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Old 08-11-2017, 09:47 PM   #1
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So I bought a Bus!?!?

Today I bought a 40' 2004 Bluebird Transit bus to convert and I cannot even begin to tell you what I am feeling! I am really excited to see where this new adventure takes me, but I am also scared out of my mind. What did I do? Am I crazy? I love the conversions that I see out there and on the internet, but will I be able to pull this off? I took it to have it checked out by mechanic and guys over at Thermo King and they thought I was a nuts! What do they know? Just because I am a girl doesn't mean I can't pull this off......right? I have read so much and have enjoyed reading the forums here. I look forward to reading more and getting advise along the way. Here are some pics!
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:49 PM   #2
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Welcome! --- And you go girl! Nice looking rig.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:55 PM   #3
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Thank you! Are you in Houston too? If so, maybe I can get some tips about local help with this project. I am going to store it on a friends property, but will need to hire out some of the work. Let me know if you know anybody in Houston for things like electric work and plumbing.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:15 PM   #4
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You're in Houston?...cool. What part of town? Just make sure you have it stored on high ground.

The plumbing is pretty straightforward but the electrical on an RV conversion can be tricky. If you plan on a generator, having shore power and that sort of thing you really need to read up. There are some Mobile RV Electricians locally, but they are crazy expensive and the only one I talked to was hugely unimpressive.

There is an excellent website that's chock full of electro-savvy called The No Shock Zone. Here's the link...

No Shock Zone

And don't be shy about asking questions. There is a great community here and many are very experienced.

Oh...and our one abiding rule is...you Gotta Post Pix, or it didn't happen.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:21 PM   #5
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Thanks again, I will check out no shock zone. I live near downtown and work in med center. I have been reading a lot, but it is all intimidating. I will definitely be asking a lot of questions and showing off my hard work.
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Old 08-12-2017, 12:59 AM   #6
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Hey Christine,

I'm in Katy just west of y'all. If you're looking to dump some seats, I'd love to take some off your hands. I have a Thomas (1989) Saf-T-Liner. I've been looking for some comfy seats to replace the school bus seats. Lemme know if that's ok.

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Old 08-12-2017, 07:34 AM   #7
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Old 08-12-2017, 05:42 PM   #8
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Hi Christine...Welcome! You have a really nice bus there! You can do it...Just know that it might not go as quickly as you had hoped. Do you have any help?
I'm just a girl, doing it on my own...taking it one day at a time. It does get frustrating at times but I know I can see this through and end up with something awesome
Good luck and ask as many questions as you need


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Old 08-12-2017, 06:23 PM   #9
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Welcome and what a great looking rig you have there.
Buying that is a great start and with your attitude and persistence you can make it happen. There are all kinds of talented men and women on this forum to assist you with most or any questions.
Just let it happen one day at a time and be ready to handle certain frustrations that pop up, as we all have had happen.
That bus actually makes me envious compared to my clunker, lol!

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Old 08-12-2017, 09:36 PM   #10
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great looking rig!!!! I want some of those cushy seats!!!

seems youll be in good company in houston, therers a lot of good folk there!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:41 PM   #11
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Hey Christine,

I'm in Katy just west of y'all. If you're looking to dump some seats, I'd love to take some off your hands. I have a Thomas (1989) Saf-T-Liner. I've been looking for some comfy seats to replace the school bus seats. Lemme know if that's ok.

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I am going to get rid of all of them, but was thinking I might be able to get a little cash to help with my build. Saw others selling them on craigs list, but not sure if they had any luck. I will let you know if I decide I just need to dump them!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:45 PM   #12
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I am just a girl, doing it on my own too. I will be enlisting my friends to help, but that does not always go as planned. I have two years to get this finished before I hit the road as a travel nurse. I think I can make it happen by then. Thank you for the encouragement. I am feeling the Oh crap moment today. I bought a bus!!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:48 PM   #13
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Thank you Christopher. I thought it was very cool. Cannot wait to make it into my home. I thought the idea was to get rid of the seats!
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Old 08-12-2017, 09:53 PM   #14
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I might be interested in several of them (and help with removal when I visit Houston next). I'm planning to convert mine into a party-wagon and this would save me a lot of time and cost.
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Old 08-12-2017, 10:06 PM   #15
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Thank you Christopher. I thought it was very cool. Cannot wait to make it into my home. I thought the idea was to get rid of the seats!
my bus is a cruiser.. I carry work stuff and then drive it on road trips.. and when im home, friends and i use it to go out places together.. it started with me almost always being the DD for our outings as i only drink once in a while.. so when I got the bus everyone was like "big time DD" .. its also great for going to events and such where parking is a premium..ive found many events welcome busses.. or like at the christmas-light drive thru's last year.. they waived us through for free(we ended up making a donation) as they thought it was cool a bunch of guys got a red and white school bus and were out having fun...

I just finished cols OH - Knoxville - Macon - Orlando - Asheville NC - St pete - Cols OH 15 day work and play road trip in it...

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Old 08-12-2017, 10:10 PM   #16
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I just finished cols OH - Knoxville - Macon - Orlando - Asheville NC - St pete - Cols OH 15 day work and play road trip in it...

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I thought you were going to pay me a visit on your way through GA?
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Old 08-13-2017, 03:14 AM   #17
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Christine,

I thought the same thing too. All I got for all my seats was $15 from the scrap man. Not much call for used bus seats I have found in my experiences. I'd just be interested in one from each side of the bus to make my dinette. You might want to keep a set for doing the same thing. Just a thought.

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Old 08-13-2017, 05:46 AM   #18
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brad - on way down I thought I read where you were out of town. Way back friday I had to get back, no worries I'll be back and forth soon so we just need to coordinate where I can stop in
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Christine,

I thought the same thing too. All I got for all my seats was $15 from the scrap man. Not much call for used bus seats I have found in my experiences. I'd just be interested in one from each side of the bus to make my dinette. You might want to keep a set for doing the same thing. Just a thought.

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I think that I can part with two seats! I will let you know when I actually start pulling them out.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:20 AM   #20
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That is awesome use of your ride. Let me know if you make it my way. Maybe I will still have some seats around.
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