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Old 02-02-2019, 04:39 PM   #1
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Hi Iím Leah

I just bought a 1998 international school bus. My 1st ever! Very excited to FINALLY be on my way but kinda scared at the same time. Tomorrow dredman is going with me to get it. Iíve followed him on YouTube for a lil while and am now friends. My 1st real life Skoolie friend!!! I believe Iíll be safe going up, getting the bus and bringing it back down with him. He is, after all, gonna help me with the build. So Iím curious what yíall think and if thereís any advice yíall can give me going forward.
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Old 02-02-2019, 04:43 PM   #2
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dredman made me do all this
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:58 PM   #3
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Howdy Leah...and WELCOME! --- you could not have done better than to conspire with Dredman. Great guy with lots of practical savvy. Tell him Tango said hello and that we have missed him here lately.
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Old 02-02-2019, 06:59 PM   #4
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Old 02-03-2019, 05:41 AM   #5
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So SOMEBODY came up with a hairbrained scheme to climb into a vehicle with a complete stranger, drive 10 hours across 5 states to the Middle O' Nowhere, Virginia today, grab a room, pick up retired school bus Monday morning, drive back 14 hours (we know average speed in a school bus right?) to Birmingham and park it. What could go wrong?

So after hatching this plan Thursday night, we both decided this was a great idea - lucky for Leah, I am a SUCKER for hairbrained schemes.... and skoolies (the vehicles AND the people) But don't think I am doing this out of the kindness of my heart - as I do not have one. I have my sinister motives.
I made Leah agree to two things:
- She MUST sign up on Skoolie.Net, and introduce herself
- She must let me film the adventure and post on YouTube


HA!
Sucker!

So I will be filming today and tomorrow, most of which you will see after our return, but I would like to do a bit of live streaming (have yet to try that?) and see how that goes. The first stream is scheduled for 9:30 am Central
https://www.youtube.com/c/dredman/live
I may try to do more depending on how the 1st one goes. If you want future streams from this adventure you might need to subscribe to the channel to get notifications?
https://www.youtube.com/user/bamarides

Wish us luck?

Our route? https://goo.gl/maps/aGFtHcqWsko

Stay tuned, I guess she needs to start another thread about the bus?
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:29 AM   #6
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Good luck on your trip. We are about 2 hours from Sussex in Virginia.
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Old 02-03-2019, 06:38 AM   #7
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Sounds like an adventure! And haven't seen you in a while dredman!
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:16 AM   #8
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How do, Miz Leah, and welcome to the wacky world of Skoolie!

It appears that, if we aren't twins, at least we're litter mates. I've the same model and vintage, AND she originated in Virginia, too.

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(Cadillac Kid) tweaked the ECU for me when I was halfway from NH to TX, best I saw was @54 mph on level ground. Less climbing inclines...

Happy Trails, and happier mods!
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:03 PM   #9
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I let him read what you wrote. We’ll be at the bus in the morning. I’m excited and a lil scared at the same time. I drive an 18 wheeler over the road and while I’ll sit about as high up as the truck, it’s different but I’m very happy he accepted when I asked if he wanted to go with.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:09 PM   #10
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Haz.matt.1960 Hi there! That’s pretty cool! I’m quite curious how fast it’ll go. I’ll definitely get it turned up before I quit trucking and am able to be in the Skoolie full time.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:14 PM   #11
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Good luck on your trip. We are about 2 hours from Sussex in Virginia.
Thatís cool and thank you. Weíre about 30 minutes from the bus where weíre staying for the night.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:19 PM   #12
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Welcome aboard! Now the fun begins!
Thank you!!! And yeah, it itís certainly gonna be fun and a bit of hard work but very rewarding in the end. Iím looking forward to the experience
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:32 PM   #13
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Nice to see Dredman back in action. I'm a big fan. He's like the COOLEST dude ever from southern Alabama.
I could listen to that dude talk for a whole day and not get tired of it.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:47 PM   #14
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So SOMEBODY came up with a hairbrained scheme to climb into a vehicle with a complete stranger, drive 10 hours across 5 states to the Middle O' Nowhere, Virginia today, grab a room, pick up retired school bus Monday morning, drive back 14 hours (we know average speed in a school bus right?) to Birmingham and park it. What could go wrong?

So after hatching this plan Thursday night, we both decided this was a great idea - lucky for Leah, I am a SUCKER for hairbrained schemes.... and skoolies (the vehicles AND the people) But don't think I am doing this out of the kindness of my heart - as I do not have one. I have my sinister motives.
I made Leah agree to two things:
- She MUST sign up on Skoolie.Net, and introduce herself
- She must let me film the adventure and post on YouTube


HA!
Sucker!

So I will be filming today and tomorrow, most of which you will see after our return, but I would like to do a bit of live streaming (have yet to try that?) and see how that goes. The first stream is scheduled for 9:30 am Central
https://www.youtube.com/c/dredman/live
I may try to do more depending on how the 1st one goes. If you want future streams from this adventure you might need to subscribe to the channel to get notifications?
https://www.youtube.com/user/bamarides

Wish us luck?

Our route? https://goo.gl/maps/aGFtHcqWsko

Stay tuned, I guess she needs to start another thread about the bus?
Well said. I canít even begin to express how thankful and happy I am you agreed to come on this lil adventure. Youíve given me so much more to think about in design and things I can do with it than I was already thinking about. Iím really looking forward to experiencing all that is ahead. Seeing your Skoolie in person was awesome! It really does have the feeling of ďhomeĒ like Iím wanting for mine. Thank you for all the advice youíve given me! I appreciate it more than you know!
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:51 PM   #15
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Sounds like an adventure! And haven't seen you in a while dredman!
Oh yeah, itís definitely an adventure and Iím very much looking forward to all thatís yet to come. Lots of hard work, but fun along the way and rewarding in the end.
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Old 02-03-2019, 08:54 PM   #16
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Nice to see Dredman back in action. I'm a big fan. He's like the COOLEST dude ever from southern Alabama.
I could listen to that dude talk for a whole day and not get tired of it.
I agree completely! Heís given me some really good advice and lots of things n ideas to think about above what I already was.
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Old 02-04-2019, 07:53 AM   #17
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Leah I've been messing with busses since the mid 70's. Sounds like you have jumped in with both feet. That is the way to do it. Welcome to the forum.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:35 AM   #18
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Leah I've been messing with busses since the mid 70's. Sounds like you have jumped in with both feet. That is the way to do it. Welcome to the forum.
Have you been to the Farm?
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I agree completely! Heís given me some really good advice and lots of things n ideas to think about above what I already was.
He came down and we got to hang out one weekend.
I'm gonna start writing his name in when I vote.
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Old 02-04-2019, 08:37 AM   #20
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Hi Leah!

Welcome. I am a newbie as of this month too! Haven't purchased a bus yet but just soaking up all the knowledge! Are you going to start an instagram or Youtube page? I'd love to watch your conversion if you are! I'm in SC so not too far away from VA! Hope it all goes well!!!

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