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Old 06-13-2019, 08:22 PM   #1
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Yet another newbie

Hi everyone.

Brian here, The Wornout Wrench.
Retired heavy duty mechanic.

I am so disgusted with the RV industry.
I have a travel trailer in my driveway. I missed a water leak on the roof. I now have 22 feet of worthless junk.
Have looked at new RV's and motor homes but they are all built the same. Not going to make that mistake again. Bunch of crap I tell you,

I have always wanted to convert a bus into a motor home, 40 plus years I have been talking about it.

I was sitting in my trailer the other day trying to come up with a plan on how to repair it. I thought that maybe the best thing would be to just gut all the good stuff out and sell it off and scrap the trailer.

And I had one of those "Light Bulb Moments"

Why not strip the trailer, buy a bus and just do it.

I fell in love with the very first Wanderlodge that I saw. Didn't know what it was, but I knew that I wanted one.

Besides being a mechanic I also weld, can do some automotive glass work, tires, I work part time in a radiator repair shop, I do all of my own home renovations. I have a garage full of tooling. I'm retired, I have the time.

The only thing I don't have is a place to do a build.

Looking for something and if I can find something that fits into my budget, I'll get serious about a build.

So for now I'll just settle in and start reading, might pop up now and then to pose a question.

Looking forward to some quality interaction.

Regards

Brian
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:36 PM   #2
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Welcome to the addiction. You would be off to a good start by gutting every usable item out of the sticks and staples and make them worthwhile by putting them in a bus that doesn't leak.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:56 PM   #3
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Welcome! I used a wrecked trailer for appliances in my build.

I didnít think I had a place, but my back yard turned out to work fine. Saved a ton of time not having to travel and having power, internet, bathroom etc.

Busses have their own challenges, but they are built tough for sure.
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:48 PM   #4
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Old 06-14-2019, 01:03 AM   #5
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Thanks for the replies

Unfortunately, my yard and driveway are out of the question. The 22 foot trailer fits with not much room to spare and it is a little steep. Its not possible to get it up beside the house due to trees and the front yard is out.

My crappy little town has too many bylaws trying to get things like busses out of yards, sooooo the hunt is on looking for a spot.

david.dgeorge07, I am right in the middle of reading your build.
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Old 06-14-2019, 02:05 AM   #6
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If the bus were camouflaged with a non-Chromium Yellow paint job, could you get away with it in the dooryard, then?
If not, where will you park it when not on the road..?
Self-storage places often rent space for vehicles. Maybe there's something in the area, preferably gated. Untended school busses are like delinquent bait...
With your professional history, you ought have little difficulty over the crap many of us wear a hole in our scalps over, before crying, "HALP!!!"
Welcome to the asylum.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:38 PM   #7
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If the bus were camouflaged with a non-Chromium Yellow paint job, could you get away with it in the dooryard, then?
If not, where will you park it when not on the road..?
Self-storage places often rent space for vehicles. Maybe there's something in the area, preferably gated. Untended school busses are like delinquent bait...
With your professional history, you ought have little difficulty over the crap many of us wear a hole in our scalps over, before crying, "HALP!!!"
Welcome to the asylum.
Well I suppose I could try it, paint it dead grass brown with some yellow spots for the dandelions and see if anyone notices

I have checked with the self storage places. NO WORK ALLOWED!

I can find a place but have to be out by mid-october. That is when people put their toys away in my part of the world.
I want a place I can work in for a year.

I might have a line on a place that would be perfect. In the same building as a friend of mine so I would have access to his welder, torches and such plus a autobody shop next door. It is close to everything in my town, building supply stores, 3 truck shops, parts stores.

But not sure what the rent would be.

I have a RE Bluebird in my sights but the sellers are not answering any of the emails or other contacts.
It has a 8.3 in it (one of my favorite engines) 3060 Allison, would prefer a 4060 but the 3000 series is fine. But the seller needs to respond.

Anyone else from British Columbia on here, any ideas of where to look for a school bus to buy. Internet searches not turning up too much.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:40 PM   #8
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Welcome! I used a wrecked trailer for appliances in my build.

I didnít think I had a place, but my back yard turned out to work fine. Saved a ton of time not having to travel and having power, internet, bathroom etc.

Busses have their own challenges, but they are built tough for sure.
I'm up to post 971 following your build.
Great stuff.
Thanks for posting it.
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Old 06-15-2019, 04:53 PM   #9
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Dead grass & dandelions wasn't the camouflage paint scheme that I had in mind, but I dig your scheme!
Bummer. Hard finding a place that'll let you do more than simply park there. Hope that place in town isn't exorbitant, sounds pretty ideal, unless you have to sell a kidney to make the rent...
That sounds like an awesome platform!!! Best of luck in finding her! 🤞
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Old 06-15-2019, 05:19 PM   #10
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Well I suppose I could try it, paint it dead grass brown with some yellow spots for the dandelions and see if anyone notices

I have checked with the self storage places. NO WORK ALLOWED!

I can find a place but have to be out by mid-october. That is when people put their toys away in my part of the world.
I want a place I can work in for a year.

I might have a line on a place that would be perfect. In the same building as a friend of mine so I would have access to his welder, torches and such plus a autobody shop next door. It is close to everything in my town, building supply stores, 3 truck shops, parts stores.

But not sure what the rent would be.

I have a RE Bluebird in my sights but the sellers are not answering any of the emails or other contacts.
It has a 8.3 in it (one of my favorite engines) 3060 Allison, would prefer a 4060 but the 3000 series is fine. But the seller needs to respond.

Anyone else from British Columbia on here, any ideas of where to look for a school bus to buy. Internet searches not turning up too much.


I've mostly been following kijiji
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