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Old 10-05-2016, 09:48 PM   #1
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The WanderLust Bus

This will be my thread for updates as I move through the conversion process.

Bid: $2,034.00
Buyer Premium: $193.23 (9.50%$1.00 min..)
Total Paid: $2,227.23

She's a 2003 International with a T444E engine and an Allison automatic transmission. She's got 11 windows.

I picked her up in Culpeper, VA on Monday morning. The mechanics had made sure her fluids were good and had filled the tank! Total trip miles: 963. She rode BEAUTIFULLY! I checked the fluids with each fill up and they were always normal. I felt very comfortable driving her until last night heading out of Jacksonville, FL, when it got dark (no lights on highway) and it was pouring rain, I decided it was safer stopping for the night then pushing through to home. I'm glad I did.

I measured her inside today. 7'6" x 27'6" from the back door to the back of the driver's seat. So a little over 206 sq ft to work with.

We are suppose to begin taking the seats out on Saturday, but I live 40 miles north of West Palm Beach and we're being hit with Hurricane Matthew tomorrow... Jim Cantore is here (never a good sign!)

So hopefully it'll pass quickly and we can get down to business this weekend. I need to move in by October 30th!

Sandi
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Old 10-05-2016, 09:52 PM   #2
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us over here on the left coast of florida are rootin for matty to go away for you guys!!

I do have 2 busses and a car here in st pete so if you all need anything over there i can probably get it there!!
-Christopher
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:01 PM   #3
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us over here on the left coast of florida are rootin for matty to go away for you guys!!

I do have 2 busses and a car here in st pete so if you all need anything over there i can probably get it there!!
-Christopher
That's good to know, Christopher!
We're hoping Matty goes away, too, but it looks like the eye is going to come on just 10-20 miles north of me. Wishing I hadn't brought my bus back this week and hoping I find a safe place to park her tomorrow. She's in the open parking lot of my office right now. Any suggestions?

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Old 10-05-2016, 10:41 PM   #4
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im finding it difficult to gain covered storage in florida... in ohio indoor and covered places are everywhere.. so I have indoor for one bus up there.. but ive been searching down here.. i was told by a lady who does have a small covered area that her insiruance is very high because of hurricanes.. makes sense that roof would just blow down...

one thing to think about is most likely the school in virgina where you got the bus didnt have a covered spot for their bussesi n school service.. your bus is old enough that it did just fine in Sandy in 2012..

as long as your office is high ground and away from projectiles like trees and so it doesnt flood from rain or storm surge.. maybe park as close to the building as you can get to shield from one side at least.
-Christopher
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:45 PM   #5
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I was thinking of pulling it as close to the building as possible. A friend of mine said she'd be worried it would tip over... surely it can't do that, can it!?!?!? My friend manages a storage unit place, I've got a message into him to see if I can bring it there.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:54 PM   #6
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can 120 MPH wind tip a bus over? sure it can but it has to catch it exactly right... and every mile yoy drive it inland is a mile away from the strongest winds looking at the current track.. the eyewall is where the strong winds are.. outward from that the winds go down..its a big one.. right now it has 75 MPH winds 40 miles out from its center which is pretty big.. they should be running a Recon flight now with the next update by midnight if not sooner.. the biggest threat to anything is storm surge and rain-water flooding, along with projectiles.. tree limbs, roofs, unsecured objects etc flying around hitting things...

most windows arent busted from wind they are busted from windblown objects striking a window... thats why Impact windows were developed and are used in all new construction.. my apartment building was built in late 14 / early 15 and has the windows.. and you can tell.. they feel like bank vault doors to open..

parking your bus close to a building at least eliminates projectiles from one side ..

-Christopher
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:59 PM   #7
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I'm 4 miles from the Atlantic, surrounded by water. I live in Stuart, the entire city is surrounded by waterways. If you look at the 8 o'clock advisory, it has it brushing shore just 10-20 miles north of me. I think I'm going to take it out further west in the morning. Better safe than sorry!
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Old 10-05-2016, 11:23 PM   #8
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the 11 has it even further inland it looks like... yeah id take it somewhere further in.. I know where stuart is ive been there.. nice area!
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:07 PM   #9
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the 11 has it even further inland it looks like... yeah id take it somewhere further in.. I know where stuart is ive been there.. nice area!
I got her parked a couple of blocks from me in a little space surrounded by 2 walls and a 4-story building. Only exposed on one side, but not really, as she's tucked back and the entrance was only 20 feet wide. I'm praying the hurricane stays a wee bit off shore and doesn't slam up with 140 mph winds. We're gusting up to 40 right now.

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Old 10-07-2016, 01:09 AM   #10
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Can't wait to see the progress!
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