I am so amazed when I look at Rose and see how much David has managed to change, build, fix or even add. I actually came across a vlog today that I did not even know that existed. David made this vlog Before he started the renovations – actually it was just after we brought Rose that he decided to make a “Before and After Renovations” vlog 🙂
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In those three years I have made so many silly mistakes…mistakes that cost us a lot of money but at the same time has taught me so much. I do not regret one minute of my learning curve over the last three years because it has taught me that I needed to have a dream!
What I do regret is the waste of time (and waste of income) that it has taken me to learn how to blog.
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So we packed up our house, sold most of our furniture off and stored the rest. Then the fun starts….we hit the road and The Journey Begins! Or so we think…….
How The Packing Went
I was so shocked with how much I still had left in each room, in each cupboard, under the house and even in the boys cubby house! David picked up the truck on Tuesday morning and packed our house into it, taking it on the road Wednesday morning up to Bundaberg. Then he had to bring the truck back in the same day! Yep that’s 10 hours of driving in one day, plus having to unpack the truck. Then we had to clean. I cleaned all day Wednesday, all day Thursday, all day Friday and was still cleaning right up to Saturday afternoon. We were told by the Real estate that it had to be cleaned for the inspection, so I was over the top with trying to make our house extra clean!
How was Life On The Road going to continue with our rusty old Bedford motorhome? Was the first thing that Lisa asked when I told her that I wanted to fix it up to tour Australia instead of sell it.
Lisa’s Turn To Be Surprised
Was it a look of surprise and joy that we were going to travel as originally planed? Or was it a look of horror that I may have finally flipped my lid? That I could see on Lisa’s face when I told her that we were keeping the bus . I think it may have been surprise. But there are many moments where I think Lisa might have been right if she was thinking that I had flipped my lid. Read more
Welcome to the New Life On The Road Competition update – where I reveal a list of those that have entered into the competition to name our bus for the next 12 months. If you do not see your website here and/or your Nickname here then please jump onto the Facebook Fan page and add your details.
New Life On The Road Competition Rules And Conditions
For the rules and conditions (for those that have not seen them or forgotten them) jump over to here and play catch-up. I am so going to be very careful for what I ask for next time!! I have to say that at the end of this competition it sure will be challenging to choose only one nick name. Every time another blog post entry comes in with another different story and a brand new nickname, I think “Gosh This Is IT”….that is the name I want. Then I look at my list and I wonder if I will ever be able to choose. Do you think the bus could have more than one Nick Name?
New Life On The Road Competition Video Update
Thanking those that have entered into the competition and here is the list of entries:-
Benji Leggate with the most amazing website Margaret River Guide and his post entry “A New Life On The Road” – Benji is cheeky….he has entered two great names to cover the basis of our bus being a boy or a girl!! With “Harrison” for the boy and “Bertha” for being a girl 🙂
So if you have entered your post from your website and have your nickname in the New Life on the Road Competition entry then I send out a huge THANK YOU to you wonderful people. If you are yet to enter then get your thinking cap on and get your create juices flowing – send in your nickname idea to the facebook fan page. Remember you can enter more than once!!
So looking forward to giving our bus a new name and letting you all know on New Life On The Road who will be the winner. The competition closes on Sunday 28th November 2010 at 5.30pm AEST so you still have five more days to be in the running. There will be one amazing prize for the winner.
Was life on the road going to continue with our 40 year old Bedford motorhome? Or was a quick fix up and resale the best option so that we could look for something that was a little bit more trouble free?
The Big Decision
Having seen most of the problems that came with our forty year old motorhome it was time to weigh up all the information and come to a decision. Was our old bus worth saving? Or would it be better to do a little bit of work to make it usable again and sell it for whatever profit we could get?
The points in favor of us keeping it were:
Being a 1970 model meant that everything was basic (no electronic engine or gearbox management) which meant I could have a half decent crack at fixing mechanical problems myself.
Despite some of the furniture being damaged, it was already fitted out. Much more cost effective and easy to work with than starting from scratch.
There are a lot of old Bedfords in wrecking yards around Australia. So finding second hand parts should not be to hard.
It has a very large rear boot which gives us a lot of storage room
There was plenty of natural light inside because the majority of the original windows had been retained.
Welcome to the very first New Life On The Road Free Competition. This is Lisa here – David’s wife and my very first blog post for this website so I am super excited 🙂
Yesterday we were asked what our Nick Name was for our bus. I was a bit surprised by the question as I had not thought of one. It got me to thinking – I could easily come up with a name or David could but it would probably be very boring. So this competition is born. I was thinking about a way to get you to help with naming our bus and this video explains all….
New Life On The Road Competition Rules and Conditions.
Blog about any topic on your website that will relate back to New Life On The Road. If you do not have a blog post set up yet then it is time to start. Use this free blog hosting site by clicking here.
Include one link in your blog/website back to our website.
Remember to think of a groovy bus name and include your choice in your blog post.
Jump over to here to join the face book fan page or if you have already hit the “Like” button then say hello.
Once you have your blog post live and ready for traffic then leave a comment on New Life on the road face book fan page
Include your link back to your blog with your comment on the fan page
I will then check out your site, read your post, write down your details onto my trusty paper and have your suggestion for our bus name next to your website details – waiting and ready for voting time.
Once I have read your blog/website I will leave a comment and then will use handy SEO techniques to promote your site.
There will be a page set up for this competition that will include all of your details. Check the page towards the end of the next week to see if you are there.
If you do not see your details then jump back into the Face book fan page and let me know.
Once the competition is closed I will let you all know.
Then we will vote and one lucky person gets to nick name our bus.
I will give you a free phone call to say congratulation to the winner and I will also use this and another different website to blog about your website – giving you more free traffic.
This is a competition that will give you traffic, give you a chance to explode your image and to also give our bus its Nick Name for the next year of traveling – so have fun, give us some really wonderful names to choose from and looking forward to seeing you shine 🙂
PS:- If you do have any questions and I have not made sense with the above instructions then jump onto the Face Book Fan Page for New Life On The Road and I will answer them.
The morning after my first taste of life on the roadended we returned to our new motorhome to have a really good look at what we had bought. Had we bought a bus or rust bucket?
Discovering What We Have Bought
What had we bought? All that we new about our new motorhome was what the EBay listing and the vendor had told me as well as what I had discovered on the journey home.
After reading all the records dating back to 2002 that came with the bus and a lot of research on the web, I discovered that we had bought a 1970 model Bedford Comair VAM 70 bus with the original Bedford 466 motor and four speed gearbox still installed. It had gone through a professional bus conversion to a motorhome some time before 2002 by persons unknown. Read more
Life on the road was looking good. We had achieved my goal of being north of Sydney before the morning rush and our new motorhome was running well despite it being forty years old.
I wasn’t sure about Geoff but I was starting to feel the effects of the days activities and 4am start. It was now approaching 11pm and the coffee at the last stop was not doing much to keep me awake. The decision to find somewhere to park and get a bit of sleep was an easy one though. The bus made it for us.
We had been traveling up the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway for approximately half an hour when the rain started up again. When Geoff turned on the windscreen wipers there was a flash and the fuse had blown again. Luckily I had bought extras. We went through two more before we found a rest area to pull into at the Ourimbah exit. It is a large rest area with plenty of room so it was easy to find a place to park. Definitley a place to remember when we are touring Australia. As soon as the engine was off we had the sleeping bags out on the lounges and were asleep in minutes. I was beginning to realise how good life on the road was going to be when finding somewhere to sleep was as simple as finding somewhere to park when you are driving a motorhome. Read more
My first taste of life on the road was providing me with a good understanding of our new motorhomes capabilities and shortcomings. We were about to see how well the engine and cooling system stacked up.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
We were at the base of Mount Ousley which is the easiest way up to the top of the Illawarra Escarpment and then on to Sydney. It is the least steep of all the mountain passes and duel carriageway all the way to the top, but it is a 6km long climb and enough to test any cooling system. I moved into the left lane as soon as we reached the foot of the pass and slowed down changing into second gear. It was then just a matter of keeping the bus at a constant speed and wait.
I was impressed. We not only got to the top without any rise in engine temperature or mechanical problems, we did it with ease. Once I had the bus set up at its optimum speed the constant grade allowed us to cruise easily to the top. We even had to overtake some trucks to keep our speed constant.
At this stage we were quiet hungry. we had been on the road for a few hours and had been on the lookout for somewhere to eat but had not found anything along our travels that was open. I had decided to take us around the southern outskirts of Sydney and up the M7 to get us heading north again, so I knew that we would be able to find a place to get a hot meal twenty minutes up the road at Appin. How did I know this? We were on a trip down memory lane as life on the road was taking us straight towards the area that I grew up in. Read more