So today I thought I would replace the throttle cable. Unfortunately VW never bothered to put the procedure in its manual. After struggling with it till dark I gave up. The solution turns out being to remove the passenger-side rear wheel. I guess I have to do that tomorrow.
While down there I did notice a little more rot up front than elsewhere. Hope something can be done about it. Possibly a welder in my future?
I did get a spiffy new jack with a height extension that is perfect for the bus! Trick is to get the SUV model. So far it jacked the bus quite easy. Has a tricky release but it is manageable for the price. I was able to borrow jack stands though I only have three and a half. It should be enough for now.