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Old 09-25-2016, 07:58 PM   #1
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First trip

Ok so I was just wondering how much of the bus conversion was done before you took your first trip/outing. And what did you consider you necessities.
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:20 PM   #2
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First trip will be bringing the bus home. NJ to FL. 1k miles trip.
My necessities are . . . I'm in USA, Walmart is open 24hr and there is a gas station with restrooms every few miles.
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Old 09-25-2016, 08:24 PM   #3
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well, most of the bus was done , other then the kitchen cupboards weren't done, and only and still just have plywood for the floor, no vinyl, as with necessities, we took tools, screws, nuts&bolts, zip ties, tape, and wire , butt connectors, stuff for repairing electrical wires. food, beer, beer, something to bbq on and something to keep beer cold, now if your going on a long road trip, bring a credit card, and sigh up for a towing service, I have coach net.
We just got back from a 7 day trip, so far this summer we have logged 11750kms and 24 nights in the bus.
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:06 PM   #4
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Take your first trip whenever you know your bus is solid mechanically. It's good to get some camping or traveling in at the beginning. You'll start thinking of what you want and what you need without even having to.
I realized I wanted solar that way. And, also realized what exactly id want in a kitchen too
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Old 09-25-2016, 09:39 PM   #5
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I agree that it gives you the opportunity to figure things out. But didn't really consider the "get to know your bus time". Learning it close to home it better then 500 miles away.
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Old 09-25-2016, 10:25 PM   #6
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Oh how fun!

Having my tools with me is such a comfort. I am just delighted that i had the sanity to spoil myself with 10ft of shop space. Like mentioned above; having shopping centers close by, i really feel like things are A ok.

I need a place to sleep, snacks (sardines, rice cakes, almonds, crasins, lays potato chips, bottle water) something to watch Scooby Doo for fun and in case the kid in me gets frightened, for some reason Scooby Doo calms me down.

Having the solar to charge all my devices has been such a treat. I have rigged up lots of lights ajd lamps with 12v bulbs now so i rarely use my inverters.

Great thread, thanks for opening this can of worms
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Old 09-26-2016, 01:07 AM   #7
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Old 09-26-2016, 06:39 AM   #8
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:25 AM   #9
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First trip will be bringing the bus home. NJ to FL. 1k miles trip.
My necessities are . . . I'm in USA, Walmart is open 24hr and there is a gas station with restrooms every few miles.
Party time !!!

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that was me... first trip was tampa to columbus... 1050 miles...

second trip was 3 days later when all my friends said "lets for a bus ride" and off to IKEA in cincinatti we went.. 200 miles round trip...

im in houston picking up a second bus.. its first trip will be 1045 miles to st pete! starting tomorrow

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Old 09-26-2016, 10:02 AM   #10
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it sounds like the picking up of the bus is a trip in itself. Im really looking forward to the experience soon.
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