Sigh, Why did Tom buy that ambulance?

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Sigh, Why did Tom buy that ambulance?
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Sat, 09-08-2012 - 10:01pm

It's very cool and it holds a lot, but, man, that thing is a money pit! Tom put way more work and parts into it than he thought he'd have to, and had trouble with it on the way home from camping in May (did I tell you? A tire blew and he had to take it off on the side of the highway, then limp home (it was one of the double tires, thankfully).

Now, it's giving him trouble again! He called and said he got up to his brother's with no problem and was on his way to the campsite.  Awhile later he called to say he got it up there, got the camper situated, then couldn't move the truck! The transmission wouldn't engage and he was worried he'd be stranded there and have to get it towed out (God knows what that would cost!). Later he called again to say he'd determined a hose had leaked and he'd lost all the transmission fluid and something may have blown out the front (??) and if so, the fix would be easy, but he'd have to pull the transmission. His brother was on his way out to the campsite with new hoses and fluid and Tom would try some sort of seal and hope to be able to get it moving enough to get it home on Sunday (no sense ruining a prefectly good camping trip, lol).

He hasn't said it, in so many words, but I have a feeling he's wishing he'd kept the van. I know I wish we had!

As for me, I had a nice day. I did a little shopping (just some groceries - nothing fun, lol), read some of my book, took a nap, shared some shrimp with Millie and watched a good movie - Battleship. Cool ships (you can't take the love of ships out of an ex-Navy wife), exciting battles and innovative strategy.

Now it's "spa night", lol. Bubble bath, a do-it-myself mani-pedi, and lounge around in my jammies till I feel like going to bed. All I'm missing are bon bons and a cute masseuse! :smileywink:


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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 12:18am

Oh, goodness, the repairs and such sound frustrating and stressful. Hopefully, when these repairs are done, that will be the end of it and you'll be glad you bought the ambulance again!!

Good idea on your girlie spa night!! Bet you'll sleep good tonight!!

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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 4:31am
sorry to hear about the ambulance problems. Maybe you'll decide to stay home with Millie and your shrimp and bubble baths: let the MEN figure out the problems and get back home..... LOL Now about the cute masseuse....... ;O)
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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 10:01am
twig04 wrote:
sorry to hear about the ambulance problems. Maybe you'll decide to stay home with Millie and your shrimp and bubble baths: let the MEN figure out the problems and get back home..... LOL Now about the cute masseuse....... ;O)

No, I'll still go up on Thursday. I wouldn't want to miss the get together. And I don't care if the ambulance makes it home or how long it takes - I'll have my car, LOL!


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Sun, 09-09-2012 - 10:09am
Sorry to hear this Ann,
Hopefully it makes it back in a timely manner <g>
Enjoy your nice evening :smileywink:




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Registered: 04-27-2004
Tue, 09-11-2012 - 2:40pm
Gosh, Ann, its too bad that the ambulance has turned into a money pit. Guess though that's kind of the chances a person takes in buying a used vehicle. We've run into some of the money pit issues when buying used truck for the company. Hopefully its about done falling apart so that Tom won't have to put a whole lot of time or money into it anymore.

Spa night sounds wonderful! Hope you enjoyed yourself!!

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Tue, 09-11-2012 - 8:25pm
Usually we have very good luck with used vehicles. That's all we ever buy, lol! But this time the guy who sold it to us wasn't the guy who maintained it and that guy cut corners and borderline lied to them and so they lied to us. As it stands now, the truck is running, and not leaking fluid. He'll move the camper on Thursday and see if the strain on the engine causes it to leak. If not, he'll bring it home and look at it here. If it does leak, he'll take it to his brother and go back some weekend to work on it there. And spa night was very nice!

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Wed, 09-12-2012 - 4:19pm
That's great that up until now you've had good luck with the used vehicles that you and Tom have bought. At least Tom knows how to work on vehicles. My husband is terrible with them, so if we get one that needs lots of repairs, we get the extra added cost of having someone else fix things. Glad you enjoyed your spa night. : )

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