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Old 02-01-2017, 02:02 AM   #1
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Teenage bus owner!

Me and 4 friends are seniors and juniors in high school in Utah. Back in probably October we took the leap and bought a bus.
A 2004 28ft Thomas built Freightliner, engine: CAT 3126, tranny: Allison.
There have been some rough times and some glorious times and all in all a great adventure with this thing. We use it half as a party bus and half as an RV. We just took our first trip and you can watch the video here: https://youtu.be/ugXB8tdL9Pg
Not too many mods as we are building this on the cheap.
When we first got it it already had 2 cabinents, a sink(not plumbed), wood floor, a futon and some shelves up front on the other side of the drivers seat.
We've since added a couch, tore out one set of cabinets for bunk beds, dining table, house battery(doesn't work great, got it for free though), 1500W inverter and full home audio system(VERY COOL), 12v LED lights, sink plumbing through gravity fed water tank held to the ceiling by ratchet straps, hammock mounts on wall and many other small things.
Next projects are reprogramming the top speed and unlocking 6th gear to go above 60mph, and changing the transmission fluid, last owners had the transmission overheat once on a trip. We have probably put another 400 miles on and have had no mechanical issues though, just the occaisonal dead battery.
I can't seem to get photos to upload from my phone so I will add some from my computer tomorrow if y'all want. The video shows a good portion of it though.
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Old 02-01-2017, 06:31 AM   #2
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Welcome and good luck in your many years of adventure, be safe and have fun
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:35 AM   #3
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That's awesome! It's great to see proactive guys your age getting out and living life! Where in Utah are you guys? I live in Mona (little town near Nephi).
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Old 02-01-2017, 09:41 AM   #4
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It looks great! What a fun thing to do with high school friends!
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:09 AM   #5
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That's awesome! It's great to see proactive guys your age getting out and living life! Where in Utah are you guys? I live in Mona (little town near Nephi).
We're up in Draper. We did pass Mona and stopped in Nephi on our trip though.
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:14 AM   #6
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I watched your video. I love the hot pots and lava tubes, I go there all the time! Cool bus !!
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:28 AM   #7
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Awesome !

RT #69 Lol. To be young again....You guys are in for some epic adventures.

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Old 02-01-2017, 09:35 PM   #8
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Awesome !

RT #69 Lol. To be young again....You guys are in for some epic adventures.

Oh we saw the number flip sign and immediately changed it before we even bought the thing.
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