Tuesday, August 5, 2014

It Messed Up

I'm literally only an hour away from this horrible thing happening so maybe I'm still thinking rashly, but I don't think so.

I got the motorhome to start today. It wouldn't start the last two days even though I didn't try too hard because I was afraid of wrecking things. There was a ticking noise but I thought maybe things just needed to be worked in or oil wasn't reaching everywhere yet. Not good, but would have went away if that was the case. The noise got worse so I shut everything down. For whatever reason I decided to check the oil dipstick. A good 5 inches of it are missing. So now there's a chunk of dipstick either in the oil pan, or already causing way more damage.

That's pretty much the end of this motorhome for me. After so much time and money invested you might think it'd be silly to throw in the towel now. But, this pretty much requires me taking the entire engine back out again, and frankly I don't want to do that. I've already had this thing for over a year and I'm just done working on it. I want to be LIVING in a motorhome, not WORKING ON a motorhome.

I might have mentioned I'm cashing out my 401k from my last job. That money is scheduled to show up in my account later this week I believe.

It's time to stop messing around and just live the dream, you know?

My current thought right now is that I'm going to start looking for a new motorhome. The best I can buy with the money I've got. Which, as always, isn't a lot. It has to be 100% move in ready. New requirements different from my current motorhome are that it has to have a side door entrance. No back door. Solid hitch on the back. And even though they leak and freak me out for a lot of reasons I think it has to have a full bed over the cab. I would greatly prefer a 20ft for parking issues, but I think I'm willing to increase to 24ft.

So buy a new one, move into it. Forces me to get a job, but at least I'll be living the dream more or less. And just get on with it. That, or find a new dream and give up on this one.


  1. Eternal_shogun@yahoo.comAugust 5, 2014 at 2:47 PM

    this hurts me to read as I just put down money a 77 Concourse I found on craigslist and will be picking up friday.

    1. You'll be fine, they're great motorhomes! I could have lived in this one a long time ago but I was being picky about stupid things and then I probably got in a little over my head by putting a new engine in myself. I would have come out ahead and been on the road with a nice motorhome if I had just paid a shop to do it all in the first place.

  2. Eternal_shogun@yahoo.comAugust 5, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    thanks for the encouragement, it seems to be in okay shape, way better than I figuried for the year and cost of 1750. The current owner replaced the engine last year with one with 50000 miles give or take. Definitely sorry for your frustrations, I had a vw jetta that I poured my heart and soul, blood and tears into that wound up dying a fantastically horrible engine death as well. Keep your chin up, you've got people rooting for you.

    1. See? I already came back around. Dropped the transmission and everything again last night. Have to get out there and drop the oil pan in a little while. Hopefully that piece of dipstick is just laying there somewhere and I can slap everything back together.

      If I get in there and it looks like bigger problems then maybe THAT will be the end, but for now I'm back on course.