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Old 01-07-2016, 06:14 PM   #1
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New member in Central Florida

Hi,

My name is Buzzard (Jim really). I've posted a few times on here, even hijacked another new members thread, but I never introduced myself.

There are some great people on here. I was able to find an insurance carrier from advice on one of the threads, after striking out locally. A nearby member has offered to give me a brand-new waste tank that he doesn't need. How cool is that?

Last Saturday I picked up my 1997 Bluebird All American FE. It's a long one...approximately 40' & set up for 88 passengers (little ones).

I'll strip it over the next couple of months. I'm contemplating a roof raise and other mods, but not committed. I've got some design ideas, but will think it over while I'm doing the other work...no need for a plan until the demo is done.

A local RV storage lot is charging me only $37/month. I told them I just needed a few weeks until I found a place where I would be allowed to work on it. They said, "why don't you just work on it here?"

It's less than 1/4 mile from my office, so I can even visit my bus at lunchtime, which I did today. I feel blessed that things have come together so well.

I'll post pictures if I come across anything interesting. For now, it's the familiar yellow blob with a moldy interior.

I've learned a lot from this site already and expect that I will keep learning. It's nice to be among you all.
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Old 01-07-2016, 08:23 PM   #2
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Call Blanchard Insurance. They're in your area and who I use.
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Old 01-07-2016, 09:48 PM   #3
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Hello and Welcome...
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Old 01-08-2016, 10:34 PM   #4
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Welcome. As far as having a plan it will change so many times till you are done (you won't ever actually be "done") that you may not recognize your original plan. Best thing to do is to read everything here. Over and over. Oh yeah, we love pics, even if it is a yellow blob with a moldy interior. We've been there, done that. Good luck and ask lots of questions.
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:14 AM   #5
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Thanks ECCB. Yep, Blanchard fixed me right up.
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:16 AM   #6
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Old 01-09-2016, 10:53 AM   #7
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Thanks ECCB. Yep, Blanchard fixed me right up.
They have been GREAT to deal with, other than the having to actually pay them part! Glad it worked out.

I couldn't find ANY ins when I got my first bus, and it cost me the bus.
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Old 03-17-2016, 12:23 PM   #8
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Hi Buzzard!

I too am a newbie here and am looking for my perfect skoolie.

If you don't mind, could you share the RV lot that is letting you work on the RV there? I am at a loss for places to work on it once I buy it.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:50 PM   #9
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Welcome Jim,

You've come to the right place for Skoolie advice. Hope all goes well with your build. Looking forward to seeing the progress.
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Old 03-17-2016, 05:10 PM   #10
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Welcome, from Sarasota, Florida here. Will be bringing our bus to Orlando in a few weeks!
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