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Title: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: RickB on December 18, 2010, 11:24:01 AM
We have been actively searching for awhile now that we might find a place to live that is out in the country to raise our kids and that it would have room for our bus. We may have found it! First the bus related stuff:
30'X50' heated and insulated shop with 20' insulated ceiling!! 200 amp service to the main shed and a huge parking area as well that could fit 6 buses easy and may I repeat 200 amp service so putting in power for visiting coaches would be doable

Two smaller shops as well and an attached garage.

13 acres with an awesome stream running through the yard with frogs and crayfish. Alot of wooded area for my son and daughter to have adventures and a lake right accross the street.

There is a 1/4 mile driveway so our entire church could come out for get together's and baptisms. It will be expensive in heavy snowfalls to keep the drive clear.(the monster snowstorm last week cost $250) but the riding lawnmower with a snowblower attachment will work fine for most snowstorms.

The house itself is a simple 3 bedroom a little dated but really well made. We're hoping that we qualify and if we do I'm putting a pit in next spring

I'll let you know how it progresses.
Rick


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Gary '79 5C on December 18, 2010, 11:34:08 AM
Rick,

Best of luck with your new venture. Sounds great, but for the heavier snows, instead of the rider mower, you might need your bus with a blade out front.



Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Len Silva on December 18, 2010, 11:43:18 AM
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/3132907381_1fdab0a639.jpg)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Van on December 18, 2010, 11:44:48 AM
Nice to hear Rick, best of luck, A bus and his nut deserve the best! ;D good luck.


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: trucktramp on December 18, 2010, 12:29:20 PM
Congrats on the new digs.  Sounds like every busnut's dream. 

Now let's see a 30x50 heated shop, 200amp electrical service, parking for at least 6 busses...sounds like the making for another rally.  All that is left is to decide on the dates.  ;D ;D


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: bevans6 on December 18, 2010, 01:12:38 PM
Sounds like a dream come true!  I hope you get it.

Brian


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: belfert on December 18, 2010, 01:17:53 PM
I'm jealous because I really want to move some place further out where I can build a large bus garage/shop.  I can't sell my home today and probably won't be able to for several more years, if ever.

We talked about this on the phone earlier and it sounds like a great option for your family and your bus.  As far as snow removal, see if you can contract with someone for the year no matter how much it snows.  You win if it snows a lot, but you also win with a stable price for the service.


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Jeremy on December 18, 2010, 02:04:40 PM
Here's your guy:

(http://blog.limewire.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/01/Mr_Plow.gif)


Jeremy


(Shame Homer doesn't know how to spell 'plough' though)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: bevans6 on December 18, 2010, 02:47:50 PM
jeremy, isn't that pronounced "pluff"?

 ;D


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Jeremy on December 18, 2010, 03:11:56 PM
jeremy, isn't that pronounced "pluff"?

 ;D

Only if you're American (or maybe Canadian).....


Jeremy (now hiding under my desk).



Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: gumpy on December 18, 2010, 03:12:44 PM


There is a 1/4 mile driveway so our entire church could come out for get together's and baptisms. It will be expensive in heavy snowfalls to keep the drive clear.(the monster snowstorm last week cost $250) but the riding lawnmower with a snowblower attachment will work fine for most snowstorms.

The house itself is a simple 3 bedroom a little dated but really well made. We're hoping that we qualify and if we do I'm putting a pit in next spring


I just happen to know a guy who has a decent used backhoe for sale that would handle both those problems!  ::)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: boxcarOkie on December 18, 2010, 05:16:24 PM
(the monster snowstorm last week cost $250) but the riding lawnmower with a snowblower attachment will work fine for most snowstorms.

Keep an eye out for a good used tractor with a bucket and a box blade, that would solve a lot of your problems.  Mine works great, and you can often find a good buy on them used.

BCO


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Dave5Cs on December 18, 2010, 06:10:12 PM
Rick an old Ford 8 or 9-N are under 1800.00 with a blade and scraper.

Dave


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Len Silva on December 18, 2010, 06:34:19 PM
Man, you own a bus, a big @$# bus, and you are going to screw around with a little 8-N, don't be ridiculous.
40,000 Thousand pound Snowblower extreme snow blowing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exBrz5aQ9Hg&feature=related#)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Dave5Cs on December 18, 2010, 06:48:18 PM
Len;

 I have used both for years. They are cheap to run and can move a lot of stuff including use the forklift attachment. front end crane, scraper and bucket. Around the farm they are great. Around the job site a D8 or 10 is nice to have. And OBTW they can pull a bus out of the mud. But that thing would be fun to play with. Caltrans may have an old one we can have eh!!!
 
Dave


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: robertglines1 on December 19, 2010, 06:38:50 AM
I live out also with a long drive (only 1/8 mile) with 3 hills on it. PITA in winter :needs grading rest of the year.plus bush hog for cutting the grass/brush away from house lawn area. I always had room and lived out of town. Kids grew up in the country and now all have places in the country:must be a way of life.Bus sure stays cleaner inside plugged in and ready to go.So best wishes for you and your family and Bus.   Bob.   


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: dbenck on December 19, 2010, 07:35:07 AM
Rick...good luck on the property, it sounds great ! It is great to have space
to work on things inside in the cold/rain. That last snow was a challenge here.
This is a picture of the skid steer after the 8:00 AM plowing. It sat outside for 4 hours
when I took this, had to plow three times that weekend, 45 gals. of diesel.

David Benck


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Len Silva on December 19, 2010, 10:43:15 AM
Love that white stuff
(http://www.photosbykimlpowell.com/images/img_4786.jpg)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Chopper Scott on December 19, 2010, 03:37:29 PM
Grew up a farm kid and have always lived in the country until the last 10 years. It has it's advantages for sure but there never seemed to be enough time to keep up with mowing etc that came along with the territory. Luckily having the farm equipment for the tasks of moving snow and mowing etc was nice. Now I live on a snow route in a small town and I can't say that I would want to move back. Seven blocks to my business is a lot nicer commute than the 20 miles one way I used to do.


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!! update
Post by: RickB on December 21, 2010, 02:59:12 PM
We got it! I have a serious shop now  Woo hooo!

I'll post pics of the big bus in her new digs next month

RB


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!! update
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 21, 2010, 03:42:02 PM
We got it! I have a serious shop now  Woo hooo!
I'll post pics of the big bus in her new digs next month
RB

Yahooooo!
I know how ya feel it's an awesome feeling knowing you have a place indoors and close to the house to work on the bus(es)!

Pictures....................
Don't forget Craig has a backhoe for sale ;) it'd be handy for snow removal and plenty of other chores in the country! (even some of them to do with the bus! *pit* )
;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: paulcjhastings on December 22, 2010, 08:24:37 AM
I'm jealous because I really want to move some place further out where I can build a large bus garage/shop.  I can't sell my home today and probably won't be able to for several more years, if ever.

We talked about this on the phone earlier and it sounds like a great option for your family and your bus.  As far as snow removal, see if you can contract with someone for the year no matter how much it snows.  You win if it snows a lot, but you also win with a stable price for the service.

Rick,
Congratulations, where is it located?

Brian,
We just sold our house by owner and got more than the going rate in our neighborhood. It wasn't as much as if we had sold a couple of years ago, but you won't pay as much as you would have for the place you want to buy either.

Paul "Homeless" Hastings


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!! update
Post by: FloridaCliff on December 22, 2010, 09:43:56 AM
We got it! I have a serious shop now  Woo hooo!
I'll post pics of the big bus in her new digs next month
RB

Congrats Rick,

A man NEEDS his shop

My wife says "if I hadn't married her that there would just be a Giant shop on our property, no house."

Now that's not true, I would have still built the Grill Shack.... ;D

Cliff


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: belfert on December 22, 2010, 09:48:30 AM
We just sold our house by owner and got more than the going rate in our neighborhood. It wasn't as much as if we had sold a couple of years ago, but you won't pay as much as you would have for the place you want to buy either.

I've thought about that, but if a realtor can't sell my house, could I do any better?  My one attempt to sell was summer of 2008.  I just had the house appraised for a refi and a sale would be difficult in any case right now.  (Refi on hold for now.)  Doesn't not having an MLS listing greatly decrease who knows the house is for sale.  I'm a little leery these days about even moving further from my job as my commute is bad enough already when it snows.  The price of gas is also going to keep going up.

Congrats on selling without a realtor commission involved!


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: paulcjhastings on December 23, 2010, 07:07:19 AM
Brian,
Ours was listed on the MLS with "direct by owner" it was about $700 for a one year listing. And I did have to pay a commission to the buyers realtor (2.5%) For the market conditions I think we did alright. I saved as much on the lot we bought as I felt like I was losing on the home sale, plus I'll save a bunch constructing the new house (and SHOP) myself.


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: RJ on December 23, 2010, 08:32:28 AM
Rick -

Congrats on the new property purchase!  Isn't it nice when a plan comes together?


BTW, did anybody else besides me happen to notice that the bus with the plow on the front of it was actually an ETB?  Couldn't tell from the pic which transit agency owned it, tho. . .

FWIW & HTH. . .

 ;)



Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: RickB on December 25, 2010, 06:38:37 AM
Paul,

Its about 5 miles northwest of Stillwater on Big Carnelian lake. We will have to have a bus get together in the spring because Lord knows we have room for y'all now!

Thanks for all the kind words regarding our move.

Merry CHRISTmas to all you busnuts from a snowy,snowy Minnesota morning...

We are supposed to have the mother of all snowstorms around New Years and Belfert's gonna miss it. I'm sure he'll be all broken up about it!

Rick


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: RickB on December 25, 2010, 06:56:07 AM
A couple pics of the new home and more importantly the man shop!!!


(http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu182/dinkus/DSC064622.jpg)

(http://i646.photobucket.com/albums/uu182/dinkus/DSC064571.jpg)


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: Busted Knuckle on December 25, 2010, 07:02:35 AM
Very nice! Does the big part of the shop have a door in the end or just the side?
;D  BK  ;D


Title: Re: Possible new home and a REAL shop!!
Post by: belfert on December 25, 2010, 08:31:24 AM
We are supposed to have the mother of all snowstorms around New Years and Belfert's gonna miss it. I'm sure he'll be all broken up about it!

I could predict the weather a week out about as well as a weatherman with a weather rock!

I'm hoping we don't get a huge snow on Jan 1 as I might have to drive through the remains a few days later plus I would have to clear my driveway when I get home.