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Old 06-25-2017
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VirtualKamper_Lucas VirtualKamper_Lucas is offline
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Default "Lucas and Sarah Leave the Nest" or... "What Did We Just DO?!?"

Hello WOG!

Well, we done went and did it.

We've committed, as of yesterday morning, to buying a beautiful beast -- a 1989 sp36. Some of you are familiar with the coach. We'll be the fifth owners, far as I can tell, and... she's definitely one-of-a-kind.

(More on the Bird soon...)

For now, I just wanted to introduce myself. Hi, I'm Lucas.
(I'm hoping my wife, Sarah, will introduce herself soon as well.)

About Me (us)
You can read a few tid-bits in my profile, but... here's a bit more detail for anyone interested:
  1. A/S/L
    • at almost 37, I may be a younger-than-average forum member (but... age is just a number )
    • married for almost 5 years (anniversary 16 days away, but... who's counting )
    • currently living back in my hometown (Baton Rouge, LA) but will be establishing residency in Florida
  2. Background
    • Born in Colombia, grew up in Louisiana
    • Spent the last 12 years in Colorado, where I met my wife and bought our first home (recently sold)
    • Professionally, I've worn a lot of hats: hardware, food service, cab driver, trucking, customer service, tech support, computer/web programming, and now doing professional voiceover work (as a "voice actor" or "voice talent")
  3. Our Mission
    • Sarah and I are planning to visit all (currently 417) National Parks / Monuments / Historic Sites in the US National Parks System (NPS). This will take years!!
    • We'll be living and working full-time in our coach, with our three cats, as we explore this great nation
    • We're building our location-independent business(es) and maintaining/renovating a vintage bird, while on the road.

Personal note, regarding this forum...
For many of my years in Colorado, I was an active member of an enthusiast community similar to this one. (maintained/modified a 2000 Mitsubishi)
So... I met a lot of great friends on a similar vBulletin forum, and organized our local chapter into a tight-knit community for a while. I look forward to meeting all of you (virtually), and... as many as possible in person!

Taking Flight
With all that said, we have a week to plan our (~1600 mile) maiden voyage... in a decades-old Wanderlodge.
I've got lots to learn, and have already learned a TON from this forum prior to joining. Expect lots more posts from me, as I LOVE figuring out the "nuts & bolts" of how things work!

Ready to roll up the sleeves & get my hands dirty,
Lucas VK
Full-time CAT bus - FOR SALE

1991 Wanderlodge sp36
2000 Wrangler Sahara
Bluebird maps - user#450
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Old 06-25-2017
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Welcome Lucas!
Chap and Darra Enfinger
Newton, GA
1982 FC33 (sold)
1986 PT40 8v92
"Sturdy Birdy"
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Welcome Lucas, we're glad your here. There are many guys with lots of answers for you. We love to help!
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2000 LX
Vise Grips
Bellefonte, AR
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Welcome to the Zoo!
Most everyone here has dirty fingernails!
email me at randy@randydupree.com only.

Randy Dupree
2000 LXI 43
Port St Joe Fl.

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Right on, right on, Lucas... Adventure awaits! Welcome.
Deet Lamade
Chesapeake, Va
1997 WB41 "It's All Good"
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Welcome aboard Lucas. Sounds like you have charted a great adventure ahead of you. For someone that is almost half my age I envy you. Good luck in your new to you coach and in your travels. Hope to see you on the road sometime.

Jim and Michele Walters
'93 WLWB
Bluebird of Happiness
2002 Silverado Diesel 2500 HD 4x4
2003 Harley Ultra Classic
Larwill, IN
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Welcome! Great Plan
Bill & Patty
1988 FC, Silver Edition
Commerce, Michigan
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Old 06-27-2017
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VirtualKamper_Lucas VirtualKamper_Lucas is offline
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Thanks, all - for the warm welcome!

In recent news, we hit a snag with our purchase yesterday. In short, we won't be buying the bus we thought... but we're still 100% sold on the Wanderlodge line!

Particularly, we like the pushers but wouldn't be opposed to a nice FC. Preference is for something not too large, to explore the NPS, so we've focused on 36' (or smaller).
That said, there's a really nice-looking 40' widebody about an hour from our place. So we may consider going big - since it's "turnkey" - and maybe downsizing later.

Since we're looking to hit the road by early August, a fixer-upper isn't out of the question... yet.
Budget, including fixes/reno/upgrades (like solar)? ~80k

So, if anyone has recommendations in the 35k - 50k range... that's probably our target. And we like the "vintage bus" look of the 80's & early 90's coaches.

The search continues...
Lucas VK
Full-time CAT bus - FOR SALE

1991 Wanderlodge sp36
2000 Wrangler Sahara
Bluebird maps - user#450
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