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I’m driving 22 hours round trip for a Mousin Around!! Poll included


By ruralcollector

68 days ago



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“Should I drive 22 hours for a Mousin Around ”

  • I like you man, but your crazy 114 votes
    36%
  • Do it!!!! And post pictures so we can laugh collectively at how pathetic you are 71 votes
    22%
  • I only got through the first paragraph before I voted 13 votes
    4%
  • You do you man. 89 votes
    28%
  • Who the **** is this guy?! 33 votes
    10%

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#101 67 days ago

No. I like Mousin Around and road trips but that is a lot of driving. Maybe some of you road warriors can drive for 5 days straight or whatever but not me. I get tired and tough to drive that long alone. Buying old used games is always a gamble. What happens if you all that way and the game has hidden issues or not what you expected? You are pretty much locked into buying it so might as well ship it. Like others said, costs involved in driving add up and it would be smart to spend night in hotel.

#102 66 days ago

It's been a while since the last post...Have you made a decision??

#103 66 days ago
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#104 66 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

It's been a while since the last post...Have you made a decision??

Haha thanks for asking! Final decision will be made on Saturday, February 1. If I can find one locally in the mean time I feel like I would be a fool not to take it, even though my stubborn drive (pun) wants to go anyway. I’ve had a few people contact me that say that they “know” someone who has one in MN, but so far I’ve got nothin. I will keep this thread updated either way!

#105 66 days ago

DO IT!, Dont think, hop in the truck and just do the deed already...Check weather reports however, Mn can get ugly this time of year, and they use some kind of anti freeze slime on the road So bundle up your Mouse so it doesn't get wet...Are you still here, GET GOING RIGHT NOW!

#106 66 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Haha thanks for asking! Final decision will be made on Saturday, February 1. If I can find one locally in the mean time I feel like I would be a fool not to take it, even though my stubborn drive (pun) wants to go anyway. I’ve had a few people contact me that say that they “know” someone who has one in MN, but so far I’ve got nothin. I will keep this thread updated either way!

I think it's just too common of a pin to go so far out of your way. A little patience goes a long way in this hobby. I'm sure you can find something closer and cheaper.

If you really want it badly, put out want ads on Pinside, craigslist, and Facebook. Follow up on everyone that reached out to you. Contact a few pinside owners and see if they would sell. Go to the mousin around forum and ask if anyone is selling. Talk with local collectors and arcades. Check eBay and Amazon. Consider shipping and it will open your options a hundred fold.

#107 66 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

screaming (pun) halt.

Quoted from ruralcollector:

stubborn drive (pun)

comedians don't explain their jokes

#108 66 days ago
Quoted from boscokid:

comedians don't explain their jokes

I would hate for a good pun to go unnoticed

#109 65 days ago

Just make sure that the machine is locked down. I once planned a trip to NJ around picking up a pinball machine and once I was in the area I got the "my partner had promised it to someone else, sorry" text. Still had a good weekend but that was four hours and not 11.

#110 65 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

I think it's just too common of a pin to go so far out of your way. A little patience goes a long way in this hobby. I'm sure you can find something closer and cheaper.
If you really want it badly, put out want ads on Pinside, craigslist, and Facebook. Follow up on everyone that reached out to you. Contact a few pinside owners and see if they would sell. Go to the mousin around forum and ask if anyone is selling. Talk with local collectors and arcades. Check eBay and Amazon. Consider shipping and it will open your options a hundred fold.

If you do all this and turn one up locally, you can still go on a road trip with it - bring it to the Texas Pinball Festival! I think we'd all be thrilled to put a few games on your new acquisition. Time's a ticking though - only 7 weeks or so until the show!

-Rob
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

#111 65 days ago
Quoted from rkahr:

If you do all this and turn one up locally, you can still go on a road trip with it - bring it to the Texas Pinball Festival! I think we'd all be thrilled to put a few games on your new acquisition. Time's a ticking though - only 7 weeks or so until the show!
-Rob
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V Video Sync Combiner kit

Safe to say if he doesn't buy it, it will be coming with me to TPF

#112 63 days ago

Local lead I had on a MA turned up nothing. Maybe the pinGods want me to eat my words?

#113 63 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Local lead I had on a MA turned up nothing. Maybe the pinGods want me to eat my words?

Nah. There are plenty out there.

Have you looked into shipping?

#114 63 days ago

Listen, I've drive silly distances for sillier games.
If you're getting a GOOD deal, it certainly makes it easier.
It's not TOO bad if you can justify it a little better - make pilgrimage to a famous arcade, brewery, or whatever else. Visit a friend, go to a museum you've always wanted to.
Otherwise, throw it on a Fastenal pallet and wait!

#115 63 days ago

If you would've left at this time yesterday...you'd be home mousin around by now.

#116 63 days ago

And here we go...
One just popped up here on Pinside and it is in Illinois. Comparable price. This trip will cost you less than eight hours!
...or are you already on the road?

#117 63 days ago

Sent a PM. We will see. Honestly, I’ve made two runs to Chicago for pins and right now even with the extra time I would be okay not having to go back.

I’ve had a couple of squandered hopes of finding something local. It appears nobody wants to part with theirs. Decision will still be made Saturday!

#118 63 days ago
Quoted from rollitover:

And here we go...
One just popped up here on Pinside and it is in Illinois. Comparable price. This trip will cost you less than eight hours!
...or are you already on the road?

https://pinside.com/pinball/market/classifieds/ad/91210

2900obo

#119 63 days ago

EDIT: Misspoken.

#121 63 days ago

If your going to Springfield, Mo they have the largest Bass Pro shop that's pretty neat and a great aquarium connected to it that I highly recommend. Only thing is you need reservations to the aquarium, it helps keep the flow going through it. Plan on 3-4 hours, at least, to go through.

#122 63 days ago

Make the drive to Wauconda! Not a bad looking machine...I was checking that one out myself....

#123 63 days ago

If you want it, just go for it, and "Quit Mousin Around!" (Somebody had to do it).
It's the weekend, so no need to rush through in one day. Find a couple fun stops to make en-route and break up the monotony.

But don't fret, show season is coming up. A lot of deals start appearing when things warm up.

-Hans

#124 62 days ago
Quoted from goingincirclez:

Few years back I drove a dying minivan 16 hours round trip to get a Torpedo Alley. Still have fond memories of the trip and the game was definitely worth it. ( Fair disclosure, I had family and therefore a place to crash near the pickup site so that definitely helped )

Plus 1 for Torpedo Alley. I had a harrowing road trip for one with stiff competition! I started driving for 2 hours before I even got the address. I figured “hey we’ll be that much closer when we finally find out where we’re going!”
It’s taken me at least a solid few months of work off and on the past year to finally get that sucker playing!
It would take a lot to make me part with it.

#125 62 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Plus 1 for Torpedo Alley. I had a harrowing road trip for one with stiff competition! I started driving for 2 hours before I even got the address. I figured “hey we’ll be that much closer when we finally find out where we’re going!”
It’s taken me at least a solid few months of work off and on the past year to finally get that sucker playing!
It would take a lot to make me part with it.

What happened to the stiff competition? Were you there, loaded up and gone before the competition arrived?

#126 62 days ago

So you got the oil changed and tires checked?

#127 62 days ago
Quoted from dozer1:

So you got the oil changed and tires checked?

Got an oil change on Tuesday and new tires were in December. I’ve got 10 hours to make something happen. Not looking good. I work this weekend so I’ve got confirmation from gov to meet him next Friday. More details to come.

#128 62 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Got an oil change on Tuesday and new tires were in December. I’ve got 10 hours to make something happen. Not looking good. I work this weekend so I’ve got confirmation from gov to meet him next Friday. More details to come.

Is this still the one in MO?

#129 62 days ago

Do it man... why not. I just did a 12 hour round trip for a Dr. Dude. What else you got to do?

#130 62 days ago
Quoted from Daditude:

Is this still the one in MO?

Yep. The Chicago MA is not THAT much shorter and I’m okay not having to deal with tolls

#131 61 days ago

Go for it.
Two weeks ago I did a 1000 miles RT in a day for BK SOR LE.

Exhausted when I got home, but still had energy to play a few games to "welcome him to his new castle".

#132 61 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

What happened to the stiff competition? Were you there, loaded up and gone before the competition arrived?

Yep, that was the whole point! Driving there before anyone, even the seller was ready! Risky tactic but it worked out and everyone was happy in the end. There were so many people in line I didn’t want to risk a case of “oh you can’t make it today? I’ve got 2 other guys coming to look at it. Whoever is here soonest gets it”
It wasn’t implied, but with all the interest you know how some folks can get “I’ll overpay THIS much if you sell it out from under that guy”

#134 61 days ago

If you are going to end up making the trip, you might as well stop by Texas. I will sell you a millionaire, and you can further your system 11 collection.

#135 61 days ago

Well shipping would be no more than $500. $500 / 22 hours = $22.72 an hour. So it depends what your time is worth.

I’d ship it.

#136 61 days ago
Quoted from cottonm4:

Seawitch was 2200 miles RT
.

My Seawitch was $100 & 50 miles

#137 61 days ago
Quoted from NightTrain:

Well shipping would be no more than $500. $500 / 22 hours = $22.72 an hour. So it depends what your time is worth.
I’d ship it.

I'm guessing it is at least 750 miles each way as well. At 20mpg and 2 bucks a gallon...that would be $150 in gas as well.

Add in a motel stay, since he likely won't be driving 22 hours straight.($100)

Tack on food and snacks ($50...and probably a heck of a lot more than that)

You also have wear and tear on your car, a lot of your time spent, and there are always unforeseen incidentals.

I think there are really only 2 ways to look at it:

1) save yourself the hassle (and time) and ship it or just wait and find one closer.

2) commit to an all-out road trip. Stop and see the sights. Go on adventures. Make it a 3-4 day getaway.

#138 61 days ago

Yes

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#139 61 days ago

Alright my friends. The time has come. The clock struck midnight and I don’t have a Mousin’ Around in my game room. Which means I have NO choice but to drive the 22 hours to get gov ‘s. I will be leaving at 10:00 p.m. (yes, pm) Thursday, February 6, to Springfield, MO. I will be updating this thread with silly pictures and comments of where my travels lead me, in case any of you want to blow me a kiss as I’m driving through your beautiful city. The adventure awaits!

#140 61 days ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Yep, that was the whole point! Driving there before anyone, even the seller was ready! Risky tactic but it worked out and everyone was happy in the end. There were so many people in line I didn’t want to risk a case of “oh you can’t make it today? I’ve got 2 other guys coming to look at it. Whoever is here soonest gets it”
It wasn’t implied, but with all the interest you know how some folks can get “I’ll overpay THIS much if you sell it out from under that guy”

I had a couple of chases where I would text the seller about every hour to say, " I am in XYZ Kansas now. Stopped to gas up. I'm 3 hours away.
I stopped at McDonalds in Tulsa for a burger. I'm 2 hours away. "

That kind of stuff to let them know that I will be there.

If it is a hot pin, you gotta do what you gotta do.

#141 61 days ago

I wouldn’t drive 22 hrs for anything.

#142 61 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Alright my friends. The time has come. The clock struck midnight and I don’t have a Mousin’ Around in my game room. Which means I have NO choice but to drive the 22 hours to get gov ‘s. I will be leaving at 10:00 p.m. (yes, pm) Thursday, February 6, to Springfield, MO. I will be updating this thread with silly pictures and comments of where my travels lead me, in case any of you want to blow me a kiss as I’m driving through your beautiful city. The adventure awaits!

Google Earth shows that you have Interstate Highway all the way. With a night drive, that is very good. Drink lots of coffee. If the caffeine does not keep you awake, the need to pee will keep you alert

#143 61 days ago
Quoted from pipes:

I wouldn’t drive 22 hrs for anything.

...anything?

#144 61 days ago

Well, nothing to do with pinball that’s for sure.

#145 60 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Alright my friends. The time has come. The clock struck midnight and I don’t have a Mousin’ Around in my game room. Which means I have NO choice but to drive the 22 hours to get gov ‘s. I will be leaving at 10:00 p.m. (yes, pm) Thursday, February 6, to Springfield, MO. I will be updating this thread with silly pictures and comments of where my travels lead me, in case any of you want to blow me a kiss as I’m driving through your beautiful city. The adventure awaits!

Will be fun to keep an eye on the thread. Any pinsiders along the route that could offer ruralcollector help along the way? Maybe challenge him to a game or two in your personal collection? Maybe a PB&J sandwich? Something to make the trip more memorable for him...

-Rob
-visit http://www.kahr.us to get my daughterboard that helps fix WPC pinball resets or my Pinball 2000 H+V video sync combiner kit

#146 60 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

Alright my friends. The time has come. The clock struck midnight and I don’t have a Mousin’ Around in my game room. Which means I have NO choice but to drive the 22 hours to get gov ‘s. I will be leaving at 10:00 p.m. (yes, pm) Thursday, February 6, to Springfield, MO. I will be updating this thread with silly pictures and comments of where my travels lead me, in case any of you want to blow me a kiss as I’m driving through your beautiful city. The adventure awaits!

omg - you're out of your mind. Seriously reconsider and this is someone who just did an 8 hr today (IJTPA - so pretty).

22 hrs is nuts!!!!!

#147 60 days ago
Quoted from ruralcollector:

So what do you guys think?

I did a 28 hour drive with a buddy for my Simpsons Pinball Party years back. Rented a van that would fit the pin, with unlimited mileage for the weekend. Got sideswiped before I left town, left it on the side of the road, back to the rental agency and got another one six hours later.

Drove all night drinking energy drinks and listening to techno to make sure we’d be there to pick up at 11am the next day. It was the middle of the winter and we made it with four hours to spare on a Sunday morning when literally nothing was open, so me and my buddy laid in the back to get some sleep in a parking lot about 15 minutes out. Cop stops by to see two grown men spooning in the back of a van, to this day I’d love to know what was going through his mind.

Picked up an absolutely beautiful HUO pin a few hours later, ate a massive amount of bad fast food and drove all the way back, unloaded and dropped the van before midnight on Sunday with just over 2000 miles on it.

Great memories, awesome pinball adventure.

Sometimes you just gotta make an event out of getting a pin you like!

#148 60 days ago

I'm not sure everyone who lives in a big city or in close proximity to others like on the eastern seaboard know what it's like to have to make big drives to find
just about anything cool. 22hrs, if done in 2 days is no big deal. I've made similar drives in the past and it's been worth it. I've done a 6hr drive for a MA and another pin. Ma is a decent title, not A list in my opinion, but if we all wanted the same pins this would be a pretty boring hobby. Go for it, enjoy the ride (drive)!

....just make sure the ball locks work in the MA, those were a bitch to source

#149 60 days ago

Hell yeah - It takes me 8 hours (each way) just to go Antelope Hunting. In State! ... and I go every year I can pull a tag.

Be nice if you could find a pinsider or two who need a machine moved from MN to MO to pay for the trip!

#150 60 days ago

I've done it for Bingo pins.

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