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Old 02-11-2012, 05:10 PM   #11
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Re: The Freedom Bus

I picked up the bus at about 11:00am today. It was a fun adventure driving it 60 miles for the first time. It was located in Canyon Lake, TX which has a lot of hills & curves. I think I did pretty good considering that I've never driven a bus or RV before. Everything went great but when I parked it at it's final destination, the front got stuck in the soft ground and sunk down. I tried to get out but the rear wheels wouldn't even spin. It was like it was in neutral but I check & triple checked... it was in gear & the brakes were released. It's supposed to rain tomorrow and I'm hoping it doesn't sink down any further.

Here are a few pics from today.
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Old 02-11-2012, 05:12 PM   #12
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Re: The Freedom Bus

Me with the bus
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #13
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Re: The Freedom Bus

Very Nice and Congrats!!! My bus got stuck in my yard when i moved it to my new house, i used a old chainlink fence to get it out, i just rolled it out as close to my back tires as possible then rocked the bus in gear once the tires made contact it pulled out fine. Heres the pics haha
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Old 02-11-2012, 06:27 PM   #14
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Good Luck!!!!!!!
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:58 PM   #15
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Greetings! Very nice ride and welcome to the looney bin. We've got a '95 Thomas RE and will be headed for the Austin area soon and be around for several months as we complete the conversion. I'll check in with you when we get there.
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Please do.. I'd love to check out your bus.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:43 AM   #16
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ie chain link fence road... I did that last year on the back of my property...got the chain stuck in the dualie...
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:59 PM   #17
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I've got some more work done and started a blog about it. http://thefreedombus.blogspot.com/

Here are some recent shots of it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:03 PM   #18
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ans a few more
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:37 AM   #19
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Yesterday I rolled on some more color.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:36 AM   #20
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Your 20' pictures of bus roller paint job look great. I bet if you lightly sanded it, you could roll on some clear coat.

Yesterday, I checked a roller paint job in a grocery store, that my neighbor painted for them two years ago. He sandblasted and painted all railings, steps, and exterior metal fixtures, and then rolled them with red synthetic paint. They still look excellent, and look like a spray job. I have painted many pieces of equipment, etc for him on a contract basis, and i think i paint with a roller those parts that will be hard to mask off, from now on.

Are you going to paint the top blue?

Thanks for your pics, rick
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