dumb teenager but really, some people need to just quit worrying for once, stop thinking of "what-ifs" and just live life.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:42 PM   #712
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

When I was young and broke I was way more willing to trust in the Fates to get me there and back, but as I got older and good jobs got harder to find I began to stress out about keeping to the schedule and being back home to start work on Monday. Now that I'm retired and don't have to bow down to the work week I feel liberated from worry about breakdowns. I still want a reliable vehicle but if the beast dies on the road it's no big deal to hang out until it's fixed.

Your businessman has a vested interest in reliable transportation. Once you've quit the rat race it's not so important anymore. Priorities change with your circumstances.
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Old 04-15-2014, 02:48 PM   #713
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I know, it all makes sense, I'm just being an ass.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:25 AM   #714
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I know, it all makes sense, I'm just being an ass.
No worries, We've all been there. When I was a kid I thought my parents were the most un-cool people on the planet but as I got older I saw that they were being the people they had to be at the time. Dad often said "peace child, you don't understand" (which really ticked me off at the time) but years/decades later I've had to admit that I didn't understand until I was in the same situation and found myself doing the same stuff.

I do agree that it's easy to be so caught up in chasing security that you stop doing anything adventurous. Buying a bus generally changes that.
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Old 04-16-2014, 01:40 AM   #715
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

Reminds me of one of my favorite quotes by Sam Clemens (aka; Mark Twain)...

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Sound familiar?
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:32 AM   #716
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When I was heading back from Indiana over the holidays, my mom was worried because there was a big snow storm running right behind me. She was concerned that I would be in trouble if the bus broke down.

If I was driving my car, yes I would be concerned. Since I'm in the bus, I have food, water, heat and a place to use the bathroom. My batteries fully charged can run the heat for a day and a half before I would have to think about recharging them. My propane tank was only half full which would run the generator for about 4-5 hrs. That would bring the batteries up to 80%, giving me another good day or more.

I feel more prepared driving cross country in the bus.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:32 PM   #717
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When I was heading back from Indiana over the holidays, my mom was worried because there was a big snow storm running right behind me. She was concerned that I would be in trouble if the bus broke down.

If I was driving my car, yes I would be concerned. Since I'm in the bus, I have food, water, heat and a place to use the bathroom. My batteries fully charged can run the heat for a day and a half before I would have to think about recharging them. My propane tank was only half full which would run the generator for about 4-5 hrs. That would bring the batteries up to 80%, giving me another good day or more.

I feel more prepared driving cross country in the bus.
This is one of the reasons I am going to do my conversion (Once I get a bus ).
In Feburary while in Georgia with all of the ice storms I was coming back from Florida in my 08 Crystler. I went over a bump going onto a bridge and somehow it took the engines electrical system . There was 7 other people in the car and it was about 3 in the morning. I had to wait 3 hours in an icy rain mix to get it towed, and around me there was a lot of spin outs. I take 4 or 5 6+ hour of driving trips a year and one trip to Florida. After sitting with no heat for 3 hours and spending 2 days in a 2 bed hotel (Good thing I had Air Mattresses, Payed for by Crystler due to the engine powertrain warranty), my wife wanted an RV, so if we ever break down and have to wait hours to get towed it wont be sitting in a 25 degree car crammed with 7 people it wont be as much as an unplesent experience.

If it was 6 hours later I would of sat on the side of the bridge for close to 12 hours
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Old 04-20-2014, 12:44 PM   #718
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. . . Good thing I had Air Mattresses, Payed for by Crystler due to the engine powertrain warranty . . .
Chrysler Corp. bought you air mattresses? How generous!

p.s. If it had been a '70s Chrysler product with the early breakerless ignition, the suspect would have been the ceramic resistor on the firewall that controlled the 12 volts to the the ignition coil. I used to keep a spare resistor in the glove box, because they were known to fail. Switch two wires and one big sheet metal screw, and you were back on the road in 3-10 minutes.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:15 PM   #719
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Re: The Journey Visvi 1999 Thomas MVP ER

They paid for everything I bought there, I got a check from them 3 weeks ago. I own 2 Crystlers and have bought crystlers every 5 years for the last 15 years so when I complain they usually fix it right. They paid for my break repairs 2 times. I'm pretty happy with them, when there TDI t&c comes out next year I will be buying it.

They payed for a loner t&c but I could not drive it all the way home. It wasn't the top of the line model like mine though
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:27 PM   #720
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I was kidding, of course. I expect they paid for a lot more for your troubles.

I used to be a "Chrysler guy" back in the slant six days when there were "GM guys" and "Ford guys." Each line had its own weaknesses. If I recall correctly, with Chrysler Corp. it was failing alternators and rust on the torsion bar front suspensions. I think the quality is down in the last 20 years. My brand-new '96 work van did not seem to have the quality I remembered from past eras.
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