A tale of a classic Mini and a 40-foot-long Wanderlodge RV | Your Projects

David S.
By David S. Wallens
Jun 13, 2021 | Mini, Your Projects, Wanderlodge

The Mini takes up about 10 feet of garage space.

The Wanderlodge RV is a bit bigger: It can carry 300 gallons of diesel.

DrZRider owns both vehicles.

The Mini was found while working in Chile. “Car ownership in Chile isn't easy,” he reports, “especially for a foreigner that doesn't really speak the local dialect.”

In 2013 my work contract was up and it was time to move back to the states,” the thread continues. “No one would buy my beautiful mini, so I decided to ship it home.”

Shipping it home got more complicated than expected–follow the thread for more on that ordeal–but it involved an unexpected road trip from Michigan to Houston.

Once in the States, the Mini received new wheels, a new engine and a new carb.

Then the bus came into the picture. And its air system.

Things that terrify me about the air system include:

Everything

So much maintenance on things I know nothing about. For example, I need to get under the bus to drain the air tanks of moisture, but I’m afraid to because:

The air bags could fail at any time, dropping the bus down and crushing anything and everything underneath it with 42,000 lbs of vintage anger. With the airbags deflated there isn’t enough room to slide under the bus. The correct way to perform maintenance is to have a proper mechanic’s pit. Instead a lot of people use a combination of ramps, 20,000 lb jack stands, and hardwood 4x4s(backup to the backup) all on a reinforced concrete pad. I have none of these things. At least the bus hasn’t put divots in my asphalt driveway yet.

The parking brake release is just sticking out of the dash all willy-nilly, inviting every young child or pet around to push and release the brakes, sending the bus down whatever steep hill its parked on. This hasn’t happened yet, but I’m sure it will if I don’t come up with a plan to prevent it. Once the bus is parked for the day I “fan the brakes” to let out all the air pressure from the system, which in turn sets the spring brakes. The spring brakes can’t be disengaged until the air pressure is built up again. But if we are stopped somewhere to relax and enjoy the scenery, I rely on yelling and intimidation to prevent imminent death. Fun times!

Where does it all go? Check the thread.

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