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Old 03-20-2006, 09:39 PM   #21
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I didn't pay the bill....one of my friends on teh trip with me paid the money with his credit card....so now i owe him $2,500 bucks!

I know us skoolie guys are all tightwads when it comes to money, but if anyone would like to contribute to the tow truck fund feel free to add a dollar or two to my paypal account @ mailto:lapeer20m@yahoo.com

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Old 03-21-2006, 01:22 PM   #22
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Hey Jason,

Man, I can't imagine what you must have been feeling watching that bus sink lower and lower into the sand !

I just Paypal-ed over my 1% - well worth it for the story alone! Love to see more pictures if you got 'em !


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Old 03-21-2006, 01:35 PM   #23
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Thank you for the donation. I really appreciate it!
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:06 PM   #24
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Sorry to hear about you misfortune Jason. Getting the moving truck stuck in the leach field was bad. I knew that we would eventually get it out but if I had my bus stuck I would freak out. I would have lost it with those bone heads. You should have not had to pay for their mistakes. Glad you and the bus are back home.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:28 PM   #25
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I forgot to mention that if i had brought with me 1 tiny piece of equipment, i'm very confident that i would have gotten the bus out.......

Sitting at home on the barn floor is a hydraulic pump. Power up, gravity down. That little wonder could have saved the day if it were in the bus.

Inside the bus are 3 massive hadraulic cylinders...prob a 5" bore and 54" stroke. They're for the unfinished jacuzzi lifting project....If i would have had the hydraulic pump, i would have welded the cylinders to the bumpers of the bus and picked the vehicle 4 feet off the ground, filled in the holes where my tires had been, layed down some planks, lowered the cylinders and drove away. I did have my welder with me in the bus along with grinder, sawzall ect. I did have an air compressor capable of 250 psi, but i calculated out the amount of lift i'd get from the air in the cylinders and decided it wouldn't be enough, so i didn't bother.
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Old 03-21-2006, 07:35 PM   #26
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here's what happens when tow truck guy wants more money than you are willing to pay........







it's a poor quality photo, but i had other things to think about at that moment...
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Old 03-21-2006, 09:04 PM   #27
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could not for the life of me figure out how to hit up your paypal account (I think my computer circa 1999 has something to do with the problem )<-- not that I could have helped out that much anyway.... but here is a promise that I will definetly pickup the tab on a round of mt. dews if we ever meet in person

<-- really though, you should be telling your story on the bmw forum or some place where where people aren't wasting their lifes away as broke hippy wannabes (only speaking for myself here folks, only speaking for myself!!)

seriously, sell time shares to your hottub on e-bay and see what that does for you!

and what good is sam's club if they don't tow you? makes me glad that I never got in a pickle!

<-- and why didn't you recruit the spring breakers in exchange for beers or some sort of wet t-shirt contest? if people can move a beached whale.....


thanks for the story, glad there was a happy ending!
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Old 03-22-2006, 02:49 AM   #28
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Sorry to hear your luck. I was afraid you might end up with some ill trained and ill equipped towers out there. Atleast you got the bus out...

So what's next? That salt water isn't going to do your steel bus any favors...Might it be worthwhile to just sell it? I know you have a lot into it and you're very handy...I'd just be afraid you're going to have problems.

Oh well.....expect my 1% when I have a chance to fix my Paypal account. I switched banks and it keeps hitting the wrong account (which is coincidently closed). I wouldn't want to send you a rubber transfer

It doesn't come free though.....at some point I'm sure our buses will cross paths and when they do....I want a can of 33 degree Mountain Dew. Code Red, Green, or Livewire are acceptable, but the black/purple **** tastes like cough syrup so none of that

Expect the money within the week.
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:34 AM   #29
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Jason,

Sorry to hear about your adventure.

Seeming I didn't get a chance to get down to SP, and treat you to a case of Mountain Dew, I'll send you my 1% as soon as I get back to Houston.
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Old 03-22-2006, 07:52 AM   #30
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The ocean didn't get over top of the body at any point......except the front door Water was about halfway up the 2nd step.

Good news is that it rained for most of the first 24 hours on the drive home. That should have washed off a good deal of ocean salt. I plan to get a gallon of wd40 and using my paint sprayer coat the underside of the bus.
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