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Old 03-18-2018, 09:18 PM   #1
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Meet "Charlene"

Well after dreaming about it off and on for a year, I finally convinced my wife to allow me to buy a bus. We ended up selecting a 2002 AmTran 78 passenger bus with the T444E / MD3060 power train combo. I am super excited and can't wait for our first camping trip in her. My wife named it Charlene and we are planning to take a coast to coast road trip in it next year. I am hoping to sneak in a couple of long weekend trips this year if possible and am planning to freely steal, I mean "borrow" ideas from many of you. Also really looking forward to your collective help and advice along the way. Let the fun begin!
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:26 PM   #2
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Taking the seats out and cleaning/treating the floors was the first item on my to-do list. Found the angle grinder to definitely be the way to go to get the bolts out. Had one significant rust hole that required patching and the rest was all surface rust. Cleaned up the floor with a sanding attachment for the grinder and used phosphoric acid to treat the rust and painted with oil-based paint. "Rust Dust" was EVERYWHERE after sanding the floor. Now I see why some are opting to use a pressure washer instead.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:35 PM   #3
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Taking the seats out and cleaning/treating the floors was the first item on my to-do list. Found the angle grinder to definitely be the way to go to get the bolts out. Had one significant rust hole that required patching and the rest was all surface rust. Cleaned up the floor with a sanding attachment for the grinder and used phosphoric acid to treat the rust and painted with oil-based paint. "Rust Dust" was EVERYWHERE after sanding the floor. Now I see why some are opting to use a pressure washer instead.
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Old 03-18-2018, 09:58 PM   #4
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Well after dreaming about it off and on for a year, I finally convinced my wife to allow me to buy a bus. We ended up selecting a 2002 AmTran 78 passenger bus with the T444E / MD3060 power train combo. I am super excited and can't wait for our first camping trip in her. My wife named it Charlene and we are planning to take a coast to coast road trip in it next year. I am hoping to sneak in a couple of long weekend trips this year if possible and am planning to freely steal, I mean "borrow" ideas from many of you. Also really looking forward to your collective help and advice along the way. Let the fun begin!
Congratulations! Will be watching this thread.

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Old 03-19-2018, 06:35 AM   #5
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Welcome to the group, Pastor!! That's a mighty nice looking bus you have - I look forward to following your build.
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Old 03-19-2018, 09:30 AM   #6
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Old 03-19-2018, 11:40 AM   #7
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Moving right along. Keep up the work and keep us posted.
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Old 03-21-2018, 07:35 PM   #8
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Subfloor is in! Planning to install the ceiling next and then map out the rooms and walls. Ordered two of these and hope they will provide sufficient cooling. Have any of you used these models before? If so, do you like them in your Skoolie?



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Old 03-21-2018, 07:52 PM   #9
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I have purchased two Coleman roof AC's in the past to replace failed units from other manufacturers. They were a bit smaller. 12k or 13k Btu. They were simple, basic units that worked well.
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