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Offline Paul

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First Trip in our BUS
« on: August 03, 2009, 07:48:20 AM »

Four years, three months and seventeen days ago, we brought home our bus. (However, is any one counting?)

We replaced radiators, replaced seals in blower gearbox, replaced gearbox pulley, rebuilt blower housing and compartment. Did a test drive of four hundred miles and all work well. Then back to the driveway to start the conversion June 29, 2005.
Friday July 17 we pulled out of the drive at 6:30 PM to go to the FMCA International convention in Bowling Green Ohio. The bus is an insulated shell with 12Volt and 120Volt Electric, holding tanks, toilet and wash stand and a frame for the Bed. We pick up the Mattress on the way along with food and ice for the coolers.

Arrived in Bowling Green, Ohio 2:00 AM Saturday at the Myers store were we spent the night. We meet up with others buses from Great Lakes Converted Coaches and caravan to the convention together at 8:00 AM.

This was our first international convention and enjoyed it very much. From there we went to Elkhart, Indiana to shop at the salvage stores. We did not buy much on this trip, but did buy some AC Vent and Claudiene found a couple of light fixtures. Then a road trip to Land Between the Lakes in Kentucky to join up with Steve and Gloria Gibbs for four days of camping and Boating.

We return home Sunday from over a 950 mile trip. The bus ran fine but had trouble with the clearance lights, (we had no lights) but we fix that! We drove in the daytime.

Back in the driveway to repair lights and to continue the conversion.

Happy Bussin
Paul & Claudiene
1988 MCI 102A3 /8V92 /740 /10" Roof Raise

Offline travelingfools

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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2009, 09:35:32 AM »
Sounds like a good time. We are "tin campers" too. The only permanent fixture we have is our toilet. My kitchen counter and sink are propped up with 2x4's, our fridge gets a ratchet strap when we are moving and we've got some old furniture and a bed. Life is good !!!
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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2009, 12:37:22 PM »
   glad to hear that you & Claudiene are using and enjoying your coach.  We3 hope to see ya'll in your coach at Bussin 10.  Jack
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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2009, 12:45:48 PM »
Hi Paul,

Sounds like everything is going well. I know it must feel real good to get her out and stretch her legs. Just don't make it so long inbetween trips! ;D

I know the feeling, we took our Eagle to it's first bus rally in 07, the interior was not finished, had a toilet, shower and bed though! We made several modifications to our original design, which would probably not have been made if it wasn't for trying it out.

Happy Trails,

Paul Lawry, On The Road

Our coach was originally owned by the Dixie Echoes.

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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2009, 07:36:13 PM »
Nuthin like a trip to get you motivated ;)

Thanks for sharing and congratulations.
It's all fun and games til someone gets hurt. ;)

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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2009, 07:46:58 PM »
Sounds like a good first trip.

Every trip we take we start a NEW list of things that you don't notice when parked but need attention.

This last trip there were only 6 new items on the list.

Not bad after 25,000 miles or so.

Keep driving her and having fun.

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Re: First Trip in our BUS
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2009, 11:31:43 AM »
Congrats, I'm jealous.  Sounds like a good time .  I'm still working up to my first trip.

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