WMO / Transmission fluid availability?
I'm considering trying to Full-Time a bus conversion. But, I'm leery because I have family that will be spread from the west coast to New England, the Midwest, and my region of preference to spend my time is the far west and the southwest in the mountains, and red rock desert regions. I'm not much of a flat lander.
It occurs to me that a rig might be asked to traverse 1500+ miles, in extreme cases, a full 3,000+ miles at times. That might mean 150-400 gallons of fuel, with costs exceeding $1,300 one-way without considering the return after a visit if I pay at the pump.
My motive is to save money without destroying an engine. I'm told many restaurants are under contract to discard their WVO, but with oil barrel prices being volatile its harder for mechanics garages or certain service stations to really get much money if anything for waste motor oil, or transmission fluid. My homework has arrived at understanding its about 15% gasoline to 85% motor oil, or 5% gasoline to 95% transmission fluid if you're running a blended setup.
Being in the mountains, it doesn't take much to drop to 40o-50o in a night. WMO/WTF blends seem to be easier to manage in colder climates.
My biggest concern up front - has anyone found a widespread willingness of people to either donate oil/fluids or allow you to take what you need for a modest price? Any stories, experiences, tips, examples?