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Old 12-02-2018, 12:53 AM   #1
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We never planned on living a nomadic lifestyle. Our first bus conversion was completed in 2010. It was a 1995 International AmTran Genesis with the DT-466. Our intensions were to travel to Washington State and live in the bus as we built a new home Me, my wife and 5 children. Plans change. To make a very long story very short, we lived in that bus for a total combined time of 6 years over the past 8 years. Since that time our family grew to 9.



When we found out that we were due to have our 8th child we knew that it was time for a change. We had out grown our first bus and only had 9 months to find and convert a new bus that would better suite our family. After doing a lot of looking we found a bus located in Avon Park, FL at a dealership called Avery Bus.

The bus we chose was a 2005 Thomas HDX with the Cat 7 Engine with 110,000 miles on it with a Allison 6 Speed Tranny.



Over the course of 9 months converted it into a home. Since that time we sold our old bus and are all moved into our new bus ready for more adventures.

Here is a picture of it completed.



If you would like to see our entire conversion check it out here!
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Old 12-02-2018, 04:38 AM   #2
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saw the videos.
didnt care much for the buses
solid parenting! good job dad !
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Old 12-02-2018, 06:53 AM   #3
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Man oh man. I hope you're familiar with Cat C7's. Trading a 95 for an 05 is risky.
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Old 12-02-2018, 08:41 AM   #4
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awesome bus!!!! that 05 will do you fine, take care of the coolant and oil in your CAT.. pay attention if it gets warm or exhaust smells funny.. heed the check engein light..



travel the country and have fun!!
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Old 12-02-2018, 09:45 AM   #5
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Last week I watched the entire build of the new bus. Lots of great ideas. We are a family of 8 and in the process of building our bus. Our bus will be used for vacations with a goal to see all the continental national parks before our oldest leaves home in 2 years.

My wife and I greatly enjoyed watching your family. It was nice to see children being raised with an unapologetic belief in God.

Perhaps we will see you on the road during our travels.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:19 AM   #6
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Been watching you guys on Youtube since the first bus. Great job on 2.0
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:30 AM   #7
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Been watching you guys on Youtube since the first bus. Great job on 2.0
Thanks, We really appreciate it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:31 AM   #8
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Last week I watched the entire build of the new bus. Lots of great ideas. We are a family of 8 and in the process of building our bus. Our bus will be used for vacations with a goal to see all the continental national parks before our oldest leaves home in 2 years.

My wife and I greatly enjoyed watching your family. It was nice to see children being raised with an unapologetic belief in God.

Perhaps we will see you on the road during our travels.
Awesome! You guys will love it.
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Old 12-02-2018, 10:33 AM   #9
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Man oh man. I hope you're familiar with Cat C7's. Trading a 95 for an 05 is risky.
Good luck
I am not super familiar with the C7. I am familiar that it can be one of those engines that could have problems. So far it is doing great and has amazing power. Much more than our last engine.
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Old 12-02-2018, 11:36 AM   #10
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Here are a few more pics of the bus. We plan on doing a full video walk-thru soon.

This is the master bedroom.



This is the dining room with our custom built folding table.



We have many more pics on our Instagram page here: https://www.instagram.com/thebuslifeshow/
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