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Old 05-26-2010, 11:46 PM   #1
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Freeloader project

Technically my second bus, but this is my first solo-ownership. I bought this bus from a member here,who had already got me started on the conv. He had already taken the seats out (thank God) and had a small kitchen, dining table, some cabinets, and a set of bunk beds-- Great start, unfortunetly most of it had to go or at least be moved or modified. I've had it almost 2 months and have made pretty decent progress so far. My whole intention here was to have a "motorhome" that would fit my Harley on the inside, as a matter of fact, a buddy of mine and me rode out on our bikes, bought the bus, put the bikes in the back and drove it home! Cool! I kept meaning to post as I went but never had a way to get my pix off my phone....fixed that problem so now I need to figure how to post pix.
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Old 05-29-2010, 12:24 AM   #2
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Re: My bus project

i use irfanview. it is a free download and you just decide what you want to post, do a batchfile conversion on them and then use the upload attachment feature at the bottom of the post page.

Please don't think i thought this up all by myself. when it comes to techie stuff I am dumb as a post, but got a set of pretty good instructions from another member just in time to keep Steve from permanently banning me for posting HUGE pics on my string.. let me know if you want to use this program and I'll shoot the instructions off to you.

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Old 05-29-2010, 07:33 PM   #3
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Re: Freeloader project

Like I mentioned --rode the Harley out to buy the bus, loaded Harley in the bus and drove it all home! My boy always wanted to ride my bike by himself --I figured this was the safest way for now

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Old 05-29-2010, 08:10 PM   #4
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Re: Freeloader project

This was the inside looking fwd when I brought her home (might look familiar to some)

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Old 05-29-2010, 08:55 PM   #5
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Re: Freeloader project

And this is the rear looking back. OK so this is what I started with. Looks good, right? Well as I mentioned, it was not going to work this way for my needs, so renovatin' time!



First removed kitchen counter/sink and front bench seat. Installed frame for new couch/pull out bed. Other items placed in there to know how space was to be used



Next framed in bathroom using the old kitchen counter/sink




Placed kitchen cabinets (had to buy new, couldn't wait for the freebie, needed to be a certain size)






Finishing off the bathroom




New cabinets



More pix coming soon
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Old 05-29-2010, 09:51 PM   #6
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this used to belong to phillbus



We put hogfarmers bike inside the bus, and mine on the back porch for the ride home.
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What happened to phillbus?
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Old 05-29-2010, 10:54 PM   #8
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DANG!!!!!!!! You guys didn't waste ANY time! Of course it's easier if you don't have to start from scratch either.....
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What happened to phillbus?
I'm still around, although I don't frequent skoolie much anymore.. I had that bus for close to 6 years and my goal was to convert it to a motor home, which I sadly never finished enough to suit my needs. I have 2 little girls now, and camping without a toilet, bathroom, furnace ect. just wasn't appealing to me anymore. Yeah I know, I could have put more work into it and got it to where I wanted it, but I had other issues with an old school bus as well. Most importantly (as with any motorhome) when you get to where you're camping you're stuck; where as with a pull behind trailer you have a vehicle to get around in. Yes I know you can tow a car with a bus, I tried that once... didn't work out so well for the car - viewtopic.php?f=9&t=751&hilit=jacuzzi&start=300

We now have a 98 30' Dutchman bunkhouse, has all the typical shortfalls of a used trailer (prev. water leaks - discolored flooring, cheaply built ect...) but it does have A/C, heat, a bathroom, an awning ect. & when I get to where I'm going, I still have a truck to drive.



I'm not gunna lie, this trailer has been rather disappointing, since I bought it I found the furnace didn't work (needed a ckt. board, trip to the dealer to figure that out = $250) the water heater won't stay lit for more than 2 minutes, and the toilet won't fully shut off and keeps running, which would fill my blackwater tank in a hurry, oh and I found out that when the prev. owner winterized it he didn't hook the hose back up to the water tank - I figured this out after I "filled" the water tank and flooded the trailer. I still have some bugs to work out in it, and I might not have got the best deal (spring/early summer is not the best time to buy a trailer) but bunkhouse trailers are in high demand, and I wanted one bad...

Oh and this is what else I've been up too..





We're having a new house built, It's about 1/2 hour out of the city and in a good school district (we have a 5 year old that starts school this fall and currently live in an inner city school district that is... less than desirable) after the tax credit and our down payment, it will cost us about $100 more a month that the house I live in now. And it's on just over an acre in a great neighborhood.

anyway, thought I'd check in to see how my old bus is coming along & I do miss her.. my kids cried for about 1/2 hour after it pulled away - I wasn't very happy either, but I know it was time for me to move on.
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Congrats on the new house. Maybe once you get settled in you'll find another bus.
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