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Old 04-23-2007, 01:45 PM   #1
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48 State Bus

Me and some friends got together to buy a bus to go to all 48 states in 48 days, we recently purchased a bus in omaha, NE and saw a bus extremely similar in the gallery:

http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skooli ... M.jpg.html

I was wondering if anyone knew anything about this bus or has any input on purchasing a 1983 bluebird with a 8.2L detroit diesel....

we are young and naive so any input will help us out immensely!
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:53 PM   #2
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48 states in 48 days is ambitious! I'm a little jealous. I just want to see all 50 before I turn 30 giving me 7.5 more years.

The most important thing if you want to achieve your goal is going to be making sure that thing is rock solid reliable. Are you planning on doing some test runs first to make sure it's really roadworthy?
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Old 04-23-2007, 10:59 PM   #3
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We drive it home thursday for 18 hours.... bound to find out a little bit there.

When we get it home, I'm sure I'll be posting a lot more.

So far we are planning on taking a total of 8 people and are currently setting up the calendar of events leaving a couple days in most major places to also give us some leeway in case of problems. Currently scheduled for 5/10/08.

The plan as of now, is to only hit some states just to take a picture at the "Welcome To ____" sign... and that will give us more time in the places that we would like to spend most of the expedition. Probably we will stay at national parks most of the times with some rare occasions in hotels as we are poor college students.
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Wal-Mart and Casino parking lots....they're secure and comfortable. It is always considered proper manners to buy something should you stop at a Wal-Mart. Go play $5 in a slot machine at the casino and drink $20 worth of free beverages. They probably would never know one way or the other, but it's just plain polite.

What's the plan for Minnesota? If you're coming through the north I would think you'd want to take atleast an hour or two to see a glacial lake or perhaps the North Shore. If you're going down south you could stop at the Mall of America I suppose. Otherwise just keep driving.
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Maybe you could post where you are and meet up with another member and their bus in each state!
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Old 04-24-2007, 02:47 PM   #6
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We have a schedule forming up on myspace.com/48statebus
I think you have to be a friend to view it though, but if you have a myspace just invite me as friend and I'll accept.

The calendar of events is under construction now but we have a basic idea of where we are stopping. The times are horribly off and some of the exact locations will change slightly, but the basic areas are laid out.... so more or less we looked at google maps, and used mapquest to figure out where we would get with a good days drive in the right direction.

Since we are poor, we are also looking to possibly get sponsors, but I don't know how hard that would be..... but worth a try!

I'm willing to go out of my way for biodiesel if it makes the sponsors more willing to participate, so I guess we will have to see on that one.
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Well it looks good. A word of caution...I'm not sure how much this will affect your overall budget, but you really probably should plan for an oil change or two and atleast SOME replacement parts. A new to you tire might run $100 installed. At the same time, your estimates of camping are high, especially if you do the truck stop, wal-mart, or casino thing a few times. Don't forget tolls either. They can be unavoidable and MEAN in something that size.
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If you do come through my area and need a place to stay you can stop for a night at my place.
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Old 04-24-2007, 04:12 PM   #9
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Thanks for the offer, I guess we'll have to check our schedule, although I don't think we have are planning on sleeping in Iowa.

We are however having some trouble finding cheap insurance for this bus! I seriously didn't think it would be this hard to get it titled and insured! If anyone has any recommendations on either subject please pass them on, so far ownership of a skoolie has been a lot of work but our 7 week vacation next year will make it all worth it!
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Most people on here have had great luck with State Farm, especially if they already have a car insured there. State Farm is where I have mine insured.
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