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Old 01-03-2010, 05:25 PM   #1
Join Date: Jan 2010
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Year: 1995
Coachwork: Carpenter
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: IH 444E
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"My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Hi all- looks like a very cool forum you've got here
(I just changed the subject and added "My Bus"- it doesn't have a name yet- vehicles kinda have to name themselves yanno?)

I just picked up a bus after wanting to get a little more freedom in my lifestyle.
I'm doing it a little differently that most of you it seems-

I have a lot of "stuff"- like tools and car parts and snowboards and synthesizers and camping equipment etc etc etc-
So- My original thought was to get a 60' articulated bus and use the front section as living quarters and the back section for storage/workshop. I found out that this doesn't really work in CA because of the RV length restrictions and they'd be no good off road and a bitch to park, so I decided to look for a normal bus and then tow a cargo trailer. I happened upon a sweet deal on a semi-shorty that's barely big enough for me to live in, easily able to pull a 30ft trailer, and should be about as capable off-road as a 2WD bus can get

I don't think I'm going to be doing too many modifications to the bus or building much permanently in to it. Owning a house for the past 10 years, I've learned to very much value modularity and the ability to replace components. I'll likely just have a futon, a couple subwoofers, a flat-screen tv, some equipment racks, plants, and a cooking area/bar in the front area. All just kinda sitting there chained down instead of bolted in- with a non-mortared slate floor. I'll put a couple 55gal drums high up an a rack for a gravity-feed shower/washer that can be mildly heated by a peltier-style powered cooler. In the winter I'll cook with a wood stove- in the summer with a hotplate.

Anyway- most of these are just ideas at this point of course, but here's a pic!
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Old 01-03-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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Location: Portland OR area
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Year: 1983
Coachwork: International
Chassis: Carpenter
Engine: 8.3
Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Nice bus and glad to know ya. We as well echo your sentiments the free life seems to better fit us as well. Welcome to Skoolie... There's so many cool people and free advice it looks like you found a great place to begin your conversion journey.
"grease buddy" and all around nice guy
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Old 01-03-2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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Year: 1994
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Chassis: International
Engine: DT360
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Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

That's a good looking bus!

I really like the paint scheme.
Link to my bus conversion
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:21 PM   #4
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Year: 1976
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Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Very nice bus...have fun!
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Old 01-04-2010, 04:55 PM   #5
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Location: Grundy, Virginia
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Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Looks like the platform from which to dive into...a world of fun!

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Old 01-06-2010, 07:10 PM   #6
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Location: Oklahoma
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: International
Chassis: Amtram
Engine: Navstar 190
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Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Welcome- I too went "bare bones" for our bus. It's been fun- fulltiming it going on 5 months now, going great.
The farther you look into the past the further ahead you'll see- George Washinton
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Old 01-07-2010, 05:28 PM   #7
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Re: "My Bus" - Greetings from a new user.

Tell us more about the "mechanicals" of your bus- engine, transmission, miles, etc. I liked your idea about the articulating bus, bummer about the RV length laws!
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