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Last Post 18 Oct 2011 10:31 AM by  steveR
The New Indiana Northwest Region Solo Support Vehicle
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STX Lee
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28 Sep 2011 08:56 AM
    Well here she is. 2001 Chevy School Bus with 76,000 miles. It has a large AC unit in the back (and it works) and a large heater as well. It's a work in progress but here is what we have so far.The first thing we needed to do was get all the seats outMark Seaman came by and helpedThese things were heavy!We found 75 cents and a lot of food, hair, and a finger nail or two.Stu trying to hit me with his good arm.Sparks!My fancy fingerThis is what the bus will look like aside from a few small changes.
    rosejm
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    28 Sep 2011 10:48 AM

    Can we add the website address on there somewhere?

    Interior dimensions?

    Who want's to build the ramp (liftgate?!?) for loading cones?

    STX Lee
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    28 Sep 2011 11:21 AM
    The web address is one of the changes. Next step is getting the Bus plated. We had said something about a ramp but the problem would be storing it. A lift would be great but may be a little $$. We can cross that bridge when we get there. I told Jason that you wanted to be there when we figuered out how we were going to set this thing up.
    Bullitt2954
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    28 Sep 2011 11:38 AM

    I know I'm not an Indiana member, but so far as a ramp - if there's room, storage beneath the bus (through the back bumper) could be your answer. You might even check-into an "integral" ramp setup, similar to what's on most moving-vans. I even saw one that had a folding rail setup - the rail would unlock, fold down on itelf, then pivot to fit "inside" the ramp when stored.

    Just a suggestion, I have no idea of your budget and/or ingenuity with fabrication. But it looks as if you guys have a Good Start, I'm a little envious of the potential you have for your setup.

    Is that a Dundee Brewery Honey-Lager? Good choice. ;^)

    STX Lee
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    28 Sep 2011 11:45 AM
    The U-haul ramp was brought up but I don't think it will fit under the bus, thank you for the suggestion. It's a 3 Floyds Alpha King.
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    28 Sep 2011 11:47 AM
    Heck, I expect the aisle to be clear so that the ramp could even go on the floor. I'm hoping for nothing on the floor except cones

    HUGE amounts of potential, and when we get this sorted it should make the after-event much smoother. We might be able to pack up even before the awards presentation!
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    steveR
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    28 Sep 2011 01:31 PM
    Will it be able to make it to the event this weekend?
    STX Lee
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    28 Sep 2011 02:07 PM
    Only if we can get plates for it. Jeff is still waiting on the title.
    Itsa914
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    28 Sep 2011 03:45 PM

    My 2 cents...............

    A ramp is not needed. My reasons:

    1) The rear door opening, while it looks big in the pictures it really is not all that big. To walk cones in or dolly them would really be a PITA.

    2) Mounted above the rear door is the (working) rear AC unit. Just ask Stu how many times he hit his head while we were working on the bus. I know I did at least three times.

    Once we get the title and plates on her then we need to have a day (or two) of layout planning and design. I agree with Jim, keeping as much stuff off the floor as possible would be ideal. We did do a test fit with a folding table and chairs and they did take a fair bit of room when setup.

    As for dimensions we are looking at 12' long by 6' 6" wide by 5' 5" tall. I didn't get the rear wheel well or floor heater locations measured out.

    STX Lee
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    28 Sep 2011 04:38 PM
    Just waiting on a police officer to inspect the converted vehicle and sign off on it and then we can get plates.
    BlackCavalier52
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    28 Sep 2011 10:48 PM
    we could alleviate the cone loading problem by lowering it... or slamming


    BlackCavalier52
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    28 Sep 2011 10:48 PM
    heaven forbid you accidentally double click submit
    saturn5rocket
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    28 Sep 2011 11:45 PM

    Milwaukee Region has a bus too, with a pretty slick wrap

    Wes

    steveR
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    29 Sep 2011 12:00 AM

    I don't know, this looks pretty sweet too.

    I wonder if Jim McKamey would let us borrow the wing off his vette.

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    30 Sep 2011 12:26 PM
    thats a much different bus for Mil that what i saw a few years back, wow.

    the bus will be out at the event this weekend. we are going to work on layout after we get course set up on sat. so that means a good cleaning of the tube, and a bunch of tossing of stuff we dont need
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    30 Sep 2011 09:44 PM
    usual 9 am course setup I take it?
    jaged
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    30 Sep 2011 09:59 PM
    yup. once course is set we will try and set up the bus.
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    30 Sep 2011 10:06 PM
    sweet
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