It was finally time to say goodbye to the AFY Van. Since we switched gears and were lucky enough to score the bus, AFY was no longer needed for our future adventures. During this last week I had been negotiating a deal for the perfect service truck with a gentleman named Kevin from up near the Canadian border. After much talk and picture swapping we decided to meet in E-Burg for a straight trade. Jess and I were super sad to say goodbye to AFY so we went to Iron Horse Brewery to ease the pain. Pain was eased.
We sat at a window seat and sipped our medicine while staring out the front window......
This was our view, it reads "be freed" after some medicine right. So Kevin calls and says he's right outside E-Burg and he's having fuel filter troubles but he will be able to make it to the Kittitas Shell for a meet up and I'm thinking, " It's 19 degrees outside and we have a two and a half hour drive home in a rig with a plugged filter with limited tools, no flashlight and other complications, SHIT!"
This is when we meet Mel. Mel just ten minutes before we met him, had just purchased this truck and 53 foot trailer combo and just happened to be deadheading east.....seriously?
When Kevin finally rolled in he looked pretty beat down and apologetic about the trucks current condition and was ready for me to kill the deal and let him deal with his own predicament. Just then I pointed to the flatbed and said "No sweat! Mel with the huge trailer has agreed to haul it and us home!"
So Kevin walks over and hands Mel $100 for fuel, helps load our new service truck and we all shake hands as new friends. On our way home we learn that Mel is on his way to Clarkston to pick up a load of Phantom Jet boats to take back to Alaska, you know, the boats that they jump sand bars, logs and snow banks with. Turns out he's awesome and we put him up for the night in the WC and treated him to some "RTP" hospitality. All this on a school night!
Well here she is! 1986 M1008 5/4 ton ex Marine 24 volt turbo diesel awesomeness. Yah.
This will end up being our "toad" or towed vehicle behind our bus. Fully stocked for RV repair and ready to help fund our future adventures!