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Old 06-04-2004, 02:08 AM   #11
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Well it's been slow going, but the seats are removed from the bus (they were unbolted, but still sitting in the bus). I got the front left tire repaired as it had developed a slow leak - $66 at a local shop which included removing the tire off the bus, new tube, and remounting the tire on the bus. It only took about 2 hours of work for them - I think I got my money's worth! Turns out it was a tear in the tube, so they simply replaced the tube.

I also weighed the bus today to get an empty weight before I load it for moving. I had it down to 1/8 tank of fuel and all but 4 seats removed from it. It came in at a whopping 16,300 lbs. The DMV registration says it only weighs 8,300 lbs. Makes me wonder if the DMV has just the chassis weight before the Thomas body was put on. Anyway it's gross is 26,500 lbs, so I have plenty of leeway to load stuff!
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Old 06-20-2004, 04:54 PM   #12
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More Pictures

I have taken a few more pictures of the inside and cleaning of the bus. You can see them at: http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/AK-Brando
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Old 07-02-2004, 05:21 PM   #13
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Loading Ramp, Seat Legs, and News

I have been busy getting the bus and van ready to move. I have installed a CB in both the bus and van so we can keep in contact while on the road. The CB install on the van took longer than installing the one on the bus! I got a Cobra 75WX for the van. It's pretty neat, it has a remote unit that I mounted under the driver's seat and all the controls are on the microphone. This makes it really nice to have in the van since there is really no place to mount a big CB radio in there. I am using a cheap magnet mount antenna for now in the van. I was able to tune it and get the SWR below 1.5 across the band, so it should work pretty well for us anyway. In the bus I installed an Uniden 78LTW, which is a really nice radio with all the bells and whistles. I had to replace the VHF whip on top of the bus since I could not get it to tune on the CB band at all. I ended up putting a ball mount with a 4 foot fiberglass whip up there. I had to trim the adjusting screw, but I was able to tune the SWR down to 1.2 in the middle of the CB band and to 1.4 on channels 1 and 40. I am pretty happy with the set up on the bus (at least for now).

I have built a loading ramp for the back of the bus. The trick was to build something strong enough to support an upright piano. I also had to build some way of supporting the ends of the seats without legs when I re-position them along the outside walls of the bus. You can see what I came up with on the second page of my gallery at:
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Old 07-04-2004, 03:13 AM   #14
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what kind of van? If it's a rear wheel drive model, you could build a simple tow-bar and pull the van behind the skoolie. (IF it's a mini-van with front wheel drive a tow-bar won't work.) All you have to do is remove the drive shaft from the van while it's in tow. This is what i'm planning to do on my trip from Michigan to Nevada in a few weeks.
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Old 07-04-2004, 09:18 AM   #15
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Nope it's a mini-van. Besides, we have a trailer to pull with the Goldwing on it as well! Gotta have the toys!
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