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Old 03-19-2016, 03:39 AM   #1
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Grandma's Rolling Home

I did it. I bought a bus on Wednesday from Don Brown's Bus Sales in Johnstown, New York. I've read that they were kind and trustworthy. My experience with them has been good so far. Everyone there has been incredibly nice and helpful. The bus I chose is a 2003 IC CE with a T444E 65/43 in solid shape with ~96,000 miles on it.

I'm still getting the paperwork sorted, but I took the leap. I'm becoming a full-timer. I'm simplifying my life and moving forward. And that's a very good thing.
The plan is to get the basic infrastructure installed, and load it with all of my worldly possessions. Then Stony (my little dog) and I will move to Oregon to be near my oldest son, incredible daughter-in-law, and my two adorable baby grand daughters

Buying a bus is exciting and scary. It's a big commitment, and a big change. I love to build things, and I'm very much looking forward to converting the interior. However, there's a lot I don't know about working with metal, killing rust spots, and maintaining a bus mechanically and legally. It's been a long time since I've driven a bus. There's going to be a learning curve...

Breathing deep; seeking peace; embarking upon my next great adventure.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:41 AM   #2
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Well alright then, it sounds like you have a game plan, and to me it sounds like a good one.
Your journey of a few thousand miles starts with turning the key. You are a very lucky
Person to have a goal in mind.
You are at the right place in this part of your adventure, the people here are great.
Please let me be the first to say welcome.
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Plus one fuzzy faced kid (Poopcee)
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Old 03-19-2016, 09:59 AM   #3
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Welcome and have fun.
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:45 AM   #4
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Congrats. You know the rule, pics or it never happened.
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Old 03-19-2016, 03:14 PM   #5
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Congratulations!! And yes, I agree with CrazyCal - pics or it didn't happen!!!
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Old 03-19-2016, 04:04 PM   #6
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Welcome to the madness Bishop. Congrats on taking the leap. We're all here to help so don't hesitate to ask.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:26 PM   #7
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YAY! Another one gets their bus. We know it is a little scary when you buy a bus but what a great feeling at the same time. Please don't hesitate to ask questions. I know you will have a lot of them. There are many here who will help you. It will be a lot of work but it is so enjoyable at the same time. The main thing is to enjoy the adventure.
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Old 03-19-2016, 05:57 PM   #8
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Thank you all so much! As soon as I figure out how to post the first pictures of my bus, I'll share.
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Old 03-19-2016, 06:28 PM   #9
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As long as it doesn't have any rust it sounds like you got a really nice bus.

With it being that new it most likely has 12" windows, an OD automatic transmission, and a turbo--all really nice things to have!

As you do your conversion I would suggest you paint it a different color. It will tend to reduce hassles as you travel across the country.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Old 03-19-2016, 10:25 PM   #10
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Here's my new home!
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