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Old 08-30-2019, 11:08 PM   #1
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Hello from Arizona

Hey guys!

We just brought home our new 2009 Blue Bird. We are excited to get started on converting our bus into a weekend getaway(er). We've got 4 dogs and probably a cat that will tag along for our lake getaways.

First step up is flooring. We are in Arizona so we get pretty hot. Luckily we are at 5000 feet so not as hot as Phoenix but still.. We've heard that laminate buckles with the heat. Does anyone have any experience?

Looking forward to starting our adventures,

Chris, Breanna and our whole furry crew. (Big Henry, Leo Medio, Freddie, and Little Arthur. Oh yeah the cat too.. Pierre Jose)
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Old 08-31-2019, 12:15 AM   #2
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Do you have it registered in AZ? RV? What was involved in that process?
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Old 08-31-2019, 08:19 PM   #3
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We haven't gotten that far yet! We've literally just unbolted the seats, they are still in the bus until we have time to bring them to storage.

We are farmers so this is harvest time for us, it'll be awhile before we can get to renovations.

It will be registered as an RV in Arizona but we have to meet some requirements, I don't remember what they are at the moment but it is listed on the MVD website.
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Old 08-31-2019, 09:32 PM   #4
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I am also in AZ and would like to take on a project like this some day. I will check out the DMV website. thanks!
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Bienvinido!

We've done a lot of research (translation: no experience) on vinyl plank flooring. From what I've learned, SPC (stone-polymer composite) is the best subcategory for temp extremes and/or unconditioned spaces. Also, installation matters, subfloor prep is important and glue-down install might work better. Look at our profile and find our post history... I've got a vinyl plank thread with lots of good info & experience from others.

4 dogs & a cat, eh? Sounds familiar. We're at 5:1 at the moment. George, Lady, Chavo, El Hefe, Duke, & the cat, Texas Ranger (aka Tejas Komando).
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Bienvinido!

We've done a lot of research (translation: no experience) on vinyl plank flooring. From what I've learned, SPC (stone-polymer composite) is the best subcategory for temp extremes and/or unconditioned spaces. Also, installation matters, subfloor prep is important and glue-down install might work better. Look at our profile and find our post history... I've got a vinyl plank thread with lots of good info & experience from others.

4 dogs & a cat, eh? Sounds familiar. We're at 5:1 at the moment. George, Lady, Chavo, El Hefe, Duke, & the cat, Texas Ranger (aka Tejas Komando).

our cat population is quite a bit more diluted than yours - 50 - 1 dogs to cat ( not counting the 20 30 dogs here for boarding or behavior therapy )
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our cat population is quite a bit more diluted than yours - 50 - 1 dogs to cat ( not counting the 20 30 dogs here for boarding or behavior therapy )

That must be one tough cat!


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[QUOTE=TheHubbardBus;346272]That must be one tough cat!



my cat must be tougher than yours - mine is like Ali, not a mark on him - lol

cat is 'Milo', dog is Ebony, lab/rottie - Ebony ( 115 lbs ) came to me 9 1/2 years ago to get some behavior therapy - to this day, I've not seen a dog as vicious and dangerous as Ebony was - now, 9 1/2 years later, he is our #1 most trusted therapy dog helping other dogs get past behaviors that he once had - he no longer fights, but he's still tough and fit, and unafraid - Milo is doing his best to get a rise out of Ebony in this picture but not having much luck - lol
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A lab mix that's vicious isn't something you see every day (Chesapeakes, on the other hand...). The prior owner must have been a real piece of work. Good on you for turning that pup around

And yeah - that's not our cat - just a funny pic off the interwebz (though the coloration is the same). We found Texas Ranger abandoned @ ~ 2 weeks of age. He was raised a bottle baby amongst our pack. He's as much a dog as the rest.
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Greetings from Hotzona

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We are farmers so this is harvest time for us, it'll be awhile before we can get to renovations.
(The other half of TheHubbardBus)
Mind if I ask what you're harvesting?
We're in AZ as well but we're in the hot part ;)

For DMV, make sure you have it emission tested first.. they required that for ours. We're currently registered as commercial with full insurance thru Progressive.

Nice to virtually meet you
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