THANK YOU ALL for your input, even the ones who did not post but thought they would take it, no matter what.
Based on some of the detailed comments, and our Memorial trip camping (where as SPACE for hauling was NOT AN ISSUE!), we decided to keep the van and just see how much further we can go with it.
Don't know what could possible go wrong next, just put another 500 miles on it last weekend with luckily no issue (thus driving without cruise is not nice).
Wish I would have someone close buy who could help or trade labor. Am studying the repair manual tonight and see how to take the clock spring apart, maybe cleaning helps.
Thanks again all! It really helped.
Do not touch a running system!