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Old 08-31-2015, 09:23 AM   #11
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Why a roof raise? Is there another way other than roof raise?
A "floor lower"...
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Old 08-31-2015, 09:35 AM   #12
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Here's my opinion as a single woman (for what it's worth):

I have a lot of welders in my family who will help me if I ask, but I still don't want a roof raise. I'm tall for a woman, but I don't think having a low ceiling will bother me. I plan to be a Snow Bird, so I won't be needing a whole lot of insulation. Sure, I'll stuff as much as I can in there, but I'm not going to obsess about it.

The main things for full-timing will be looking for a bus with little to no rust, easy and cheap to work on mechanical issues, and enough power to get over mountains.

I'm looking at DT466 or better engines, or Cummins 8.3. CAT engines are expensive to work on even though they're good, so unless you have deep pockets, stay away.

Oh, and stay away from AT545 transmissions. There's at least one member here who can't even give his away. Apparently, they're worse than garbage.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:40 AM   #13
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it takes me about 1 beer to get setup, we store everything that is loose in milk crates (lamps, s/p holders, art and knicknacks etc)

1st thing when we arrive:

We level out and park, as I go and check power pole, wife pulls out water hose and sewer hose and sets them outside and starts by putting milk crates on table and counters

I grab the power cable and we both get off the bus, I plug in and she check's for polarity (peek into window at tester plugged into receptacle) and I use a fluk meter on a couple places of bus and then give a clear, she goes up and gets a glass of wine and a beer for me, at this point I have water and sewer hooked up, I let her know and she bleeds water lines and turns on toilet fill, I flip switch for water heater and in 15 min we are relaxing

Getting ready to leave takes a couple hours to get everything put up

we store the ice cream maker and kuerig in the sink with a towel between them, and they then go onto windshield ledge when parked


We work good together
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:22 PM   #14
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it takes me about 1 beer to get setup, we store everything that is loose in milk crates (lamps, s/p holders, art and knicknacks etc)

1st thing when we arrive:

We level out and park, as I go and check power pole, wife pulls out water hose and sewer hose and sets them outside and starts by putting milk crates on table and counters

I grab the power cable and we both get off the bus, I plug in and she check's for polarity (peek into window at tester plugged into receptacle) and I use a fluk meter on a couple places of bus and then give a clear, she goes up and gets a glass of wine and a beer for me, at this point I have water and sewer hooked up, I let her know and she bleeds water lines and turns on toilet fill, I flip switch for water heater and in 15 min we are relaxing

Getting ready to leave takes a couple hours to get everything put up

we store the ice cream maker and kuerig in the sink with a towel between them, and they then go onto windshield ledge when parked


We work good together
Dude, you've got it dialed in. Ice cream, coffee, beer and wine. The only thing missing is a good steak.
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Old 08-31-2015, 01:41 PM   #15
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We eat more surf than turf when Glamping, whatever is local
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Old 08-31-2015, 02:03 PM   #16
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We eat more surf than turf when Glamping, whatever is local
That works too. Just no Lima beans.
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Old 08-31-2015, 04:20 PM   #17
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it takes me about 1 beer to get setup, we store everything that is loose in milk crates (lamps, s/p holders, art and knicknacks etc)

1st thing when we arrive:

We level out and park, as I go and check power pole, wife pulls out water hose and sewer hose and sets them outside and starts by putting milk crates on table and counters

I grab the power cable and we both get off the bus, I plug in and she check's for polarity (peek into window at tester plugged into receptacle) and I use a fluk meter on a couple places of bus and then give a clear, she goes up and gets a glass of wine and a beer for me, at this point I have water and sewer hooked up, I let her know and she bleeds water lines and turns on toilet fill, I flip switch for water heater and in 15 min we are relaxing

Getting ready to leave takes a couple hours to get everything put up

we store the ice cream maker and kuerig in the sink with a towel between them, and they then go onto windshield ledge when parked


We work good together
Wow that sounds complicated and fun you are very lucky to have a nice partner. Thanks for the reply
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Old 09-01-2015, 12:34 AM   #18
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Plain and simple, if your living in a bus full time, you just don't have enough room to insulate properly without a roof raise.

Welders in your family make no difference when it comes to raising a school bus roof. Welding is not needed.

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Old 09-01-2015, 01:37 AM   #19
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Me and a friend have been living in our medium sized bus since January. We are originally from Chicago and came out to the West Coast to promote our music and get away from the harsh winters haha.

I would second the notion of building with easy stowing in mind. The most useful things we bought have been bungee chords and metal rings to attach to the bus frame. We built some shelves and made some nice rope nets so our bus has a sort of ship feel to it.

Coleman stoves are amazing, don't mess with Wal Mart brand stoves, literally had a valve blow on that thing and it was almost a huge problem, very scary.

When you hit a new town, if you have a bike or skateboard do some exploring to find bathrooms, (starbucks, Mcdonalds, etc...) public libraries, check parking restrictions, and find places away from houses. That is... if you want to go unseen, find the more industrial parts of town.

A sweet paint job is a great way to break the ice with people. We have met so many cool people on the road because they have been dazzled by our paint job ;) Also I tend to think cops bug you less if it looks cool, but that's just a theory.

Sleeping bags are always great, we have not insulated our bus and I can say when we slept in in the Rockies, it was very cold, not pleasant at all.

That's just a quick run down. Maybe I'll do a bigger write up later.

Yay for busses!
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Watch the documentary called "Death by China" and you will know why the Walmart stove blew up.

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