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Old 01-31-2016, 10:23 PM   #1
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Um. So. I just bought a bus. O.o

This isn't my first posting on here; I introduced myself before. But, now, I have a bus. Which is still really weird to say and slightly daunting to think about. Where the heck do I start? I mean, obviously I have to empty the darn thing out of seats and rubber flooring, old plywood and grime, but....

Anyway. She's a 1993 Bluebird, 78 passenger pusher. Drives like a dream, well maintained and documented through her 28X,XXX miles. Heat doesn't work, though, as I found out on the hour long drive back. Anyway, yeah. I got her from a VW dealership in Salem, OR for 2750, which is 750 less than they were asking originally. So. Yeah. Just thought I'd share. ^.^

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Old 01-31-2016, 11:14 PM   #2
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Congrats on the purchase! Looking forward to pictures

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Heat doesn't work, though, as I found out on the hour long drive back. Anyway, yeah.
Check that all of the coolant valves are open. There are often some coming off of the engine and one by the driver's left foot. They look like
typical valves that you would find in household plumbing.
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Old 01-31-2016, 11:21 PM   #3
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I'll definitely check that out! Thank you for the tip. I saw the knobs, i just wasnt sure what they were used for and i didnt wanna mess anything up.

As for the pictures, i already have em, but, how do post them?
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:10 AM   #4
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my re has valves on the side of the motor and it also has a booster pump. switch is marked pump-heater with all the other switches
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Old 02-01-2016, 02:35 PM   #5
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Hi SimplySophie and welcome aboard. It is a little daunting but man what an adventure. I always like the looks I get when I tell people I bought a bus. Oh and by the way, we're all a little goofy around here if you haven't noticed.
If you go to the Conversion Tutorials and How-To's section the 4th post down tells you how to post pics. You have to put them on Photobucket etc first. It will explain everything to you. Oh yeah, we LOVE pics here. Good luck in your adventure.
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:28 PM   #6
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Old 02-01-2016, 05:29 PM   #7
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There ya go. Pix. :3
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:25 PM   #8
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:36 PM   #9
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Haven't done anything to it yet besides get it insured, back to portland and storaged nearby (walking distance, even). Any thoughts on how much space I have to play with in this baby? I wanna start drawing up floorplans, but I haven't gotten around to measuring the inside yet.
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:48 PM   #10
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Regarding insurance, we found that it's easiest to simply tell your prospective company that YOU ARE INSURING AN RV. If it comes to it, and they notice that your make and model is a bus and not an RV: IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CONVERTED TO AN RV. IT IS NOT A BUS. And then park it and convert it ASAP

Have fun! It's daunting, and I'm certainly not done with my own conversion yet, but YOU CAN DO IT!!!

(I don't usually use that many caps, but they seemed reasonable in the context, so there you go)
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:53 PM   #11
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I actually ended up ensuring it as a commercial vehicle for individual use. It's running me about 75$ a month. How much worse is that than RV coverage?
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Old 02-01-2016, 09:55 PM   #12
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I don't usually use that many caps, but they seemed reasonable in the context, so there you go
Nooo. Your caps were well placed and equally well deserved. Just wish we had chatted sooner. I spent seven hours today in between home depot's parking lot and a back alleyway behind a local (disused) shopping plaza making calls and trying to figure this all out on my own.
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Old 02-02-2016, 06:48 AM   #13
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Regarding insurance, we found that it's easiest to simply tell your prospective company that YOU ARE INSURING AN RV. If it comes to it, and they notice that your make and model is a bus and not an RV: IT HAS ALREADY BEEN CONVERTED TO AN RV. IT IS NOT A BUS. And then park it and convert it ASAP

Have fun! It's daunting, and I'm certainly not done with my own conversion yet, but YOU CAN DO IT!!!

(I don't usually use that many caps, but they seemed reasonable in the context, so there you go)
I've found that just not volunteering too much info gets me a lot further than lying when it comes to insurance.
All tho ins co's I called wanted pics of the bus. The commercial policy I have doesn't care what I do and has never even sent anyone or asked for anything except money.
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Old 02-02-2016, 07:33 AM   #14
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We go through the Hartford for insurance, and they didn't ask for photos. They are also perfectly OK with us installing a wood stove. We pay about $38/month, and don't need CDLs to drive her because she's not a commercial vehicle.

I spent weeks on the phone with various states' DMV and DOT offices (Alaska, Colorado, and Wisconsin) and with USDOT in Arlington, VA. The upshot is that because she isn't used for commercial purposes, she isn't a commercial vehicle, so USDOT won't issue a DOT number for her. Without that number, she can't be registered as a commercial vehicle by a state. Nobody ever mentioned such a thing as a "commercial vehicle for personal use", but it may be an Oregon-specific classification...or you may find that USDOT will refuse to issue a DOT number and that your registration will be revoked (this is what USDOT told me would happen if we tried to register her as a commercial vehicle). So good luck with that.

I also found that Wisconsin (unlike the other states I contacted) has an "Advanced Research" department of their DMV. I have to wait on hold on the regular DMV phone number, but as soon as I get a person they can transfer me to Advanced Research. The folks at Advanced Research have been amazing, and are able to answer my questions immediately - or within a few weeks if I want something in writing to be mailed to me. I've used this resource four times in the last four months, and wish every state DMV had a group like them.

I also contacted the State Highway Patrol, who conducts the inspections to verify that a school bus has been converted to an RV, and spoke directly to an inspector. He gave me all kinds of great information, most especially that the conversion doesn't have to be complete for him to sign off on it. I just have to have removed the red/amber flashers, stop arm, "School Bus" signs, and re-painted to any color other than yellow. The inspectors apparently understand that skoolies can't be registered until the conversion is inspected, so they sign off on the inspections as soon as the bus clearly isn't a school bus any more and don't care if you've met the standard requirements* for a conversion at the time of inspection. The just have to see that the conversion is underway.

Good luck and have fun!

*In all three states I've researched, you have to have four of five items: sleeping area; cooking facilities; heat or AC independent of bus system; self-contained water; and, self-contained toilet.
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Old 02-02-2016, 03:37 PM   #15
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We got our bus in May 2015, drove it home and parked it in the driveway. Started taking out the seats and transforming it into an RV (retirement vehicle). still not ready to use it as a camping vehicle quite yet and still haven't transferred the title or got plates or insurance on it, yet. maybe this year after we install the electrical and water hookups, we can license it and do some practice camping before our Adventure before Dementia. thanks for this great site...
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