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Old 09-06-2015, 04:18 PM   #1
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Smile Hello skoolies

Hi, bus people. I am a fifty-something mom to three, dog lover, aspiring vagabond. When I started on the bus conversion adventure last year, I was single and planning for solo excursions, well, except for my two canine companions. Since then, a wonderful man from my high school past reappeared in my life and will now be joining me as we explore (with his dog added to the pack).

My bus is, well, an ex prison bus. A 28' Bluebird body with Dt360 (freshly rebuilt) and Alison auto transmission. Once we got all the nasty out of it, including the cages and the bars on the windows, got the floor stripped down to bare and repainted, all the windows removed and shuffled around and resealed, it has managed to languish for a little while, waiting for its turn with a local outfitter that puts living quarters in big horse trailers. They will put in the floor and wallboard and kitchen, electric, and water systems, then when I bring it home we will build out the rest. I am fortunate to have five acres in the country where I can park the bus by my barn/garage to work on it, as well as try out living in it some this winter. Since I live in Georgia, about forty miles from Atlanta, winter is not much to contend with. A little bit of cold, an ice storm, maybe, and rainy January and February. What I am really looking forward to is escaping summer here, which is miserable if you are not a sun loving tropical plant.

I look forward to reading everyone's experiences here, learning from you all. I have some photos of my bus and its slow progress on Instagram under stillwaters9, and hope to meet up with some of y'all on there as well.
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:17 PM   #2
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Goes without saying but PICS PICS PICS!!!!!!!! PLEASE!

Sounds like a cool bus. I've heard great things about the DT360 in terms of longevity and dependability.
Having that acreage to work on it is PRIME! Awesome, I can't wait to see this, and hear more from you. Welcome aboard the crazy bus.
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Old 09-06-2015, 09:28 PM   #3
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Welcome --- Sounds excellent! But...as noted... we need pix!
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Old 09-07-2015, 12:11 AM   #4
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Welcome....we are also in Georgia and are converting a prison bus sort of. She was a prison bus in a movie. You didn't by chance get your bus from Wade's in Alto did you?

Look forward to seeing your progress.
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Old 09-07-2015, 06:44 PM   #5
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Well, I just spent ten minutes responding to you guys, only to have my response dumped by the site due to 'token expiration'. A few curse words later, I don't have time to re-type all that I said before.

Thank you all for the warm welcome, and now I know to type my responses in a more reliable venue in future and copy and paste them here!

Will post pics when I can, and look forward to learning from you veterans!
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Old 09-07-2015, 07:17 PM   #6
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the gremlins come with the site.......that happens frequently.

welcome and ..."pics or it didnt happen"



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Old 09-07-2015, 07:32 PM   #7
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Haha, so I see! Learned my lesson right out of the gate. ��
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Old 09-07-2015, 08:01 PM   #8
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Trying soooooo hard to post pics. Not having much success. Am at Lake Burton this week and only have my iPad with me, not the laptop, so working at a disadvantage, with site gremlins laughing wickedly at my frustration. See Instagram page at stillwaters9 for loads of pics already posted. Thanks!

Will work on this more when I have access to my regular computer!
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Old 09-07-2015, 10:43 PM   #9
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Well, I just spent ten minutes responding to you guys, only to have my response dumped by the site due to 'token expiration'. A few curse words later, I don't have time to re-type all that I said before.

Thank you all for the warm welcome, and now I know to type my responses in a more reliable venue in future and copy and paste them here!

Will post pics when I can, and look forward to learning from you veterans!

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Old 09-08-2015, 12:51 AM   #10
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Trying soooooo hard to post pics. Not having much success. Am at Lake Burton this week and only have my iPad with me, not the laptop, so working at a disadvantage, with site gremlins laughing wickedly at my frustration. See Instagram page at stillwaters9 for loads of pics already posted. Thanks!

Will work on this more when I have access to my regular computer!
Be sure to find the "How to post Pics" thread.

It will guide you through the process of uploading to a third party pic hosting site, and making the pics show here.

Trying to upload them here is a bad idea.

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