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Old 11-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #11
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Re: 12 Years in the making- The story of Murphy

good to hear, less fuel used is good
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:03 AM   #12
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Re: 12 Years in the making- The story of Murphy

I have to point out that this very bus is a testament to why Skoolies are better than pretty much everything. People might think we're all bonkers, but if you need a house in a jiffy and didn't have that bus..?

Kudos to you for keeping the old girl and bringing her back to life. Sounds like you're really on top of things, keep us posted when you can!
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Old 11-21-2013, 08:22 AM   #13
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Re: 12 Years in the making- The story of Murphy

I just got the deal of a lifetime. A friend owns a wrecking service and tows cars for the city. Well he has a short bus, international, that he got from the county. He lets the local FD come and practice extractions, so it has a good portion of its body destroyed by jaws of life, etc. BUT the engine and transmission are still in her. I had a WWII Dodge truck winch, and he collects military trucks too. So I traded him the winch for a 1993 T444E with an Allison 6speed OD transmission!

My bus isn't really going to be going anywhere for awhile, but when she does next, she will go with much better MPG and power! It won't be a priority to install the engine and transmission, it was just one of those deals I shouldn't pass up. Especially since I get diesel free or at rock bottom pricing.

One of the things I took when the landlord booted us, was my nice $35 hunter digital programmable thermostat. I have been using the suburban one that came out of the S&S motorhome I got the furnaces from. The heater would kick on, run till it was way hot, then kick off, then kick on again, etc. On a 40 degree night it probably ran every 20-40 min. Last night it was 42 outside. Heater ran twice, the whole night, and kept it over 57 (night time setting), mostly in the low 60's. VERY HAPPY. This means much less propane is being burned, and my furnace isn't going to be worn out after one winter. I can't recommend it enough if you have your heat this way and you have and old crappy thermostat. I will probably save the cost of the digital one in a month at this rate. Very easy to do, you hook one wire to RH and the other to W. It runs on two AA batteries that I put in it when I first installed it in the house, 3 years ago. Best part is I can set 3 different temps in a day. So right before we get into bed it warms up the room (that's usually when we shower too, nice to have it warm then!) and right before we wake up it warms up too. Then about when we normally go to bed it drops to 57, since we are snuggled in and under the blankets.

When I get around to installing cooling I will try to use the same one for that as well, and get another one just like it for the front. My plan is to sperate the bus into two zones, one being the bedroom and bathroom with its own A/C and furnace, and then the rest of the bus with another. That way we can alternate which system is running hard, if we are sleeping or out front sitting or cooking. Should help conserve energy.

I forgot to mention that besides me and my wife, there are 3 dogs, a cat, a ferret, and our pet pig Tinkerbell living with us. I will take pictures of them and post. We had to make Tinkerbell a special ramp for her to get in and out, she can't climb the steep, shallow bus steps.


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Old 11-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #14
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Re: 12 Years in the making- The story of Murphy

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I have to point out that this very bus is a testament to why Skoolies are better than pretty much everything. People might think we're all bonkers, but if you need a house in a jiffy and didn't have that bus..?

Kudos to you for keeping the old girl and bringing her back to life. Sounds like you're really on top of things, keep us posted when you can!
Thanks, and you are exactly right! I don't get to do it often but I do rub it in a little to my wife about it. For the last 3 years she was actively trying to get me to sell her, but something besides laziness kept me from doing it. I'm so glad (she is too) that I didn't listen to her!

We rented a small 21ft S&S camper for her mother to stay in when she came down. I mean it is a rental so it has been rode hard and put away wet, but it is just falling apart. Everything is just so cheaply and shoddy. I can't believe people pay thousands for them!

My wife liked the little bathroom layout but no way to put that in the bus with our current floorplan. She did say she was glad to have a large bus, because that camper would have been way too small to live in full time, especially with the animals!
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Old 11-25-2013, 11:44 AM   #15
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Re: 12 Years in the making- The story of Murphy

Hey Adam!

I remember you told me you were moving... Didn't know it was into the bus!

Dan isn't doing anything on his at the moment. It works well for inlaws/relatives staying during the summer.

Looks like an adventure, at least it's cheap living.
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Old 06-01-2014, 07:09 PM   #16
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How is everything going in the world of this Skoolie?
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