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Old 08-21-2017, 09:09 PM   #191
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Wondering how you guys like the bus? We are looking at one that has the same setup but came as a library bus so it already is insulated and has shore power with a generator? Just wondering we want to use it as an RV alternative not really full time living. I like the length and the motor though so thought I would ask if there is anything specific about these Thomas Vistas?

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Old 08-21-2017, 09:19 PM   #192
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Updates!

So we ended up in Oregon a few days ahead of schedule. Originally we were planning to arrive Sunday, but the lack of anything between Tahoe and Redmond, plus the implied that of have eclipse traffic, we do just kept driving and got here on Thursday.

Today we enjoyed the eclipse, we were fully blacked out and marveling at the corona. Pretty amazing stuff!

Otherwise, with the bus... I finally installed my go down utility steps. Now I can get on the roof from the outside! Hillary lost one of them so my set of four turned into a set of three, but I'm sprightly enough to get in the roof with three steps. I started out thinking u would use sheet metal screws to attach then but changed my mind. Ended up drilling through to the inside and running bolts with a washer and nut on the end. These are the steps I got, they appear very well made and super strong! http://amzn.to/2fWjTti

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Old 08-21-2017, 09:26 PM   #193
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Nice steps. Was looking for those so I can step into my service door instead of climb in.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:04 PM   #194
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Funny but my 1946 Chevy shorty came with one of the exact same steps. I plan on adding a couple more. And you are correct...they are really well made! Good news is, the "new" ones appear to be identical.
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Old 08-22-2017, 08:17 AM   #195
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love the steps... my bus has one on each side to get up to the windshield. they come in real handy.. I leave them down all the time.. i know im going to use them..

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Old 08-23-2017, 01:47 PM   #196
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Saw a 6 window version of my bus today!

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Old 08-23-2017, 03:12 PM   #197
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I see one every once in a while.. they arent real common though!
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Old 08-23-2017, 03:59 PM   #198
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I like that idea for a way up to the roof! I am ordering a set!
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:33 PM   #199
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Brokedown, seeing that 6 window, had me wondering how much of a difference that 1 window would make, compared to your 5 window. How many feet between the back of your drivers seat, and the back door? I wonder if the extra weight, and fewer mpg be worth it?
Really enjoying your updates. Keep em coming.
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Old 08-23-2017, 08:36 PM   #200
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Brokedown, seeing that 6 window, had me wondering how much of a difference that 1 window would make, compared to your 5 window. How many feet between the back of your drivers seat, and the back door? I wonder if the extra weight, and fewer mpg be worth it?
Really enjoying your updates. Keep em coming.
I doubt 1 window is gonna make a hill of beans in MPG.
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