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Old 06-14-2015, 08:46 PM   #1
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Hi from Illinois

image.jpgHi! My husband, Luke, and I and our 9 month daughter are future full timers! We bought a 1992 international amtran in May and are still working on the demo phase. We've got the seats out, floor up, and ceiling/insulation out. Next is wall panels and starting on a roof raise 😳
We're trying to work on getting a layout figured out but we're having trouble figuring out what to put over the wheel wells.. In the front we will have a couch and dinette over them and in the back one will have a set of bunks but we aren't sure what to put over the other one since the shower or toilet can't go over it. What did you guys put over your wheel wells? Most layouts I've seen have storage/closet over it. Thoughts?
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Old 06-14-2015, 09:19 PM   #2
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Closet space is what I'd go with over that. Ours at least have somewhat less intrusive wheel wells than some of the other brands out there.

I have the same year and model bus. I'm a bit envious, as I don't have a high roof model and HAVE to raise the roof. Looks like you got an EXCELLENT bus.
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:19 PM   #3
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I think we're going to end up doing a cabinet, hopefully it works out!
Yeah we found a pretty good bus, flew down to Pheonix to get one that didn't have any rust, definitely worth it! From the picture it looks like our roof is bumped up but over the cab is actually a step down. i think almost everyone that does a roof raise says you won't regret the extra work! Good luck!
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Old 06-14-2015, 10:33 PM   #4
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Where in Illinois are you located, I grew up just outside of a small town called Freeport.
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Old 06-15-2015, 12:48 AM   #5
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Welcome.

Glad to hear you will be lifting the roof.

I look forward to pics.

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Old 06-15-2015, 06:14 AM   #6
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I've never seen anything but a Thomas with that roof bump. Cowlitzcoach, you have an answer?
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Old 06-15-2015, 06:17 AM   #7
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Its gotta be some west coast spec thing...
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Old 06-15-2015, 07:16 AM   #8
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Wall panels are tack welded under the windows. Cold chisel and a hammer for the old fashioned way or air chisel/cutting wheel if you don't feel like spending a day swinging a hammer
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:52 PM   #9
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Where in Illinois are you located, I grew up just outside of a small town called Freeport.
We live just shy of 2 hours south east of Freeport, near Aurora. Actually the company I work for is based in Freeport.
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We live just shy of 2 hours south east of Freeport, near Aurora. Actually the company I work for is based in Freeport.
Honeywell??
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Nope the company is Mechanical Inc.
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:20 PM   #12
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Honeywell??
Nope I work for Mechanical Inc. Oh and just to be clear my wife made the initial post and the first response. Then I took over. Obviously sharing the skoolie account.
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I'm in Oswego! Shoot me an email at ryane139@yahoo.com, it would be really cool to meet up and swap ideas and what not!
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Hey there! I was born and raised in Chicago. I also have a 1993 genesis. I think you made a good choice.
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Hey there! I was born and raised in Chicago. I also have a 1993 genesis. I think you made a good choice.
My favorite trip (to date) east of Mississippi was to Chicago around 2000-2001 for a technical school conference I had to attend around the 4th of July.

I remember my instructor driving us around on the West Side of Chicago... It sure seemed like a sketchy area! I remember a Martin Luther King park in the area.

But down around Navy Pier... I had a freaking blast!!!
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My favorite trip (to date) east of Mississippi was to Chicago around 2000-2001 for a technical school conference I had to attend around the 4th of July.

I remember my instructor driving us around on the West Side of Chicago... It sure seemed like a sketchy area! I remember a Martin Luther King park in the area.

But down around Navy Pier... I had a freaking blast!!!

Oh it's the greatest city in the world ;) I love it fiercely though I now live in a polar opposite area, Marquette Michigan in the UP.

The west side can be a bit sketchy, the south IS sketchy, but after a while you learn where and where not to go. If you aren't afraid of hobos then there isn't too much to worry about. The gang bangers typically leave you alone if you aren't seeking out trouble
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