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Old 02-22-2017, 07:30 AM   #41
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Hey there from Ellicott City. My new bus (2001 blue bird) is located on my lot on eastern shore. getting ready to convert her and live in her during the summer months. My focus has been learning the off grid necessities. stationary journey for me...
Speaking of which, how did you come through the floods a couple months ago? I had a friend whose shop on Main Street doesn't exist anymore.
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:51 PM   #42
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Yes...although less crowded since the flood...
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:54 PM   #43
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My place is uphill so did fine...but the shop I worked at flooded 2 weeks before the big one...What shop did your friend own?
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Old 02-22-2017, 01:57 PM   #44
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thanks 007 for the billboard suggestion...My neighbor has two billboards on his property and I see that he uses the old ones for tarps...I am gonna ask if I can have one
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Old 02-22-2017, 02:03 PM   #45
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give BGA School buses in Florida a look, bought mine from them and am VERY satisfied. call GregSr at 727-457-1491, they deliver as well for reasonable price which avoids insurance and CDL issues various States have.

Used School Buses For Sale - Better Buses @ Better Prices - We deliver school buses nation wide

I think i know the bus you have... I saw it when I was there last. it was a great lookin unit..

one of my busses came from there.. I probably paid 3X that I could have at an auction however both gregs and betty are good people and let me take all the time I wanted to find the bus(i was there a whole day from open to close).. other than a breakdown on its way home it has run 13,000+ miles since then troublefree..

BGA will deliver, however it isnt necessary... i suppose if DOT wanted to give someone trouble they could.. However I drove my 2nd bus 2200 miles as a yellow bus with 'SCHOOL BUS' still all over it and no one even gave it a look ..

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Old 02-23-2017, 08:06 AM   #46
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My place is uphill so did fine...but the shop I worked at flooded 2 weeks before the big one...What shop did your friend own?
I'm not sure of the name. It sold yarn, fabric, notions, etc.
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Old 02-24-2017, 11:38 AM   #47
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Marylander Here!!

I've been thinking about converting a bus for a couple years and I finally decided now is the time. I know....... well next to nothing at this particular moment. I figure once I purchase a bus everything else will just fall into place. By "fall into place" I mean I can't wait to see how many mistakes I make.haha

Anywho, I'm super excited, nervous and anxious to start this new adventure. I currently reside in Denver, CO but I'm moving back to the Annapolis area in April to start this project. LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing all these fellow Marylanders on here! Would love to come visit some of the busses nearby and get some tips and tricks. Maybe even lend a hand for some experience. Also is there any particular auction site(s) for MD I should be keeping an eye on, let me know!

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Old 02-27-2017, 08:30 AM   #48
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I've been thinking about converting a bus for a couple years and I finally decided now is the time. I know....... well next to nothing at this particular moment. I figure once I purchase a bus everything else will just fall into place. By "fall into place" I mean I can't wait to see how many mistakes I make.haha

Anywho, I'm super excited, nervous and anxious to start this new adventure. I currently reside in Denver, CO but I'm moving back to the Annapolis area in April to start this project. LOVE LOVE LOVE seeing all these fellow Marylanders on here! Would love to come visit some of the busses nearby and get some tips and tricks. Maybe even lend a hand for some experience. Also is there any particular auction site(s) for MD I should be keeping an eye on, let me know!

Honored to be apart of this bus-fam!
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Hey, Nahla! I'm currently splitting my time between Annapolis where I live, Columbia where I work, and Burtonsville where I'm trying to get a house fixed up and on the market. One of your (and my) challenges is going to be finding a place to store/work on a bus. Too many snooty people and HOAs around here; land is worth too much to just put a bus on it. If you've got friends or relations with a farm, good on ya! Otherwise, we might be looking a commuting over the bridge to the Eastern shore to do this.

OTOH, we are near Montgomery County which typically dumps many good looking RE Thomases on the market every May! - Dan Fox
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Old 02-28-2017, 08:09 AM   #49
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Good to see more Marylanders, welcome! Technically I'm a Mountaineer now. I may have located a storage place between Charles town and Martinsburg, they are full right now.

I got my bus from publicsurplus.com but I prefer govdeals.com.
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Old 05-21-2017, 04:56 AM   #50
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Random update: This is never going to end is it? I guess you have to start it to end it huh?

I got a hitch now so that's cool. I was suppose to do that last but I needed a place to park till I secured a storage spot. I left it at the truck shop that did the install for over a month lol. They didn't mind.

I ended up paying that 100$ fine cause the cop didn't show in court after he said it would be dropped...could have been worse, 100$ for each day, which would have been 2k or more.

Painted my overhead light area, bumper and rails gloss black to freshin/clean it up. I skipped it the first time cause it was barely warm enough to paint at all and the priority was to get rid of the yellow for inspection purposes. It looks good enough. Now I want to "freshin" up the paint on the wheels too cause it throws me off...smh.

I have a goal zero 1250 yeti solar generator with a replacement battery chained to it to increase run time. I plan to charge it from a boulder 100 panel that I will mount to the roof. I'm currently trying to figure a way to charge it off the engine (two inputs, same time) but I'm not sure where its going to end up location wise. I know I could have came out cheaper but I wanted something I could remove from the bus and still use. The battery bank route was too much for me to take on alone lol. Thoughts? I still may need an alternative. I been thinking about a Maxxair fan.

Also can anyone point me in the direction of a water system using two 55 gal drums for a fresh tank inside the bus? I've read a lot on here and other places but don't remember where to find the right combination of info and pictures. Can I just bolt em to the floor with the fuel tank straps?

and that's where I'm at. Still no demolition as my days off have been too scattered (working an overnight as I type) the few days I did have I wanted to go for a ride.
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