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Old 12-30-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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Anybody in Wa driving to Cincinnati, OH?

Hey everybody,
So here's my scenario: We have our 40' Bluebird bus sitting in Bellingham, Wa and we either move there this spring and start converting it, I go get it and bring it back to Cincinnati or if there's someone in the area that is looking for a 1 way trip and would be willing to drive it here. (gas etc. paid of course).
Just throwing it out there and see what responses/suggestions you guys offer... Trying to figure what the best solution is.
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Old 12-30-2018, 04:31 PM   #2
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Assuming your home base is in Cincinnati and you've got a place and the tools to do the conversion? Go and get your bus and drive it home! It's both thrilling and terrifying, but (for us, at least) is the trip of a lifetime. Many people make that baptism-by-fire drive and make it home unscathed.
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:04 PM   #3
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Yes, our home base is in Cincy. I do not mind driving our bus home, it's just that we are planning to move to Wa at some point in the near future. Still have to sell/rent our house here in Cincy etc., so I'm going back and forth on where to do the conversion. There's pro and cons to both. Not much room here, hardly any, as well as hot summers. Lots of room and nice weather in Wa. It's parked at our good friend Michaels' property where we can stay until bus is completed, and who btw is an excellent handyman.

Ps. I really like what you've done to your bus, and nice website as well! Where in Illinois are you located? I'd love to come and visit, I could learn a lot.
I need to start a thread to see if there are any skoolies in the Tristate...
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Old 12-30-2018, 05:22 PM   #4
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Ah, makes some sense to do it in WA then....considering you have a place to keep it until you get there. Nice to have a helping hand too, esp. if they're knowledgeable. We're currently working on our bus and getting the house ready to sell and it ain't no picnic. Was much easier when we were working on one project, the bus. It's not the easiest thing to be working on building your future while simultaneously cleaning up your past!
Our bus is parked outside of Chicago, near the Indiana border. If you're ever in the area, send us a message we're always willing to show off our bus. There's a few people in OH with skoolies too.
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:09 PM   #5
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Bus has been sitting on his property since August '17, so yes we need to get started... We're in similar scenario, trying to sort it all out. Full time jobs, homeschool our little ones etc. We either have to leave Cincy and move with U-Haul out there, or finish bus here and then get on the road...
So let me ask you this. How long did it take you from start to finish on your bus, as well as $? And did you have any help?
I'm fairly handy, but I also know that i'll have to do a ton of researching on every project inside and outside the bus. Which is ok, but would also be nice to have some insight from someone who's already done it. By insight I mean being able to learn and ask questions in person. I learn so much easier just by seeing it.

Yeah, I need to see who else is in the OH, KY, IN area...
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:15 PM   #6
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you WANT to drive your bus at least some befire you convert it.. this way you learn what quirks it has, any mechanicals you need to fix, and MAJORLY whether you really want to cruise a school bus all over the country for a few years or not.. im a huge advocate of the fly out and drive it back... iv'e done it with 3 busses.. one this past summer was a 40 year old gasoline classic i drove across I-80 from Portland oregon. ..


weather - if you are in the eastern part of the state i think you have nice weather to work on it.. if you are in the western part of washington I think you have a lot of wind and rain.. many days of it.. and of course can you still continue to work and have income while you are living in WA converting your bus, vs cincy where you can.
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:28 PM   #7
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Post up some pics of that AWESOME machine, Wim!
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We started working on it in Oct. 2017. Ours was gutted and painted when we picked it up. We worked every weekend, about 10 hours each weekend, until July when I retired. Then we worked just about every day all summer. We're pretty much road-ready, but there's some things we'd like to still get done. We had it in mind to spend around 30K, and I suspect it came to just about that but we didn't really tally it all up.

We learned a lot about building it out on this forum. There's also a lot of information on youtube and vandwelling forums. We'd never even been in a converted school bus until we picked ours up from a someone who lived in one himself, and it helped inform our layout choices. We're both handy, but this project has been a confidence builder for sure. We learned a little bit about a lot of things.

There's definitely people from OH and IN here, both with finished buses and with buses in progress. Are you all planning on full-timing or are you relocating to WA?
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Old 12-30-2018, 06:53 PM   #9
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Hey Christopher,
I remember you, we've spoken back in 2017. Oh man, you would not believe the state of that bus, it's like it's brand new. We got it in Seattle and the bus was inspected 2 times a year, due to their regulations. I'm not kidding you, engine, body, tires, interior... just perfect. So I'm not really worried about mechanical problems etc.
In terms of the weather, having lived here in Cincy for 22 years now (was born and raised in Belgium) the summers here are just crazy humid. That's why I would prefer to convert in Bellingham, Wa with their beautiful mild summers. I agree, the rest of the year is wet, cold and windy.
And in terms of work, we of course will need to work in Wa as well. Lots to figure out...

To EastCoastCB,
What's up buddy! I'm at work for the moment, so will have to figure out tomorrow from home computer on how to post pics on this forum lol
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Old 12-30-2018, 07:00 PM   #10
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Drew Bru,
30K? That's bus included right? How much was bus by itself? So I can understand the cost of the rest. 30K seems like a lot, but then again, I know how fast things add up...
Oh I can only imagine that you must have learned a lot in the process!
Are you all planning on full-timing or are you relocating to WA?
Both actually
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