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Old 02-22-2013, 04:53 PM   #11
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Air brakes feel a little bit different from hydraulics, but not much. No worries there.
What you need to do about air brakes is learn the technical aspect, so you can tell if something is wrong. Commercial drivers have to take a separate DMV written test for air brakes, and the most common reason for flunking a commercial drive test is lack of air brake knowledge -- they flunk the pre-trip inspection and never get to even put the truck in gear.

Air brake knowledge is not rocket science, but there is definitely stuff to learn, and learn so you truly understand it. There are some good web sites for this (but I have lost the links I used to have handy).

Strange thing is, once your bus is registered as a motor home, all you are required to have is a plain passenger car driver license, even with air brakes. I guess the authorities don't want to annoy their RV-driving parents with silly safety stuff.
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Old 02-22-2013, 05:47 PM   #12
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And how do you get it home without a CDL when you first locate and buy a bus?
I'm sure it varies by state, but in NC i'm pretty sure they can give you 72 hour temp tags to move the vehicle. I'm going to have to call to find out for sure, as their website is not very clear.

Good luck finding your bus! Look everywhere and definitely get the one you want. Make sure you check your local school surplus lots! For energy sources, you might also want to check into wind turbines. They're expensive, but you can always build one yourself. Our plan is similar - long term boondocking with as little hook up as possible with solar, wind and generator back up. As far as cooking goes, I've been told that microwaves pull a lot of juice (we don't use one in our house anyway) but maybe a NuWave type cooker could be more energy efficient with the same result? Our grandparents just got one and it works pretty well.

Keep us posted
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Old 02-22-2013, 06:10 PM   #13
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... So, Lorna, you're fairly close to Montgomery, can I pay you to teach me how to drive your bus?...
We are in Roswell... NEW MEXICO! Long, long ways from "Bama. Every time I have to do an order for appliances I have to go back and change the state from GA to NM.

We brought our bus "home" from Almond NC to Franklin NC on the back roads (Needmore to Lower Burningtown to Airport Rd to Trimont Lake Road and up my parents driveway). Stripped it, loaded our stuff in it, packed my kids stuff up, packed up the Class C, hitched our Jeep to the bus, hitched the food cart to my daughters Jeep and we left NC headed for NM. No tags, no insurance, just a Bill of sale and old SC title. Left the bus for a couple years in Socorro. Drove it over to Roswell (NM) without tags, insurance and apparently no headlights (they shut down on us... don't know why, haven't checked it out, I suspect a bad light switch... spent the cold night on the side of the road in Tinnie), just the old title and bill of sale. We need to get the bus titled in a few months. That's gonna be fun. Roswell NM DMV (they call it MVD) is a PITA.

BTW, we checked with a used car dealer we knew. He said we could either get a temp tag thru him or we could run on the bill of sale. We took the risk for the bill of sale. If we were to do over, we would get the temp tag. The police are looking for for revenue. So much so in NM, that David & I call them Revenuers. We aren't the only ones to notice this trend and others have picked up on the nickname.
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This is the kind of information/response that the us new people here need to see. This is excellent. Thank you for your post!
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Old 12-22-2017, 02:16 PM   #15
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GBuch, this forum is full of similar experiences although Lorna is one of our favorites.

It sounds like you're only reading current threads. There's a lot to learn from reading the past couple years of someone's build.
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Old 12-22-2017, 04:50 PM   #16
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I’m tryin to read everything I can. I think it’s a little overwhelming at first. This just happened to be the first kind of list I have seen. I’m sure there is more. You just have to do some digging a little! I don’t mind, I’ll use the time to do it for sure!
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Old 12-22-2017, 05:04 PM   #17
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So far a bill of sale has worked for LORNA.(yeah).
This year,I bought an old 77 truck and worked on it in the farmers field a couple of weekends to get it running to drive it home instead of a wrecker bill.
Title signed over, bill of sale and a handmade just bought tag.
Halfway home on a 20-mile trip I got pulled over. Showed the documents and still received a ticket for improper tags. NC never gave temp. Tags to anyone but a dealer but according to that officer they will?
If you jump through there hoops and pay the extra money?
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Old 12-23-2017, 10:10 PM   #18
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So far a bill of sale has worked for LORNA.(yeah).
This year,I bought an old 77 truck and worked on it in the farmers field a couple of weekends to get it running to drive it home instead of a wrecker bill.
Title signed over, bill of sale and a handmade just bought tag.
Halfway home on a 20-mile trip I got pulled over. Showed the documents and still received a ticket for improper tags. NC never gave temp. Tags to anyone but a dealer but according to that officer they will?
If you jump through there hoops and pay the extra money?
I just found out you can drive for 7 days on the bill of sale here in Ga. All you need is proof of insurance.
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Old 12-24-2017, 01:26 AM   #19
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Geeze Lorna, you should collect all your posts from this board and just publish an e-book!
Yes Lorna. Just publish it on Amazon.

This is great information for buying best skoolie.
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Old 12-24-2017, 04:23 AM   #20
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The police are looking for for revenue. So much so in NM, that David & I call them Revenuers. We aren't the only ones to notice this trend and others have picked up on the nickname.
Ahhh, the old Taxman with a gun. Makes it tough to say"no".
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