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Old 10-23-2011, 08:00 AM   #71
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Re: the wait is over

Still slowly working at it. I put some switched 12v rv lights in where the orginal bus ceiling lights were.









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Old 04-19-2012, 08:14 PM   #72
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I haven't posted in awhile, but thought I would post up a few pics. My first trip is planned for next week. About an 8hr drive away pulling a trailer with the jeep on it. I also got Insurance on it last week. Its with Farm Bureau, who I have had for years with my home and 3 vehicles. Insurance man came over and took pictures to keep on file. Said nor problem and had a policy in place for me the next day. $82/year.

Anyway, a few pics. Far from done but close enough to use for now.













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Old 04-19-2012, 08:22 PM   #73
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Also got some new tires. Well, new steers anyway, and retreads for the drives. Bus looked funny for a day up on blocks. Gave me time to paint the wheels while the tires were dismounted.









A new generator showed up today too.

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Old 04-20-2012, 10:31 AM   #74
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Nice Generator! And are you sure you have enough tread on those new drivers? Looks like you're set to go for many miles
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Old 04-20-2012, 12:06 PM   #75
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Dang, man - how much did those tires set you back? I'm dreading that expense.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:43 PM   #76
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A friend of mine owns the tire shop in town. But by no means did I get a huge discount. He's building a new house, has to pay for it somehow. I've never been a fan of retreads, but for my use, new ones just don't make sense. $230/tire drives, $330/tire steers, mounted/equal balance. I was going to take the bus up to his shop, but he just sent one of his guys over to my place. I'm also not fond of the fronts, but same guy that owns tire shop, has put them on his ragbraii/party bus the last couple times. Never had a problem with them. I don't even like saying it, but they are chinese made. Samson is the name on the sidewall. The drives are Bandag D4300 retreads. He has sold them for years and said he has never had one come back from coming apart. When I bought the bus, I knew I was going to have to put tires on it. I really hope to put alot miles on it now, and the last thing I want to deal with is tire problems on the road. I do have a almost new virgin goodyear I am going to carry as a spare.
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:50 PM   #77
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Godd prices on the rubber...had to laugh at "almost virgin"
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Old 04-20-2012, 07:55 PM   #78
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thats funny, didn't even think about it.
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Old 04-20-2012, 08:21 PM   #79
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I also debated and tried to hold out on the generator. I was hoping I would find a great deal on one, but it never happened. I thought I had that deal last weekend. Found it on craigslist, drove over hundred miles to find it was home to some mice. He bought it new in '08, and never had it installed in his horse trailer. It was a propane 5500w generac rv quiet type generator. He wanted $1800, with all the extras, but the mice were actually living in the generator part of it. For alittle bit more, I decided I could get the new yamaha. Plus, I like the fact it is an inverter type generator. My plans are to get it mounted under the bus, and hope to figure out how to add an extra gas tank with cap on outside of bus to fill. If I get that far, I figured I would order the remote start then.
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Old 05-02-2012, 12:21 PM   #80
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Took the bus for its first trip last week. Alittle over 700 miles round trip. The bus performed flawlessly, and I couldn't be more happy. It pulled the jeep and trailer great, and for the most part I could run 65mph pretty easy. It would go faster, but I wasn't in any bigger hurry than that. Worked great at the campsite too. I really like the extra insulation, it kept alot of the loud camp sounds out too. Here's a pic of the bus in the campground as I was checking out.

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