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Old 04-27-2003, 06:46 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info, Steve. I'm keeping my eyes open. You mention you would be converting a truck, maybe a Volvo, this time. Would this be for pulling a 5th wheel, or are you gonna put some sort of coach body on the chassis(this the direction I'm heading)? Fill me in, either way it sounds like you've been around this stuff before and know some of the pitfalls one can get into. Tell it all, brother!

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Old 04-29-2003, 03:33 PM   #12
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Does this site have enough room for what I went through with Heartland ( Old management ). Just about everything that they did I had to redo. I called and asked them if they had ever heard of teflon tape or thread sealer - leaks everywhere. I let them mount the roof ac's, they left the owners manual in two of them, didnt tighten the one up front down and when I came throught one of thosa Fla summer storms - I got soaked inside.

Enough about Heartland, the guy that owns it ( and runs it ) is Tom Curtis. He apologised for all that happened before. I actually let him list my coach to sell as a broker. This is a bad time to sell. Oct Through Feb is the best season. Yankee Snowbirds in FLA have the money to buy. At this time I have brought my Bus home to use through the summer, Im still gonna let tom market it via internet. soon as it sells Ill start the truck.

I plan to use the truck as a motorhome with a 40 k hitch and a large engine, 450 to 500 hp.

Ill let a converter build the box, install the tanks, jacks, gen, finish the outside so it will look finished fron the outside. Then well finish the interior ourselves.

If you would like to check it out go to look at coaches for sale and look at # 409 . It is the red bus on their conversions page and the picture of the shelled bus with the 10 Inch roof raise is the way it was delivered to me, thats my bus.

I should be easier to convert a truck body because the inside is reasonably square. Not like the rounded roof of a bus. Cabinets should be more straight forward to install. Also a bus floor slopes 3 inches from the rear to the front - another challenge.

Happy Converting


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Old 04-29-2003, 05:12 PM   #13
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Sounds like you've got a good plan for your new RV, having someone set up the inside for you to "furnish and finish", plus finishing the outside. I'm thinking of doing something similar with a freight van box. I'm hearing from all sides how much easier it is than a bus because of the flat floor, straight walls, etc.
Does anyone have any experience with Vanture Coach in Denver, CO.? They convert just about any vehicle thrown their way into whatever the customer wants, no matter how little or how much.
Also, just out of curiosity, does Tom Curtis know Sam Walker? If so, I might want to call Tom and find out what I can about ol' Sam!
Take care. Gary

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