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Old 06-02-2010, 02:52 PM   #201
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Re: Wildcat Lodge

I agree. It's a very nice looking bus.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:14 PM   #202
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Now you look like a stakeout van. Probably not a bad idea.
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Old 06-21-2010, 05:25 PM   #203
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Thanks for the comments everyone - much appreciated.

Well, we took the bus on it's first road trip this weekend for an easy overnight camp out. Everything seemed to work just as planned. It was 92 outside and cold on the inside. The shower and hot water heater worked for a constant 45 minutes (the kidos gave it one hell of a stress test) and the grey tank was only 2/3rds full which also included dish washing and stuff. The black water tank got also the star treatment and came out unblemished.

The beds were very comfortable but I could notice not having the extra width of a twin mattress (we went with 30" x 75" x 5" spring camp mattresses). The front couches are a bit too narrow for sleeping, but are good going down the road. We may build some ottomans which can make one of them a wider when sleeping and provide foot rests when going down the road. I need to get a 50 amp extension cord as my current extension plan runs through my adapter (30amp and 15amp plugs) which trips GFI outlets and my current 50 amp cord is only 30 feet long.

Here are some pics of us in the campground surroundings. We did get many looks pulling in and one guy came over and wanted a tour. He noted it was just as nice and we had twice the space as his 5th wheel camper and we got to have the fun of building it.
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Old 06-21-2010, 07:19 PM   #204
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Thanks for the camping pics - I love to see skoolies in action! I see that campground has the utility services on the same side as the picnic tables where you would be hanging out. That is unfortunate because normally you would like to back into a space like that so you have easy access to your entry door side of the bus. I guess that is why we should all consider extra long extension cords and hoses. So you think 50' would have done the trick in that situation?
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:33 AM   #205
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DD - This campground had shared utilities so there was a pole between two sites. We also needed a longer, flat area (as we don't have jacks and the bus is 40') which limited us. I think I'm going to get an extra 30 or so feet of cord just in case for the next time. For the really long runs I plan to just use 15 amp extension cords through my adapter which are much cheaper than the big honking 50amp 220v cords.
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Old 06-23-2010, 06:30 PM   #206
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Wildcat,
Your bus looks fantastic. Looks like a very nice campground as well for a good shakedown cruise.
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Old 07-31-2010, 04:59 AM   #207
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Very well played, Wildcat...

I just bought my first bus a few days ago and stumbled across your thread... I've been sitting here four a couple hours reading the whole thing... As a matter of fact, I just bookmarked it...

Very impressed with the build, from start to finish...

Hope you don't mind me plagiarizing some of you work... I've got the 25' version of yours...

Your floor plans are gonna help me a ton... And I'm sure, others as well...

Again, great work and hope to see more pics of you and the family enjoying it...
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Old 05-16-2011, 08:43 AM   #208
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It saddens me, but due to changing priorities I am selling the bus. This thread describes the Wildcat Lodge better than any posting I can make. Asking $9,500 which is a steal given over $18,000 has been invested. Offers, thoughts, questions or any other comments are welcome.
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Old 05-16-2011, 10:17 PM   #209
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Very sorry to hear that! Your conversion truly turned out to be one of the best I've seen! If I had that kind of money to play with I'd take it in a second.
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Old 05-21-2011, 02:18 AM   #210
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You have done a great job converting your bus and I too hate that your forced to sell. I've got the same Ward Senator that I bought from the school system in Lexington, Ky. Kentucky knows how to spec a bus for long, dependable service life so I know you started with a good platform. I'm almost temped to put mine up for sale and buy yours, bc i don't have the skills or patients to match yours.

Have you noticed that below the drivers seat, inside the left frame rail is a fuel/water separator? Also, does your bus have air operator radiator shutters and an air dryer? Air door and air ride suspension? If so, it's built like mine, and would be a great buy for anyone. Best of luck and I hope you find a way to keep your masterpiece in the family.
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