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Old 06-10-2009, 11:24 PM   #41
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I appreciate your help Jim... The weird thing is there is an commercial Isuzu box truck that parks down the street everyday at a residence & it is used daily, but no troubles for them. I don't get it. It would have been nice if the code official would have just ran the tag on the bus & realized it is a private non-comerrcial vehicle... But that would make sense now wouldn't it?

God I can't wait to pull onto the 10 acres in New Mexico & take a deep breath! Although that might be tough going from 146 ft above sea level to 7300!

My grandpa used Good Sam with the old Winnebago... had stickers all over it.

I will check into GMAC, thanks!
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:03 AM   #42
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Well I know others have been here & now, so are we... We got a code violation from the city of Sebring on the Thomas parked at the house. They state that a "commercial vehicle" is against code. I haven't taked with them yet as it was after 5:00, but will be tomorrow. I am looking for any advice on what should be said & what should not be said, if that would help. The bus is titled as Private so the commercial status is gone, but I am just leery that the code office may pull out some other code out of their hat just to make my life miserable...

Any help or links to this subject that are informative would be very helpful!
Are you on good terms with your neighbors? Sounds like someone didn't like the bus being there.

I thought I was on good terms with the neighbors, in fact the next door neighbors like the bus & had to come over to check it out! The owner next door is starting to think about the whole conversion idea... I turned him on to Skoolie too, of course!

I'd offer the use of the five acres we have in Union County (talk about the sticks...), but it's a bit far from Sebring. No power, no toilet, no nothing. We are planning the conversion to live on the property while we build a house.

That would be great, too bad it is so far away but thanks for the great offer! It is nice having some property to be able to get away from it all...

The City of Gainesville has five 1990 Flxible transit buses on their site, and I suspect they'll go cheap, but they look a bit rough and have nearly 700,000 miles on them.

Do you have a link? I am always looking at busses... am I addicted???

Eagerly awaiting the news on...did you pick a name yet?

She is still remaining nameless... the whole Thomas idea hasn't passed the wifes approval so I keep searching for the perfect name for her!

Oh, and I could be wrong, but as I understand it Thomas didn't become Freightliner until much later. They bought National truck a while back and used those chassis. That's what I was told, anyway.

I was told that it is more than likely a Freightliner Chassis but again I am not positive as the interior tags do not say whether or not it is.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:12 AM   #43
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Well the code officer just called me & it turns out he wants to work with me on keeping my bus on the property! Wow, I got lucky having a young & pleasant city employee!

I explained to him that it is being emptied of all seats & anything that identifies it as a commercial bus along with the fact it is titled as a private use vehicle only. I also mentioned having a newborn baby (am I using my new daughter to my advantage??), no place to park the bus & to be able to work on it & that fact that we will be moving in August to New Mexico & he is going to talk to his super & the attorney to see if they can let me slide on the vehicle being here.

Also he mentioned that the Isuzu box truck that I mentioned, a Penske truck & a semi all within 8 blocks of us that are also going to be notified... SOOO things could be looking up for us! We shall see...
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She is still remaining nameless... the whole Thomas idea hasn't passed the wifes approval so I keep searching for the perfect name for her!
The name will come to you eventually. It took me over a year before the perfect name just popped into my head one day when I *wasn't* trying to think of one.

Originally, I wanted a BlueBird All American Rear Engine, and planned to name in 'WilderLodge' with a nature scenes paint theme, as a play on WanderLodge. However, I felt with the Thomas I couldn't in good conscience apply that BlueBird brand satire to my Thomas. So, it was back to thinking of a good name.

I've gotten mostly positive feedback on the name 'unleashed'. It fits humorously with my online handle, and has multiple levels of meaning.

If I had gotten a former prison bus, I think 'unshackled' would have been an appropriate name.

Give it some time, and you'll find the name that fits.

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Old 06-11-2009, 09:36 AM   #45
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She is still remaining nameless... the whole Thomas idea hasn't passed the wifes approval so I keep searching for the perfect name for her!
The name will come to you eventually. It took me over a year before the perfect name just popped into my head one day when I *wasn't* trying to think of one.

Originally, I wanted a BlueBird All American Rear Engine, and planned to name in 'WilderLodge' with a nature scenes paint theme, as a play on WanderLodge. However, I felt with the Thomas I couldn't in good conscience apply that BlueBird brand satire to my Thomas. So, it was back to thinking of a good name.

I've gotten mostly positive feedback on the name 'unleashed'. It fits humorously with my online handle, and has multiple levels of meaning.

If I had gotten a former prison bus, I think 'unshackled' would have been an appropriate name.

Give it some time, and you'll find the name that fits.

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Jim I think the name unleashed is perfect!

I actually looked at a prison bus a while back... "unshackled" is a funny name... The artwork would be killer for the name logo too, barbed wire letters surrounded by open handcuffs...hehe

I know it will come to us (or someone elses idea could be accepted ) in time!
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:41 AM   #46
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As for insurance, I've heard that everyone except GMAC is dropping conversions unless done by some high dollar professional firm. Join the good sam program, and get the GMAC insurance through that program, and you should be good to go. Just don't lie to the insurance guys, they love an excuse to cancel a policy. It is costing me about $500 a year for liability on my unconverted thomas. I didn't join good sam first, so I don't have that discount.

Also, to get insurance with GMAC, you have to call them. An agent won't be able to do it for you locally.
Do you know what kind of discount Good Sam gives on GMAC insurance? Right now it only costs $19.00 for a new membership to Good Sam Club... $500 a year would work for us.
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Do you have a link? I am always looking at busses... am I addicted???
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They are on eBay, search for transit bus. But they really do look rough. They have ThermoKing AC though. Reserve appears to be $500. I think they are Detroit diesels. They are a bit modern looking for my tastes, and it looks like the side windows don't open, other than little vent windows.
I looked at them & yeh they do look a little rough... The price migh be right if they come with all the service records... You should ask if any have had an engine rebuild or any other major rebuilds... They list them as having bad tires so that is a large cost to take into consideration too. The vent window within a window is interesting. I like the possibility of converting one of these but again, you might wanna look at them first. You would have a unique rv for sure. I don't think they will sell for much which is a bonus!

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Do you know what kind of discount Good Sam gives on GMAC insurance? Right now it only costs $19.00 for a new membership to Good Sam Club... $500 a year would work for us.
No, I don't know. Actually, I pay about $286 every six months. I misremembered. I had one accident that was my fault within the last 3 years, which made my rates a bit higher.

hope this helps,
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:44 AM   #49
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Thanks Jim... I am sure I will end up with GMAC!

rccipriani - did you see this cool old 51 GMC bus??

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1951-GMC ... tsupported

A little far from FL but just cool to look at!
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Thanks Jim... I am sure I will end up with GMAC!

rccipriani - did you see this cool old 51 GMC bus??

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1951-GMC ... tsupported

A little far from FL but just cool to look at!
I did! It's pretty neat.

I'm not sure a transit bus with AC is such a bonus for me. Sure, it's nice while driving, but it' useless when the engine is off (right?). I wouldn't want two AC systems, unless the compressor could somehow be rigged to turn with an AC (alternating current, not air conditioning ;) ) motor when the engine is off, which I imagine would require a mess of pulleys and electric clutches. Does your bus have AC?
Ours has AC & I was told it worked when I bought the bus, didn't check it out tho as when we drove it it was so cool outside... later I found after testing it, typical used car salesmen crap talk, they lied!

Driving a vehicle that is well insulated (at least our transit is) with even just a few windows open was not hot at all in the steaming mid-day Florida sun! I pulled out all the duct work in the interior as it added so much more space with it gone. I would say it is not something that should be a priority on any bus you buy cause how much are you actually going to be driving it? I am going to remove the whole AC unit & Jim (baaadpuppy) suggested I use the extra alternator to charge the battery bank we are setting up with solar panels also... This is a great backup for cloudy days or heavy electrical useage.

I started a new thread of the busses progress & you can see the difference with the ducts in & out... can be seen here:

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