what the hell took the so long they should know what there doing glad your gonna be safe with the problems solved sorry it took so long for you and Capone hang in there my friend love ya and Capone dee
I must be lucky to be alive. Twenty-four years ago, I shared the driving with a friend in an oversized van from New Jersey to Florida. The brake pedal was all the way down to the floor, halfway through the trip, and I had to stand up when I wanted to stop. We made it, but it wasn't the weather that made me break a sweat.
Just this past week, I almost bought a 1997 29 ft. 32,000 miles and Great price!
The private seller told me all I needed was 4 back tires + a spare.
Driving it home something didn't feel right.
Next day took it to, Service manager at Ford dealership
All the breaks and calipers were shot! $1500!!!
Service manager could not believe I was driving it!
Interesting to go back 7 months and see your energy then. Wow! Very different. Not sure if it's because so much has transpired this year, the influence of Bob, or not being beat up by so many naysayers and trolls by this time. Your energy alone inspires me. YOU ROCK!
I have a name for the viewers if this one doesn't work out, "FOC-ERS" short for Friends of Carolyn. The ers is just the pluralization. This is not meant to be disrespectful, it's just a bit crude, yet funny.
from SANTA CLARA, CALIF to illinois when i was 8 our brand new car broke down near RENO we were stranded for a couple days to replace the tranmission. We stayed at a motel with restaurant next door. Ever since i have had a deep fear of breaking down
i am not mechanically inclined at all. My husband was out of town for 2 months doing construction. I own a rental property and the ppl moved out and one day decided i was gonna rip out the old carpet and paint. I did it all by myself and i used some power tools. It takes practice. I fixed a couple easy things. My friend is a widow and had to learn to use tools because she is on fixed income and cannot afford contractor. WOMEN SHOULD TAKE SHOP AND AUTO IN HIGH SCHOOL.
He "had a dream" before the actual day - January 16th! A good resource on transmissions is Hiram Gutierrez on (of all places) YouTube. He would be a good sounding board of transmission problems and parts.
Carolyn, when you said "Friendly's!" Wow! You have just reminded me of "Friendly's premium ice cream, and restaurants!!" (really delicious, premium ice cream!) Safe traveling! :-)
If you hang around an airport and mix in with the local General Aviation pilots, you know, the ones that practically live in their hangars and work on their own airplanes, anytime they refer to someone from the FAA, they refer to them as "The Friendlies".
Love it !! Your inspiring me I'm learning and trying to understand everything about living this way and as soon as my son is on his own I will be ready to take off. Thanks for sharing your experience and all your help. Hugs Heather
@Brian B I don't care how many brake jobs you have done it only takes one time they fail completely for you to die I had a 1960 Cherry and one time a front break hose failed and I rear ended a cop car I'm guessing I was the one in s million that day
Carolyn,I have also been a mechanic for 40 plus years,first, class c motor homes ,most are at their max gross vehicle weight limit - 600 lbs thats what builder shoots for when built on to the chassis,so pads will wear out faster than a van or a truck because a outfitted chassis is so much heavier.yes it will have brakes,in a emergency but not very much,you cant stop the beast with just front or back brakes it needs both .get it done,check pad wear every 15k.you are going to need,rotors ,maybe,calipers,pads,and install kit,275.00 in parts cost to them they will at least double this #or triple it thats how they make money,labor on top of that, 1 ton brake parts are expensive,labor is high because your stuck there. unsavory mechanics will get a womans confidence,by being extremely and unbelievably nice,woman think with emotion, dont fall into that trap ,NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN,but dont be a a-- hole either or youll pay more for that too.they are not your friend .Treat all repair facility's as a business arrangement,which it is.now on, vlog pictures of areas repaired,mechanics will be able to see from,in my case michigan if work was done that you payed for.you should be changing oil every 3500 mi,just get regular oil,even with syn oil,no more than 3500 mi,that engine is working hard,and mhomes almost always burn oil because of that. learn where to check oil and how to add,and always have a quart with you ,this will be your next problem,shes getting older and used more by you than it ever was. i will only comment if i see something wrong,this took me 2 hour to do, thanks for your vlogs good luck ! Tim from michigan PS somethings not right about your original trans rebuild
When you said there was tons of oil gushing from the bottom, that has to be from the lines that go from the transmission to the radiator to cool the oil. If you don't get him to check the lines, you could have the same problem a few miles down the road. Also if you can have him check the radiator to see what kind of shape that's in, it might not be a surprise if it happens to overheat sometime. Running it while it's overheating will fry your transmission in a short time. Marketers are not usually knowledgeable about motor mechanics, and that's a shame. Going up and down mountain roads is also hard on transmissions. But if your motor lasts, and you manage to solve these issues, you're still ahead financially compared to buying a new rig.
That's a good name you came up with. Life is just a bowl of something or other, isn't it?
omg, a snapped pad doing all that damage? the more i watch on american vans the more i'm glad i drive french lol!
they seem to get disabled by the simplest things and have complicated transmissions that need lots of parts
I really hope your luck improves and the expenses are becoming a thing of the past
I would not let it put you off the van etc, its always better the devil you know, every repair is injecting new parts and breathing life back into it
Well i'm very glad you've been safe, where your at. If you don't mind my prayers have been with you. I've been broken down many times. I can 😃 about it now. We are DIY'ERS hehe, my husband's a mechanic,& has been shop Forman. But no matter how well you prepared things happen. Swapping stories is a favorite, around camp fires. All the best to you happy motoring, When you get going. 🙋
The way cars and trucks are built these days (and when I say "these days", I actually mean for a few decades, now -- probably since the 1980s), all a mechanic does is replace parts, modules, and components -- they don't actually "repair" anything.
And that's not to denigrate mechanics (or "automotive technicians", if you prefer). Vehicles are very complicated these days and techs have to be highly trained. It's just that the way vehicles are designed and built these days -- especially with everything (and I do mean *_everything_* -- even supposedly simple things like headlights) being computer-controlled, there is little, if anything, that can actually be "repaired" anymore. You just follow the diagnostic process, figure out which component has failed, and replace it.
Carolyn, good luck and I hope not money for you to fix. I have a small Condo In Lake Forest, CA. And seems like I spend more on this per year then you do on your RV. I hope to move to AZ next year in 2018 and be close to my daughter her family in Rimrock AZ. Can't wait. I wish to hopefully buy an RV or something in Cottonwood, AZ. This place cost me 1069.50 per month plus 252 for HOA. I see i can do better.
Carolyn, I am glad you spoke up about hearing metal on metal and the brakes will be fixed. Thank you for informing us on the latest on your mh. I have been hearing about two men that wrote a book about minimalists and it reminded me of you. http://www.theminimalists.com/
Robin - ha! I just wrote that exact same line about marketing in my ebook!!! I thnk it's true of a lot of trades... And I watched Dave at Harper's and his team work for 9 days to get the rebuilt tranny running it really was a huge trouble-shooting, process of elimination process. thank you for being part of my adventure!!! - C
Please don't buy another Ford vehicle. Based on 55 years driving experience they are the lowest.quality brand I have ever owned. Not accepting the financial bailout a few years ago made many new fans for the company but that has nothing to do with quality. GM, Dodge or Japanese vehicles are all superior. Wishing you the best. Bill
Hope things are going better......I have watched several of your clips and when I found this, I thought about Matilda......http://www.ElkinsDIY.com , this site shows a very inexpensive, light weight, easy to work with material that could work as an insulation as well as giving you an easy way to get a new look inside......I was pretty impressed and think that I could even use it so much easier than wood or metal and you are recycling if you are able to get it used.
great news!!! you are so fortunate to find an HONEST repair shop! Your happiness and relief are welcome! Is there some way a forum of sorts could be set up to list repair shops (and their expertise) that are reliable and fair for all the van dwellers/RV people to access when a need arises?
Just so neat to see you do happy! Please give Capone a pat on the head for me!
I love it girl. I am praying that you will be in a different location for your next video because that means you got your RV fixed. you take care girl. give Capone a scratch for me and look forward to the next video