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Old 04-08-2010, 08:23 PM   #31
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i have been known to go to the golden light from time to time
and i think i saw lonesome goat wrote in the bathroom

i just read that the vi-30 is because i bought the bus in mississippi ...this is from the txdps site

(b) Out-of-state registered vehicles. Vehicles required to be registered in Texas will be required to be inspected at an official vehicle inspection station and obtain a vehicle identification certificate, Form VI-30-A, before the registration process can be completed. Valid out-of-state safety inspection certificates will not be honored on vehicles required to be registered.
srry didnt mean to turn ur thread into the texas inspection/registration thread
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:30 PM   #32
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No problem. I went in their office, twice, and stated give me the forms you need and tell me exactly what you need from me." The very next day I showed up with the info while it was still fresh in their collective minds. In the end what it comes down to is how much money do they require.

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Old 04-12-2010, 06:01 PM   #33
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After working our hind ends off the last three days we are a few minor details away from taking the maiden voyage to, the tailgate of all tailgates, Texas Motor Speedway. The bus is FAR from finished but it is legal, fresh fluids(mostly), large deck, powered, water resistant, and covered by both liability and roadside insurance. We leave on Thursday morning returning on Monday. This will be a trial run to tweak final design plans and "needful" things.

Welcome the the Enormous Apparatus. Enter at your own peril...if you're not careful you just may have a good time.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:58 PM   #34
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Well, drove 500 +- miles with no issues other than oil leaks. I got a whopping 8 miles to the gallon cruising a fairly comfortable 65 mph. RPM guage does not work so no info there. Temperature ranged between 170 -200* Oil pressure 75-100. Air pressure 120+-.

After this "test run" I will be changing the interior design as well as all storage issues. We were parked so tight in our spot that I could not access my battery box. I was going to put my genset, aux. batteries, fuel, etc along that side. I need the access. Back to paper.....

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Old 04-20-2010, 02:30 PM   #35
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Glad to hear your trip went well. I like the way you installed the deadbolt on the front doors. How long did it take you to put that in? Looks like it involved some welding. Anyway, I think that is great solution to the door locking dilemma! Are you're welding skills for hire?
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:47 AM   #36
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The dead bolt did require some welding. I bought the square piece that accepts the lock from a metal supply store. They normally use it for custom metal gates. It took a couple of hours to make. The door itself was another story as the bus had been wrecked and whoever pieced it together did a very poor job. It was a mess and we had to cut out and fill in some areas. We actually installed it inside out. If you want to bring your door over we can hook it up. Just pay for the material, prolly 15 bucks or so.

Yes Smitty. The bus priority will be for the particular spot we control at TMS. It wouldnt have been such an issue if the guy next door was actually present. Since it rained most of the weekend he stayed home. i am sure he would have moved his slide out for us if he was around. I tend not to rely on other people too much so I will prolly redesign some stuff The girls liked the openess of the bus and a few other guys who had buses commented on it as well. i looked at their bus and I tend to agree. For our use "open" is better. I think I will reduce the bunks to one and build a wet bath vs. a seperate toilet and shower, keeping the front 2/3rds as sitting with minimal countertops.

I will definitely spend some time insulating the dash and motor area. Quieting this thing down is a priority now. This first race was a good test run for what needs to get done but I will be parking the bus for a few months to give the house some much needed attention.

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Old 04-21-2010, 10:38 AM   #37
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Thanks! I'll get in touch with you after I get my bus a little further along. I'm working on the cockpit right now, so it's not really roadworthy; but I hope to have it on the road in the next week or two. I'm itching to take it for a drive, so a trip out to Wimberley would be perfect. Then we could stand around, drink beer, kick tires, spit, and do all those things Texans are supposed to do... "yup, I'll tell ya what, dang 'ole, nice bus, uh huh".

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Old 04-21-2010, 10:43 PM   #38
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Whos gonna bring the brisket, thats what texans do.........Lived in Bastrop before
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Old 04-24-2010, 03:44 PM   #39
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some pics ya'll havent seen yet. Far from finished but workable. Due to popular demand there will be NO bunks built. I will install a wet bath, small cabinet with countertop, some head level cabinets throughout to hold supplies and down lights, and a stereo/tv cabinet. They want it wide open...so be it.
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Old 08-01-2010, 01:51 PM   #40
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more work.....
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