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Old 07-29-2009, 09:25 AM   #1
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Delurking to introduce ... "Resurrection Fern"

Hello everyone. I can't tell you how excited I am to be here. I have been lurking in the shadows for a few months now, basically soaking in all of your knowledge and advice to one another and sharing - albeit silently - in the joys of your own adventures as Skoolie owners and creators. I've actually been lurking so long that I feel like I know you all so well already but then realized that none of you know me. So let's remedy that situation, shall we?

My name is Lee. I am a 37 year old mother/wife to the most wonderful family in the world. My husband is Jim (54), my daughter is Lauren (16), and my son is Colin (12). We live in southern middle Tennessee where we work 40 hour a week jobs - Jim works for an electrical contractor at a big tire plant and I am a fitness goober (assistant manager and group fitness instructor at the local gym) - and homeschool our children (this will be our third year) and try to live a simple lifestyle that affords us all that we NEED in life.

We have been talking about buying a bus, converting it to live in, and taking off to travel the country - possibly the world - for about 2.5 or 3 years now. Things have finally started to happen for us and we just so happened to stumble upon a killer deal on this awesome school bus a few months ago. It is a 1988 Thomas Built on a GMC chassis with a 8.2 liter Detroit Diesel engine. (That's about the extent of MY knowledge on the mechanical specifics.) We know that she spent about 3 years as a church bus before they sold her to an individual who turned around and sold her to us just a couple of months later. She sat at my mom's house for a couple of months while we prepped our side/back yard for her arrival: some diseased trees had to be removed and a driveway had to be built. We finally brought her home on July 4 and have been working on her a little bit at a time.

Her name is "Resurrection Fern". (Find out more about the name on our blog: http://resurrection-fern.blogspot.co...hind-name.html) We have big plans for her. We have a basic floor plan that should accommodate the four of us and two dogs (Jack and Jed). We plan to build her using as many recycled/reclaimed/salvaged materials as possible. Right now our biggest concern is getting insurance for her, painting her, getting bunks/bedroom framed in, and laying out/installing the bathroom as soon as possible. We would like to take her on long weekend trips as early as October with a month long stay in Louisiana in February. We are optimistically thinking that we can be ready to full-time in her come Summer 2010. Our intention is to get the basics in, start using her, and build her as we go. We have no false hopes of having her completely "DONE" for at least a couple of years. We really want to take our time with her and build her to fit us and our needs the best way possible and have fun doing it, not be stressed because it needs to be done TODAY!

So there's the basic introduction and plan. Of course, as you all know this is totally up in the air and subject to change at any moment. That's part of the fun, right??

I so look forward to talking to you all, learning from you, and sharing our own journey/adventure with you as we go.

Here's a sneak peek at Fernie (as I have started to lovingly call her) from day 1 to today. Don't forget you can see more pics and follow more closely at her own weblog: http://resurrection-fern.blogspot.com and/or her youtube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/ResurrectionFernBus.







We've also made our first mark on her by painting a sky on the ceiling, which turned out much better than I expected. Before putting the sky on, however, we did put two coats of paint on with ceramic additives for insulation. I can already tell a HUGE difference. More details and a little video of the process and final result can be found here: http://resurrection-fern.blogspot.co...k-ceiling.html
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Old 07-29-2009, 09:49 AM   #2
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Re: Delurking to introduce ... "Resurrection Fern"

Thanks so much for the warm welcome. So glad you found the YT videos. Hope you enjoyed it. The southern accent wasn't too much, was it?

I'll definitely be keeping you guys up to date on what's going on. I'm sure there will be lots of questions and maybe even some hair pulling (of my own, that is). But in the end, I think it will so totally be worth it.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:02 AM   #3
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Welcome! Our family too is looking to do the whole liveaboard thing for a while.. check out our posts!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:05 AM   #4
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Welcome Lee! I didn't hear any accent at all!!

I'm in Nashville though.....

Oh good. Thanks for the reassurance.

There's just something about the sound of my own voice that makes me sit up and go, "WTH?????!!! Do I really sound like THAT???!!!"
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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Welcome! Our family too is looking to do the whole liveaboard thing for a while.. check out our posts!
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Hi Heidi. I saw your introduction post earlier. It is actually your post that made me just sit down and do my own. So thanks for that.
It seems we have a lot in common. I look forward to watching your journey, as well.
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:46 AM   #6
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Re: Delurking to introduce ... "Resurrection Fern"

Welcome to the asylum. Sounds like a great family project. I still hav'nt told my wife I bought one yet. Been six months now. I go out and work on it when I can. She thinks I'm having an affair with a carpenter/mechanic. She'll really be mad when she finds out it is a bus and not an affair Good luck and keep us posted!
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Old 07-29-2009, 10:53 AM   #7
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Welcome to the asylum. Sounds like a great family project. I still hav'nt told my wife I bought one yet. Been six months now. I go out and work on it when I can. She thinks I'm having an affair with a carpenter/mechanic. She'll really be mad when she finds out it is a bus and not an affair Good luck and keep us posted!

Wow Papabear!
I take it the wife isn't fond of the idea of a school bus?

Thanks so much for the welcome. I'll keep you posted on our progress and you keep me updated on your "affair".
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:16 AM   #8
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I've been subliminally breaking it to her. When she talks of RV's, it's the $100,000.00 plus units. I just had different ideas for the money. When I paint the outside, I'll drive it up to the house and show her. In a perfect world.....She'll say "It's a school bus" - I'll say "It's an RV, babe" Then we'll go inside and she'll say "This looks nice" and we'll make beautiful love and drive to a secluded spot and make beatuful love again. I'll be like that smiley guy on the Enzyte commercials. OR NOT
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Old 07-29-2009, 11:25 AM   #9
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Yes, well..i've looked and have been looking at the way high priced RV's too. And my parents were from the Sunshine family days of earth shoes and vanilla bean yogurt made from scratch, so that went by the wayside real quick. She'll LOVE it, i promise For me, the Skool bus convert was a no brainer for me. Besides, i've taken my kids out the hectic world of "gotta have this!" so it's a learning experience all the way around. I might even do something crazy like home school them..from a school BUS!! omg..i just had to say that. Now, Mark thinks I'm crazy to do that..but I say, "hey, we can do MUCH better than the school system in half the time." I'm sure Fern would agree, since I see she's been doing that for a few years now. But i also work, so we'll see.. Either way, it's a more down to earth way of experiencing life! Skoolie's are definitely the way to go!
good luck..i'd love to see pics of her first view of it!
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Welcome Lee & family!! So good to hear you finally piped up & introduced yourself!

Good to hear you did the research before your purchase! This is really the best place IN THE WORLD to learn about conversions. Please post many photos as we all thrive on everyones projects! Good luck.

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