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Old 01-09-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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Transforming a 2001 32' Thomas RE into a Full-Time Home on Wheels for 6

We are 2 people, 2 dogs and 2 cats. We have been planning on escaping the rat race for some time now, and are finally in the position to get this project started. We just purchased a 2001 Thomas RE that is 32' long and a 6'5'' ceiling headroom space. We plan on living, working, and playing full-time in this bus for at least the next 2 years. At that point we will hopefully be financially ready to buy a small piece of land somewhere, New Mexico or Colorado most likely, and start building our own house. Anyway, enough background. I will try to keep this post updated on our progress. Other than that, CHECK OUT OUR SKOOLIE!
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Old 01-09-2018, 11:35 AM   #2
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Congrats on your recent acquisition.

Was there a link? I would like to check out your bus.
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Old 01-09-2018, 12:50 PM   #3
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Based on your description it sounds like you may have a bus similar to mine. Itís a 2001 Thomas saf t liner 36 feet long. What engine and transmission do you have? Letís see some pictures!
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Old 01-11-2018, 01:23 PM   #4
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Hi everyone, I will get pictures up as soon as I figure out how to do it efficiently! Is there a way for me to upload pics through a third party website like photobucket for free? And you mentioned a link? I am not tech savvy and this is my first time using any sort of social media or forum or anything like this but I want to share my build process!

We are currently in the process of demolition. So far I have about 3 things going on.

1: I have removed 2 of the three passenger heaters and gutted all the heater hoses. I need to figure out and decide whether I want to re-install one or possibly both of the heaters near the drivers seat. The reason I am thinking of doing this is to be able to blast the heaters on hot days to help keep the engine cool. Any ideas or advice? I would also like any advice on how to flush and clean the heating system before putting in new coolant and filter.



2: Gutting the drivers area. We have pulled all the flooring out except for where the drivers seat is and the stairway. How did you guys go about gutting this area? We are running into the issue of having to remove the gas pedals, and on the dash, removing all of our gauges and switches. I am thinking about replacing all of the old plastic and metal in the front with wood. Any advice?

3: This isn't as big of an issue but still holding me back. How did you guys remove the metal wall panels below the windows? they seem to be bent underneath the window frame and held in place somehow. Should I just cut them out with a saw or is there a way for me to unscrew them? Are they screwed in from the outside?

I'm gonna try and figure out how to get pics up here before I do anything else.
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Old 01-11-2018, 02:17 PM   #5
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Screw Photobucket. They recently deleted everyones pics that were 3rd party shared and now want to charge like $100 for sharing.
I just copy the pic and send it to my downloads. From there it's easy to attach them using the attach files link below in the Additional Options.
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It's up to you if you want a cloud photo service, but you can upload directly into an album on this site.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:06 PM   #7
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Tapatalk FTW. Easy as pie to upload pictures from your phone directly using it.


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Old 01-11-2018, 06:30 PM   #8
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Here's some pics of where we're at right now. We were able to pull up all our flooring without much trouble but are now at the point where all that's remaining is the panel that runs under the dash and pedals. Just trying to plan out the best way to tackle this project without overwhelming ourselves with the potential wiring craze that lays underneath.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:30 PM   #9
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Thanks, I will definitely try this out tonight!
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Old 01-11-2018, 08:16 PM   #10
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Anyone know a good way to get rid of these? Is there somewhere that will buy it?

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