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Old 02-15-2016, 11:53 AM   #1
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Unhappy Replacement windows and windshield

Hi all,

Out on a limb here...

We got finally got our skoolie, a 1994 tc 2000 handybus, transit-style, and drove it from Oregon to Denver last week. It was beautiful and perfect. In the middle of the day yesterday while we were out for two hours, a bunch of teenagers smashed almost all the windows and used the emergency hammer to smash both panes of the giant windshield...driver's windows...entry door panes...emergency exit windows...about 10 of the passenger windows, which are two sizes: one just under 28 inches wide, and the other is jsut under 35 inches wide.

Because we JUST got it, we only have trip insurance which doesn't cover this. Neither does our homeowners insurance. We've talked with the cops and filled out a police report, so we'll see where that ends up (probably nowhere).

Does anyone have any ideas? Anyone in the area have windows they are removing? Does anyone know of a bus yard that would trade us a new windshield for our perfectly functioning wheelchair lift? A good bus graveyard? Anything?

The replacement costs are looking like they will outweigh the cost of the bus...and the total amount of money we could have put into our conversion.

Thank you for any suggestions or ideas!! I'm not ready to give up on the dream...
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:16 PM   #2
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Welcome beret:
That is just plain sick!
I really feel for you and wish I could help.
I'm new here myself but it seems like there's lots of friendly helpful folks here and I'm sure someone will chime-in with some advice.
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Old 02-15-2016, 12:49 PM   #3
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Very sorry about this. Maybe you can get some help here...Get the numbers off the big glass and call around?

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Old 02-15-2016, 02:09 PM   #4
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Step One:
Find said teenagers

Step Two:
Waterboard said teenagers (and parents)
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Old 02-15-2016, 02:19 PM   #5
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Step One:
Find said teenagers

Step Two:
Waterboard said teenagers (and parents)
Step Three:
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Old 02-15-2016, 03:06 PM   #6
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Thanks 2kool4skool! I'm sure this will be very helpful.

And thanks for the support everyone! It did get violent a little quick, but I do feel the frustration!

If anyone else has hook ups in/around CO, I'm interested!!
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Old 02-15-2016, 04:09 PM   #7
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Bus Glass and Windshield Distributors - School Bus Glass, Coach/Charter Bus Glass, Transit/Public Bus Glass | Translite Enterprises or http://midwesttransit.com Consider, also, that you'll probably blank out a lot of those windows anyway.

As for the kids - I like the idea of a cattle prod suppository.
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Old 02-15-2016, 04:56 PM   #8
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I would just remove the windows and cover the holes. Call AAAbus in Phoenix. They were dismantelling a 1999 tc2000 about two weeks ago. Maybe they would swap you for the lift. They are very good to deal with. If you want to replace the windows instead of covering them and all else fails I have all the windows removed from my bus, 30 of them including 6 emergency exits. I think 2 of them were cracked. I don't know the size of the door windows but I could measure them for you. It is an accordian door with four windows and I'm going to remove it. You can have all the windows if you really need them. I'm in PA so the shipping would be prohibitive but maybe we could SKOOLIE RELAY them to you. Soon there will be skoolies travelling the country and we could possibly have people relay them your way.They measure about 27 1/2 front to back and 24 1/4 top to bottom. They are from a 1999 tc2000. Anybody passing through western PA headed that way? Anyone know a trucker going from here toward there? I can't imagine the nightmare these new skoolies are going through. Lets help them out. It would be a great thing for Skoolie.net.
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Old 02-15-2016, 06:21 PM   #9
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Thanks 2kool4skool! I'm sure this will be very helpful.

And thanks for the support everyone! It did get violent a little quick, but I do feel the frustration!

If anyone else has hook ups in/around CO, I'm interested!!
You confusing violence with discipline..
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Old 02-15-2016, 08:51 PM   #10
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Roadrunner - what an amazing post. I'm pretty blown away by the quick responses, support, and your generosity and willingness to help! Not a great welcome to bus ownership, but it's been a pretty great welcome to the skoolie community.

We weren't originally planning on taking out a ton of windows, but after having a few hours to process our situation, we have reworked our approach a bit. I'll call AAAbus tomorrow. Any spare windows that you have would be so helpful, and so would be the accordion door panels. As we are not ready to give up on the dream so soon, I'm sure we'll get something to work no matter what...it may just take a little longer than expected.

Either way, the thought of a skoolie relay is nothing short of inspirational, and I really want to be a part of a community that does that! Whether or not somebody is carrying windows though CO or us transporting something to another skoolie in need in the future, we're in.

Again, thank you so much for the warm welcome!
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