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Old 09-07-2016, 11:35 PM   #1
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This is my build chronicle. I'm starting the thread now so that it can be motivation to get things done. By "now" I mean that I don't have the bus yet.

Reasoning:
My family makes cross country treks A LOT. I live in Oregon, my wife is from Illinois. We travel back there generally four times a year. We drive a Corolla and have three children. You can figure it out from there. We also like to camp a lot and Oregon has a lot of good camp grounds. Finally, my wife and I would like to travel the country when we retire and this would be a good start. By the time we retire, I should have a 50 year old bus.

Goals:
Most reliable engine, DT466 or 530, possibly a Cummins 8.3
Most reliable tranny, Allison MD3060 or something (overdrive enabled).
Roof raise
40 footer
Pusher
Full belly cargo build
Towing capability
Solar Panels (eventually)
Engine driven air conditioning (it's just nasty in the central time zone)
Air brakes
Air ride (preferred)
100 gallon fuel tank (Preferred, two would be even better)

Something like what Vlad is doing only without the slideouts.

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Old 09-08-2016, 02:25 PM   #2
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Where are you buying a bus from?

+1 on the full belly cargo. I'm def doing that too.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:38 PM   #3
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Yea i too ak craving that full belly cargo. No reason not to use all the great space.
Will wait until i am parked near shore power and a welder to dig into that project though...and it is in line behind a 3ft porch for hauling the motorcycle.
Ahhh BUS always provides the space for my mind to dance with a project.
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Old 09-09-2016, 07:09 AM   #4
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Where are you buying a bus from?
Don't know yet. This area is serviced by First Student which has a poor reputation for maintenance and used bus quality. I've found some decent leads down in Northern California. Keeping my eyes open. Don't want to get impatient. Don't want impatience to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars.
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:42 PM   #5
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Don't know yet. This area is serviced by First Student which has a poor reputation for maintenance and used bus quality. I've found some decent leads down in Northern California. Keeping my eyes open. Don't want to get impatient. Don't want impatience to end up costing me tens of thousands of dollars.
If Cali is within range then the best buses are yours to choose from!
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Old 09-09-2016, 12:55 PM   #6
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Yes, I live about 20 miles from the border. Have seen some in Yuba City, but I must expand my search.

Followed a beautiful Blue Bird on the freeway down there last week. The perfect conversion bus, freeway capable 40 pax pusher! The only thing I don't like about the bluebirds is the flares above the windows. They have to come off or they look odd above deleted windows.
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