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Old 08-17-2020, 07:34 PM   #441
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Thinking of doing a live YouTube QA stream....

Anyone interested in watching something like this?

Basically open bus discussion on the whole process I went through at least in my build experience.

Got some new streaming software so Ill be broadcasting very soon - been testing it.
That would be nice. We are in planning stage and waffling between heavily modified skoolie vs coach. Right now thinking more coach for basement room. I read your thread several years ago and it really opened up the idea of a coach.
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:58 PM   #442
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As for the parts? Parts are NOT hard to get. Any VanHool part is distributed and current with ABC-Companies.com - They are local in USA and have locations everywhere! Ive been to one for service of the road AC system when I got the bus. They have EVERY part in catalogues to order. You want a dash switch? A rubber seal for a bay door? They have it.

Not sure why people keep saying its hard to find parts....
I agree. I've had nothing but luck with ABC. At first I was afraid they wouldn't pay me much attention since I'm an independent owner and not some part of a fleet, but several times their parts/service guy has gone WAY out of their way for me. Also helped a ton their service center was literally right around the block from work at the time.
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Old 08-17-2020, 10:43 PM   #443
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I second JD on the largest fact that we are operating from a used standpoint (second life to the vehicle)...
Personally I have had no issues with the state I purchased my T945 VanHool in.

I’ve added coolant and changed a tire that had cracks.

Yes the costs if something major were to happen would be higher than a Skoolie.

As for the parts? Parts are NOT hard to get. Any VanHool part is distributed and current with ABC-Companies.com - They are local in USA and have locations everywhere! I’ve been to one for service of the road AC system when I got the bus. They have EVERY part in catalogues to order. You want a dash switch? A rubber seal for a bay door? They have it.

Not sure why people keep saying it’s hard to find parts....

I have put VERY minimal miles on my bus compared to life it had before - like it’s in retirement. Lol
Mine had over 700,000 miles but it was always owned by a company prior to me for the sole purpose of being road worthy carrying passengers. DOT inspections mandatory etc.. So good bet a coach was decently maintained especially if buying from some fleet / charter co.

Sorry for my late reply - I did get access to update my photos in this thread - so soon theY will ALL be back online here and I’ll start back up my posts and updates..
Thank you so much for all the info! My husband's concern is the inability to stop and park at scenic spots. How hard is it to find parking when you need it?
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Old 08-18-2020, 12:24 PM   #444
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Thank you so much for all the info! My husband's concern is the inability to stop and park at scenic spots. How hard is it to find parking when you need it?
Sometimes you may need to park nearby - then go explore.

Im not gonna lie - that can be a challenge.. Whenever I go anywhere I always satellite view it in maps to see where and how I can drive in/out.. Before pulling in any campsite, I park off a road and explore it first on foot / scooter to see exactly the route and path to drive.

Best advice I was ever given about driving a bus this size was to NEVER get in a hurry.. Take your time and plan out.

I usually stop the most random spots like freeway off ramps to take a nap like you see with big rigs.

I know its an issue for any RV this size at some state parks and camp grounds. Many have limits like 35 or something. Gotta think ahead. Ive been to some regular sites though and as long as they accommodate 45 RV spots you can usually maneuver.
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Old 08-18-2020, 04:11 PM   #445
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I enjoyed reading the first 2 pages with all the pics, the next 20 were a little disappointing without the pics. But I'm very glad to see the last few they are back. Thanks for taking the time to reload all the pics, it's a major pain, but I look forward to seeing all the improvements you have made.
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Old 08-19-2020, 12:33 PM   #446
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Im working on it!! I think I'm on page 8 now... It is very time consuming shuffling through all my old pics and finding the ones I actually posted.

By the way - I should be testing the live-stream soon.
Most likely I may favor Periscope for this, so be sure to follow @offgr1d there to catch the stream. Youtube is the same - just search offgr1d (don't forget the number 1)

updating software and testing how to see comments live when sending from other cam sources so I can get pics / different views in the video.

may have a couple technical test streams so bare with me.
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Old 08-23-2020, 12:22 AM   #447
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Hi! We are considering a VanHool very similar to yours in style/size (C2045). Is there a chance you have dimensions of the inside, particularly width, and length from the top steps? I’m assuming it’s wider than a school bus by a few inches, but I can’t find anything online. Thanks! ~ Bullamakanka, SoCal
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Old 08-23-2020, 11:46 AM   #448
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Hi! We are considering a VanHool very similar to yours in style/size (C2045). Is there a chance you have dimensions of the inside, particularly width, and length from the top steps? Im assuming its wider than a school bus by a few inches, but I cant find anything online. Thanks! ~ Bullamakanka, SoCal
I guessing your talking of interior frame to frame width not including your own wall build/thickness..
Ill see if I can get that measurement today.
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Old 08-23-2020, 03:40 PM   #449
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Yes, exactly! Thank you!!
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Old 08-23-2020, 07:25 PM   #450
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I use a trucker GPS and generally **NOT** Waze or google maps.. both of those apps will take you on the narrowest of narrow dark streets to get you someplace 4 seconds faster than the main road..



even in my short busses ive done drive-bys of driveweays or parking lots to give a look before I embark on a tight mess or driveway thats so rough you'll tip everything over inside your bus...



fortunately I like to walk alot and fortunately I have shorter busses on the long trips.. although that moght change once I get my fishbowl up and going.. people say im going to want to drive that detroit everywhere..



nevertheless even with shorties ive often parked a half mile or more from a place I wanted to see or eat or have coffee just so I can be in a nice larger lot..



moreso when i take my Superior (35 feet) out..


ive known people who have a car in tow with a 45 footer to purposely park someplace big like a nearby rest area and unhitch their car to go view the sites around then come back and hitch it back up ..
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Old 08-25-2020, 12:23 PM   #451
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Yes, exactly! Thank you!!
So the floor size I was able to fit in the interior width is 96 wide..

I think the exterior is considered 102 width

Hope this helps
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