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Old 04-06-2016, 09:01 AM   #41
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:29 AM   #42
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We did, finally!!! They had ordered the wrong tires.

We got her home last Monday and started removing what we could. WanderingJuggler got a bed platform built Friday and we'd hoped to be on the road Monday, only a few days later than planned.

Guess who got sick Sunday and slept right through Monday? This chick, right here.

And guess who is sleeping through today....yup. Poor guy.

So frustrating! !
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Old 04-06-2016, 09:31 AM   #43
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Sorry for the radio silence; we're also without Internet and limiting data usage.
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Old 04-29-2016, 05:01 PM   #44
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Update!!

So...we've been offline for nearly a month! We recovered from the flu. WJ built a fantastic platform bed (I'll try to get pics uploaded to the album but Dad's internet is really slow...) on April 1, we started loading things over the weekend, and Sunday I was achey, tired, cold, not hungry even for soup, and just out of sorts. By Tuesday I had a temp of 102.9! Yay flu....

While I was recovering, he's loading, sorting, cleaning, and he kept walking around Wanda looking at the tires. You know, the ones that took them 3 bloody weeks to put on because (now that he's told me a bit more about conversations) they ordered the wrong tires [B]3 times[B]). He called up the shop and the guy grumbled a bit but the moment WJ said "I understand seating in, but these are loose" he sent out a service truck. About 1/2 of the lugs were not only not seated, but they were completely loose - the split rim still had a gap between the pieces! Crikey!

We finally left Akron, Ohio April 13th. And ran out of gas. We now know our range...and thank goodness for roadside assistance! Got to the truck stop north of Dayton, and as we're walking back out after eating to go to bed, I ask where the gas cap was. She's an old thing - te next day we stopped at an Auto Zone and there was nothing that could be used. I call the gas station from the night before and they checked the pump and there it still was. (External thread heavy thing!) So we backtracked the 36 miles to get it, and headed on our way again.

And not quite to Dayton as we're going through construction, we have people honking and pointing to the back of Wanda. There's no place to pull off as the shoulder was blocked off with concrete barriers, but we start slowing down and pull off as soon as we could. And.....the trailer is not on the hitch. It was, thankfully, about 50 feet back, in the ditch. The safety chains (not very heavy duty to begin with, to be fair) failed after the barriers, the trailer went nicely into the ditch, into a slough of mud and water, and stopped. Because of that mud, it didn't go up the steep embankment and flip. It's too mired, so we call a tow truck and they find a shop who can help with a better hitch set up and tow it there. Turns out the receiver isn't a 1-1/4" receiver - it's some spare tubing!! So the adapter wasn't working so well so these guys manufactured a sleeve to set in the receiver to hold the adapter better, found some engine hoist chain and cut us new safety chains, and p-clamped the wiring up for us. They also crawled under and around the trailer (this is a 10+ year old 4x8 folding kit from Harbor Freight that Dad and my brother put a permanent floor on plus rails) and declared it damage-free! We spent that night in a Motel 6 just on the other side of the Indiana state line!

They suggested we take the highway near the interstate and that sure was a pretty drive. We spent that night (the 15th) in Vermilion, IL, with no issues!!

The next day a random truck driver gave us some great advice and bought us the Rand McNally 2016 Motor Carrier's Atlas. He also highly recommended the I80 Truck Stop and so that's where we made it to that night and slept there. WOW is all I have to say about that place!!

Left there on the 17th but didn't get but 85 miles or so - we had to replace the upper radiator hose. Spent that night in Center Point, IA where I had a moment of panic as a truck driver started talking about the hitch. Well, the set up we had the hitch is like a giant lever so it looks like it's going to fall apart but it isn't. He was a really nice guy, too.

On the 18th we made it about 60 miles - but we stopped to meet Wauto!! He and WJ took out the failing thermostat and found a tube that needed replacement. His wife is super friendly and I'm so glad we got to meet up!! He was kind enough to introduce us to the shop in Traer, IA where we got the tube replaced (turns out that the tubes were installed wrong....). We spent that night in Waterloo, IA.

At this point, we'd been smelling some sulfur but assumed it was the stuff being spread on the crops as we drove by. Well, the smell was getting more pronounced when we stopped at a rest area - a quick Google...."WJ, you better check the battery." Sure enough...the battery was overflowing acid (I know I'm not saying that right, sorry!). So in Hampton, IA we bought a new battery. We spent that night in Albert Lea, MN.

From there, it was fairly smooth sailing. We spent the 20th in Sioux Falls, SD, the 21st in Murdo, SD, and we were in my Dad's driveway the 22nd. Other than running a bit warm on some of the long hills, she drove like a champ!

We boondocked every night but 1 at a truck stop and that was fantastic. But because it took so long, and we spent so much extra money (tow and hitch repair/chain, motel for 1 night, battery, radiator hose, tube replacement, more meals than budgeted), we are flat broke. So we'll be staying in the Black Hills for at least the summer, if not longer. I was able to hit a job fair for a finance company and got a job offer the next day - although it is pending drug and background check. I should start May 16th and with the little bit we have left and the tax refund check Ohio mailed me we should be okay for gas to get to/from town. Dad is loaning us his minivan which is great.

WJ and Dad have already redone the hitch and found out that we have two propane tanks under the body! It will be great to be "home" for awhile - but I sure do still want to spend a few years in the PNW.

Dad's internet is really slow, but we'll try to pop on with updates! I think Dad is tickled to have a project to play with - as long as we can pay for the parts!
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Old 04-29-2016, 07:04 PM   #45
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Good to see you're back online. And all this time I thought it was just me that had that kind of luck.
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Old 05-02-2016, 05:24 PM   #46
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Good to see you're back online. And all this time I thought it was just me that had that kind of luck.
Thank you! Man, I hope no one has the luck we had! Although, we do feel that there was Someone watching over us - especially with the trailer. That could have gone SO WRONG - it could have gone up the ditch and flipped if there hadn't been so much mud, or, worse, it could have gone traffic-side and caused a major accident.

We've dropped the insurance for awhile - she's not going anywhere until we've gotten a couple paychecks under our belts and caught up on some bills then we can start working on her and take her out a few times. Our nephews are thrilled to go camping in her - the oldest one already called top bunk!
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Old 07-02-2016, 06:44 PM   #47
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Update!

So, after a recent visit with the one and only Dred!! (I admit - I was feeling a little fan-girly!) I realized it had been some time since I posted an update on Wanda.

Poor Wanda. She's currently getting her front-end rebuilt. As WanderingJuggler put it, the people we bought her from didn't half-ass anything - they freaking quarter-assed and eighth-assed it! But he and my Dad are having fun figuring things out and making things work.

I managed to land a decent job and WJ has managed to land a job - but I sure wish the bike shops would call him. That's his life and it frustrates me to see him have to settle. The cat is still not real comfortable around Dad but she's settling in, otherwise. Lots of birds to look at here in the Black Hills!!

I don't know how things will pan out - for now we're going to stay here until we get Wanda all dolled up - and from what I'm seeing, with my limited knowledge, that's going to take some doing! If you happen to come through - drop us a message, we'd love to meet and greet!!

A couple pics - I'll add more to the album, too.

Galvanized metal...and they got it to rust:


Underneath where the fridge sits:


We had finally gotten it from the shop back in March and in the door when WJ got off work was a note - we thought, great, now what? She wrote:

Whether it's for the sake of wanderlust or necessity, I love what you're doing and admire your ambition. May your magic bus live long and prosper. Respectfu Observer, Emily

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Old 09-03-2016, 03:19 PM   #48
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Body work body work body work

Dad and WanderingJuggler have been kicking butt and taking names on the body. Working with small grinder wheels (I'm not sure of the actual name, alas), they've gotten almost all of the paint off. She will hopefully be ready to prime after tomorrow - but we're getting a new door first. The one in her is only 22" I believe - we're going to get a 28" or 30" door.

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Old 09-10-2016, 01:27 PM   #49
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Thumbs up They flew through the body work!!



Then 2 days later? Yesterday, at any rate - I came home to this:





The door will get ordered Monday - our local dealer has to call to confirm the availability. We're getting a Dexter 5050 30"x68" with a 14x27" clear glass window - and it should come with the screen door as well per the Dexter website. That will take 1-2 weeks to come in and it will be such a nice change - the door in it is only 22"!!

The paint is in the garage - a tan/beige and cedar green - our nephews will get to each paint a bumper and will get a small section (the side of the rear bumper) to decorate and put their name on. They're so looking forward to helping!!

So right now Dad and WJ are getting the interior attacked - and so I need to get helping where I can!
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