Sunday, January 21, 2007

Off to Pennsylvania

My wife and I bought an old Airstream trailer last month.
1978 Airstream Sovereign, 31 foot, rear bath.
It is in Conestoga, Pennsylvania.

The ice storm is over, My Mother has her electricity back on after staying with us for the duration of the outage.

Our kids are all in warm houses with electricity.

So, we are off to Pennsylvania on Tuesday morning after my wife gets off of work.

It will be a 2,000 mile trip.

I took a test trip to St. Louis Friday night to feel out the truck.

We have a 24 foot pontoon boat that had been pulling from the cabin to the lake with my son's jeep cherokee, then I tried to pull it with my S-10.

Ended up buying a 1985 Chevrolet 3/4 ton pickup for $1400.00,,a buy!
Until I replaced the windshield wiper motor to get it inspected, replaced the heatercore so the heater would work, patched a hole in the secondary gas tank, replaced all the light bulbs, including the headlights, replaced the transmission, put four new tires on it, put a trailer hitch on it so our daughter could go to northern Missouri to pickup a horse, replaced the loud mufflers with quiet mufflers and tailpipes, and on the way back from St. Louis, on the side of the road by Waynesville, I replaced the thermostat.

Tonight, I re-patched a hole in the gas tank, checked all the fluids, put some belt dressing on the fan belts and vacuumed out the interior. Now I got $2400 in the truck. I hadn't planned on doing all that work, all summer long the truck made the journey from the cabin driveway to the boat launch ramp, about 1/4 mile round trip.

We have never been east so this should be quite the adventure.

We hope to antique shop on the way up there and camp in the trailer on the way back.

A couple of years ago I bought a big combination bus/truck to turn into a motorhome. It didn't work out because the motor was under the truck, not enough room for possum bellies.

I looked at a couple of greyhound conversions, bid on a 28' foot trailer off of ebay that was in Bolivar, bid on a 22 foot airstream in Sarcoxie, lost both those bids at the last minute.

When we found this airstream, I called the people up, got lot's of pictures, and made the deal.

So, we are all set to go! We got eight days to get up there and back. Reminds me of our travelling days when we were first married, we lived in a travel trailer and travelled a midwest circuit, from Louisianna to Canada and back.

I got a tool kit, a pocket knife, a ring of red and a loaf of bread! Yahoo Mountain Dew.

My wife told me last night that when I pass over, my daughter wanted to know if she could have my collection of Ozark memobilia. Certainly I said, the son gets all the trucks.

My fleet: 2001 S-10, 1998 Honda Accord, 1985 Chevrolet Scottsdale 3/4 ton pickup, 1960 Crown, 1954 Chevrolet 3800 grain truck, 1954 Chevrolet 3800 dump truck, 1954 Chevrolet 3800 Wayne bodied short bus, 1953 3600 Chevrolet 3/4 pickup and a 1991 Ford Escort that our daughter drives. All of them are licensed and insured and road worthy except for the dump truck.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's not fair.. I should get a truck or two.... Sara