It was less than 24 hours after retrieving the vehicle that I found myself in some familiar positions. On my knees behind the bus. Lying on my back under the bus. Contorted around the floorboard and digging up under the dash. Some things never change.
Everything that was in the bus survived the trip. It was supposed to be completely empty during shipping, but I simply forgot a few items here and there (camping chairs, extension cords, a few spare parts, etc) when dropping it off at the port. Absolutely everything had been rummaged through and tossed around. I guess nothing seemed valuable enough to swipe.
Since I wasn’t interested in leaving my tools behind and there was no way I was going to pay to send them separately (or pay the extra baggage/weight fees on the airline) I decided to just hide them around the vehicle. No issues – nobody dug in that far.
I’ve got 4 years experience with hiding and smuggling random contraband across borders in a VW bus on my resume. So, this was pretty simple.