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Old 04-14-2019, 04:19 PM   #201
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Start out with the BIGGEST bus you can find. 240 sq ft for mine and i'm solo.
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Old 04-14-2019, 05:31 PM   #202
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Hello! We're getting married in 6 days. And after a few weeks of extremely stressful house hunting, we are considering going the opposite route and converting a bus to move in to full time.2 adults and one 5 year old boy.
I will begin my research here.
Any advice on necessities to have when moving in full-time with a child?
My research is starting from scratch.
Thanks so much!
We will be parked during the school year often in our hometown and will be travelling over summer primarily.

Getting married, finding a bus, converting a bus, finding a place to locate it during the school year seems like a lot of stuff to deal with all at the same time. But it can be done!


I would say to you the same thing I have said to many others, spend the $$$ up front to get the bus you want. If you need your bus to be able to go highway speeds then look for a bus with big HP and highway gearing. It will be less stressful and less expensive in the long run to find a bus that is already set up to go highway speeds rather than to retrofit a bus with highway gearing and increasing the HP.


I would also suggest in the mean time to go to all of the RV and tiny home shows to get an idea as to what would work for a floor plan for you and your family. There are only so many ways in which you can arrange the pieces if you want a living area, a kitchen, a bathroom, and sleeping space. But there are a lot of variations on the general theme.


Our church has a bus for sale that would make a really good candidate for a conversion. It is one of the largest buses made with the highest standard headroom. It has decent HP and will cruise 60-65 MPH all day long. And it has had a lot of the expensive stuff already updated or repaired. Which tends to explain the high cost. https://portland.craigslist.org/clk/cto/6860756837.html


If you are in a hurry and don't want to spend the time and $$$ on converting a bus by yourself there are some very good bus like moho's out there for sale.



Here are some Blue Bird Wanderlodge for sale websites:

https://www.buybyebluebird.com/
Wanderlodge Motorhomes for sale VintageBirds Chapter FMCA -


Here are some Newell Coach for sale websites:
https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/198...sic-5006242294




Bus Nuts Online also has a want ads section where converted buses are listed for sale:

WoBN's Classifieds


Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:32 AM   #203
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Help

I know this sounds like a crazy question but I can't find where I am supposed to be able to ask a question. Can someone help me?
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Old 04-15-2019, 10:59 AM   #204
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I know this sounds like a crazy question but I can't find where I am supposed to be able to ask a question. Can someone help me?
Go to the thread forum you are interested in. At the top left will be a prompt for "New Thread" click that and post your message.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:05 AM   #205
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Hello

I know how many miles my bus has on it. But how can I find out how many hours it has on it? Thank you.
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:13 AM   #206
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I know how many miles my bus has on it. But how can I find out how many hours it has on it? Thank you.
Your questions can be better answered if you join the community by going to the UserCP in the upper left and filling out your profile. Fill out everything you can on it. I would normally say there is an hour meter on the dash, but I have no idea what bus you have. You may be able to download that info from the computer, if you have one of those.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:00 PM   #207
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It would appear as if Drews Crew has found a really pretty nice bus.



If it has the DT466 the transmission on a 2003 is most likely the MD3060. Getting IC to release 6th gear might be difficult. But with 5 gears and 5th OD you should be able to cruise easily at 60-65 MPH without any problem.


Good Luck and Happy Trails to you!
So when I put the bus into drive it shows the number 6 on the digital display. Does that mean 6th gear is unlocked?
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:02 PM   #208
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So when I put the bus into drive it shows the number 6 on the digital display. Does that mean 6th gear is unlocked?
Yes sir, you got a good one.
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Old 04-28-2019, 07:13 PM   #209
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Yes sir, you got a good one.
Thank you sir. Appreciate the knowledge.
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Old 05-01-2019, 10:29 PM   #210
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Hello, I'm new to this forum. Looking to buy or build a skoolie for full time living. I've read a few posts here.... so I pretty much know everything now. JK'n. I know nothing, any advice or help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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