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Old 03-11-2015, 10:17 PM   #1
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Hello everyone! My wife and I just bought our first bus and plan on converting it into our new home on wheels. We have lived in small spaces since we got together almost 10 years ago. Since then we have lived in small apartments, vw van, teepee, and a 26' rv. I've been reading a lot of the other conversion threads and decided that I would post the progress on our bus. I have never done anything like this and would like to get some feedback on it. Work on the bus is planning on starting up this weekend. We had a time getting the bus home because the tenneessee title that we brought back to VA had sold for salvage written on the back and were saying we would have to have the bus inspected by the dmv and so on. The man I bought it from for a duplicate title made up and had the salvage part removed. About 3 weeks later we were able to bring it home in the mountains. It only overheated once and had to rest on a ridge about 20 miles away from home. Most of the seats have already been removed and I plan on taking out the remaining two and then start on removing the floor.
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Old 03-11-2015, 10:35 PM   #2
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Welcome!

No pics BTW
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Old 03-12-2015, 01:14 AM   #3
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Pics dont work for me also.

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Old 03-12-2015, 06:58 AM   #4
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Yeah the getting the bus home is always an interesting experience.
Rest areas or pull-offs at the tops of really long or steep grades are a lifesaver.
Welcome to the forum. Lets work on getting those pics up and working.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:37 PM   #5
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Take 2 on the pictures.
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Old 03-12-2015, 08:57 PM   #6
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They worked!!

Nice size bus.

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Old 03-13-2015, 05:47 AM   #7
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Good people! ;)
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:09 PM   #8
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We had good weather this weekend in the mountains and were able to remove the rest of the seats and fought the 24 year old glue of the rubber floor and won. We are wanting to do a roof raise and want to get some input on some things before i make my next move. Is it better to skin the ceiling or can i glue insulation to it? If anyone has some advice it would be greatly apprecitated. thanks!
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Everyone has their own take on that.
Lots of us go pretty heavy handed in that regard. I've stripped mine down mostly to the ribs and outer skin. Will paint that then put insulation and then panel over with wood.
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Old 03-19-2015, 07:41 PM   #10
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I totally recommend doing the raise.....It's not difficult, just a lot of work. Follow my thread if you'd like.....I'm putting together very simple, informative YouTube videos, and also pictures of the process.
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