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Old 07-03-2017, 11:27 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Oregon shortie View Post
You need to hit the Oregon Country Fair! July 7 -9, Veneta, Oregon. There are always some fantastic busses there. I've never overnight parked there (I live a half hour away), but just going for the day might be rejuvenating for you.
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Old 07-03-2017, 11:47 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by VelvetBlueEyes View Post

Ya, someone stole my roof hatches (wtf?... seriously) and International quoted be almost $800... I found them at Western Bus Sales in Gresham for $230 (complete).
Make sure you REALLY even want roof hatches as many here delete those for power vent or skylight. Hatches are tough to secure/lock by design. Leaky. I have decided the guys that worked on the roof of the busses- hatches and strobes- never had their work inspected and were functionally deficient in their jobs.

It might be cheaper to address them now and not buy hatch cover twice, if that makes sense.
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Old 07-03-2017, 12:08 PM   #13
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I had rtech and duct tape..... in Oregon..... not a good combo.... also didn't know what i wanted on the roof and wasn't certain how to seal it. The hatches were the safest, quickest, fix for an immediate need.

I was going to do an upstairs bedroom, but decided the headroom would be too limited.... so its going to get solar panels and a roof deck with a solar (coiled hose/pvc) water heater.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:21 PM   #14
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not necessarily good idea to park at wal mart in mac... for one thing, is right next to the main road. try salem as they have two n the one by airport usually always has someone there. also in woodburn, the semi trucks park on that big lot as well.
actually there are lots of places to park if you just look at where people are parking, even the casinos, not to mention the county fair grounds that allow overnight. maybe even wal mart in dallas allows parking as they have huge lot.
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Old 07-03-2017, 01:53 PM   #15
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Lots of people are down on their roof hatches.. I really like mine. I use it for roof access as well as a easy convenient vent.

Sory to hear you're having such trouble parking. I've found that (so far) you can park just about anywhere for one night, as long as you're gone the next morning. It's fine for travelling but not great at all if you're needing a base to work on your bus. Even before we started travelling we had 5 or 6 places we'd rotate for sleeping... And of course, we did most of the "hard" work of conversions before we gave up our own parking space.

I would do just about anything to avoid going to an international dealer. I've heard plenty of stories both ways, but I'd rather just try to do something myself if I can. Being on the road already we have to make some decisions about what we can do in various places. For example, Autozone doesn't usually mind if you spend a day in their lot wrenching on your bus... We even spent an afternoon changing a fuel pump on our friend's box truck somewhere near Galveston.

PS we also have the T444E but it's a FE and we're in a short bus. I hope yours is a higher tune than mine to push the extra weight!
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