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Old 10-02-2018, 01:23 PM   #1
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Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Kentucky
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Think I may have caught the bug!

Hello everyone. My name is Paul and my wife's name is Jaime. Have thought about a bus for a long time and now I am at a point in my life where I think I should give it a try. Almost 50 , burn out on my carrier ( Electronics Tech and IT work ) and just have a general malaise about the old 50 hour work week. So to sum it up, selling out ( or renting out house ) and trying a different life style. I have no set time frame or anything like but the wife is all for it so what can I say. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-02-2018, 01:46 PM   #2
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Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Greenwood, Indiana
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Year: 1999
Coachwork: New Flyer
Chassis: D45HF "Viking"
Engine: 11.1L Detroit Diesel S60
Rated Cap: 51,600
Welcome, Paul & Jamie!

I'm just a year or two short of where you are. My wife is all on-board with changes, too. That is a WONDERFUL thing! Please fill out your profile (mainly where you are) so that we have more context information if and when you start asking questions.

If you are looking for a bus, look at the final few postings in the "Where did you buy your bus?" thread (found here: There are a number of websites listed for you to look through.
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Old 10-02-2018, 01:52 PM   #3
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Do it . Dream big . Live in the present
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:36 PM   #4
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Location: Washington State
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: International
Chassis: Amtran
Engine: DT466E
Hi Paul and Jaime,

Just do it! Me and my girlfriend did a couple month ago and its wonderful to have the stress gone... 5000 sq ft house to 200 sq ft bus and very comfy... follow us on if your interested in seeing pics of the bus build, other schoolies we meet along the way and places we visit. Welcome to the best resource out there,
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Old 10-02-2018, 02:46 PM   #5
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Location: Ashtabula, Ohio
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International
Engine: T444E 7.3L
Welcome to the site and good luck!
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Old 10-02-2018, 08:03 PM   #6
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Location: Greenville,NC
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Year: 1996
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: GMC
Engine: GMC/Gasser
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We were in a similar position. Mid life burned out at a long hour job! Buying a bus and beginning the build was the best move we have made! Wish you guys all the best! You will have a ball!
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Old 10-03-2018, 08:40 AM   #7
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Engine: DTA360 / MT643
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so I have to ask.. for those that just up and quit their jobs and go one the road.. what do you do for $$? fuel, food, repairs, sometimes parking, etc all still cost money whether paying rent or not..

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Old 10-03-2018, 09:12 AM   #8
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Year: 2001
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Hi Christopher,
Speaking for my current situation, I was lucky enough to have a very good paying job that enabled me to buy the bus cash and put about $15,000 into it over a years time. I also invested a lot of money and time into a house remodel that paid off ok so I have savings and no bills currently. I have met a few people so far that are doing the same thing, one was disabled and gets about $700 a month from that (not sure how he survives?) and a couple other couples I have met are doing the trade work for space and power plus usually a $400-$700 monthly income on top. I guess it really depends how frugal you are and if you have savings or not.. We are looking into the work trade deal because you can typically stay somewhere with hookups for 20 hr aweek divided by two people which leaves you enough time to have a part-time fulltime job on top of that. Do your research if you don't have savings so you have something lined up before you make the jump. some folks just travel from place to place doing seasonal work and that brings them the opportunity to visit places they wouldn't normally go.
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