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Old 10-05-2009, 03:06 PM   #121
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glad you made it man. cant wait to see all the other pics and read about the trip.
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Old 10-05-2009, 10:45 PM   #122
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glad you made it man. cant wait to see all the other pics and read about the trip.
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Old 10-17-2009, 09:09 AM   #123
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FINALLY got DSL hooked up today so we are back online!

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So, more updates are coming? "Inquiring minds want to know."
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:51 PM   #124
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FINALLY got DSL hooked up today so we are back online!

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So, more updates are coming? "Inquiring minds want to know."
Oh yea, I will be posting soon but I have to get our business caught up first... ya know, $ rules!
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:48 AM   #125
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I know I keep bouncing back & forth from these 2 threads... I have a non-stop brain fart goin on!

Man, the weather here is incredible how quickly it changes! Yesterday I was working inside/outside installing the wood stove in the cabin in jeans, tshirt & sandles & this morning I woke up to ice on the Nissan! BRRR...

Now that we are in NM we are thinking that we may sell Buster.... The main reason for this is the low profile of the body (which I LOVE) makes it a bit hard to get around the remote areas we live in & want to travel to... I think our focus may change to building a small buiding for the business (instead of using the bus for our office) & buying a shorty instead as we do not need all the room that we have with Buster when converting to an RV... We can pull our small trailer behind a short bus for all the toys & additional sleeping area as it is an RV style trailer & still have plenty of space to travel plus the time & money to convert a shorty would be so much less... Another problem is we just got rain & yup the bus is no longer level as the wet soil allowed the ramps I built to sink some... pain in the butt...

Who knows...I like Buster & hate to get rid of him since he did so well for us & proved itself on this maiden voyage.....
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:17 PM   #126
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Damn! That is a hard decision. What's your ground clearance now? If you could find a nice shorty from that area, it would probably be better suited to the environment.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:54 PM   #127
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TC, right now it is hard for me to lay on my back to get under the mid section of the body... & I am a tall thin guy! I think a shorty would be better as I also have a long driveway to the cabin that has 5-6 sharp 90 degree turns in it & it is a bear to drive the bus into the property! I don't know what I am gonna do yet...
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Old 10-21-2009, 03:31 PM   #128
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you could rent a dozer and make a new driveway. you own the property and no one is gonna call the city on ya. haha. or better yet....keep buster and forgo the cost of building a work building. as long as you start buster up once a month or so and winterize and all that you would still have it if you needed it. then go buy the shorty. you could be a multi bus family. i like the idea. plus i bet it would be expensive to build a work building that is as solid as buster. just my little idea. i hate to see you get rid of the bus.
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Old 10-21-2009, 04:47 PM   #129
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you could rent a dozer and make a new driveway. you own the property and no one is gonna call the city on ya. haha. or better yet....keep buster and forgo the cost of building a work building. as long as you start buster up once a month or so and winterize and all that you would still have it if you needed it. then go buy the shorty. you could be a multi bus family. i like the idea. plus i bet it would be expensive to build a work building that is as solid as buster. just my little idea. i hate to see you get rid of the bus.
Yea but when you come see the property you will understand how nice the entrance is & the privacy from the "road" is beautiful! I will be sure to do some tree trimming before you drive bftl into the drive...

I would love to keep the bus & have a multi bus family but as we all know, it's all about the money! I did suggest to Dara that we could use salvaged pine board & completely cover Buster in wood with a pitched roof to give the illusion of a rustic cabin!
The bus runs so well & like I said before, it is a blast to drive & I really enjoyed the trek minus the minor mechanical issues but those have been & will be taken care of...

I dunno....

EDIT: How was yer birthday? Was it tourist hell at EPCOT?

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My vote is for a cabbaged military drivetrain installed under Buster

That was the exact reason I chose a school bus over a transit/coach style bus.....ground clearence.

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I originally was hunting & tracking skoolies with a diesel pusher on the brain when I came across our bus... I couldn't resist the price & condition & like I mentioned before I love the transit style low profile body... It just sucked me in!

When we bought the property they said the roads were graded - HMMM... Forest Access Road 66 to Cibola National Forest leads to the subdivision & it gets graded about once every 6-8 weeks & gets alot of traffic. The subdivision had rough areas when we got here & needed grading then... It of course is worse now, 4 weeks later & it has rained which makes these sticky mud patties that stick to your tires basically giving us a 4WD Nissan with slicks! Anyway the rain has caused grooves in the dirt (not gravel) roads... fun to drive when its wet as the Nissan likes to go into a 4 wheel slide powered up around some of the corners, so I guess I haven't helped matters too much huh...

OK OK...cabbaged? Whats that mean... You talking a 4WD drivetrain with adjustable air bags so I can lift it up when needed to clear the washouts & then slam it in the weeds when parked?? I like it!!
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Old 10-22-2009, 01:00 AM   #130
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Birthday rocked man. Epcot was actually not too packed. It was a tuesday night, so I guess thats why. There were having their food and wine festival which was great. Got have stuff from all over the globe. Was a blast. The fireworks display was insane. Had giant fireballs. I mean huge. It was over 100 yards away, and was still uncomfortably hot. Crazy.

I say you talk her into turning buster into a cabin. I like it. Already solid and waterproof. The exterior could all be about making it look good and ignoring those things.
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