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Steve 10-21-2009 09:43 AM

1985 Blue Bird PT36
My third bus, I will be flying out to Ohio this weekend to drive it home. :D

mightybus 10-21-2009 10:02 AM

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Right on Steve! :D
We're going to have a lot of questions about stuff like the ceiling material etc.
Have a safe trip!

Andreb 10-21-2009 10:16 AM

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madpsalmer 10-30-2009 11:22 PM

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Wow that rig is put together, your a luckie man, although if your anything like me you'll tear into into after a week because something is not right or should be better. Grats...

cheezypsnookle 10-31-2009 03:04 AM

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we looked into a beat down bluebird rv at a local car dealer and it was wrecked inside and they wanted 25k for so i cant imagine what that beauty is worth

Steve 11-05-2009 04:10 PM

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Most things were not working in the bus, I am working on getting things working / finding the switch to turn it on / or figuring out what the switch does.

I will start posting some pictures soon, I will probably have to work my way from back to front as I get things sorted.

Steve 11-10-2009 02:44 PM

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I went to fill up the fresh water tank this weekend and it started flooding the bus under the bed, in the bathroom and in the kitchen. I have a real mess to deal with now.

Griff 11-10-2009 05:41 PM

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What a drag! :( Lemme had new carpet & padding on the floor, too, right?

Seeria 11-11-2009 10:51 AM

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That sucks! Hope it didn't damage much.

Steve 11-11-2009 04:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Griff
What a drag! :( Lemme had new carpet & padding on the floor, too, right?

Luckily it was designed that you can get an inch of water gathered in any compartment with plumbing before it will leak over into the carpeted areas.

Griff 11-11-2009 06:58 PM

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Well there, at least that's one positive...I take it then, that it did not overflow the retaining compartments? I hope that was the case.

Abbott 11-15-2009 05:01 PM

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Hey Steve whats the ceiling height? Do you know if all of the Wanderlodge ceilings are the same height?

ezbme 11-15-2009 05:40 PM

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(envious!) beautiful bus Steve!

bikeforthelight 11-16-2009 12:27 AM

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Steve....I am hoping you post some pics soon. Looks great.

Steve 11-16-2009 02:09 PM

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The bus is a mess right now, I have pipes and hoses and wiring everywhere. I am supposed to drive it to Missouri this weekend so I should have it cleaned up for some pictures soon.

So far I found two busted copper water pipes. I know there is at least one more leak I haven't located and I am worried there might be more I hadn't discovered yet. I haven't put in the new hoses to test the system further and find the other leaks also I am adding valves in case a leak ever happens again that I can cut that part of the system out. I have never seen anything this complicated, I have to keep turning to the manual to remember where some pipe that disappears into the wall or floor is going to.

Steve 11-16-2009 03:02 PM

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Here are some pictures of the bedroom.

Rear with mirrors and Blue Bird clock.

Behind the mirrors is massive storage bays.

Bays have access areas hidden inside them.

This one hides the water heater.

And this one the drapery controls.

View of the ceiling and one of three rooftop air conditioner/heaters.

The ledge above the mirrors and below the clock hides a long panel of controls and switches.

bikeforthelight 11-17-2009 12:19 AM

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Dude....sorry bout the pipes. I had a problem like that with the RV i used last year. But that is an awesome looking bus. Love the bluebird clock. And the mirrors in the bedroom could be fun too. haha. very nice. is that a padded vinyl roof?

Steve 11-18-2009 01:11 PM

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Originally Posted by bikeforthelight
is that a padded vinyl roof?

Yes luckily it is still clean and looks great.

Steve 01-13-2010 03:22 PM

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Originally Posted by bender477
Very nice Steve , the coach looks like it is a variant of a TC series ? I see its a pusher and the rear Window configuration looks identical to my '91 tc2000.

It could be a variant of the TD series? It sits taller than the buses I am used to, not that the body is taller but that the chassis and body sit higher off the ground. Same headroom inside. I haven't used the bus yet other than my drive back from Ohio with it but after what seemed two months I finally have my plumbing straightened out and I can put it back together and start making it livable.

I was recently installing a new backup camera and I re-noticed the windows in the rear of the bus. I think you can no longer get them if I could get into that space it might be a good place to mount another camera.

Here is the new backup camera I just installed on the left, the old one is on the right. With the new IR LEDs for nightvision I was getting glare issues off the glass that I put the camera behind. My solution was to cut a rubber grommet in half and silicone it to the camera surrounding the lens. Then I could push the grommet right against the glass the camera had to look through and there is no way for the LEDs to reflect back into the camera. The IR LEDS on this particular camera give enough light to see 80 feet in total darkness they have a sensor to vary their intensity to current light conditions. The camera came with an adapter so that you can connect its BNC type connector to the normal RCA input of any television.

Steve 04-06-2010 02:26 PM

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I need to pull a trailer with my bus but I have now found that the trailer hitch has been hacked up, probably to tow a car with a tow bar.

You can see the cut the back end off the receiver and have also removed the gussets that held it.

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