Although nothing was actually wrong with Dod, I wanted to replace the three engine belts and the rear shock absorbers. I got an estimate of $152.30 to replace the belts and $285.00 to replace the two rear shocks. I went to a local auto parts store and bought all the parts for less than $140.00 and did the installations with the help of a good friend of my brother's who wouldn't accept any money. Total time of actual work was about two hours.
Next on the list are a couple of new tires, another solar panel and one or two more house batteries. I am also thinking about adding the capability of using regular propane bottles in addition to my built-in tank. I want to be prepared to spend a month in one spot just in case I find my personal paradise.
I also built a shelf unit for the cab-over sleeper area which probably doubled my storage space. It is filling up fast as I stockpile groceries for Mexico. I spent $60. today and due to the super bargains and a 5% Senior Discount, my register receipt showed that I had paid about 40% of the normal prices. While you can get anything you want in Mexican supermarkets, items from the US usually cost much more than you would pay here. I stocked up on Best Foods Mayo, Ritz crackers, Rice-a-roni, Betty Crocker side dishes, and Folger's coffee. I think I probably have enough food on board for well over one month.
I am really getting antsy about heading out!