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Old 08-23-2015, 12:51 AM   #371
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Thanks for the great pics and story man.

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Old 08-23-2015, 05:42 PM   #372
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Wow, that was quite the travelogue! You should print it, or at least print to PDF and tuck it away somewhere as a journal entry of sorts. I'm sure you must have had ups and downs as a group of people who normally wouldn't spend 6 hours together in a day spent 6 weeks breathing each other's air, but it sounds like some great memories and experiences. I think there's a lesson in there for all of us about over-planning a vacation. I've taken my young family to Yellowstone three times; the best experience was the one where we planned only two things to do each day so that we could have a slow morning, be fairly relaxed through the day, back to camp with plenty of time to fix dinner, and lazy the rest of the evening.

Too bad we didn't get to meet when you stayed overnight in Salt Lake City. I guess you must have been at the Wal-Mart just out of the mouth of Parley's Canyon on I-80? I could've at least thrown you an extension cord and a water hose (and a free place to park )!

On the electricity: at first I thought you'd be running the engine for hours every day and easily keep things charged off the alternator. Apparently it's those multi-day stays where you really get to enjoy a place but also test the battery reserves.
We were actually fine. I don't think we got into any fights. We argue all the time, but we have known each other for a long time so that is normal. The fact that it was largely unplanned made for some interesting sights, especially Estes Park / Rocky Mt National Park, which we hadn't planned to see.

I didn't know you were there...If you had messaged me previously with those details I apologize, I hadn't checked my messages or anything in a long time.

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Glad you had an Awesome Time... It was good to meet you here in Eugene.

A trip like this You will remember and Have for the Rest of your life.

AS you stated, Plan things loose, it is always a better trip that way.

Your pics are Awesome, especially the Rainbow in MT.....

And as Family Wagon said, PDF this Journey somewhere some how, or do a Blog on it...you will be surprized at how many hit it.....

Glad you and Your Buds and The Bus all got home in one piece....Time for another oil change, she deserves it....

John.
Good to see you too, best of luck with your build. You've got a nicer one than I do and I think your project is a great idea. She doesn't just need an oil change, she needs a motor change too!

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Sounds like a an awesome trip! Ahh.. to be young again I'm only 30, but when I was in my mid 20's I had no problem driving 14 hours days on a motorcycle. Now - in any vehicle - I prefer to break the trip up into days.. The thought of driving 780 miles in one go makes me squeamish (though on the rare occasion I still need to do such trips)!



Absolutely! It sucks to feel rushed while on a vacation! In my opinion, if there's only one driver it should come down to how the driver feels. They get to call the shots on whether or not they feel up to doing the long drive to the next destination in a day, or multiple days. The passengers have the beautiful luxury of being able to sleep while on the road . On the other hand, if a passenger is going stir-crazy that is another good reason to stop and set up camp.



May I recommend the Frugal Shunpiker's Guides? They are $20 PDFs. I was skeptical at first, but decided to try one out for New Mexico. It turned out to be invaluable. It listed so many free camping locations with amazing views and hiking, often inside of state forests or the like. Some of them even had hot springs! The directions and map can be confusing to read unless you're going exactly the same direction they came from, but with a bit of deciphering it can be figured out.




Oh, come now.. SOME of the locals must have known what they were talking about, no? Of course, everything must be taken with a grain of salt. Personal research is necessary to see if what works for them will work for you, as well.



RIGHT ON, BROTHER!! (read that in a Hulk Hogan voice)



Agreed. The only way to go for peacefully enjoyment of nature...

I'm glad to hear things went smoothly for the most part. Especially mechanically speaking! You put some effort into getting that engine right and it looks like it paid off.
I appreciate the frugal site link. I also used freecampsites.net a few times, as well as the Allstays camp / RV app, though neither were as helpful as I'd hoped. Next time I will plan a route around those which will save a ton of money.

Thanks everyone for the kind words! I will post some photos of the rest of my build that I've done so far in a bit.

Not sure what is next, I live in Colorado now and the bus is at my parent's place in Virginia.
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Old 08-23-2015, 07:00 PM   #373
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Someone out there would probably pay BIG money for it!
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Old 09-22-2015, 08:21 AM   #374
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Just want to say great job on your build, looked over yours quite a bit, and has helped me a lot, so thank you. that winco generator you bought (back in 2013) was actually from the town i grew up in, kinda funny seeing that all the way out where you are when it is a town of 1,500.
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Old 10-20-2015, 10:04 PM   #375
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Awesome conversion. Saw you put some brackets for hanging hammocks inside. I want to do the same. Couple questions:

1) What brackets did you use and where did you get them?
2) Did you bolt or rivet the brackets in?
3) Did mounting and using cause any flexing or damage to the roof? I am 220lbs and want to sleep in a hammock in the bus but the metal on the interior part of the roof does not seem as strong as on the outside. Did you have any trouble with strength?

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Old 10-23-2015, 06:37 PM   #376
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Just finished reading out your thread. Bus looks awesome as well as your already had adventures!
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Old 10-24-2015, 04:50 PM   #377
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Wow.... Spent the better part of day reading through your whole journal, very impressive. Took me 35 years to approach the level of dedication, attention to detail and working knowledge of building/wrenching/fabricating that you have at 19! (maybe that says more about me than you...?)

Kudos, thanks for the many posts and pictures. Found some inspiration for my bus based tiny house build (which will reside on a couple acres, probably in CO).

Where in CO did you end up?
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:27 PM   #378
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Just finished reading out your thread. Bus looks awesome as well as your already had adventures!
Truer words were never spoken. I hope the younger members take not of this. Looking back and saying woulda, shoulda, coulda doesn't cut it. Even if you make billions, one thing you can't buy back is the time lost.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:45 PM   #379
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Just want to say great job on your build, looked over yours quite a bit, and has helped me a lot, so thank you. that winco generator you bought (back in 2013) was actually from the town i grew up in, kinda funny seeing that all the way out where you are when it is a town of 1,500.
Funny! It is further away than I would usually go for a craigslist purchase, but the price was right. I ended up selling it though cause it was too damn loud to use on my bus.

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Awesome conversion. Saw you put some brackets for hanging hammocks inside. I want to do the same. Couple questions:

1) What brackets did you use and where did you get them?
2) Did you bolt or rivet the brackets in?
3) Did mounting and using cause any flexing or damage to the roof? I am 220lbs and want to sleep in a hammock in the bus but the metal on the interior part of the roof does not seem as strong as on the outside. Did you have any trouble with strength?

Thanks!
1) I used something along the lines of this: Keeper 1 in. D-Ring with Bracket-89311 - The Home Depot Except they came in packs of 4 at Home Depot. Probably like $4.50 for all of them. They were rated for something like 1200 lbs.
2) I used #14 self tappng hex head screws. I screwed them into where the structural ribs are (where the rivets / screws hold the panels to the ribs on the roof).
3) No. It is not screwed into or through the roof, they are screwed into supports that collectively should be able to hold the weight of the bus in a rollover. If you just screwed them to the sheet metal that is the ceiling, yeah, I'd be worried about them falling out. A friend who is I think 230 lbs flopped into a hammock no problem. Just make sure you screw it into a structural support not just sheet metal. Also make sure the screws arent too long!

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Wow.... Spent the better part of day reading through your whole journal, very impressive. Took me 35 years to approach the level of dedication, attention to detail and working knowledge of building/wrenching/fabricating that you have at 19! (maybe that says more about me than you...?)

Kudos, thanks for the many posts and pictures. Found some inspiration for my bus based tiny house build (which will reside on a couple acres, probably in CO).

Where in CO did you end up?
No problem. I am in the People's republic of Boulder at CU right now. Car and bus-less. I am itching to go on another trip but there are a number of improvements I would make to the bus before doing so, mostly mechanical. BTW I am 21 now :P

Anyone want to buy a bus?
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Hey porckchop long time no see. I've started working on the bus again and I'm living in it full time. I hope to head out on my own next fall. Hope to run into you when I get out there.
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