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Old 05-07-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
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We bought a bus!

That's really all my wife and I could say for the 4 1/2 ride home. We are super excited to get her home in a couple weeks and get this party started!

The bodacious beauty is a 2000 Internation/Amtran RE. Beautiful bus actually, she has 135,000 miles on the clock, with a DT466e and a MD3060. No visible rust at all, and has some additional perks I wasn't expecting. (air seat, air ride suspension in the back, heated power mirrors, and luggage bins all around underneath) she'll need tires, but we already planned on that anyway so...

Another bright spot is the thing has all screws on the inside instead of rivets! Very happy about this!

Our plans for the bus are a full on roof raise conversion for full time living on the road. It's only the wife and I along with our 4 legged children so we can really just deck it out for convenience. I have worked in the cabinet industry for 30 years so the build out should be like old times. I also have done some boat building as well.

Next up is of course getting insurance and all that jazz so we can get her home to East TN.

Anywho, just stopping by to say hi and thanks to all those that are forging the path for those of us picking up the rear.

Happy Sunday everyone!
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:41 PM   #2
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That's really all my wife and I could say for the 4 1/2 ride home. We are super excited to get her home in a couple weeks and get this party started!

The bodacious beauty is a 2000 Internation/Amtran RE. Beautiful bus actually, she has 135,000 miles on the clock, with a DT466e and a MD3060. No visible rust at all, and has some additional perks I wasn't expecting. (air seat, air ride suspension in the back, heated power mirrors, and luggage bins all around underneath) she'll need tires, but we already planned on that anyway so...

Another bright spot is the thing has all screws on the inside instead of rivets! Very happy about this!

Our plans for the bus are a full on roof raise conversion for full time living on the road. It's only the wife and I along with our 4 legged children so we can really just deck it out for convenience. I have worked in the cabinet industry for 30 years so the build out should be like old times. I also have done some boat building as well.

Next up is of course getting insurance and all that jazz so we can get her home to East TN.

Anywho, just stopping by to say hi and thanks to all those that are forging the path for those of us picking up the rear.

Happy Sunday everyone!
Awesome glad y'all got a bus. What it looks like

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Old 05-07-2017, 02:41 PM   #3
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Welcome

You've got good skills for this. I hope we can see something special.

You won't be bringing up the rear because people are always joining.
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:52 PM   #4
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I'm working on getting the pics and all that uploaded now, so pics will come soon. As for the build, we certainly will do it proud!
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Old 05-07-2017, 02:52 PM   #5
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I'm working on getting the pics and all that uploaded now, so pics will come soon. As for the build, we certainly will do it proud!
That's awesome. My bus will be the same

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Old 05-07-2017, 02:59 PM   #6
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She drove like a big ole Caddy! I only killed two mailboxes and as it turns out, evreyone gets out of the way!
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:08 PM   #7
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Here she is...
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:20 PM   #8
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thats a nice lookin rig!!!
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Old 05-07-2017, 03:30 PM   #9
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Thank you sir, I am looking forward to learning from you and others some fine bus converting tricks. Disclaimer: many, many seemingly silly questions to follow.
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Old 05-07-2017, 04:22 PM   #10
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Welcome and wow!! It's beautiful!!

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Old 05-07-2017, 05:13 PM   #11
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Congrats! Looking forward to what you come up with!
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Old 05-07-2017, 06:25 PM   #12
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What a SWEET bus!!

All the "right" gear in my book and storage bays to boot. I would say that you definitely scored.

We look forward to watching your conversion.
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Old 05-07-2017, 07:58 PM   #13
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Great bus. I almost had it's twin. Good luck!

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Old 05-07-2017, 08:52 PM   #14
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Nice bus

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Old 05-07-2017, 09:18 PM   #15
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Here she is...
I see those rigs flyin up and down the highway almost every opne of my trips between columbus and st pete!
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Old 05-08-2017, 07:55 AM   #16
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That's a VERY fine choice of bus!
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Old 05-08-2017, 08:25 AM   #17
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Thanks everyone! We are definitely excited about her. She just kind of appeared. I was doing the Craigslist thing and decided to search outward a little, and there she was in all her glory. I told myself no more than 250 miles away from the house. She was 249. The guy I grabbed her from just purchased it from the school system a day prior so we jumped on the phone and made plans to see her. She was purchased by the same school system new in July '00 according to the title.

I'm not going to lie, first time I walked up to it i definitely thought about committing myself. But once around her and I knew.
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:30 PM   #18
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Heh, I completely understand about the "committed" part. We've had our bus two weeks today and I still think I need to be committed. Now I'm just committed.... ;) ;)
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Old 05-08-2017, 12:53 PM   #19
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ha! thats what people told me when I showed up to starbucks the first time in my bright red bus.... "wow who you driving for?" 'its mine!'.. and 'yep i just cruise it around'.. they threatened to commit me then I swear.. lol... now if I show up in my pickup truck they ask 'hey wheres the bus?'.. i think they still think about committing me when read all the little pretty colored letters and symbols on my computer screen..
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Old 09-09-2017, 12:21 AM   #20
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Exciting! I just got a 40' rear engine, too, two days ago. Watch for my thread when I put pics and specs up (and ask for experience and wisdom)!
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