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Old 04-19-2015, 05:42 AM   #11
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The biggest stumbling block for me is the weather

If I had a barn/building with power that would be awesome, then I could work on it when I have time and not have to sync weather to time off

Example is today...100% chance of rain and storms....and I have work to do outside of bus
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Old 04-19-2015, 12:21 PM   #12
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Oh! I could just cry. We have found the PERFECT bus. It ticks all the boxes and then some. The only problem is it's an ebay bus and we won't have the funds ready anywhere near in time to get it. Another will come along, right? These aren't SUPER hard to find, right? (40', flat nose, rear engine, diesel pusher, Allison transmission, storage). :/

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Old 04-19-2015, 01:04 PM   #13
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Oh! I could just cry. We have found the PERFECT bus. It ticks all the boxes and then some. The only problem is it's an ebay bus and we won't have the funds ready anywhere near in time to get it. Another will come along, right? These aren't SUPER hard to find, right? (40', flat nose, rear engine, diesel pusher, Allison transmission, storage). :/

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That's not a perfect bus, it has a cat engine.

If it had a Cummins 8.3 it would be perfect.

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Old 04-19-2015, 01:15 PM   #14
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Oh! I could just cry. We have found the PERFECT bus. It ticks all the boxes and then some. The only problem is it's an ebay bus and we won't have the funds ready anywhere near in time to get it. Another will come along, right? These aren't SUPER hard to find, right? (40', flat nose, rear engine, diesel pusher, Allison transmission, storage). :/

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Looks like a nice bus. They sure laying it on thick though. Their transportation director had tears in her eyes as she handed me the keys. Please.


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Recently retired school district-owned buses are a great transportation value. Schools maintain their vehicles better than any other owners. They have to be safe for the kids, and they HAVE to be totally reliable. Plus, they're regulated to death at every level. This bus just came to me out of a small district near Sacramento, CA. Their transportation director had tears in her eyes as she handed me the keys to "Old #3". California school districts are being forced to either crush or remove from service all their older diesel buses. This was the last one they let go, because it was, so they said, their best bus ever. I try to save an occasional really special bus from the crusher, and a friend of mine told me about this beautiful old Thomas. I normally collect Crown and Gillig buses only, but this Thomas caught my heart.
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Old 04-19-2015, 03:21 PM   #15
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I got my bus off Craigslist. It was $4k and we did the deal in a Lowes parking lot. Cashiers check so I was fully covered. Not to mention my girlfriend and her sister were in a car nearby with cellphones and guns.

It has a dt466 which dies probably 8mpg and has about 100k on the click. Flat out on the flat its top speed is 55ish. Uphill, its about 38. Downhill 70.

I'm happy with mine. My carpentry is improving and I'm learning a lit moire about diy.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:02 PM   #16
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Just wanted to say hey and weigh in with my ladiness. I'm doing this on my own without (gasp! ) a boyfriend and the water is just fine! Check out the website sheexplores.com, all about women on the road and pretty great.
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Old 04-19-2015, 05:16 PM   #17
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There're loads of girls doing busses. The schoolie group on facebook has several.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:27 PM   #18
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There're loads of girls doing busses. The schoolie group on facebook has several.
What is this schoolie group you speak of and how might I find it?
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:29 PM   #19
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The biggest stumbling block for me is the weather

If I had a barn/building with power that would be awesome, then I could work on it when I have time and not have to sync weather to time off

Example is today...100% chance of rain and storms....and I have work to do outside of bus
My dad not only has ALL the tools we will need, but he has a huge barn with a cement floor just itchin for a bus! LoL If we can get the ball rolling, there's plenty of help to see her to the finish line.
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Old 04-19-2015, 09:32 PM   #20
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Just wanted to say hey and weigh in with my ladiness. I'm doing this on my own without (gasp! ) a boyfriend and the water is just fine! Check out the website sheexplores.com, all about women on the road and pretty great.
Thanks for the weigh in! (And the website. LOVE the idea, but I can't seem to get it to open for me. )
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