Circumstances demand money, and we have to sacrifice. Over 2500 invested at the truck place, and 2000 at the RV place, plus interior additions - includes all the stuff I listed below in my original posting plus new china toilet, hot water pump, shower hooked up for poss outside shower (I left the shower stall itself out, but I have it and it could be restored if interested). Also new Fantastic fan, new Uniden 980 CB, new 2 section mattress with covers for the top bunk. I started trying to make curtains out of pillow cases, but that didn't go so well; plastic tabs are in place though for someone craftier than I. Also, the canopy has one plastic tab broken; after a long search, I bought 4 of them from the original mfg. These are in a drawer, I did not install yet. No leaks have been seen, roof looks good. We went to Maine and RI this summer without any problems at all. I have gotten used to the steering play, and there is very little sway. All systems are GO, including generator.
BTW, VIN for my rig is 1FDJS34G0RHB89654
Thanks for reading, and thanks in advance for your thoughts.
P.S. The last 2 pics show a rather dirty girl-we just got back from RI and I haven't had a chance to wash her yet.
Here's my original post after we bought our baby:
Hi- I am a happy newbie. Bought this baby from a NH Craigslist appx 3 hours north of me. Between the ice storm and snowstorms, and trying to coordinate my wife and my days off to travel up and get it back, it was quite an ordeal; we had to keep pushing the date off, and I was worried that someone else would grab it. The seller was really a great guy, though, and held it because I was the first one to call. I was just browsing Craigslist for the millionth time, not expecting anything, and there it was, having been posted 21 hours before. Year-1994.
ANYway... I took out a personal loan, saw it, took it for a ride, and bought it on the spot! No, it's not perfect, but I was impressed with the mechanical aspects, that the tranny was rebuilt (Jasper), and it seemed as if it had been kept up with. Right now, it is still at the truck mechanic recommended by the small RV repair place I am going to go to next for all the coach stuff. I told the truck guy to go through it thoroughly and do anything it needs. So far, he has: Replaced back drivers door (the one with spare tire) as it was dented; the seller gave me the new door that he had bought and had painted, but had not installed. Also, third brake light replaced, it was all mangled, they did a nice, neat job; brake lines, rotors turned, front end bushings done, and I am hoping the steering box can be tightened up-there is not a sway problem that I could notice, but the steering has a LOT of play. My wife thinks the play is normal (she has experience driving these types of vans), but I don't like the way it feels. Hopeful that it can be lessened.
After the truck place, it will be on to the RV place. Needs: new toilet and Fan for starters, also owner previous to the one I bought from removed shower tub and created a wooden storage area. The plumbing, tub pan, and fixtures are all with the van, I am thinking of restoring to original. Also I will have them check out all lines and tanks, pressurize and test, etc. The generator works, the AC works, all lights work, couch is good. All woodwork looks good, cabinets, latches, etc. appear to be working as intended. Widows appear intact, I see some resealing needs here and there, but no obvious leaks or staining on the inside walls. Headliner detaching with clear tape applied in a few spots, but I can live with that.
I need curtains, top mattress, and I want to eventually replace floor carpet with linoleum or tiles. I am sending along the original CL posting pic. I don't have any of my own yet, will send and include VIN when I get the van back.
Overall, I am very happy, and I'm glad you guys are here. BTW- The seller also was a B190 Enthusiasts reader, we found that out when he started quoting stats to me about how many were made over what years, etc.