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TeacherJoe 12-20-2018 04:55 AM

Bought a Bus
 
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Well, we did it. Will do a fly and drive to fetch it, but probably not until April.

2005 Thomas, 23í b to b
Cat C7
Allison 2000
47k miles
No rust, Texas bus

We wanted small for maximum flexibility in national parks and such. Weíre stoked obviously and will share our build.

Joe

ermracing 12-20-2018 07:19 AM

Cool looking rig! How long will the return trip be?

TeacherJoe 12-20-2018 07:35 AM

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Originally Posted by ermracing (Post 301900)
Cool looking rig! How long will the return trip be?

1600 miles.

Joe

Tango 12-20-2018 09:17 AM

Not familiar with the C7 but that bus looks great! And it appears to have MUCH better windows than your typical (leaky) Skoolie arrangement.


Best of luck on the trip home and keep the pix coming!

BlackJohn 12-20-2018 09:52 AM

Great looker Joe, now study up on that C7.
Let the fun begin, congrats!


John

alpinekid 12-20-2018 06:34 PM

@TeacherJoe , aw shucks you got the size bus I wanted. I settled for a E350 but I really wanted a real bus frame with the engine out front, but as short as possible. It is easier to park but I hate working on the engine of a van.


have fun on the build. I'm only a few weeks ahead of you. I'm still working on changing all the fluids, filters etc.

TeacherJoe 12-21-2018 07:31 AM

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Originally Posted by BlackJohn (Post 301915)
Great looker Joe, now study up on that C7.
Let the fun begin, congrats!


John

Thanks, John. I understand that the C7 loves premium filters and fluids. Thereís an aftermarket inline secondary oil filter that can be installed upstream from the HEUI system and an upgraded oil cooler gasket that may be good PM. I need tires too. Otherwise this thing is awesome shape.

Joe

EastCoastCB 12-21-2018 07:47 AM

My wife's uncle is a fleet manager and has had some C7's with injector and HEUI problems, so those are probably good ideas.
If I were you I would totally get to know that engine extremely well. Sounds like you're off to a good start.
Take the journey easy and enjoy the scenery!

TeacherJoe 12-22-2018 08:55 AM

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I guess Step 1 is deciding what to do with rear heat and a/c. If I take them out, would anybody want them?

Joe

EastCoastCB 12-22-2018 09:05 AM

I need AC and wouldn't turn down a heater!

TeacherJoe 12-22-2018 09:17 AM

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Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 302058)
I need AC and wouldn't turn down a heater!

Iím guessing I want them out. This thing is so tiny I need all available space.

Joe

EastCoastCB 12-22-2018 09:25 AM

Mine's almost the same size but I'm not going to live in it. Mostly just haul my dog around in it and maybe camp a few weekends per year.

TeacherJoe 12-22-2018 06:12 PM

I learned the history of the bus. First it was used by the federal government at the White Sands Missile Range. Then it was bought by a nursery school in Texas. Now it’s mine. Things take a funny path.

Joe

Motobus 12-22-2018 10:04 PM

I REALLY like your bus.

ThorrsHammer 12-23-2018 07:03 PM

Very nice bus, Joe. Enjoy!

EastCoastCB 12-25-2018 08:51 AM

Edit- nevermind

TeacherJoe 01-05-2019 03:26 PM

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Iíve been playing with layouts. Our floor space is 14.5 x 7.25. Any suggestions?

Joe

Tango 01-05-2019 04:14 PM

Once again...if you can keep all your wet connections on one side of the bus (preferably the driver side) your life will be much simpler. Running water & drains across from side to side can be a real bear. And campsites are set up to service drains and fill tanks that are on the driver side. You can go against the flow but it just makes for unnecessary complication.

PNW_Steve 01-05-2019 04:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Tango (Post 303683)
Once again...if you can keep all your wet connections on one side of the bus (preferably the driver side) your life will be much simpler. Running water & drains across from side to side can be a real bear. And campsites are set up to service drains and fill tanks that are on the driver side. You can go against the flow but it just makes for unnecessary complication.

Definitely drivers side. I would also suggest that you place them further after rather than forward.

I have stayed at a handful of places that had the hookups at the back of the site.

First one I stayed at caused me to go out and buy 2 sewer hose extensions and a 50amp power exten$ion cord.

TeacherJoe 01-05-2019 04:38 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I’ll look at keeping wet connections to one side. However I’ll not be hooked up very often to city water or electric. Small gray tank under sink, gray tank under shower, compost toilet.


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