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Old 02-06-2018, 12:24 PM   #1
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Being a fanatic about buses, I recently acquired my second, third, and forth buses.
My first was over 20 years ago, a 1965 Bluebird, which I intended but never did convert to a motor home.
My recent buses were all towards easier travel with my handicaped wife.
My second was an accident? I was looking for a handicap bus and came across an auction for a Freightliner senior citizens bus, Cummins diesel powered, 99k miles, with a handicap lift. Has a bad water leak somewhere. Not the 53 Brazil block but is a 54 Brazil block.
I bought a Bluebird just in case I needed another block for the Freightliner. It leaks oil and water but if I changed out the block I'm sure I could fix the leaks at that time. The Bluebird starts and runs.
My forth bus is a Goshen handicap, Ford E450 bus from the State of Georgia. It's my current heartburn, having the tag office insist it's a school bus, and it actually says, "School Bus" on the tags.
Now, though I didn't really want to, it looks like the only solution is to convert it to a motor home and somehow get it changed from a bus.
My Freightliner, much larger bus, is what I really wanted to convert to a motor home, having plenty of room in that bus.
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Old 02-06-2018, 01:54 PM   #2
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You may be able to make some money back by selling the unused buses on here. I know there's a member or two looking in GA, AL, and SC.
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Old 02-06-2018, 02:28 PM   #3
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Smile Thanks for the hint

Thanks for the hint I could sell some if I needed to.
I'm currently in, "super-overwhelmed" mode. Nothing happens soon. It may be years before I figure out what buses to keep. I have 40 acres so I could park several hundred and not miss the space.
The only one that is immediate is the Ford/Goshen E450. That one needs to be converted already (so I can drive my wheel chair bound wife around) and isn't.
The others are probably a retirement project or two. If I fix the Freightliner and don't need the Bluebird for the engine I will figure out what to do with it then. If I get as far as retirement maybe I will convert them both. Maybe I will end up with three motor homes and need to sell at least one of them.
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Old 02-06-2018, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the hint I could sell some if I needed to.
I'm currently in, "super-overwhelmed" mode. Nothing happens soon. It may be years before I figure out what buses to keep. I have 40 acres so I could park several hundred and not miss the space.
The only one that is immediate is the Ford/Goshen E450. That one needs to be converted already (so I can drive my wheel chair bound wife around) and isn't.
The others are probably a retirement project or two. If I fix the Freightliner and don't need the Bluebird for the engine I will figure out what to do with it then. If I get as far as retirement maybe I will convert them both. Maybe I will end up with three motor homes and need to sell at least one of them.
I only need an acre.
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Old 02-06-2018, 05:39 PM   #5
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I only need an acre.
Is that so you have enough room to turn around?
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:11 AM   #6
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Is that so you have enough room to turn around?
I need enough room to drive around my McMansion.
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Old 02-07-2018, 07:47 AM   #7
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I need enough room to drive around my McMansion.
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Old 02-07-2018, 12:39 PM   #8
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Wrote my politicians

Everyone who knows me knows I'm a pessimist by nature (we call ourselves, "realists"), but not enough of one to stop me from writing to my political representatives, both State and federal.
I asked the State of Georgia for clear laws on converting a bus to a motor home which is now ambiguous, it's up to the discretion of the person who signs as far as I can tell. The tag offices do what they please, and place requirements as they please, not having any specific legal regulations that I know about.

I asked my federal senators and representative to add a personal use, handicap exception to the CDL requirement for buses.

I'm wishing they would note I'm a disabled military veteran (actually I'm as healthy as a horse ... just ignore why I have several specialist doctors) with a wheel chair bound wife.

Just a very lone voice in the wilderness, trying to get a politician to help me with a, "school bus" problem.

Not me -> but like to try to be even in a world that often seems disappointing if not sometimes uncaring or downright evil.
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:44 PM   #9
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If you're writing to your politicians, I'd say you're pretty optimistic. Most of us just try to find a loophole.
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Old 02-07-2018, 01:53 PM   #10
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minimal expectations

I have very low expectations but if I don't ask I sure won't get!
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