Celestina's New Owner takes on yellow
Hi, my name is Starr and 3 days ago I bought my bus while I was on vacation in Nicaragua. Funny thing is the bus was less than a mile from my home in Oregon. I had planned to purchase a bus in June after my Nicaragua trip, but I just couldn't stay off Craigslist. I saw the bus advertised and it met most of my wants, flat nosed, rear exit door, automatic, at least 30' of living space. So I asked my brother to check it out for me, thinking if he said it was in good condition, I would contact the seller to buy. Well, he approved of the condition and bought it for me. The seller drove it to our house and then walked home. All while I was getting a massage and mani/pedi in Granada. Now I have to wait another 3 weeks before I get home to put my hands on her.
She is a 1998 Thomas MVP 40' (I hope I can drive her) with an extra rear exit door and a wheelchair lift. I am thinking the lift might come in handy during conversion.
I plan to live in her full time for 2-5 years and travel around North America. I want to paint her white (taking on the yellow) with some fun accent colors. I would like to put a roof deck on as well as solar panels.
As I plan to travel following good weather, I am trying to decide if I need to do a full gut job and insulate. My brother says to insulate over the existing walls and ceiling. What is the general consensus of this forum? The bus was born and raised in Hillsborough Oregon, so no road salt exposure.
I am a single female in my early 60s and I retired 6 years ago. I spent most of the last six years traveling around the world. Now I plan to travel the US so I can take my dog traveling with me. I am fairly good with tools and I have space on a country property where I can do the conversion work. I hope to have the bulk of the work done within six months and be able to leave Oregon for southern vistas by Thanksgiving 2018.
I plan to be haunting this forum a lot in the coming months. See you in the funny papers!
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