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Old 06-01-2009, 01:00 PM   #11
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Very nice. Are those just shelves, or is the upper space a bunk? Can't tell how deep it is from the photo.
it is just for storage for us, but if need be a child could sleep up there.
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Old 06-01-2009, 08:29 PM   #12
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Re: How far did you go to pick up your bus?

Good Heavens, gotmuddy! 600 miles??? Did you fly in first, or have someone drive you out to Kentucky?

Swinada, Nice shelf/kiddy-cot. I really love the interiors folks with long buses can create. There's just so much room to play! But I'm chicken to buy something that long. I guess it's all a matter of practice, but wow. I've seen too many city buses around here come within inches of scraping a car parked on the curb while turning to believe a neophyte like myself would be able to get a larger bus through the same neighborhood. <sigh>

There's a bus in Lexington, KY that fits the bill. I'm placing a bid on it tonight. We'll see what happens by the end of the week.
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Old 06-02-2009, 10:43 AM   #13
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I got mine in town and the owner even drove it over to my place for me so I could learn how to drive it at my own speed. I was completely happy with it, I guess the only thing I wish I would have known is that nobody will fit tires to split rims. I probably still would have bought it though!
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:18 PM   #14
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i had a friend drop me off in rustburg VA, to pick out a bus from sonny merriman. i had preiviously scoped it out on a drive from richmond va to wilmington nc. i felt pretty confident that my bus was out on the lot among the 200 or so busses so i had my friend drop me at a sketchy motel and i walked to the lot the next morining and drove it for the first time all the way home!!
long story short it was an adventure, a solo adventure that i took with no follow car but lots of powers of deduction.
long story medium read my conversion posting " first timer road tripping project"
i realize i didnt answer the question. it was 300 miles from home but i think i prob drove 400 back because i kept pulling off the highway and then looking for parts places and then getting on the interstate and getting off again to take state roads.....
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:49 PM   #15
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Re: How far did you go to pick up your bus?

To answer my own question, I traveled 203 miles from Hampton, VA to Front Royal, VA. Took much longer than the three and a half hours Google Maps says it should take. But going back up there in a couple of weeks should be faster since I'll be in a better car. Coming back may take much longer again, but I'm willing to go slow to ensure BOB makes it home without a problem.

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Old 06-09-2009, 08:28 PM   #16
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3,200 miles?!?!? GREAT GOOGLIEMOOGLIE! BigTex!!!
That's not an adventure... that's a freakin' Indiana Jones movie!

Wow. Glad to hear you made it back okay! Did you actually figure out how much gas you'd have to buy to get home, or was that an "unexpected bonus"?
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Old 06-11-2009, 12:17 PM   #17
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Re: How far did you go to pick up your bus?

Hello all... Long time lurker here. Finally getting around to posting.

I purchased my '72 Superior Coach in September 1993 from On-D-Go Used Bus Sales in Bucyrus Ohio. I was hitchhiking around the country following the Grateful Dead when I stumbled across the Phool Bus. My trip started in San Diego county. I "thumbed it" up to the Shoreline shows in Mountain View, CA. Then out to Colorado, where I decided that it would be nice to have a bus. About two weeks later, after the Ohio shows, I saw On-D-Go's lot full of busses. Five days later, I purchased the Phool Bus for $500.

The first thing that I learned was that my fuel guage did not work. It was showing 3/8 of a tank. I made it about 20 miles before running out of gas. The second thing that I learned was that it is a PITA to remove the seats when all of the nuts are rusted to the bolts due to salted roads.

I had calculated that it would cost about $900 to drive back to CA and found a job hanging billboards to get the gas $$ for the return trip. Ohio was wearing me thin, so I headed out with $500 in my pocket. Three days later, I stopped in Colorado Springs, CO. with $63 left. I figured I'd stay there "for a little while" and raise the money for the rest of the trip back to CA. I ended up meeting a lot of great people in Colorado because of the bus and I ended up staying for the winter. The Phool Bus got it's name shortly after I arrived in CO.

On the trip to CA from CO, I swung past a Greyhound station and asked if anyone was heading to southern Ca. One guy said that he was going to Los Angeles and asked why I wanted to know. I told him that I could give him a ride for the cost of his ticket. He laughed at me and walked away. As I was walking up to the door of the bus, I heard footsteps running up behind me. It was "Mr. LA". "Oh my God. Is this yours?" he says. He handed my his $26 fare and off we went. At one point, I had seven hitchhikers and a dog with me.

That was a great trip. Spending a winter in the bus in Colorado Springs was an experience I will not forget. In all, it took about nine months to get the bus back to San Diego county from Ohio.

We have since been as far north as northern CA. helping a friend move. Down to Zihuatanejo, Mexico for a six week long scuba diving / surfing trip with seven other adults, two children, and a dog. Countless concerts, trips to Baja, to the desert with motorcycles and atcs loaded inside... It's a blast pulling up to a campsite and having all of the desert rats looking at the bus. Seeing their jaws drop when I kick the back door open and unload two motorcycles, an atc, and a quad is priceless.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:55 PM   #18
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From NJ, I bought my bus from a school district in Ohio for $1000 (eBay). I took a Greyhound to Akron, then metro transit bus to Alliance ($81.00 total). During the 426 mile drive home, I realized that the left front windshield leaks during a downpour on the PA turnpike - or anywhere else for that matter. Spent about $250 in gas money. All said and done - I was on a bus for an entire 24 hour period! Great experience so far, and the price was right!
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Old 08-04-2009, 10:02 AM   #19
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Re: How far did you go to pick up your bus?

611 miles.

Drove up to Whitehall, MT in my gals car (big tool box and sleeping bags in the trunk ) did a good once over, test drove it, checked oil, other vital fluids and tire pressure, dealer filled her up and I put her on the highway!

I bought my bus from a bus dealer and it had been well maintained and inspected for fire and search and rescue crew shuttle so it was in good repair and had a fresh service on it, they were selling it rather than put new tires on it. It is in great shape, but I paid premium for it, $3800 with a full tank of fuel.

I searched for several months and made a few road trips trying to find a "bargain" but couldn't seem to find the right size with the right engine in the right condition in one of those $1500 deals.

Bus ran strong at 65 mph and didn't give me a bit of grief, burned 57 gallons of diesel in 611 miles. I get a little more speed out of her since I found the black piece of PVC glued under the accelerator for a "governor"

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