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Old 08-06-2022, 06:31 PM   #1
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New member from Pennsylvania

Hello!
My name is Michael. I am a furniture maker in Pennsylvania. I stay home with my three kids while my wife works. We are going to buy a bus within the next month or so. I would tomorrow but haven’t found what I want yet.

I am going to go full size and shooting for an 8.3 Cummins or a dt466.

I have been surfing the forms and have the say I love this community.

I have been pushing my woodworking hard on Instagram and TikTok and have gotten a decent amount of followers. Going to record everything I do with the bus for content. Hoping to finally start a YouTube channel.

Anyway wanted to jump on and say hi and thank everyone here for their questions and awesome answers. It’s been helping me a lot with this process.

Cheers
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Old 08-06-2022, 06:59 PM   #2
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Howdy, potential neighbor. What part of PA do you hail from? I want to say your pic looks like the Havertown Lowe's, but all Lowe's(es?) look like the Havertown Lowe's.
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:36 PM   #3
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���� Not havertown that’s the lowes in Reading /Exeter township. I’m assuming you’re in havertown �� I grew up in northeast Philadelphia
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Old 08-06-2022, 09:56 PM   #4
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I had my bus parked in Port Richmond for the first six months I owned it, but I live in Wallingford, which is in Delco between Media and Swarthmore. I just go to the Havertown Lowe's sometimes when my local smaller one doesn't have something.

Good luck with your build, looking forward to seeing your progress posted here.
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Old 08-07-2022, 08:54 PM   #5
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Glad at lease one of the newbie's is reading all this info. Seems people just want ask a question and have the answer handed to them, avoiding all the extra knowledge they learn and may need down the road. Will be glad to follow your build once you start mikdugal1. Keep that pencil sharp.
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Old 08-15-2022, 03:12 AM   #6
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Hello, well said. i learned a lot from a T-bucket facebook group. Hoping to do the same here. but its a lot more extensive & intimidating? need to figure out how to navigate & post? LOL
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Old 08-15-2022, 11:55 AM   #7
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Hello, well said. i learned a lot from a T-bucket facebook group. Hoping to do the same here. but its a lot more extensive & intimidating? need to figure out how to navigate & post? LOL
It's not so intimidating once you learn to break things down into proper categories.

Like, the engine is one thing, brakes are another system entirely, and the household/RV wiring are actually usually two separate systems with very little (but important!) crossover.

Once you learn to only focus on the system that you're dealing with, it's generally all gravy.
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Old 08-16-2022, 10:03 PM   #8
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Thanks Albatross for the kind words. i have some Thomas TBB#1 & TBB#2 schematics i can bring to the table. they were hard to come by. still missing a few. hoping to come across them here? Thomas sent me to DTNAConnect ( Daimler ) for them but they said i could not register due to my name didnt match there warranty records.....so im SOL & looking around for them? i also have the full Ford wiring manual for 2005 E 350 cab & stripped chassis if anybody needs a page or so out of it? i will look in the forum or start one in a bit when i get a chance.
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Old 08-17-2022, 05:15 PM   #9
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Hi, you should be able to do a really nice interior with your woodworking skills. What style are you planning? Modern, rustic, nautical etc?

The book "tiny homes on the move"gave me a lot if inspiration. I have been building wooden boats for some time, so a lot of varnished wood was a must for me.
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Old 08-17-2022, 07:34 PM   #10
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Hello!
My name is Michael. I am a furniture maker in Pennsylvania. I stay home with my three kids while my wife works. We are going to buy a bus within the next month or so. I would tomorrow but havenít found what I want yet.

I am going to go full size and shooting for an 8.3 Cummins or a dt466.

I have been surfing the forms and have the say I love this community.

I have been pushing my woodworking hard on Instagram and TikTok and have gotten a decent amount of followers. Going to record everything I do with the bus for content. Hoping to finally start a YouTube channel.

Anyway wanted to jump on and say hi and thank everyone here for their questions and awesome answers. Itís been helping me a lot with this process.

Cheers

Welcome neighbor! Always glad to see more PA residents onboard!
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Old 08-25-2022, 01:59 PM   #11
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Howdy Neighbor

I’m about 2 hours west of you, in the middle of God’s country (almost no internet, cell, or tv). We have a 2000 Ford E450 7.3L Turbo Diesel 30 passenger shorty that we purchased about 5 years ago. Did the Home Depot/Lowes conversion. Have taken a dozen+ trips up and down the east coast and a northern route cross country. We travel as a group of 7, living and working out of the bus. This past year I have retired and now am Daddy Day Care (still 5 at home) and lawn mower extraordinaire( about 15 acres). Welcome to the neighborhood. The people here are amazing, this is probably only one of a few comments I have made. I always felt a little uncomfortable making comments and suggestions, as I am a self-taught do it yourselfer. But, the knowledge on this site is stellar! The people here are ready willing and able and very happy to help, not sure why I was such a wallflower.
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Old 08-25-2022, 02:03 PM   #12
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Howdy Neighbor

Iím about 2 hours west of you, in the middle of Godís country (almost no internet, cell, or tv). We have a 2000 Ford E450 7.3L Turbo Diesel 30 passenger shorty that we purchased about 5 years ago. Did the Home Depot/Lowes conversion. Have taken a dozen+ trips up and down the east coast and a northern route cross country. We travel as a group of 7, living and working out of the bus. This past year I have retired and now am Daddy Day Care (still 5 at home) and lawn mower extraordinaire( about 15 acres). Welcome to the neighborhood. The people here are amazing, this is probably only one of a few comments I have made. I always felt a little uncomfortable making comments and suggestions, as I am a self-taught do it yourselfer. But, the knowledge on this site is stellar! The people here are ready willing and able and very happy to help, not sure why I was such a wallflower.
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Old 08-25-2022, 02:04 PM   #13
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Wow, if I joined in 2016, it’s been 6 to 7 years since buying our bus!
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