WELL THAT CAMPER VAN PURCHASE WAS A BUST

I’ve been looking for a camper van for about two years.  Decent ones are expensive so I waited until an older one in fairly good shape sorta fell out of the sky.

I met the owner at a restaurant and we took a 1995 camper van for a drive.  It drove well.  Stopped on a dime.

camper van 2017 april 26Then the next day I went to the owner’s house and did a very thorough inspection.  Took hours.  Everything worked so well it was scary.  I crawled underneath.  Oops, slight oil leak somewhere.  Leak around the differential too.  Some rust.  The van spent most of it’s life in Florida so I wasn’t surprised.  What I was surprised by was I could only find one rust spot on the exterior.

The next day I had an insurance quote, an early morning appointment with a trusted mechanic on Thursday, printed off the Bill of Sale form, contacted the DVM for a “NM” on the title which meant “Not actual miles”.  Maintenance records showed a succession of mileage so I figured it was a paperwork mistake which unfortunately can never be removed.

That afternoon I let myself get a little excited.  If all went well in the $163 inspection tomorrow, this baby would be mine.  I started dreaming.  Yeah, baby.  I’d need to add a backup camera, get the belts and hoses changed, clean the interior.  The first trip would be to the mountains where I’d stay a couple of days, just me and HappyDog.

Late that evening I get the text message.  So sorry, van has been sold.

Ya win some, ya lose some.  Back to the old looking board.

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