The Van, Terra
Another work in progress: a 2000 Eurovan Winnebago Camper! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I have been eyeing this van since I was on trail in North Carolina. The nicest couple took me and a friend in down there when we were both injured. We stayed and worked on their farm for four whole days and they even let me drive their adorable camper van around town one day. I have been wanting a VW Westfalia but knew that they were finicky. I was afraid they wouldn’t be reliable enough to drive across the country.
Last year, as many of you know, I slept in my other VW van, Abby, most of the time. While so cool with her mural and BMW engine, she wasn’t up for the task of a cross country road trip. So for the past year I’ve been on the lookout for something more reliable. Donn and Sandi, the amazing couple that took us in, had this camper sitting in their driveway! They told us stories from the days they used the live in it and the adventures they’d taken their grand kids on in it. They told me her name was Terra and they were looking to sell her. I consulted the internet and realized there was no way I could afford that van, at least not any time soon.
After six months of sitting after the last time I drove Terra, she no longer was running. They were worried she might need a new transmission. Black mold had started growing all over her interior from the pop top. She needed work and I couldn’t drive her home. Even with all of these flaws I thought I couldn’t afford what she was really worth. But Donn and Sandi were persistent. They wanted her to go to a good home and they wanted her to be used! So I offered them what I could and my dad agreed to help me get her shipped home. Donn and Sandi agreed on the price and they sent us the title.
Since I’ve gotten her home, I’ve removed about 50% of the mold. I have a new pop top canvas all picked out for when I can afford it (if you’d like to help fund this project and see more blog content, you can donate on my contact page)! She ran for a while and I drove her everyday for two weeks. She needs a new starter now and she will be headed to the body shop this weekend for some rust prevention.
I’m hoping to move into her next summer, at least for a few months, and take her out west!