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Old 09-08-2016, 01:15 PM   #61
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Thats a good point, I did not think of that. I wonder if insulting them would be enough in temperatures slightly below freezing?
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:22 PM   #62
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and "you smell of elderberries" Great, I will give it a try.
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Old 09-08-2016, 01:27 PM   #63
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I suppose that insulating them may be ok as long as you're not in a deep freeze area. I'll be placing our fresh water tank under our bed inside the bus so I don't have to worry about it. Our gray tank will be outside but we don't plan to ever be in freezing temps so not having to worry about that either.
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Old 09-08-2016, 02:59 PM   #64
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:20 PM   #65
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How much was the tow to the shop?
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:26 PM   #66
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It was around $400. Which I hated paying, but I worked it into the cost of the bus purchase. Also we had it towed a bit further so it was delivered to a Mechanic I trusted and was giving us a good deal.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:30 PM   #67
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It was around $400. Which I hated paying, but I worked it into the cost of the bus purchase. Also we had it towed a bit further so it was delivered to a Mechanic I trusted and was giving us a good deal.
I was guessing in the $500 range. That's not that bad.

What was wrong with it? Did you buy it off govdeals?

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Old 09-08-2016, 03:41 PM   #68
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I used a local online auction site https://www.renebates.com/

The batteries where dead, and the timing cover gasket was leaking. There was also some wiring issues and some leaky power steering hoses. We ended up winning the auction somewhat unexpectedly and suddenly had to deal with moving the bus.

I was too unsure of the long range driving condition of the bus and did not want to damage the engine putting too many miles on it without being worked on first. And then there was the registration and insurance issues that I simply avoided by towing it.

I called around to different towing companies and got a very wide range of quotes, all the way up to $900. When we found one for $400.00 we decided to go with it.
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Old 09-11-2016, 08:59 AM   #69
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There are many positives for a mid-door like you are planning. I'm still on the fence. With a front (original location) door the driver area is already taking up space so leaving the door there is good and not taking up valuable space elsewhere. Moving the door mid-bus like you are planning is also good. My wife (co-pilot) can sit up front next to me and you don't have to walk the entire length of the bus to exit. I still can't decide. Good luck with your build. Lucky to find another place to keep/ work on your bus!
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I used a local online auction site https://www.renebates.com/

The batteries where dead, and the timing cover gasket was leaking. There was also some wiring issues and some leaky power steering hoses. We ended up winning the auction somewhat unexpectedly and suddenly had to deal with moving the bus.

I was too unsure of the long range driving condition of the bus and did not want to damage the engine putting too many miles on it without being worked on first. And then there was the registration and insurance issues that I simply avoided by towing it.

I called around to different towing companies and got a very wide range of quotes, all the way up to $900. When we found one for $400.00 we decided to go with it.
Thanks for the info!

I also approve of the door being moved, like Superduty. I wouldn't know what to do if my wife didn't tell me how to drive. So she needs to be sitting next to me.
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