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Title: Whats in a Name? (BUS NAMES) II
Post by: Geom on June 28, 2013, 08:10:20 AM
Ok, how about a little fun?  ;D

I was digging through the archives and came across this old thread by @Singing Land Cruiser
asking what everyone named their bus and how they arrived at that name.

As we close in on the 'perfect bus', we will soon have the task of naming her. We have several candidate names but won't really know the name for sure until we have the one.

So please share; what did you name your bus and how did you arrive at the name?
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Post by: bevans6 on June 28, 2013, 08:15:17 AM
I used to play jazz guitar, mostly in workshop groups, and one of the tunes we always played was "Have You Met Miss Jones".  A great standard and a great tune to improvise on, but I never knew the lyrics.  One day I pulled out my lead sheet book, which does have lyrics, and found that tune and read the lyric for the first time.  One of the verses really struck me as exactly why I love the whole idea and concept of a bus, traveling, seeing what the next day and night will bring:

"Then I said Miss Jones
You're a girl who understands
I'm a man who must be free.

And all at once I lost my breath
And all at once was scared to death
And all at once I own the earth and sky"

So our bus is named "Miss Jones"

Brian
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Post by: technomadia on June 28, 2013, 08:31:06 AM
Zephyr got her name after many months of trying to find the ideal name for her.

We conducted our bus hunt via an Amtrak rail pass, and had taken the California Zephyr across country from Chicago to San Francisco. And then we discovered that the last picture we had on our SD card before our first picture of what became our bus was of an original Zephyr scenic car on display at the Miracopa Amtrak station.

It just hit us while spending time at Choo Choo Garage getting maintenance done... trains played a large role in our bus life... and we both simultaneously said 'Zephyr'!

The full story:  http://www.technomadia.com/2011/12/we-finally-named-our-bus/ (http://www.technomadia.com/2011/12/we-finally-named-our-bus/)

 - Cherie
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Post by: babell2 on June 28, 2013, 08:56:31 AM
I had my wife planting a travel at retirement thought in my brain start this adventure. My bus is a double meaning "The Last Resort" and it may be.

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Post by: luvrbus on June 28, 2013, 09:08:04 AM
Knowing or at least thinking the Eagle that Matt owns now would be my last bus and age a factor it was named End of the Trail seemed fitting to me but the Indians gave me such a hard time both the 4000 dollar mural and the name were removed.

Now if I had to do it over again I would tell the Indians here were I live to go to hell and keep my name and mural
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Post by: Seayfam on June 28, 2013, 09:26:16 AM
After owning my bus for a year, I started to search the history of the bus. I found out that it belonged to Star of Indiana (a drum and bugle group) from back in the 80's. I wound up getting into contact with the manager of that group and was asking him about some of the history of the coach. The first thing he said was you mean (Big Bird) we have some great memories in that bus. Apparently the kids back then named the bus Big Bird and they had a sticker in the entrance door window of a big yellow Big Bird from the old tv show Sesame Street. Now I know my bus is not a bird, but I renamed it Big Bird.
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Post by: luvrbus on June 28, 2013, 09:30:05 AM
My grand daughter always called our Eagle big bird kids are wonderful with the names I tried to get her to call it by a different name didn't happen it was Big Bird till the day it left
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Post by: DKO on June 28, 2013, 09:35:07 AM
BoggsMobile
Our Bus is just one of a long line of BoggsMobiles. That is always the name of the vehicle that is carrying us around to preach and sing.

There have been many. Here are a few:
74 VW Beetle
84 Plymouth Reliant Station Wagon
79 Holiday Ramblet 5th Wheel
84 Hitchhiker 5th Wheel
2004 Kountry Star

It was just natural for the bus to carry the same name. I guess we are not very creative.

DKO
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Post by: Seayfam on June 28, 2013, 09:42:04 AM
My grand daughter always called our Eagle big bird kids are wonderful with the names I tried to get her to call it by a different name didn't happen it was Big Bird till the day it left

Yeah, I didn't want to install a big bird sticker back on the bus, but instead I opted for plates. In Alaska we are allowed six letters or numbers for personal plates, so I ordered BIGBRD
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Post by: bansil on June 28, 2013, 09:51:28 AM
12 years ago my wife's Rodeo got the nick name "the Turtle" because she was so slow on the trail compared to all the modified rigs

she soon became known as Mama Turtle, since she was always feeding and taking the young-uns under her wing(at Isuzu get together's and Toy runs)

so while she was racing trucks (and since I was always building "the Turtle") I became known as "turtle mechanic"  and we were called "Team Turtle"

We love turtles

So it was Natural that when we picked up the slowest vehicle we have ever owned it Should follow the tradition "La Tortuga" (it looks better than "the turtle/tortoise") ;D
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Post by: Debo on June 28, 2013, 10:18:54 AM
I started calling ours "Bob" for "big ole bus" and it stuck. If I had known it was going to stick I would have picked something more creative.  :)
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Post by: Jeremy on June 28, 2013, 10:27:42 AM
My bus (and boat) is called Maggie because I'm in the magazine business.

Jeremy
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Post by: siberyd on June 28, 2013, 11:01:40 AM
Our bus and my handle share the same name Siberyd. Its also the personal plate on our skoolie (one day it will be on our 4104).

My wife and I are envolved with siberian husky rescue. We are constantly giving huskies rides.......

Siberyd

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Post by: TexasBorderDude on June 28, 2013, 11:15:07 AM
(http://www.wheresdoyle.com/busstuff/coffeesmagicbus.jpg)

Whenever we get on the road  ;D,  I tell people Coffee is a famous European TV star that does magic tricks... card tricks, juggles, etc. 

Them... "Can she show us a trick?"
Me...  "I'm just the driver. I don't even speak her language.... Wanna see her sit?"

 ;D ;D ;D ;D
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Post by: PCC on June 28, 2013, 11:42:42 AM
The vehicle that we use for the transportation of disabled veterans and mobility challenged is named "ESPY".

That word sounds like the initials of our organization (Serving Project) but its meanings include behold, discern, distinguish, see, look (ahead), notice, perceive, regard, sight, spot, view, witness.
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Post by: LowTide on June 28, 2013, 11:48:13 AM
Knowing or at least thinking the Eagle that Matt owns now would be my last bus and age a factor it was named End of the Trail seemed fitting to me but the Indians gave me such a hard time both the 4000 dollar mural and the name were removed.

Now if I had to do it over again I would tell the Indians here were I live to go to hell and keep my name and mural

Maybe we should change ours to squaw peak.....LOL
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Post by: LowTide on June 28, 2013, 11:50:38 AM
We named ours after a song composed by the "Seeds"....."Pushin' Too Hard"
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Post by: Oonrahnjay on June 28, 2013, 11:54:58 AM
    People keep trying to come up with a name for mine but nothing has stuck ... I'm kinda thinkin that "Senior Moments" ought to get painted across the back bumper or somethin.
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Post by: chessie4905 on June 28, 2013, 12:21:15 PM
  Our 1948 ACF Brill was named"Brillopad". Several years ago, one of our FMCA chapter members had a Flxible double decker named "KNOTABUS".
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Post by: Cary and Don on June 28, 2013, 12:40:52 PM
A couple of our favorite names we have seen are "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert" and "The Rustless Money Pit"

Don and Cary
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Post by: Paso One on June 28, 2013, 02:22:10 PM
 Well PASO has been with me for a long time. It is made up of my first two letters in my name and the first two in my wife's.

Our 40 year old business uses that name.

When two way radio's were used in the 70's I was PASO 1  each operator was Paso 2  Paso 3  etc....

When I got the bus I was suing someone so as a dig I had the sign put on the bus. :)

And when you have a Bus it is never just  "one" so Paso One  is my current Money Pit

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Post by: qayqayt on June 28, 2013, 03:18:15 PM
The previous owners called our GM 4107 "Gotta Go" and we kept it for a year.  We were going to rename it "Feathers in the Wind" but it was a bit whimsical.  When I retired my co-workers suggested we change it to "Larrabus" which we actually did and had it printed on the destination sign.  But that didn't feel quite right so we painted it over and the bus remains unnamed.  Qayqayt is the name of my wife's indian band and I used to use it a lot for my "log in" on various sites which is why you see it here but it's hard to pronounce.  We're thinking possibly staying with the native theme  like "Dreamcatcher" or "Spirit Quest" but so far nothing seems to fit yet.

Bryan Larrabee
Vancouver BC
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Post by: usbusin on June 28, 2013, 04:27:16 PM
USBUSIN Was the license plate on our 4104. 

It meant "us", the wife and I "busin".  It also meant "us", United States "busin", as we criss-crossed the country many times in our dear old 4104.  Put 150,000 miles on USBUSIN.
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Post by: boxcarOkie on June 28, 2013, 05:00:48 PM
We call the bus "Daddy's Hobby" but this far into it ... HIGH MAINTENANCE might be a better choice.

BCO
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Post by: belfert on June 28, 2013, 05:26:33 PM
At least one of my friends calls my bus Priscilla.  Priscilla is the name of the bus in a Australian movie call The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.  A couple of gay guys drive around in a lavender colored bus.  We actually watched the movie during one of our trips, but it was kinda stupid.  It apparently made a fair bit of money in Australia and was nominated for several major film awards.  (No, I'm not gay.)

The same friend keeps threatening to paint my bus lavender after Priscilla in the movie.
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Post by: Jeremy on June 28, 2013, 05:51:13 PM
Never seen the film but aware of it - they evidently paint the bus pink half way through

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_loi8fbnrpp1qzeywho1_500.gif)

(http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m0erevpgYy1qd0qavo1_1280.png)
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Post by: Boomer on June 28, 2013, 05:54:32 PM
Not in to names, but do got a plate.
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Post by: belfert on June 28, 2013, 06:07:25 PM
Never seen the film but aware of it - they evidently paint the bus pink half way through

I wonder why my friends keeps wanting to paint the bus lavender because that is definitely pink, not lavender.  Lavender is more of a purple color.
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Post by: saddleup on June 28, 2013, 06:50:35 PM
We just call our bus Clifford...
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Post by: eagle19952 on June 28, 2013, 08:39:41 PM
The history of our Eagle is pretty well documented and we probably could have named it "Honeysuckle Rose with a number" but that name is still being used and we aren't sure which one in the chronology it would have been.
So 19952 is now named She and I.
lots of people think it refers to me and my dog...
And others think that my wife is first...
and they would be right..
And so the nod goes to
ALABAMA
 SHE AND I
She and I live in our own little world
Don't worry about the world outside

She and I agree, she and I lead a perfectly normal life
Ah but just because we aren't often seen socially
People think we've something to hide
But all our friends know we're just a little old fashioned
She and I

[ /center]
Title: The Banana Boat
Post by: HB of CJ on June 28, 2013, 09:07:10 PM
The bus was a 1974 Crown Supercoach 40 foot, 3 axle, ten wheeler ex schoolie. Had practically new school bus yellow paint with a white roof.   It looked like a big banana so that is what we called HER....."The Banana Boat".   Sadly sold years ago.  HB of CJ (old coot)
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Post by: Iceni John on June 28, 2013, 09:15:00 PM
My girlfriend ruefully calls my bus The Mistress, because I spend more time with her than with her.   This name is beginning to stick . . .   After an evening fossicking and fettling, I come back home covered in grime and sweat and she looks at me and says she knows who the true love of my life is.

John
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Post by: Don4107 on June 28, 2013, 10:00:04 PM
Our newest bus came with the name across the front cap "Coulee Country" because the builder was from the Grand Coulee (as in Dam) area.  Our bus would probably have the same name as our boat.  "Recovery Room".  Wife being a RNC and both of us needing a place to recover from the week's toil.

Don
Carpenter WSU college bus
4107
Now 5B.

Never intended to be a three bus family, buy one and name it whatever you want. ;)
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Post by: Seayfam on June 28, 2013, 10:11:00 PM
My girlfriend ruefully calls my bus The Mistress, because I spend more time with her than with her.   This name is beginning to stick . . .   After an evening fossicking and fettling, I come back home covered in grime and sweat and she looks at me and says she knows who the true love of my life is.

John

That's funny! My wife says the same thing, she calls it my other girlfriend. She tells her family that I spend more time rubbing it than her. They just laugh, they like it at much as I do.
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Post by: niles500 on June 29, 2013, 12:57:32 AM
Bus was named "Rosie" when I got it - I'm the one who registered it in Cocke County TN - Good thing I didn't register it in Palm Beach County FL  :D
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Post by: Dreamscape on June 29, 2013, 03:05:32 AM
We call ours "Dreamscape". Ever since I was a little boy, It has been a Dream of mine to eScape onto the roads of the US and see this great country we live in.

My wife says it should have named "The Gambler". It's where all of our money goes!  ;D
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Post by: 5B Steve on June 29, 2013, 06:34:16 AM

  Being from the Indianapolis area, (Mooresville) my bus was marked  " 500 " by the previous line where it

  came from.  If you are able to look at my profile picture above the door  "500" is still there.  So it's called

  OLE  500!

  Steve 5B.....

                                                   
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Post by: Ace on June 29, 2013, 06:41:24 AM
Niles, that's too funny!


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Post by: daffycanuck on June 29, 2013, 07:53:07 AM
A european neighbor watched us build her in our back yard. She thought we were nuts and referred to us as 'daffy canucks'.

The name stuck....'DAFFYC'


Jim
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Post by: LowTide on June 30, 2013, 08:58:17 AM
We just call our bus Clifford...

LOL.....
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Post by: gg04 on June 30, 2013, 09:17:50 AM
After first grandson was born. in 96.. Named Justice...Bus became JUSTUS...Play on his name and being the only one allowed to stay in the bus with US.....third bus with the same name...rdw
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Post by: Len Silva on June 30, 2013, 09:40:29 AM
Mine was TOYBOX
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Post by: MEverard on June 30, 2013, 12:18:18 PM
My wife has named our cars too. So far they have all been names with B. Buddy, Belle, Beamer, and Big Ole Green Truck. My kids named the truck. So it was natural that our 4104 would be Buster.
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Post by: gumpy on June 30, 2013, 02:36:28 PM
We don't really refer to the bus by a nickname other than, "The Bus", but I did name it, "Some Assembly Required", for obvious reasons which are still apropos.
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Post by: Miss Scarlett on June 30, 2013, 09:31:23 PM
My wife is a Gone With the Wind movie fan and named our bus Miss Scarlett. She says that Miss Scarlett never allowed anything to keep her from getting where she was going. We can only hope our bus will be as tough as her namesake.
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Post by: boxcarOkie on July 01, 2013, 07:58:09 AM
The one I always liked was "Driving Miss Lazy."

BCO
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Post by: muldoonman on July 01, 2013, 09:28:17 AM
Mine didn't have a name until This past Saturday. Pulled it out to unload a semi of Round bales of hay into barn and the dang air operated slide foot rest for passenger seat wouldn't retract. Stuck coming back. After all the trouble I"ve had with this Puppy, I Named it   "TROUBLE"
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Post by: Busnut83 on July 01, 2013, 08:14:59 PM
MY LOVE AND MY LOVE 2...   First bus 83 mci9 the wife named it my love because I spent so much time converting it.... Then we always liked the prevosts so in 2011 we bought a prevost .... this was her dream and plans so she calls it MY LOVE 2...