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Old 09-18-2023, 10:11 PM   #1
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Howdy, sort of new

I leave Iowa in 10 days in my partially converted 87 Thomas S1800 9.0L 5-speed manual transmission bus. Yes, I wanted an older bus with no electronics and a manual transmission.
I have 750 amps of solar, 400aH of batteries, 110 gallon water tanks and my propane stove, fridge and 2.5 cu ft freezer ready. Oh and a toilet and my bed. Nessities. I've had my bus since 2018 and bought it partially converted. I tore it all out and did it correctly. Then I started building. Tore it all out 3x. I'll be living and driving and building it. No more deconstruction!

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Old 09-19-2023, 09:21 AM   #2
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Welcome to the insanity! Why are you leaving Iowa? Oh never mind. Keep us posted about you travels.
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Old 09-19-2023, 09:51 AM   #3
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I leave Iowa in 10 days
Snowbird season doesn't officially begin until November

That being said I wish my rig was far enough along to get outta here before winter haha
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Old 09-19-2023, 07:18 PM   #4
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Mine isn't even close to being done. I've got power, water, propane and my bed. Divorce and the lawyer bill kept getting bigger and bigger so I walked away with my bus, my dog and my pride in tact. Getting out before it gets cold.
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Old 09-19-2023, 08:58 PM   #5
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Mine isn't even close to being done. I've got power, water, propane and my bed. Divorce and the lawyer bill kept getting bigger and bigger so I walked away with my bus, my dog and my pride in tact. Getting out before it gets cold.
That sounds like a winner of a game plan to me! You're still further along than me, haha. I have it half gutted, no windows, and am still trying to decide if I'm going to attempt a roof raise or not. Oh, and still have a pesky emissions sensor I need to replace to yet my warn engine light to to away. I'll be working on it in the snow this year. Next winter though... Phoenix bound!!
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Old 09-20-2023, 12:54 PM   #6
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