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The Bus Adventure
Welcome to our bus conversion adventure. We're not sure exactly
what we're doing, but so far it's a lot of fun, so we're going to share
it with anyone that might find it interesting to see how this all turns
The plan is to convert a 40 foot GMC transit bus into a home
on wheels. Neither my wife nor myself have ever done a bus
conversion, so this should be at least mildly entertaining at various
points as we learn from our mistakes and celebrate our successes.
We've managed to make it most of the way and now have a
fully self contained RV that NEVER needs to plug in to an electrical
outlet. We've gone with solar and wind generated power on our bus
and have never been happier.
If you think you might be interested in seeing what
we're up to, click on the most current date to the left under
"Follow Our Progress". I try to keep the site updated as
I work on the bus conversion each day. If you want to start from the
beginning, click here and on the next
buttons at the bottom of each page to see them all in order.
Part of the income that enables us to do what we are
doing comes from our previous hobby - riding motorcycles. A friend
of ours made us aware of the legend of the gremlin
bell. We found
it very hard to find bells for our motorcycles, and so decided to make
it our mission to provide inexpensive and beautiful gremlin bells for
everyone's ride. That's how www.gremlinbells.com
was started. If you know someone that rides a motorcycle and
does not have a bell, stop in and take a look at what we have in stock -
we regularly ship the bells as gifts to places all over the world.
||I was contacted by the new owner of Metamorphobus.
Apparently it's getting a WVO conversion done on it. You can
follow the progress on the bus at
||Well, we're at it again... A little less conspicuous,
but just as adventurous. We're not going the bus route
this time, but instead have opted to go with an older 5th
wheel that will blend in a bit better wherever we may go.
Thank you for all of the great emails and support over the
past few years while we regrouped. Now were ready to
do it all again.
||Thanks to quite a number of people that emailed me
with information about writing and publishing a book, I am well on
my way to creating something that I think will answer a lot of
questions and get to the heart of the question of why everyone
isn't "going mobile". It's been a long hard road
getting here, but then again, is writing about the easy road very
Want to read a bit of what I have to say about converting a bus
and what it means to be free? click
here to read what I have to say...
||The bus sold on eBay after re-listing
it 2 times. Things have settled back to "normal"
again and we're looking forward to the next project. This
will probably be my last post for a long time. I hope that
you enjoy the web site. I will continue to leave it up and
running for as long as is economically feasible.
If you know anything about publishing, I would appreciate some
advise/help. I want to write a book about our
adventure. There's a lot that I left off the website that I
would like to put into print. Unfortunately, I don't know
the first thing about how to go about getting a book published so
I can sell it...
We've had a lot of fun with this project, but it's time for us
to return back to work and "normal" life. We're
planning on doing this again some day - with a big twist.
For now, we need to spend some time saving up...
I think I'm going to write about the whole experience.
There's a whole other side to the story that we just didn't get
into on the web site because we wanted to keep it upbeat and
focused on the bus and things somewhat related to it.
Unfortunately, today's society does not allow you any real freedom
as we have found out. You still have to play all of the same
||The wind has kept us from painting the
bus... I spent some time today installing a solar
panel on our friend Robbyn's Casita. I'm getting pretty good
at it now and it was kind of fun to put in a smaller system.
||We started prepping the bus for a new
coat of paint. Sheesh this thing is big... It's going
to take a lot longer than I thought to get it all painted.
||We're finally back on line and able to
update the web site again. It's going to be a long process,
so hang in there and we'll try to get some new updates posted!
||We're getting geared up for the big
move to Arizona! Lots of changes in the look of the bus
||I'm finally back on line (for the
moment anyway). I hate Microsoft... for $200.00 I
bought the Upgrade for XP Home Edition to make it XP
Professional. I needed to develop some of my web sites off
line (using IIS and ASP). After upgrading and correcting a
bunch of problems with the upgrade's detection of all of my
laptop's hardware, I connected to the internet to download the
latest patches and updates from Microsoft. 5 minutes after I
started downloading the patches, my laptop shuts down due to an
RPC failure. I can't keep the laptop running for more than
about 5 minutes while connected to the internet and find out that
I have collected about 5 different viruses (several trojans).
My virus software only detected 1 of them and the rest I was able
to discover by following some great troubleshooting advise I found
on the web. Anyway, to make a long story short, it turns out
that the upgrade software wiped out all of the security patches
that I had applied to my laptop since the last time it crashed
(because of Microsoft's Updates) and I had to re-build it...
I've now spent over 30 hours re-building and updating trying to
get my laptop back to where it was before the whole ordeal.
I really do hate Microsoft's poor software design and lack of
forethought... I am planning to build a Linux device ASAP to
store my important information on. My Windows device will
only be for games and things I am not yet be able to access on a
||We're back in Eugene Oregon.
What a great trip to Quartzsite!
- 1974 40 foot GMC 5307 with Air Conditioning
- It has a V8 Detroit Diesel engine and a 3 speed Allison automatic
- It is geared for highway driving (will go 70+ with very little
- Apparently the bus worked at some point in the San Francisco Bay
area. We found an ID card for the "Golden Gate Bridge
Highway and Transportation District" with the address of San
Francisco, California on it and the scrolling destination sign had
all sorts of bay area destinations on it.
- The most recent transit company that owned our bus was Kitsap
Transit in Washington. The coach was used for a regular rural route
- I bought the bus from a private owner up in Washington. He
had purchased 3 of them from the Kitsap Transit district. All of them the same model, but
both the other's had a second side door. The other two owners
have contacted me and let me know that they bought the other
buses and are following our adventure. We'll try to keep in
touch and see what happens to their busses as well...