In April 2011, I spotted a Toyota campervan for sale at Tamworth. $3,500
seemed like a bargain, so I rented a car from Hertz and drove there. I
was sadly disappointed with what I found but it was too late to change
my mind. I'd already paid for it. Initially, I wanted to sell it but then
decided the devil you know may be better than the devil you don't. I got
a quote to fix the rust... $6000. Whoa! Here's an
album of the Toyota, using the pics posted by the previous owner on
e-Bay as well as a few of my own. I sold it in November 2011 for $2000.
So what now? Well, my current wheels are attached to a 1993 Ford XG
ute. I plan to get a slide-on camper at some stage. The ute cost $2000
plus about a grand for new tires and some mechanical work to get it ready
for registration. Hopefully, I've made the right choice this time. Actually,
she's not a bad old bus... a/c, power steering, central locking, CD/radio,
4-speed auto and electonic fuel injection. Click
here for the album.
****UPDATE!**** May 2012. Yes, folks!
The dream is almost fulfilled! I got me a slide-on camper. One small problem...
the Ute is a tub type and I need a trayback (flat tray) to carry the camper.
So that's the next step. Stay tooned. Check
out the photo album of the camper.
****UPDATE!**** December 24, 2012.
Did I say I need a tray back ute? It's Christmas eve today and I took delivery
of my little truck this morning. It's
a 1994 Ford Courier.
OCTOBER 30, 2013. It's been a busy few
months. First, Stan theLawn Man decided to help me with loading
PJ onto the Courier - at a price. But at least it was a step in the right
direction. The camper had been sitting on blocks for over a year! Below
is a pic of PJ after being loaded. Looks a bit top heavy, some said. I
was terrified when I drove it for the first time, fully expecting the rig
to become horizontal at any moment. Then I took it for a drive to Port
Macquarie for an appointment with the oncologist. PJ behaved reasonably
well on the highway without any dramas but it certainly wasn't a pleasure
to drive. So I made the decision to remove the lower storage box.
Below is PJ at Sowter's Engineering for the "bumectomy".
And back in the front yard...
There have been quite a few other issues attended to as well - all electrics,
house battery, inverter, gas, fridge, rear view camera, stereo, etc. So,
recently (early October 2013), I took PJ on a shakedown trip to Wingham
can check out the photo album here.
Yesterday (December 19, 2013) I had Jason at Sowter Engineering do some
more jobs on PJ, including two tool boxes under the tray (saddlebags),
a grab handle near the door, an awning-saver wheel mounted at the top corner
of the door, a piano hinge attached to the vent flap at the back of the
fridge, and chains to turn the side drop downs into useful benches when
here for the photos.
But before all those things could be undertaken, I had the job of clearing
a stack of overgrowth that accumulated during PJ's "storage" period at
the side of the garage. It was preventing PJ from being moved. At first,
during 2012, she was waiting for my flat tray ute to arrive, and then,
during 2013, waiting for many more months for someone to help me put the
two components of the rig together. It was well over a year's wait in total.
But at last Stan the Lawn Man came to the rescue.