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Old 08-01-2017, 07:56 AM   #11
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Old 08-01-2017, 08:36 AM   #12
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:31 AM   #13
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Now that I know you are driving west I can add to your "must take list." nearly impossible if flying so glad I waited.

Tool box- various screwdrivers,pliers, channelocks, electrical tester
3/8" socket set and various extensions
1/4" socket set and extensions
Coveralls
rags
Flashlights
Bug spray
Maybe a port a potty, toilet tissue for sure.
Coolers for drinks, food etc.

When you get there, if the deal isn't closed yet, ask about oil and filter change while there. And grease where needed. They might do it. You should in any case.
Before I even started the bus, I would open the hood and tighten every hose clamp you can find. Then you have a better idea where any possible system leaks might occur. Check battery connections for cleanliness and tightness.
Spray any linkage with WD40 to make them work easier during your first major trip.
Check the rad cool and top up if necessary.
Check the brake and steering fluids and all lighting before you head out.
Much easier to check now than on the side of the road in BFIdaho.
Anything else you can likely buy enroute.

If you are then happy with the bus, pay the guy and have a great trip back as well as a safe one. This is a fabulous chance to see how it performs on many road types and conditions. Once you know it is running well, make it work and push it to its limits depending on the conditions.
Good move on getting CAA RV plan. Lots of other services besides towing which I hope you don't need.

If you can let us know how the trip is going.

All the best,

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Old 08-01-2017, 02:47 PM   #14
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I'd also recommend yanking out a couple of rows of seats and bringing some cots and sleeping bags, as well as a camp stove.
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Old 08-02-2017, 11:50 AM   #15
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actually the bugs are way worse in se usa i found every thing there bites or stings all my trips way up north i used to sleep with my sleeper door open all nite and never got bitten but once you hit ga i would keep windows up and just run ac
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Old 08-02-2017, 12:03 PM   #16
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I guess you realize there are over 140 forest fires burning out in BC right now. Some areas aren't allowing any traffic into them for obvious reasons.
pretty dangerous situation, keep your eyes and ears tuned to the radio and weather reports.

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Old 08-07-2017, 09:07 AM   #17
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hope it going ok let us know im using my last vacation this week getting close to retirement going to head your way sometime pm me when you can
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Old 08-10-2017, 03:25 PM   #18
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Still out west. Drive in went great but have been stuck in Prince George BC now for 3 days. Broke the spring on the throttle after a half hour drive. Got that fixed cheap and quick but has them look it over and have a few more issues getting fixed before we are back on the road. Have a loose injector, getting a new steady bearing a few other things loose to tighten and an oil leak. Hope to be back on our way tomorrow
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Old 08-20-2017, 12:55 PM   #19
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every thing ok?
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Old 08-20-2017, 01:39 PM   #20
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Took a week extra and three more mechanic trips but back home. Will update more about our trip once we have a chance to catch our breathes lol
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