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.
The points against keeping it were:
There are only four beds. This is something we knew when we bought it but I could not see a way to add three extra beds to the existing layout
All the window rubbers are perished and need replacing
Most of the window sills have rust holes in them that have been filled and painted over
The rear bedroom furniture wall linings and carpet are all water damaged and need replacing
There is water damage to the ceiling and lounges from a previous leak in the roof hatch
The 24v electrical system is a messy patchwork of wires that needs to be rewired and separated into two systems. A house system for the interior lights,pumps, inverter, fridge and a system for the bus motor,wipers headlights etc
After weighing all of these points up Lisa and I decided that fixing the bus up and selling it was the best option We agreed that life on the road would be much easier if I did a bus conversion from scratch and turned it into a motorhome that suited our requirements. It was decided that I would fix what was necessary and give it a paint job so that we could hopefully sell it for a profit.
A Surprise For Lisa
I had started to rebuilding the rear robes and overhead cupboards for the main bedroom as well as research potential suppliers for the other bits that I would need to complete the repairs, when one morning I started thinking of how much extra work it would be to do a bus conversion from scratch. I was beginning to feel that I was wasting a lot of time fixing one motorhome just so that I could build another one.
It was at this point that I started looking past the problems of the motorhome that we already had towards the solution of how I can make it work for us. When Lisa came home that evening it was her turn to look shocked and supprised all at the same time when I mentioned to her that I could make our old Bedford work for us and no longer wanted to sell it.
In my next post I will describe how I addressed Lisa’s questions as she discovers how some unconventional thinking changed how we will live our life on the road.
New Life On The Road