8 yrs ago. read about Lesharo. Winnebago. Got a bad deal on ebay. So to make for it, I found several good deals. They came with easy to break transmissions. So people convert to gm motors usually. I found one converted. v6 then found a french diesel 4 cyl. had low compression. Found a good gas one at auction someone just put a lot of money in it, then gave to kidney kars?,Then one in California. all these had low miles. The had bad transmissions. To say the least, it has been an education. For 5 years I had seen a Diesel in a storage yard, Finally each year I asked about it. The said take it. It been here since 96. It is diesel runs great. may convert to veggie oil. What I want to say is you can have a big motor home comfortable,. Then Park it in cheap storage yard where you travel to. Keep your things in it. I then have a 1973 31 ft. Airstream. lived most of winter. It i half way to Arizona. By the National parks. Then I take a van or what is cheap to Gas Arizona 3-7 days at a time. Stay cheap in L.V. Nev. casino,1 day on way down. Then a week later on way back. At the dam you can stay cheap. If you are truck driver its free. So I am rambling but wanted to say this. If you want to can leave a larger motorhome or trailer vehicle, Don't burn up gas. Stay in az blm $180 for 7 months 7 different camp grounds. one has a hot sring, it s 110 to beach in San Diego. a little more than that to Phoenix. This winter I will stay longer in Az. But if you can. Follow the sun in a small mhome go in aloop, many mhomers do, or drive a van to live in larger trailer like my airstrea, is 1/2 way. Travel cheap. Did you know that if you have an old diesel. You can use veggie oil or old motor used filtered oil if prepared right. I have a small efficient woodstove, I heated airstream with it. Before that a pellet stove, it didn't do the trick. If you can email or text me 801-372-7867 would be glad to tell you places I have just found in az and utah. I can tell you where small motor homes are also.
As I write this, I am hunched over my laptop, which is held at an awkward angle because of the steering wheel in front of me. Carpal tunnel syndrome is imminent. Out of the window to my left, if it wasn't so foggy and dark, I'd be able to see our island. This island trip has not gone according to plan.
I had the not-so-genius-in-retrospect idea of driving through the night to Nova Scotia. I argued that we could each drive three hours or so, sleep six, and we'd arrive in the morning ready to tackle the day. That's not how things turned out, though.
From Boston, I drove us to the Canadian border. Exhausted, I turned the reins over to Ben. Ben continued my proud tradition of maintaining around 100mph (great roads, no cops), which came to an abrupt end a couple hours into his shift when he hit the biggest pothole I've ever seen. At 100mph. The tire popped and was completely shredded by the time we came to a stop in the shoulder.
Our rental vehicle, a faux-luxury Buick Verona, which we had been upgraded to, does have a spare, but it's a tiny one that can only go 50mph. That sounds like a bad thing, and is indeed bad in many cases, but there turned out to be a silver lining. Brian took over the driving, set the cruise control to 50mph, and eventually fell asleep at the wheel. I woke up as our car was cruise-control guided into the median ditch.
This post was originally posted by me on a different blog on Nov 7, 2011:
This answer is from Janet & Tom, a couple traveling through Central & South America. You can see their related post at ExpeditionPortal, as well as their website cataloging their travels through Africa and Latin America.
“Our decision to go with gasoline versus diesel was made when purchasing a land Cruiser for our Africa trip. We had planned to go with diesel but were unable to get an appropriate diesel vehicle so we went with gas. We actually found that gas was a better choice for a number of reasons. Yes it is often more expensive however it is much more widely available in remote locations. We met travelers with diesel who occasionally were unable to get diesel as it is used by all truckers, however we never ever had problems getting gas. The mechanics are also more likely to be able to fix a gasoline engine versus a diesel engine. We have heard of travelers in South America having issues with water in the diesel, we met German travelers with diesel and they had problems with high altitude and cold.
We have had no issues with power and our highest altitude was 5000metres in Bolivia. Haven driven over 80,000km in Africa and 50,000km in the Americas we can honestly say that we have had no real issues. The octane in Egypt was horrible and we had to add additives but apart from that we have not had issues getting fuel or dirty fuel. We have been really impressed with the Nissan’s capabilities. There are more issues with dirty diesel than gasoline in some countries such as Bolivia. There are however many who travel with diesel vehicles we can only say that gasoline has not been a problem at all. We have also found that prices are not that different in many places. As for performance at high altitudes, freezing temps or hot temps (57C Sahara) we have had no issues. We would choose gasoline again.