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Old 03-31-2017, 12:11 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

I'm not new any more but we never started our build thread!

Our bus is a 1996 Thomas Vista 3600. It is a 5 window bus and has the International t444e and the Allison 542 transmission. It's 10 feet tall and over 6 ft inside.

We bought our bus in December, by mid January we were sleeping in it, and we have been full time since February 1.

My approach for the inside is different than just it seems. A lot of people are kitting they're bus like a house, putting in a bunch of wood cabinets and such, running generators and AC power everywhere... For various reasons, that's not us.

In a nut shell, we have 400w worth of solar for our power source, a 200ah AGM deep cycle battery for storage, and we run as much as we can directly from DC power. The major exceptions are a chest freezer and our TV.

Insulation is reflectix, air conditioning provided by the engine driven dual ac system, heat and cooking are propane powered. We don't have a water system, we rely on planet fitness for showers, and I built a composting toilet.

Since we disconnected from an address, we have traveled a few thousand miles around Florida, and met some really cool folks. Starting tomorrow, we are leaving Florida for the summer with the most vague of plans possible. We have a buddy who built a box truck who will be travelling with us, at least at first.

This has been a pretty fun ride so far! Have some pics!


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Old 03-31-2017, 12:15 PM   #2
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Maybe we'll see you out west in June. We'll be all over.

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Old 04-01-2017, 07:04 AM   #3
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Let us know! We have family in California and Oregon and have some more places to see.
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Let us know! We have family in California and Oregon and have some more places to see.


Safe and happy travels yall!
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Took the bus for a boat ride this morning!


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Sweet. Where are you?

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Where yall floatin to?
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Galveston, but we already left. There was a nice spot along the road where we parked on the beach for a night, now we are nearly to Houston and they aren't very boondock friendly around here!



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If worse comes to worse there's always truck stops.
Cool to see yall on the road enjoying bus life!
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We ended up next to a home Depot, in a row of a couple dozen semi trucks. Close enough to a truck stop!

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