After 17 years on the road, Good Ole Van officially retired in January. We donated him to a Los Angeles public radio station and when they sold Van at auction, KCRW got some of the proceeds — so we figured that was a dignified way to go.
And we always have the farewell video to watch whenever we feel nostalgic …
gentlemen, start your custom mods
We’ve had our 1996 Sprinter since late January, and are really happy with it. Sprinters are actually made by Mercedes-Benz, and are becoming more common on the roads — FedEx drivers, for example, use the newer Benz rigs.
Ours has Dodge detailing on the outside — also known as badging — but she’s a Benz through and through, from the straight-5 diesel engine (no, really) to the on-board computer to the great handling.
Since there aren’t many mechanics specially trained to work on these things, Mike has been learning how to do a lot of the basic maintenance
himself — with the valuable help of online forums and a service manual that’s a few thousand pages long.
Little by little, we are making it ours, with carpeting, a bed, curtains, a kitchen shelf, and other accoutrements that are still sitting on an [endless] to-do list somewhere. Here’s where we’re at with our “home away from home” — enjoy!