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Old 11-09-2015, 10:10 PM   #1
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Meet the "BloeRV" (rhymes with swerve)

OK, Skoolie family - After many months of lurking and searching, we found the right bus for us! Picked it up in Florida - It is a 1998 Crown 9-window with a lift. "She's a beaut, Clark!" Has a DT 466e, but I am unsure of the tranny. I've been looking for clues/paperwork/manuals, but no luck yet. I'm gonna look around some more posts to see if I can identify it. She got us from Tampa, Florida to Kerrville, Texas without incident...over 1300 miles! I haven't done the final calculations, but we got around 10MPG! Granted, the thing is governed at 55MPH, so I'll need to find a place where I can get that disabled...any suggestions? (Tango, you're in Texas, right??)

We've named her "The BloeRV" (rhymes with swerve) Its a play on my last name and RV....

Another nice thing is that she has a pretty high roof - I'm 5'10" and am nowhere near hitting my head!



Here's some pics (I know you love 'em, Nat!!)

Here's just as we were buying her
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A night shot:
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She's really clean on the inside - virtually no rust!
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Getting ready to tear out some seats! Came out easier than expected...
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Lookin' pretty good underneath! Tons of room and hardly any rust... WOOHOO!
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First one's out!!
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Took 4 out of the back for now, going to leave the front 2 in for a bit while we show her off and give our friends rides, etc...
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Did some paint swatches to see what color of blue will look the best - we are looking to have the bottom part a shade of blue, leave the black strip for chalkboard paint and above that will be white up to the roof line...
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That's all for today....stupid time change - gets dark too early!

I'll make sure to keep everyone posted - I know how you all love progress and pics!!

John

I also would like to thank all the regulars (Nat, CB, Tango, Bansil, Nebuchadnezzar, etc.... too many to name you all!) for all your input and ideas - I have had so much fun reading all the threads and getting ideas to make into the skoolie that will work best for us...

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Old 11-09-2015, 11:03 PM   #2
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Congrats on the bus!!! Glad you got it home safe and sound.
I take it you bought from BGA?
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:19 PM   #3
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Ooooh, nice! I wish I had airbags under mine!
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Old 11-09-2015, 11:57 PM   #4
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Hard to beat a clean bus with air bagged rear.

Great find.

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Old 11-12-2015, 11:08 AM   #5
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Just got back from the county clerk's office and got the title/license plates. Titled as a bus until we bring pictures showing bed/sink/toilet/plumbing, then an easy switch to motor home. Very nice people in the Kerr county, TX county offices - were interested in our plans and looked forward to seeing the pics once we get more stuff done.

Now we paint! Spent the last 2 days taping and figuring out the colors....I'll get some pics up later today showing the progress. We are using rust-oleum gloss enamel, and on our test patches looks pretty nice! Can't wait to see it done...

John
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Old 11-12-2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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Paint!

1st coat of white paint is done!

Will put on the 2nd coat in the morning - It is turning out better than we thought!

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Beautiful day for painting!! nice and dry and about 75....awesome...

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Old 11-12-2015, 07:09 PM   #7
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Very nice!
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Old 11-12-2015, 08:15 PM   #8
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Lookin' good!
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Old 11-13-2015, 04:52 PM   #9
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It's coming along really nice!
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Old 11-13-2015, 07:14 PM   #10
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Thanks!

Got all the white paint done today - Wifey was sick, so I was working solo today...Got the 2nd coat done! Really turned out nice

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All of the remaining yellow parts will be blue - Had to order the paint, as Home Depot only had pints of it. Hopefully it will get here soon so I we can finish the painting and get on to the interior!

Going to a wedding this weekend, so won't get anything done, will have to wait until next week...
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