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Old 06-10-2019, 12:22 PM   #1
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Scientist Gets a Bus

My name is Olivia... AKA Ms. Frizzle (Magic School Bus Lady). I am finishing up a graduate program and in the process of tracking down a bus to work on a conversion. Planning to travel and do outdoor education while seeing all the National Parks. I am hoping to get some recommendations before I purchase a bus and as I am constructing.

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Old 06-10-2019, 03:31 PM   #2
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Old 06-10-2019, 03:51 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site from New Hampshire!
Plenty of great info on what to look for and what to look out for when shopping for a bus, in here.
The main thing is don't jump on the first thing that comes your way. Take the time to research everything that needs to be right in any prospective bus you look at before making a huge financial mistake!
Good luck, and post pics of what you find if you so desire...
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Old 06-10-2019, 04:23 PM   #4
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Old 06-11-2019, 05:06 PM   #5
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haha! thanks
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Old 06-11-2019, 09:35 PM   #6
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Engine: Catepillar 3126B 210hp/605 ft lb
Cruising down on Main st you're relaxed and feeling good...

Ha my little boys love that show!

We just did the deed last fall and all winter and spring I worked 30 hours a week doing my conversion to a bookmobile (hope to post finished photos asap!

LOT of work but I had the skill set (former engineer now a residential contractor) and was pretty stressed to met our deadline of our trip

In 2 days off to Alaska for the summer!

A bus and Alaska have been a dream of mine for decades! BUT BOY A LOT OF WORK, just like complete renovating an apartment but harder! I am at peace now, finally took it camping last weekend. FUN to drive!

PS My older boy found our bus on ebay, we didnt search or look, just happened upon it!

Good Luck Ms. Frizzle!!
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Old 06-12-2019, 07:27 AM   #7
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Welcome, love it when peoples profession's, personalities and their names weave together.

No shortage of review and homework can be accomplished here to help you along the journey

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