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Old 08-16-2016, 10:18 PM   #1
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The wren Roaster

Well Due to a stupid little house wren building a nest on top of the Turbo and almost burning the bus down on the way home with it, I decided to call it the wren roaster, as i am sure if their where any eggs in that nest they got roasted along with the outer wiring harness cover.

so anyway here are some pics of my 1998 E-350 Startrans shuttle bus we are going to convert to an RV.



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Old 08-16-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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How fun, you'll be able to park almost anywhere!

Glad you are all safe.

When bad stuff happens i half wonder if it was actually a blessing saving me from something worse.

Looking forward to following your build!
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Old 08-16-2016, 11:53 PM   #3
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How fun, you'll be able to park almost anywhere!

Glad you are all safe.

When bad stuff happens i half wonder if it was actually a blessing saving me from something worse.

Looking forward to following your build!
yeah we are building it so we can tow our home built 16' Hover craft with us on adventures. My lady and I love going to the state parks here in florida and going to the keys, but last trip we made most of the motels where a night mare. we use to have a 33' winnie, but it was just to big and hard to drive. with the Bus we should be able to park in small places and tow the Hovercraft with ease.

I scored an RV power converter and battery charger on craigslist this morning, so thats the start of the Conversion. we had bought a gen. transfer switch for the house here, but it was not enough amps, so now it will go in the camper and be used with my small genset.

now that I got a photobucket account set up maybe I can start getting more photos posted. but man thats a P.I.T.A. to have to use photobucket.
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Old 08-17-2016, 07:16 AM   #4
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thats a nice lookin bus!! ive had good experiences with hotel in key west but not along the way there.. had some Roach Ranches for sure!!
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Old 08-17-2016, 08:35 AM   #5
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thats a nice lookin bus!! ive had good experiences with hotel in key west but not along the way there.. had some Roach Ranches for sure!!
-Christopher
our main thing will be, we want to take the Hovercraft along and stay at some of the parks and RV resorts on the water. wold be so cool to set up camp and go out on the Hovercraft from the same place. a lot of hotels don't have parking for trailers. also the last time we went, we spent the night in key largo, that was a night mare. was a latino trailer park right next door, did not get a bit of sleep. people fighting and cops there several times in one night. in key west stayed at the sheriton and had a family with kids in the room above us. sounded like a pack of elephants all the way till 3:00 a.m.

After that my lady and I said no thanks, time to get another RV.

that said we got a really good deal on this bus. but it does have high miles. it was a church day care bus, so very well maintained. but has over 250,000 on it. got it for $3,500 and the guy even threw in 4 new tires. as with all buses, it has a few issues to work out. but I am good at working on stuff, so just a matter of time. I will post progress pics as i go along.

todays task is fix the line to the lift arm on the wheel chair lift, it poped off. was just a cheap plastic line that was help on with a zip tie. line is hard and stiff from age, so going to have to change that around some how. as it is, can't rise the lift to close the doors.
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Old 08-17-2016, 10:55 AM   #6
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Lets see a picture of the hovercraft.
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Old 08-17-2016, 01:22 PM   #7
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Lets see a picture of the hovercraft.
I still have to make and install the skirt and install the safety wire netting on the side of the prop cage and install the prop. but this is what it looks like so far on the trailer. look up sevtec surveyor on youtube to see what they look like complete and running.

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Old 08-17-2016, 02:37 PM   #8
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Very cool. I never knew hovercraft had gotten that popular. Or cool.
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Old 08-17-2016, 06:07 PM   #9
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Old 08-17-2016, 09:04 PM   #10
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