So since the first big trip down to Wildwood NJ about 200 miles , we had planned this trip to Bethany Beach Delaware area called Delaware Shores rv/camp site about 250 miles each way from West Nyack NY. I felt more confident in the bus so packed it up with all the camping goodies we could remember and off we went , my wife and two boys age 18 and 19. Bus fired right up , tires checked , all systems go and this time I had my EZ Pass tag ( over 7000 lbs. and six wheel tag). no more arguing with toll takers as I mentioned in the first trip, wow that probably saved us 30 minutes alone.
The bus ran great the whole trip, what a machine, we don't have over the road ac and still with the fans , front vents ( custom cut below driver and pass. seats in front above bumper) and windows open it wasn't too bad. We had days in the high 80's on the way down and the engine temp. stayed at 180 the whole time. On the way down we were able to meet up with the original conversion owners who live in NJ that owned the 4104 from 1980 till 2000 and got a lot of the history of the bus when they owned it, (we actually found them thru BCM about a year ago) nicest people we could have met, Nick and Rose Badame , now in their 70's and 80's knew this bus in and out like they owned it yesterday also met their son Nick who owns an awesome MCI now, excellent craftsmanship that he and his dad did them selves in their work shop.
We chose to take the Cape May Ferry to Delaware Shores after leaving Cape May, wow what a ferry, you have to get there an hour before your scheduled time and they line you up in a staging area , when it was our turn drove the bus onto the ferry with no problems. What a way to travel it took 80 minutes to get across by ferry but it was such a cool thing to do with the bus we got a lot of people looking at the 4104 and smiling. The ferry was very comfy , once you park your vehicle you sit back in their lounge / food areas or go to the top decks for the views . It was cool looking down at the bus from the upper decks although I never painted the very top center of the roof thinking no one will ever see up there, well , I'll be painting that soon now.One thing I have a new appreciation for now is how important it is to get the air conditioning right in these buses, we happened to camp in a park with zero shade and record high temps and humidity, ouch that hurt. we thought we could get away with one of those portable ac units because I hate the way the roof ac's look but man it could barely keep us comfy, so have to come up with a plan B , maybe a split unit in the basement or just watch the weather better next time or go north.
Overall another great trip in the 4104 , love this machine and really love it's durability. Get your old coaches on the road and have a blast,