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Old 02-24-2019, 12:34 AM   #1
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Hello, from Traveling Tales

Nick and Lexi here, sending greetings from Melbourne Florida! We're thrilled to have begun our first tiny home bus conversion, as well as socialize with others who share the same interests. Our 93 Thomas "book mobile" found us last July. Our rig came equipped with an onan 7500 watt generator, insulated celling and walls, and two coleman 13,500 btu AC units on the roof. Needless to say we lucked out! We are now working on our framing, our inverter energy and battery packs. Most of the mechanical work is complete and we are rolling on 6 fresh tires. We eagerly look forward to future advise and interaction within the forum. Thanks for reading and check out our photos!
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Old 02-24-2019, 01:55 AM   #2
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Welcome to the community.


Looks like y'all are rolling right along.


We have a Coleman Roughneck unit on our bus ... but have not had warm enough temperatures to try it out. How do you like your units?
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Old 02-24-2019, 06:01 AM   #3
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Welcome to the community.


Looks like y'all are rolling right along.


We have a Coleman Roughneck unit on our bus ... but have not had warm enough temperatures to try it out. How do you like your units?
Thanks!! They seem to be really realiable so far. Only need one unit in use at a time really. We can turn one on in the middle of summer down here and almost immediately feel the bus cooling down. When ever it's really good and hot out we do get a little condensation drip on the inside. Haven't looked into what's causing that though..
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:27 AM   #4
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Cool lil bus! Seems there are a lot of us bus folks in FL.

Did yall paint it or did it already come in "conversion blue"?
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:34 AM   #5
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Welcome! Looks like a really nice find!
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Old 02-24-2019, 01:56 PM   #6
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Cool lil bus! Seems there are a lot of us bus folks in FL.

Did yall paint it or did it already come in "conversion blue"?

Thanks! It came this way. Not sure if it is original but we plan to keep it this color and hope over time it getts weathered. The decals are all off though! So how did the color get it's name "conversion blue"?
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Thanks! It came this way. Not sure if it is original but we plan to keep it this color and hope over time it getts weathered. The decals are all off though! So how did the color get it's name "conversion blue"?
Yours is a slightly different shade, but many converted buses out there seem to have chosen a blue/teal color.
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Welcome! Looks like a really nice find!
Thanks!! We are happy to have it
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Thanks! It came this way. Not sure if it is original but we plan to keep it this color and hope over time it getts weathered. The decals are all off though! So how did the color get it's name "conversion blue"?
I'll have to take credit for the term. SO many buses get converted and painted a similar shade. Its a GREAT color, and thus I decided I'd give it my own "official" designation. Its prolific enough to deserve/warrant a name!
Congrats on a cool lil bus!
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Old 02-25-2019, 02:00 AM   #10
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Thanks!! They seem to be really realiable so far. Only need one unit in use at a time really. We can turn one on in the middle of summer down here and almost immediately feel the bus cooling down. When ever it's really good and hot out we do get a little condensation drip on the inside. Haven't looked into what's causing that though..
Thank you for the usage report. Sounds like ours will hellp us just fine.
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