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Old 03-03-2017, 10:41 PM   #1
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So I finally talked my wife into a bus. We found the right one for the right price and took the plunge.

I was looking for something that would be more comfortable for a family of 5 to travel in more than actually camping in it, all though that is an option for the future.

We ended up finding a 1997 Ford E350, 7.3 TurtleTop in Denver for $3500. We flew in on a Friday night, paid the man and started driving back to Texas almost immediately. A quick stop at Walmart for some snacks, soda's, and wiper blades and we were off.

Let me say, the pictures did not paint a clear picture of what we bought. It was filthy!
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:48 PM   #2
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The seats are out and cleaning the interior
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Old 03-03-2017, 10:50 PM   #3
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:21 AM   #4
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After scrubbing the interior and power washing the seats ...
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Old 03-04-2017, 08:31 AM   #5
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I installed a small table, a radio that has a built in GPS, DVD Bluetooth, and back up camera, and a 3K watt inverter that i'm not finished with. I have some power outlets that i'm going to install around the inside so that wife and kids can charge electronics and such.

I have to replace the seal around the front brow window before we drive it too much. It shrunk leaving a gap right in front of the inverter. Water would roll in right on top of it
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:35 PM   #6
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Front circuit board had some bad connections due to vibrations.
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Old 03-05-2017, 12:40 PM   #7
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Does anyone know anything about the TransAir system? The rear a/c is inop. Im sure there is no freon in the system, but the rear blower will not blow at all.

Just curious if the blower motor works off of the pressure switch in the system.
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Old 03-05-2017, 03:00 PM   #8
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I'm not the guy to answer your A/C question/ but someone will chime in. I was wondering what part of Texas ya'll were in.
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We are just outside of Glen Rose.
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Old 03-06-2017, 05:50 AM   #10
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I may be able to help with the A/C. do you know if it is a separate system completelyor if it is a tie-in to your Dash A/C? or does the bus not have standard dash A/C?

Transair systems are some of the simpler ones out there.. if you have a separate system and there's a little panel with 2 rocker switches on it and a red light in the middle... when you switch the system to on, does the fan inside come on but uou get a red LED? if so, the refrigerant has leaked out.

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