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Old 08-11-2017, 10:47 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, 10:49 PM   #2
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Welcome! --- And you go girl! Nice looking rig.
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Old 08-11-2017, 10:55 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, 11:15 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...

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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, 11:21 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, 01:59 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, 08:34 AM   #7
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Old 08-12-2017, 06:42 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, 07:23 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, 10:36 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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