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Old 09-12-2018, 08:25 PM   #1
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First Shuttle Bus Purchase

Hello,

My name is Josh and I am 27 years old and I have been wanting to do a bus to rv conversion for some time now. So, I decided to purchase me first bus which is a 2004 Ford E-450 Super Duty 6.8L Gas V10 shuttle bus built by Turtle Top. 99k miles on it.

The bus is very clean inside and out as I am from Ohio and luckily this bus was in Florida up until 2013 so minimal rust underneath.

I paid $7,250 out the door and am looking to do a nice renovation of the inside and will plan to use this Airstream as a layout and design template.

Please let me know your thoughts and ideas as I dive into this any tips or advice will be appreciated. Did I get a decent deal?
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:28 PM   #2
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:50 AM   #3
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Looks real good to me. Welcome fellow Buckeye..
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Old 09-13-2018, 07:54 AM   #4
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Thank you! Looking forward to the game this weekend. Go Bucks!
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:46 AM   #5
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GO bucks!!! and great lookin bus!! cant wait to see you make it like that air stream... love these bright modern style conversions.
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:52 AM   #6
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nice clean looking shuttle!
your design concept looks cool can't wait to see the finished product
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Old 09-13-2018, 08:55 AM   #7
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Go Bucks!
Omg......not ANOTHER one.....
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:50 PM   #8
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Haha plfking, Are you outnumbered on here?

I am excited to get started with it, hopefully a couple months of work into the reno

Anyone have experiences with the shuttle bus conversions and how they handle the weight distribution on the road?

If there are parts of the reno that I should have a professional take care of I have no problem doing that

Thanks for the help!
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Old 09-13-2018, 02:55 PM   #9
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I can comment on the engine. My parents have one in their RV. Real tough to get at certain parts for repairs and maintenance. Even harder in a van chassis.
But they run good, they're reliable, and fairly powerful. Don't expect more than maybe 5-6 mpg. They do drink some fuel.
The spark plugs are the worst part. The design isn't the best and they're tough to get at and easy to strip. Not impossible, but definitely watch some videos before attempting to change them.
That's all I know. Looks like a clean bus. Have fun!
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Old 09-13-2018, 05:21 PM   #10
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Thank you for the heads up EastCoastCB! It is definitely good to know what maintenance and fixes may be needed when I start to put some miles on this thing
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