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Old 04-25-2007, 07:02 AM   #21
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Yeah I have Microsucks streets and trips with the USB GPS receiver. Though I was running it on my Gate-crap laptop that was 4 years old and as soon as you diverted from course it would crash and you would have to reboot the whole laptop. I did buy another software product, which I do not have in front of me so I do not remember the name.

With the USB GPS receiver I did not need Blue Tooth. They are not that expensive either. I think I got the receiver and S&T for around $100.00 total.

For this bus I was thinking of building a micro-ATX PC. To build a basic PC with just the requirements, along with some extra memory and a nice DVD drive for movies, will run about $250. Though that seems excessive for something to be locked down in the bus with little alternate use, so we will probably end up with another laptop before long.
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:21 AM   #22
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We fly out tomorrow to drive the beast home.... pray for us!!!

Any tips on what we should look for when picking it up? other than rust...
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Old 04-25-2007, 10:37 AM   #23
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The usual...oil leaks, oil level, coolant leaks, coolant level, stop off and check tire pressure as soon as you can, I found my tires to all be at half of their ratings when I picked it up.

Stop and buy some oil and coolant as soon as you can.

Ask lots of questions, know where the fuel tank port is, find out if fuel gauge (and other gauges) are working, etc. Go over all the controls, flip the switches, understand what turns on the lights, wipers, heaters, etc before pulling out. Have some duct tape, the fans rattled really bad and I applied some duct tape to quiet them, or else I would have gone crazy by the time I got home.

Make sure all the outside lights and turn-signals work.

Ask directions to find closest gas station that you can get bus in and out of easily and top off, I find that now half my time driving around I spend casing gas stations for bus accessibility. Once you are on the highway then finding diesel truck-stops becomes very easy.

Since you are flying you cannot really take tools with you, but I had all my socket sets, large wrenches and screwdrivers with me just in case.
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Old 04-25-2007, 11:52 AM   #24
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we plan on going through northern texico around amarrilo so shouldn't be tooo much time spent there... we could get tools, but not in carry on. Carry on will be clothes, bedding, shivs, duct tape, you know.... the essential stuff

jk about the shiv, dont call airtran on me lol... they suck enough as it is.
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Old 04-29-2007, 12:17 AM   #25
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Well, we made it back! 1100 miles, 2 days of driving and we didn't even break down. We averaged about 9 miles to the gallon...and about 60 mph, it took about 20 hours of driving. We're all really looking forward to our trip next year, and have some big plans in store for the future!
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Old 04-30-2007, 10:11 AM   #26
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:42 AM   #27
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now we begin the arduous task of creating sleeping quarters for 8 people (4 of whom are over 6 ft.) into a 7'8" x 7'4" room.....
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Old 04-30-2007, 02:16 PM   #28
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I feel for you. If you ever see any of the pictures of my rag tag crew you'd see we have two guys under 6' and the rest of us are 6'3"....6'4"....6'5" in my case....Hospital mattresses work great if you can get a hold of some. They are wrapped in some sort of a mattress condom so after disinfecting with bleach there is no fear of them being dirty and they're LONG....atleast the ones I got were. The guys in the bunks with the hospital mattresses have longer beds than I do in my "suite" in the back room!
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Old 05-01-2007, 12:01 PM   #29
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We have figured out a way to make it work, by offsetting the beds 90 degrees around the room we can fit 6 beds, 2 of which would be doubles as we have 2 couples... gives everyone aprox 36 inches to the bed above them at their head and aprox 18 inches at the feet. Now we are debating metal framing and wood framing as my uncle that lives nearby is a professional welder, and the metal framing would save space compared to wood.... anyone have experience with either?
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Old 05-04-2007, 12:42 PM   #30
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In the past few days we have: retitled in FL as an RV, got a vanity plate "48 state", torn down one of the ex-bathroom walls, and washed and vacuumed it... I'll take some pictures today or tomorrow and post them up so everyone can oooh and ahhh... ok so maybe not, but still you can see what I speak of. =)

I also found the owners manual to it, 1983 bluebird if anyone needs it I can scan it and post it in the gallery. My cousin who is a diesel mechanic is supposedly sending me a manual for the bus as well and I'll post that when I get it as well.
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