Mosin! Thank you for the check-in....and I'm happy to share my good status. The RV has been in dry-dock since January. My (and the previous owners...her foster parents) mechanic has been working on fixing what needs to be fixed. I had a very big set-back in April when I went out to drive her for the first time. On the first large hill heading north out of Silver Springs she overheated and was dead in the water. Thank GOD I had purchased Good Sam RV roadside insurance the week before. The tow company came from Sparks, an hour away. I can't even imagine what the tow would have cost, easily over $500. I would suggest that anyone who owns an RV purchase this insurance. It cost me $79 for the year and it's worth every penny.
After some diagnostic work on this old girl, it turned out to be a faulty water pump, which my guy replaced. He drove it over the big hill and half way to the Burn and back with no problems. He also installed a new thermostat so I can see if I am running in to problems. He rewired the electrical system, did brake work, replaced lighting, new horn, etc. etc. It was a lot of little things.
I want to say something about my honest mechanic. When she overheated on the first hill, I thought, and he thought that I may have blown the head gasket which would = new engine. I live 1500 miles away, and had to trust him in this. I told him in April at the time of Armageddon that if it was a new engine...let's do it, tell me what I need to pay. He came back with a no, no new engine is needed. It took some work to figure out what the problem was but he did it. This guy could have robbed me blind and I would have allowed it. What other choice did I have? He has walked me through every thing that he did for my RV, has documented every part (with receipts,) every labor cost with times. He came in $600 under what he originally estimated.
So now, I have a fully functional '71 Chevy Sportscoach vintage RV. I'm flying to Reno on July 30 for a week with her. My Lamplighter crew in Reno and I are going to give her an inside and outside cosmetic make-over. New dashboard, the old vinyl was cracked and peeling up. I already peeled up the old vinyl. Unfortunately it was a shadey foam underneath. For now, she's going to get a pink leopard fake fur dash. I was out there working on her for Memorial Day weekend, and tried to cut and lay down new vinyl dash covering, not going to work with that old foam. Underneath the old foam is a rotted out substance of unknown origin. It's going to have to be for this year.
Outside is going to get some painted flowers, Man on both sides, and a Lamp on the back.
As far as my fix-it kit, I stockpiled Mosin's basic list before I new I was going to have problems. I purchased a mechanics tool kit from Sears. I have 2 fire extinguishers, but will probably get one more. I'm just now putting my energy in to the rest of my list because I was in a holding pattern waiting to see if this old girl would even make it to the Burn. Now that she is in a go position, I emailed Mosin's list (with some additions from other posters) to my mechanic. He knows this rig the best and will tell me what additions to my fix-it kit are needed.
10 year plan....new 350 Chevy engine, new transmission, new brakes and a full interior renovation. It will probably cost me 15,000? Then I will drive her down to Costa Rica and live in her for a year or two while my last house is being built.