So, thanks to a post on the forum I found a sweet deal on a van with the options I was looking for. In Ohio. No problem, I'll just ship it. Wait. PITA.
Looks like it might be easier to just fly out, pick it up, and drive back to CA.
Wait! There's a place in Columbus, OH that will install the seats no one else wants to touch.
Oh, that ruins my plan to sleep/camp in the back if I have to drive it to California.
Wait! There's another SMB just three hours away from Columbus, on the way to CA. Oh, great idea! I'll have them install a PH top. Then I'll have a cheap place to sleep for the 40 hr drive back to CA.
The perfect plan...
3 a.m. wake-up. Flew from Fresno to Columbus on Monday. Smooth as glass. Seats are in and van is ready to go. Wait. Brackets aren't quite rite. Quick adjustment. Seats work great. Arrive in Huntington at 10 p.m.
Arrive at SMB North at 7 a.m. for the "quick" install (equivalent of another 3 a.m. wake-up). Wait. Electric top has not yet arrived from SMB West. They are expecting it to arrive at 9 a.m. Back to the hotel for a nap. Noon, still no top. 1 p.m. top arrives and we're in business. "Come back at noon tomorrow and we'll be ready to go." Sweet. Lots of time for sleep. Big plans to make Oklahoma City on first leg.
11 a.m. Checked out of hotel and ready to roll. Wait. Turns out the electric motors weren't in the shipment. They were mistakenly sent to Texas.
Were overnighted and just arrived. Maybe tomorrow morning?
Now I'm at the Public Library. I'm so bored I may swing by the Dan Quail Museum next...