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Old 02-26-2019, 05:49 PM   #11
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HA! How funny, I noticed you're in Burleson, we drove from Cleburne, to Keller Sunday afternoon with it, so if you happened to be out on 174 around 5pm that day, might have seen us and didn't know it ;)
It seems most folks do not notice school busses. I noticed we have been seeing them more now that we have one.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:11 PM   #12
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too funny. I work in cleburne. Where did you get it?
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Old 02-26-2019, 08:18 PM   #13
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Beinvenitos from Houston! --- I'm a Bird Man from way back even though my current project is a Wayne/Chevy.


Coupla' quik recs...


If the tranny is an Allie At545 (most likely)...invest in a good transmission cooler and fluid temp gauge. They are far from the best trans for a big bus, but when properly cared for can last a lifetime. Just keep it from getting hot.


Also...look into dialing up that 6BT. If it is a 12 valve with a Bosch, in-line pump...you can bring the HP and the torque up quite a bit without anything but a screwdriver and an hour or two. Just make sure not to exceed the input rating on the transmission. And the bonus is more mpg's more often than not. Chat some of the Cummins gurus over on 4btswaps.com. Great bunch of very savvy, experienced & helpful folks. Reminds me a lot of this place.


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Old 02-28-2019, 12:37 PM   #14
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Thanks for all the input thus far y'all! Spent last couple of days trying to get insurance for this beast.... without much luck, so didn't want to pester y'all with this - but looks like I may need to.

Who in Texas, and if possible, right here in DFW, will get this thing insured relatively quickly? Won't be able to get it to tire shop, or inspection station, etc, until it's insured. We took a bit of a chance to get it to where it's at now by relying on the whole "30 days from a new purchase" clause in my current auto policy, but don't want to take that risk again. Likely will need what the progressive folks seem to call commercial for personal use.... but I've called about 3 of the progressive agents thus far, one wouldn't touch it, the second swore they'd call me back, and even after I called them a couple times to check, still has failed to call me back, which seems to me they're just not interested...

So figured I'd check here and see if anyone (I'm sure there is) has done this recently, here in Texas and could point me to an agent who ACTUALLY WANTS my business? LOL

Thanks!
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Old 02-28-2019, 12:51 PM   #15
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Thanks for all the input thus far y'all! Spent last couple of days trying to get insurance for this beast.... without much luck, so didn't want to pester y'all with this - but looks like I may need to.

Who in Texas, and if possible, right here in DFW, will get this thing insured relatively quickly? Won't be able to get it to tire shop, or inspection station, etc, until it's insured. We took a bit of a chance to get it to where it's at now by relying on the whole "30 days from a new purchase" clause in my current auto policy, but don't want to take that risk again. Likely will need what the progressive folks seem to call commercial for personal use.... but I've called about 3 of the progressive agents thus far, one wouldn't touch it, the second swore they'd call me back, and even after I called them a couple times to check, still has failed to call me back, which seems to me they're just not interested...

So figured I'd check here and see if anyone (I'm sure there is) has done this recently, here in Texas and could point me to an agent who ACTUALLY WANTS my business? LOL

Thanks!
Using the "30 days from new purchase is not taking a risk at all. It is intended for just this purpose, getting home without a hassle.
It seems common that you et turned down by Progressive if going directly through them. But independent agents don't seem to have a problem getting the policy from Progressive. Mine is through Progressive and I pay $171/yr.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:32 PM   #16
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Ours is a "commercial vehicle for personal use" policy through Progressive Commertial. The key is to talk to the "commertial" division @ 1-800-444-4487 and to use the "commercia vehicle for personal use" phrase. Ours is a liability-only policy and cost us around $1,600.00 for a year (and must be paid a year in advance). They lowered it after 2 years. Once it is converted, we will be able to get motorhome insurance.
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Old 02-28-2019, 11:44 PM   #17
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Ours is a "commercial vehicle for personal use" policy through Progressive Commertial. The key is to talk to the "commertial" division @ 1-800-444-4487 and to use the "commercia vehicle for personal use" phrase. Ours is a liability-only policy and cost us around $1,600.00 for a year (and must be paid a year in advance). They lowered it after 2 years. Once it is converted, we will be able to get motorhome insurance.
I had talked to the agent about getting on a monthly plan so if I needed to cancel early I wouldn't get stuck for a full years premium. When he said my yearly total was $171 I didn't blink twice, asked no questions and paid in full for the year.
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Old 03-01-2019, 08:22 AM   #18
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Bus is INSURED, and now has been moved to a lot within WALKING DISTANCE from my current apartment....

Progressive is exactly where it ended up....

MAJOR KUDOS to Chris Randel w/ All Coverage Insurance in Watauga... used to office next door to this guy, and can't believe I didn't think of calling him sooner!

Anyways, so we got the bus insured finally, and can now move it around without fear of a major ticket, or worse, an accident.

If anyone wants Chris's info PM me I'm sure he'd be fine with the additional business.

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Old 03-01-2019, 12:29 PM   #19
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New mission -

So the lease on my apartment ends May 16th, which means I have to give notice of intent to vacate no later than March 16th..... while I'm sure we can have a "barely livable" conversion done by the end of our lease, the more I thought about it, and looked at other builds, the more I'm leaning towards finding another spot to rent for s short bit longer, but on something like an inexpensive small house or trailer on a small rural lot so I can park the buses (Yes, I intend on getting a second one - doing a labor swap with friend who does carpentry work, I'll snag the bus for them in return for equivalent amount of hourly labor) onsite and do the conversion fully and properly including insulation, etc....

So I'm looking for such a rental, but for this idea to make sense, it HAS to be half or less, than what I'm paying here in Keller for my 3 br, which is $1600/mo!!! So I'm looking in the sub-800/mo neighborhood, I'm not picky on location since my work is all remote, just need internet. Only other thing I'm taking into consideration is for the parties involved, there will be visits with family in Brenham, TX, as well as my daughter who will be going to school in Lubbock (Texas Tech, she'll be staying in the dorms and coming to visit Dad every so often) So I have to keep those cities within several hours drive from wherever we end up.

If anyone on here has such property or knows of one, I'm the guy who's ALWAYS either EARLY with my rent, or right on time. Just sayin

I'm also open to other possible solutions to this particular dilemma, so even if you don't have a rental property to suggest, etc, I'll still gladly take any other type of suggested solution into consideration.

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Old 03-06-2019, 11:29 PM   #20
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Try National Genera Insurance Co.(old GMAC) I pay about $300 a year.
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