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Old 02-26-2016, 05:43 PM   #11
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Thank you, everyone!!

Yes, LuckyChow, quite the adventure!! I'm strangely (for me) mellow about it - I just have this feeling everything's going to work out for us.

EastCoastCB - you ain't a woofin', to quote (Ponyboy or Johnny, can't remember which!)! I'm budgeted for nearly twice the cost it is now, at 6mpg, so we should be okay.... ::knocks on wood::

WanderingJuggler - the Badlands are only an hour from Dad's house. I'm more concerned with Montana!!

Wauto - that's super generous, thank you!!!! I think we're taking I-90 straight across but I will absolutely keep you in mind!

The shop called - I had asked them to do an inspection as well as figure out why she did and I'm not 100% sure they did. BUT they did replace the alternator, which is what we thought the problem would be. They are super slammed as a church bus apparently took out a bridge nearby (although I'm not seeing anything on the news) and so it's been an "all hands on deck" for them. We'll touch base with them Monday when it's hopefully calmer for them and we can see if they did the inspection or not. The price is awfully low if they did - and I'm not complaining. If they did all of that for the price they gave, it's a huge blessing!!
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Old 02-29-2016, 06:42 PM   #12
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So, while we're waiting, we discussed the stove that's in it, as well as the fridge and microwave. The microwave we'd already decided to eliminate - we haven't used one in 5 years except the last couple months when our downstairs neighbors gave us theirs - and even then, only for popcorn!

The stove/oven needs a thermocoupler for sure and we're just not liking the amount of surface rust on it (and we don't know how the gas lines are ran nor do we quite trust the previous owner's knowledge!). For now, we're going to remove it, put in our super awesome toaster oven and look at a dual hot plate. That will do us until we do our own massive renovation down the road.

There is water damage under the fridge from the ceiling vent leaking. It is a 3-way unit so they had it vented for propane. We're really not wanting to test this fridge with potential water damage so we're going to remove it and, since we'll be on full hookups for quite awhile, we're looking at a couple of options:

Vissani 4.3 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Stainless Look-HVDR430SE - The Home Depot This one is labeled at a 1.5 amp draw and, after seeing it in the store is our current front runner. We're going to be across the street from one grocery store and close to a food co-op so we really don't need much - in fact, we mostly use our current one for beer, wine, and soda!!

Any thoughts?
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So, while we're waiting, we discussed the stove that's in it, as well as the fridge and microwave. The microwave we'd already decided to eliminate - we haven't used one in 5 years except the last couple months when our downstairs neighbors gave us theirs - and even then, only for popcorn!

The stove/oven needs a thermocoupler for sure and we're just not liking the amount of surface rust on it (and we don't know how the gas lines are ran nor do we quite trust the previous owner's knowledge!). For now, we're going to remove it, put in our super awesome toaster oven and look at a dual hot plate. That will do us until we do our own massive renovation down the road.

There is water damage under the fridge from the ceiling vent leaking. It is a 3-way unit so they had it vented for propane. We're really not wanting to test this fridge with potential water damage so we're going to remove it and, since we'll be on full hookups for quite awhile, we're looking at a couple of options:

Vissani 4.3 cu. ft. Mini Refrigerator in Stainless Look-HVDR430SE - The Home Depot This one is labeled at a 1.5 amp draw and, after seeing it in the store is our current front runner. We're going to be across the street from one grocery store and close to a food co-op so we really don't need much - in fact, we mostly use our current one for beer, wine, and soda!!

Any thoughts?
Make sure to measure it diagonally, so you can stand it up in the bus....ask me how I know that

we took the new fridge back into the store and got a slightly smaller one
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Old 03-02-2016, 07:34 PM   #14
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Make sure to measure it diagonally, so you can stand it up in the bus....ask me how I know that

we took the new fridge back into the store and got a slightly smaller one
Oh that so sounds like something we would do!!! Thank you for the reminder!!

We're still waiting - they did not do the inspection. The guy I talked to didn't note it anywhere. So they started that today and will finish it tomorrow. In the meantime, my son is coming up from VA this weekend to get the last of his stuff and I'm really hoping they find nothing wrong and we can bring her home.
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We went with the 10 cu ft Vissani fridge as it had a better rating power
wise than the 4.7 cu ft unit that had a $39 annual cost estimate while
the 10 cu ft unit showed $33 annual cost estimate and we had the head
room for the taller fridge/freezer combo. We decided against a propane
fridge as they have a hard time cooling in hot weather and call for large
vent holes to the exterior.
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Old 03-03-2016, 05:06 PM   #16
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We went with the 10 cu ft Vissani fridge as it had a better rating power
wise than the 4.7 cu ft unit that had a $39 annual cost estimate while
the 10 cu ft unit showed $33 annual cost estimate and we had the head
room for the taller fridge/freezer combo. We decided against a propane
fridge as they have a hard time cooling in hot weather and call for large
vent holes to the exterior.
Thank you for your thoughts! We are leaning towards that one - we're good with the smaller unit because of space and because we'll be across the street from a grocery store and within bicycling distance of a food co-op.

I called the Good Sam insurance and sent them pictures for the underwriters. One more step started!!

This poor shop manager - he had all service calls today and no shop mechanics - when WanderingJuggler called for an update I guess he said something along the lines of "Oh man..." He's promised it's first on the docket for tomorrow and he has a shop mechanic in tomorrow as well.

I'm not gonna hold my breath....
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Old 03-04-2016, 10:46 PM   #17
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Oy! They finally got the DOT indpection done...

Needs a radiator and they couldn't find one. We are looking. It also has a rear end seal that will eventually need replacing as well. He said the tires had dry rot but when WanderingJuggler asked him to prioritize based on our budget, he said radiator, eventually the seal, but didn't mention the tires again.

On the upside, the "brakes are fine" and the "lights are operational."
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Check out a truck stop or a place that does tires for commercial vehicles on some good used if you're on a budget. You might get lucky.

Do you know the tire size you need?

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Check out a truck stop or a place that does tires for commercial vehicles on some good used if you're on a budget. You might get lucky.

Do you know the tire size you need?

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Thank you for the tip! We don't - we didn't write that down or take pictures because she was supposed to be in our driveway 2 weeks ago...

We found a radiator through Summit Racing and WanderingJuggler talked to one of the techs who felt it would handle the job. So the current toss up is have World Truck install it and pay them to fabricate mounts if needed, or do the job ourselves. My boss said I can stay on another month if needed, to just let her know. (Long story short - this is a great company but not so smart on bringing people in for the busy season so they're still understaffed plus have myself and 1 other person leaving by the end of March.) But our current landlord is not paying the utilities again - we got a late payment notice in the mail for the water yesterday (we've received 5-6 since we moved in Nov. 2014 and it's been shut off twice and disconnected once at the street when he illegally turned it back on) and so we really want to be out of here April 1.

Uff da.
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:23 PM   #20
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And the saga continues.....

WanderingJuggler pedaled his bicycle out to World Truck (18 miles one way) and got there about 4:00 pm. They close at 5:00 pm. Except today. So he calls and the call goes through the forwarding to the service guy who says, "Well, I'm gone for the weekend so call back and tell them they need to send someone there." He does, then we talk and he's looking at the her and comments that yeah, the tires are looking a bit rough. So he reads me the numbers and I go to search online while he calls them back as it had been over a half an hour at this point.

900 R20 12PR.

Not much luck finding the tire so I find a major tire company dealer (we DO live in Rubber City, after all!!) and when I hear what he has to say, I'm ready to hit the whiskey bottle. Split rims - so no one will change them on the side of the road as it's too dangerous. They can change all 6 for $1200-1300 which is a decent price, I believe? Or they can do a conversion of the rear tires for around $2300 depending on things that I don't remember now. At this point, WJ has sent me a text so I thank the guy (and we will definitely be in touch with them - super nice, gave me all the options, no problems with giving me estimates which is getting rarer and rarer, and they're close to us!) and call WJ....

He rode his bicycle 18 miles, got there an hour before closing, and no one will come to the shop so he can pay for what they've done and let us bring her home. So he's now (not not!) pedaling the off off and I'm ready for a melt down - as we still have to put in a radiator.

Did I mention we wanted to be gone April 1?
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