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Old 05-23-2015, 06:42 PM   #1
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UK bus

In order to get a UK registration plate I have had to complete the conversion to a motor home (RV) before the UK government will test it (it would fail as a bus - deposits passengers on wrong side of road!)

I had to go for a 9 hour test yesterday! The end result is that it was tested as if I had built the whole vehicle myself from parts since International is not recognised as a manufacturer - so I get to choose the Gross laden weight which will be 7.5 tonnes, which is largest vehicle I have a driving license for. The good news was that all the faults it failed on are fixable
- Most external Lights too high or wrong colours
- Sharp edges need to be rounded off or have trim added
- Door needs a deadbolt with buzzer
- No VIN stamped on Chassis
- Trim exhaust so it does't extend beyond bumper (fender)

I'll have to take lots of bits off or disable them, have it re-tested and later put them all back on again!

Had the seat recovered....



And managed to get all the utilities like 240v in, gas flies and Hot water shower out together


Will post pics when it is completed....
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Old 05-24-2015, 07:15 AM   #2
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Looks like you're making progress. Ain't gov'ment officialdom wonderful?

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Door needs a deadbolt with buzzer
Why do they even care?

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Trim exhaust so it does't extend beyond bumper (fender)
I personally want the exhaust to extend out from the bumper/fender, less chance of fumes entering the inside. Did some law maker shin his poor little knee on an exhaust pipe sticking out too far?

Just a personal observation, your seating arrangement looks a bit cramped.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:13 PM   #3
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Good effort mate! My wife is from the UK and we would love to be able to get a skoolie over there some day.

Did you ship it from the East Coast? What town in UK did you go to get MOT?

Thanks

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Old 06-08-2015, 03:47 PM   #4
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Here are some more up to date pictures....

The satellite image is from the area of upstate NY where it came from.






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Old 06-08-2015, 03:52 PM   #5
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Good effort mate! My wife is from the UK and we would love to be able to get a skoolie over there some day.

Did you ship it from the East Coast? What town in UK did you go to get MOT?

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bought front Penn Yan, NY. Shipped from Baltimore. MOT done in Reading. Still going for IVA approval to get UK plates as an M1 motor caravan (a long story of little interest to you Americans!)
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:54 PM   #6
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The painting on the entrance is from Tom Wolfe's Electric Kool Aid Acid Test (drawn by Milton Glaser) - story of Ken Kasey's LSD fuelled trip across USA in a 39 International called Further......
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Old 06-08-2015, 05:26 PM   #7
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Great job, good looking interior!
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Old 06-08-2015, 07:41 PM   #8
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Ken Casey behind the wheel......Dead Head Eh!


You drive on the left, correct? Bit of a challenge with the bus?
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Old 06-10-2015, 03:33 AM   #9
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Ken Casey behind the wheel......Dead Head Eh!


You drive on the left, correct? Bit of a challenge with the bus?
Driving on the left is fine - we are used to changing which side of the road when we drive on when we cross the Channel to Europe!

I think Neil Cassady was Kesey's driver on Furthur!
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Roger that...at least the Grateful Dead lyrics support Cassady as driver:

"Escapin' through the lily fields
I came across an empty space
It trembled and exploded
Left a bus stop in its place
The bus came by and I got on
That's when it all began
There was cowboy Neal
At the wheel
Of a bus to never-ever land"
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