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Old 11-29-2017, 08:57 PM   #1
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First timers on the East Coast! 2 months in!

Hello all! About 2 months ago we committed and purchased our bus!

We lucked out and found him a couple days after the dealer slashed the price in half! The dealer received the bus as a trade-in. They usually sell new buses to schools, companies and the government. Because of regulations on age and mileage to their usual clientele didn't want to purchase a 17yr old bus.

We went to see it in person and it was perfect. The perfect length, in great condition only needing minor repairs and maintenance. AND THE MOTOR IS NEW!!! Only 7,000 miles. Previous owner replaced the motor before deciding they no longer needed the bus! Their loss!

We've named our bus "Blu". Blu is a 25' flat-nosed 00' BlueBird C1FE (handicap accessible). We love RVing but didn't want to invest in an RV where we'd have to sacrifice flexibility in the floorplan. A bus conversion was the perfect fit! We're turning our bus into a full RV that sleeps 4, has a full bathroom, full kitchen and a combo passenger/living room/dining room area.
The dealership was nice enough to remove and dispose of the lift and all seats at no additional cost! They even delivered it to us for a very very low price.

As of this post, I'm finishing up framing the kitchen and living areas. We are planning on using the rear handicap access door as the primary "RV" door. It locks from the outside with a key. I found retractable steps that detach and stow away neatly when the bus is in motion. The main entry doors to the bus are pneumatic and though they work great, could get annoying once we start going in and out repeatedly, especially when the bus is docked on a campground or something for a week.

The sleeping areas consist of murphy bunks for the kids in the front and a master bedroom in the rear for my wife and I.

The passenger seating when the bus is in motion also functions as the dining area seating and finally as the "living room" seating. When the murphy bunks are stowed away, there is a 42" TV and entertainment system mounted on the underside of the bottom bunk.

As for the kitchen, it's going to be small but have a 3.1cuft fridge, microwave, sink, overhead cabinetry and a drawer under the microwave.

The plumbing will drain into 2x tanks(grey & black) located under the bathroom behind the bus' batteries. Looking for a water heater solution for the bus. Thinking tankless...

I'll try not to add more detail to spare you all the additional reading haha
We are beyond excited to work on this bus and happy to be a part of this community!

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Old 11-29-2017, 09:48 PM   #2
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Good looking bus. You've got a good start.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:20 AM   #3
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Very nice! Welcome aboard.
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:41 AM   #4
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Cute bus ! I bet it has great interior space with the high sidewalls.

Looks like you have your plans all set. Are you going to insulate it?
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Old 11-30-2017, 06:46 AM   #5
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Welcome! Where on the east coast are you?


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Old 11-30-2017, 11:02 AM   #6
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They're in PA.

I seriously appreciate that they filled in their profile information, unlike many of our other new contestants.

Welcome to the site. That's one fine looking bus. I thought it got cold in PA? I second the (no insulation?) query. Some people don't insulate, but they usually live further south.

You've got a good start. Any pics of your interior progress yet? We're very nosey here.
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:20 AM   #7
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They're in PA.

I seriously appreciate that they filled in their profile information, unlike many of our other new contestants.

Welcome to the site. That's one fine looking bus. I thought it got cold in PA? I second the (no insulation?) query. Some people don't insulate, but they usually live further south.

You've got a good start. Any pics of your interior progress yet? We're very nosey here.


Thanks for letting me know, Robin. Iím on my phone on Tapatalk and it doesnít show the profile.


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Old 11-30-2017, 11:40 AM   #8
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Welcome! Nice looking rig you got there.

I wonder if the dealer knows something we don't about making a profit off of the removed seats and handicap lift?
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Old 11-30-2017, 11:48 AM   #9
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I can sympathise. I'm on a Android pad that thinks it's a laptop, but it's not even close. These pads think they're phones too, but they don't do calls. Text so small I can't even read it with my glasses on until I stretch the screen. I'll be complaining about this for months.

Anybody know how to root an android 6.0 marshmallow? I tried about 20 times using utube unsuccesfully.
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Old 12-08-2017, 05:03 AM   #10
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I can sympathise. I'm on a Android pad that thinks it's a laptop, but it's not even close. These pads think they're phones too, but they don't do calls. Text so small I can't even read it with my glasses on until I stretch the screen. I'll be complaining about this for months.

Anybody know how to root an android 6.0 marshmallow? I tried about 20 times using utube unsuccesfully.
Robin I saved the 6 dilemma well phone did it for me. Screen cracked then quit so I opted for this Android 7 with twice the phone space. Too bad I'm on straight talk or I'd tether to my lappy. Anyone know which mobile WiFi hotspot works the best for the buck? I don't touch very well with these mechanic's hands. But I can typo with the worst of them on my laptop. And if my phone reception is bad will WiFi hotspot have same problem?

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