Time for a slight introduction......
Name is Ryan, wife is Kali and we are the proud new owners of a 1992 BlueBird All-American RE 72 passenger bus.
8.3 cummins with the 643 allison and 4.78 gears (a bit steep for my liking)
Drove it down from Northern Oregon last week to our home in Northern Arizona.
Plan is to full time in the bus with our dog and Land Rover Discovery 1 hanging on from behind.
Wish list so far is....
On board veggie oil filteration. (figureing we could mabye use the land rover to collect the oil, then transfer pump it to the bus) - *edit* after further research, I think we have scrapped this idea. For the money we would spend to convert the bus, we could buy a fair amount of diesel. It's just not cost effective. Maybe down the road when I want a new hobby we could give it a try.
Small wood burning stove - just need to find one.... craigslist here I come. *edit* Tiny Tot seems to be the best option.
Small to medium solar array - pretty expensive but I think it's going to work out fine in the long run. *edit* looking like we are going with about an 600 amp hour battery bank and still researching solar panels.
Wind power if its not cost prohibitive.*edit* Wind is out
Generator to help supplement
I have been reading tons and tons of threads on this website. Very useful info. Much appreciated.
I am sure I will have lots of questions down the road but for now I just wanted to introduce ourselves.
Here are a few pictures:
I belive they ran it along a guard rail at some point. Slight damage to the underbelly doors. Nothing a little metal work can't fix.
Makeshift bed for the 1600 mile trip home.
Ran great. Averaged 55 mph on the secondary highways. Got a respectable 11 mpg.
Best part.... Oregon bus its entire life.... nary a speck of rust.