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Old 03-02-2013, 08:02 PM   #1
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I wonder if you'll accept me

It started out as a bookmobile, then was bought by the FD and turned into a canteen. Now im going to turn it into an RV.

It's not official yet, but I'm hoping someone could chime in with common or known problems with the 1987 Chevy (stepvan?) Not sure what it is. only 13K miles though and 2 Grand. I was in the market for a flat nose bluebird, but I'm having trouble passing this deal up.







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Old 03-02-2013, 08:40 PM   #2
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AND it has a generator in it already...
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Old 03-02-2013, 08:50 PM   #3
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Re: I wonder if you'll accept me

Screaming deal. I would buy it if it were close enough. It looks like one I saw on ebay in NE. Positives, 2 ac's genny, low miles, great service history probably, probably good tires, interior would work for me. Negatives, probably underpowered with a 350, shitty gas mileage, as bad as a full size without the room or towing capacity. Not as good driving in on windy days as a big bus.

Kinda boils down to, will it work for what you had planned. I like it.
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Old 03-02-2013, 09:00 PM   #4
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It's not a stepvan. I'm not sure what model but it is a Thomas bus.
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Old 03-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #5
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Re: I wonder if you'll accept me

I like it. What are your plans for the interior, I have a 1984 Chevy Short bus that had nothing in it except a drivers seat when I bought it. I have a futon and a "click clack" couch in it and have no plans to add anything except a porta potty that I already own. We cook outside so sleeping space is all that is needed for us.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with the interior.
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Old 03-03-2013, 10:31 AM   #6
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WOW...Excellent find! --- I'm guessing the generator is worth more than $2K!
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Old 03-03-2013, 11:08 AM   #7
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I accept you. you bus looks great.im looking forward to see what you do with it
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Old 03-03-2013, 04:22 PM   #8
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Thanks for all the positive feedback /responses. I plan on using it to travel cross country with my lady and pitbull. I do film, so Ill be shooting along the way.

I also attend car shows during the summer where I sell t-shirts and dvds, and this will be an excellent addition to my booth setup.

As far as the interior I planned on making a floor plan from scratch. But since this thing is already a kitchen I may be building around it. It's all up in the air though. Just waiting ...
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:37 PM   #9
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wow nice rig, welcome you will fit right in
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:42 PM   #10
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Re: I wonder if you'll accept me

My conversion also started life as a bookmobile! In my case, I sold the onboard generator to offset the cost of the vehicle. If yours is half the size mine was (it was a 16KW, 2.0L, 4-cyl, diesel marine generator), it may be overkill for use as a motorhome generator. You should figure out what your electrical needs will be and then think about selling the gen set. For what you sell it for, you could maybe buy solar panels or something else for the conversion.

I look forward to watching this conversion!
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