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Old 03-15-2010, 07:44 PM   #1
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Introducing my first bus

Been lurking for awhile but today finally bought my bus and pick it up this Saturday. It is a 1995 Chevy with a 3116 Turbo Catipillar motor, Allison automatic transmission, hydraulic brakes, 6 rows of seats, PA and radio, 2 roof hatches, Bud style rims, with 155K miles. The plan is to convert it into a weekend camper. Not sure of my floor plan just yet. I plan to paint it black or maybe grey. I will post pics as I progress with the conversion but might take me awhile since I only have weekends free to work on it. I'm sure I will have questions for the board as I go. Think I will name the bus "Stopbit".

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Old 03-15-2010, 07:51 PM   #2
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Black may look nice, but you would need a good AC unit otherwise you will regret the heat that black attracts! Generally lighter colors stay cooler, and darker colors just make it uncomfortable without AC. This is why most newer RV's are white. The big $$ units are darker, but they have 2 or 3 rooftop AC units to compensate for the sun. Just a thought...
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:03 PM   #3
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I'm a city boy so no chance my bus won't be getting a 13500btu A/C unit and generator(think a small 2500 watt propane). Plus plan on adding a small DC/AC fridge, 6 gallon water heater, 2 burner propane range, microwave, small sink, fresh and grey water tanks, port-a-poti, and an outside shower. Also posting the one pic I have of the inside until I get the bus home this weekend.

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Old 03-15-2010, 08:13 PM   #4
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Bus looks great! Little bit longer than the average short-bus, but not as long as a typical 3/4 length bus. It should be really easy to maneuver and get into tight spots. It should also have all the power you need to pull trailers full of toys or whatever else you take with you. My bus is a 3/4 length Bluebird body, 48 passenger, 8 rows.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #5
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... a small 2500 watt propane...
Don't get less than a 3K generator. We have a 2.5K Onan on our RV. We have a 4cf freezer, 3cf refrigerator, 13.5K rooftop Ac unit. when they all cycle on at the same time (and they do at times), it drags the generator down and it lugs hard. The 2.5K is marginal. It will work but I think it might not be too good to operate the generator (or the appliances) like that. The AC unit is the biggest thing. Without the AC on, we have no problem running the TV, DVD player and microwave in addition to the refrigerator and freezer while Wallydocking. Add up all your SURGE wattages. As a rule of thumb, you can double the stated operating wattages. This will most likely give you a higher result than actually use... but the extra "cushion" may come in handy.
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:44 PM   #6
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Really just need the generator to power the A/C and fridge while driving to the camp ground to plug in, which is why I was planing for such a small one. I'm sure I will get the biggest one my checkbook will allow when the time comes though since you can never have too much power.
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Old 03-15-2010, 11:40 PM   #7
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You can just paint top white and the rest black or grey. That will help on the heat, unless you live way north in which case you might want to paint it all black. Also having awnings to put up when in camp helps the heat problem alot too.
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I can see in your pictures that you bought the bus from k-s bus.com in Lawerence, KS. I bought my bus from them as well, and they were helpful and easy to deal with. Did you get a good deal? I got a decent deal on my bus - about $700-$1,000 off their asking price as I remember. I recognize the bus you are buying - it's been on their lot for a while.
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Old 03-17-2010, 01:58 PM   #9
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Got them to take $1500 off what they where asking which was still probably too high but since I live in Kansas City the very short trip (about 30 minutes away) to look at it and bring it home was worth some money as well.
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Old 03-19-2010, 05:54 PM   #10
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Well picked up the bus and took it to a big truck service center to have looked over and get my Safety insecption. The bus seemed to top out at around 60mph @2700 or so rpm. Was hoping it was going to do a little better than that being a short bus and all. Seems there might be some issue with the drivers side front brake since the rotor was smoking a little and could smell the burnt brake pad smell. That was added to the list of things for the repair shop to check out, hopefully it's not something to major.
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