I appreciate the plug. At this point I'll just stick with the truck. I know that 5.9 pretty well and for a 97, its holding up well. It's only got 130k on it. Hoping to get a good solid couple years before anything serious happens.Don't know if you're interested in a (small) bus but I came across this 2003 GMC Savana for $12k with less than 6,000 miles.
You can easily register it in Vermont (online) as an RV which can run much less $$ on insurance.
I have no idea/assosciation with the seller. Due diligence is a must.
I'd love a rack on top. Haven't found one yet, though. I found a mid-rise topper for $180 & if it is still available on the 1st, I'll get it. It is old & ugly, but I know I want at least a mid-rise.Making some progress. I scrubbed the inside of the topper of mold and mildew. That part actually took a solid three hours and it could use another pass through. Treated a couple surface rust areas on my truck with rust converter and undercoated with fluid film. I started working on the rack sitting on top of the topper. I got most of the rust off today, and will be treating with rust converter tomorrow, and then black rustoleum to top it off.
Well a really simple, down and dirty way would be to ensure its dry on the inside, and then take a garden hose and run water over the top of it. If it gets at all wet on the inside, odds are very good you need to change out the window/storm sealing, which is a simple job. Condensation would just be a matter of adding ventilation. Both things are imo, no cause for alarm. Do you have concerns about moisture in your topper?I'd love a rack on top. Haven't found one yet, though. I found a mid-rise topper for $180 & if it is still available on the 1st, I'll get it. It is old & ugly, but I know I want at least a mid-rise.
In many pictures of used toppers I see black drip marks directly under the windows. How do we know if that is from condensation versus leaks?
I’m interested to see your progress, I had a very similar truck ( but with a homemade rack ) which I camped in a lot but just for a few nights and bare bed. I can’t wait to see this done up.With the van deal having fallen through, I'll start preparing the truck this week.
Thank you for affirming my hope! I was really thinking on how well I could make welding travel and work for me. Are you a welder??Welding travels well. If you can find a decent small unit, or engine run welder, that could be a decent source of income. At the very least you can do some upgrades and repairs you would have had to pay for.
.With the van deal [gone TU], I'll start preparing the truck this week.