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Old 08-04-2018, 06:48 PM   #1
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I'm new to the network. My mom had a 1959 GMC 4104 Trailways conversion that she full timed in for about three years before she got sick. It has been parked in a field in N Idaho and used basically as a storage for the past 10 years. Mom passed away 1 1/2 years ago and I have inherited the bus. I live in Phoenix. I have been kicking around the idea for a while of full time RV'ing in the next 5-7 years. Was going to get a 5th wheel with truck. But started thinking recently that will cost $50K PLUS even if I bought used. So now have switch gears of just rehabbing the bus I already own. It would have to be completely gone thru mechanically before able to drive it even. Then I would probably gut the inside and start new with the floorplan I want. After sitting so long, who knows what critters have been living in it!
Anyway, I'm not real sure which way to go with this. I know it is a more rare bus and I could just sell it. I am looking for opinions if you could help me out with ideas and or your insights on this matter. Much appreciated.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:14 PM   #2
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It will be way more valuable to you in the end if you build it, than if you sold it. The bus will help keep your Mom close.
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:17 PM   #3
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start with ......

the budget..... what do you have to work with?


then do you have time to go back and forth from arizona to idaho?
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Old 08-04-2018, 07:23 PM   #4
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Very True! I have had a love hate relationship with this bus over the years. LOL. But I am now really starting to kinda see why my mom loved her bus so much. She always talked about it like it was a precious piece of gold. I haven't seen the bus in probably 15 years, so not even sure the shape it's in. I am looking at getting up to Idaho before the snow starts flying to get a good idea of my next step. I'm thinking if I don't sell it I will have it towed to the nearest town there with a good diesel truck mechanic and have him do a total going thru of it and make it drivable. Then I can drive it here to Phoenix and work on it a bit at a time as money allows.
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Old 08-04-2018, 11:06 PM   #5
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idaho

where in idaho.... have a rent house in emmett............

gonna need to go up soon to check on things


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Old 08-04-2018, 11:31 PM   #6
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It's up in the the panhandle. Kamiah
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Old 08-05-2018, 12:17 PM   #7
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when you get ready to drive....

I might be able to meet up. we could do a two bus caravan back to arizona.... fun quirky road trip. well, fun supposing we dont have any catastrophes.

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Old 08-05-2018, 01:20 PM   #8
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I'd also lean towards keeping it.

Its not going to be cheap to get it road-ready and built out again - but you'll end up with a really nice product in the end. You don't sound like you're on a tight deadline, so there's time to work through any complications dealing with an older vehicle.

You're also in a place where you're keeping a part of your mom with you - but you're still making it yours.
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Old 08-05-2018, 01:32 PM   #9
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It won't be cheap. but can certainly be done for less than half what you found an RV was going to run you. Plus you end up with the experience.
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Old 08-05-2018, 06:16 PM   #10
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I would be all in on meeting up and road tripping back together. But the bus isn't road ready for sure. But perhaps in the future when it is I'll hit you up for that trip.
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