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Old 05-17-2019, 02:57 PM   #1
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Her name is Tulip

Hello all! (just a C&P of our intro)
Hubby & I just jumped off the cliff & bought our Shortie *Tulip* I think hubby subconsciously named her after a character on Preacher - I didn't realize until I said "that's a cute name for her!" LOL
She's a 2002 Chevy 3500 bus with a Vortec 5700 V8 - we believe it's a "Collins" bus? Still learning LOL
She came with most of the 'hard' stuff done; seats removed, spray foam insulation, 2"subfloor, 200W complete solar set up (not the cheapy ones) 4 deep cycle batteries, 2 new kitchen cabinets(not using) , NIB camp oven/stove(not using), NIB solar oven, a brand new air compressor, NIB impact tools, wiring for just about everything, a nice new steel garden bench? :/ (gave to mom for mother's day LOL), a fresh(?) white paint job... And ALOT of reflective tape!
She runs spectacularly - no smoke or leaks so far!
All for just $4500! I'm hoping I did good on it - all the "extra" stuff was supposed to be taken out before we left but the guy was like "Meh" & didn't feel like taking it to his storage unit I guess AND he took $500 under his asking price.
YAAAAYYYYYY US!
I will slowly be posting (I hope) the reconstruction of Tulip - hubby & I aren't in the greatest health & we do things a little slower LOL
Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Maggie & Mo
Yulee Florida
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:10 PM   #2
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Stuff we've accumulated for build

We've only had her 2 weeks but we've picked up a few things for Tulip...
AHHHHH OOOGA horn ;) $18 @ Harbor Freight

B&D Portable AC unit $250 Amazon

A urine diverter for our composting toilet - $35 Johnny Compost on Etsy

Our SS sink is actually the inside of a new street light $15 at a *dig til ya find it* store

We've also gotten the flooring $80 (I don't like the new one that was in it) & today we picked up NIB shower stall walls $75 Craigslist.
I'll put up more pics as I get rolling
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:12 PM   #3
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You folks did really well. No doubt the previous owner(s) had more than that tied up in it.
I'd consider that a score, depending on engine condition...
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:15 PM   #4
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I think you did fine
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Old 05-17-2019, 03:21 PM   #5
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Thank you! She purrs l like a kitten - shifts great - no smoke. We drove her about 50 miles home & she was cruising at 75mph easily but we're still taking her to our mechanic for a once over /tuneup before any travel. Prior guy converted her to full synthetic oil as well.
He planned on taking her to Alaska to some property he owns but then found out the cost to ferry her to her home was $5k and he just gave up on the project. His loss.... We hope to show her Alaska some day LOL
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:26 PM   #6
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You are well on you're way. You've already got the most critical component for your mod,
The, "Ah-OOO-ga" horn!
I like the sink idea too. I've long thought the dishwater out be illuminated from below...
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Old 05-17-2019, 04:51 PM   #7
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You are well on you're way. You've already got the most critical component for your mod,
The, "Ah-OOO-ga" horn!
I like the sink idea too. I've long thought the dishwater out be illuminated from below...
Welcome to the Booby Hatch!
Lmao! Our next thought was a train horn ;) but it would be waaaay too tempting when we're at the tracks & the guy in front of us just starts crossing the track... *insert evil laugh*
We'll have the RGB color lights in the kitchen pool so depending on the washer's mood...the color can adapt lol
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Old 05-17-2019, 07:20 PM   #8
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nice score! and welcome
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:33 AM   #9
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I really like the idea of using a street lamp as a sink! Is the *dig till you find t* store a local store, or one with branches?
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Old 05-18-2019, 02:48 PM   #10
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It's a local dive they had a few & @$15 it was a deal - it's 14" ID 1"lip - 7"deep - all the other things I found were shallow I'm going back this week to dig some more - I did get a matching Faucet at HF for $17 LOL
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