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Old 12-17-2016, 05:22 PM   #1
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Hey all! I've been lurking for a few months now. I finally found a bus, and am currently on my way back to Colorado from Kentucky with it. As there is a giant snowstorm in the way, I have some extra time on my hands while I wait for the ice to come off the roads. So I figured I'd get started on my conversion thread. My good friend who lives outside of Cincinnati drove me down to pick up the bus, a 2000 International CE w/at DT466E, MT643, air brakes and rear suspension, and cargo bays. It was a wee bit chilly at 9 degrees, but the bus started right up, no problem.

Here's my first peek at her IRL:


Me and the awesome farmer, Ed:


My good friend Johanna and I (I'm on the right):


Once I got things figured out (I've never driven a bus before....*gulp*), I got headed out towards St. Louis. I stopped at a truck stop for gas--yet another learning experience.


Once I made it into St. Louis, I learned about the crappy weather coming. My one front tire was almost entirely bald, and the other front had maybe 30% tread remaining. I found an awesome tire place that put on two new front tires for me, and let me keep the better of the old ones as a spare.


I got back on the road just in time to be stuck in the ice storm and sit on I-70 at a dead stop for 2+ hrs. I finally got off the highway and got parked, and my cousin came and rescued me. I'm waiting at their house now--hopefully tomorrow things are better and I can get headed home.

When I get home, I'll get more pics of the bus up. Everything looks really good as far as I can tell, with only a small amount of surface rust on some of the hinges, etc. We'll see what it looks like after I start tearing down.

My intent is to build towards eventual full-time living. I'm single, and have a small dog and two cats, which I will have to try to figure out how to incorporate into living in the bus (litterbox, etc). My plans in general include a roof raise, 4+" of spray foam insulation, walling off the driving area completely (or possibly using a pocket pass-through door) and using the side emergency exit as the "main" door, an Incinolet, double bed (maybe murphy-style), and solar/generator/shore power.

My skills are not great, but I have some awesome friends I will be recruiting to the task. I am plundering shamelessly from ideas on the forum, and am excited to see how things come out in the future.

Any feedback and suggestions are always welcome, and thanks to all who share their knowledge freely!

Edit: Not sure why the pics aren't linking. Here's the link to the album until I get it figured out: Bus Photos
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Old 12-17-2016, 08:35 PM   #2
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Welcome, glad you are here

She is a beauty! and wowie look at those brand spankin new fronts
Good to treat ourselves

Funny it took me a minute to realize being from Colorado makes you no strange to snow storns lol Glad to read you are safe and with good folk. Buses seem to summon the best of more people. I suspect deep down most people secretly admire and wish to live Skoolie too.

Looking forward to seeing what unfolds with the bus build.


PS. Many here have furry companions and i know a particular lady Cat who adores her new bus home
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Old 12-17-2016, 10:09 PM   #3
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I can't remember now where I saw it but somewhere I saw something where they cut an opening in the stairwell and made provisions for the cat litter box there... so it's out of the way but still easily accessible both for the cat and for cleaning.
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Old 12-18-2016, 08:11 AM   #4
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Cats

I knew if I posted about cats, folks would come out of the woodwork. I've tried searching the forums for info, but it can't tell the difference between felines and engines, and I didn't have the patience to wade through all of the results.

I'm rattling around ideas of building a custom sized box under furniture (i.e. couch), and possibly making a dog kennel on top of it. Who knows! The awesome thing about building stuff from scratch is you can do whatever makes the most sense for you.
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:44 AM   #5
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How come i can't see the photos?
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Old 12-18-2016, 11:47 AM   #6
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I'm living full time on my bus with 2 chihuashuas and a huge maine coon cat. I have his box up under the dash for now. We've been full-timing it for 7 weeks now and we're loving it!

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Old 12-18-2016, 02:24 PM   #7
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I have a litter robot, it's a huge space waster but it looks cool and I dont have to scoop daily :P
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:14 PM   #8
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I have a litter robot, it's a huge space waster but it looks cool and I dont have to scoop daily :P
I've thought about one of those. I currently have a massively tall cat box with a top entry to keep my poop eating chihuahuas out of it!
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Old 12-18-2016, 05:16 PM   #9
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I can't remember now where I saw it but somewhere I saw something where they cut an opening in the stairwell and made provisions for the cat litter box there... so it's out of the way but still easily accessible both for the cat and for cleaning.
I saw that on Pinterest the other day, but can't find it... but I did find this blog, apparently written by a cat, LOL. And they have some ideas on there for a cat box place and other cool stuff. Bus Renovations: A Cat’s Purrrfect RV Litter Box | Technomadia

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Old 12-18-2016, 10:48 PM   #10
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That might be the one I looked at, sounds vaguely familiar......
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