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« Reply #15 on: April 28, 2007, 05:50:30 AM »

Put value on this Shocked Huh


Sleeping in an airport due to the weather or staying in the bus bus due to weather.  add in kids or your whatever your situation is.
- also compare likelyhood between the 2
-don't have to compete for the next bus out Cheesy


Also compared to car and getting caught in traffic,  where would you rather be.


in these dire situations the value of the bus triples Shocked
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« Reply #16 on: April 28, 2007, 06:33:12 AM »

I agree! I agree! I agree!!

The bus is the only way to go. After TSA I will not fly.  I will not be strip searched by some guy who speaks English as a second language. I will not be in lines. I will not be hassled about room fares and restaurants. I will not look for a "clean" (boy, is THAT a relative term!) restroom.

I WILL NOT GET BEDBUGS FROM A 4 STAR HOTEL!  Angry  Angry  Angry

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« Reply #17 on: April 28, 2007, 09:01:44 AM »

I'm still a "BUSNOT" or "WANNABUS", but that's the main reason why I want one. I hate the "hotel hassle" when I'm on the road, and I agree with Oldmansax, I hate flying after 911.

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« Reply #18 on: April 28, 2007, 11:05:21 AM »

Guys, I have to add in here, staying in your bus in places that there are not enough hotel rooms.  Deb and I are both NASCAR nuts as well as bus nuts.  Really, our trips to the races are what started the whole rving life.  If we were to stay at hotels like we used to around the tracks, we were lucky to get a room within 5 miles of the race, even if we booked them months before.  I dont know how many of you have gone to the races, but the traffic on race day is just a snails pace usually 6 hours before the race and upto the 5 mile lucky hotel spot. Now on the other hand with our s/s we can go up to the track a week before and stay till the next day after the race.  Absolutly no traffic problems whatso ever.  Hence s/s, to small, no on board gen set, cant haul enough water for a week, ect.  Problem solved by the bus. I cant stand sleeping somewhere else other than my own bed.  Now we are true bus nuts however it evolved we are glad it did. Cheers to all Bus Nuts and Nascar fans. ........Steve
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« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2007, 03:54:13 PM »

Steve,
   I know what you mean. At Martinsville, we camped across the sreet from the track. AT 10 PM, there was still a solid 2 lanes of tailights leaving the track. Monday AM when we got up to leave, there was not a single car on the road from the track when we left.
   Several of us with buses occasionally go the local 3/8" paved track to watch the races which usually end around 11-11:30 at night. Rather than drive home at that hour (after spending up to an hour getting out of the parking lot), we go to our buses, go to bed and get up and leave the next morning.  Jack

PS: When traveling in the bus, we try to stay on non-interstate highways. We feel we see much more of "real" America than what you see from an interstate.
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« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2007, 08:53:55 PM »

 Angry >: (Indianapolis speedway is in the heart of Ind.. It holds our record for the longest time to get to the interstate after a race, 14 hours.  2 mile hike to the 4 runner amongst a crowd of who knows how many walking the same way, 3 hours sitting in the parking space at a high school not moving an inch (nobody was),and the rest of the 14 hours was on the city streets pulling up one car length and stopping for 15 to 20 minutes at a time (no joke) 20 feet at a time. So during the 14 hours Deb and I had made a decision on the RV.  Oh, that 2 mile hike, yep, right through a field of about 5 thousand campers right beside the track.  And to make matters worse, 100 degrees in the shade.  And all that trouble to get back to the hotel so we could listen to the drunks raising he!! all night.  So the s/s was born, and now we are full fledged bus nuts.  Funny how life evolves from one thing to another.  Just one of our life experiences.. ...Steve and Deb......
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« Reply #21 on: April 29, 2007, 07:23:39 AM »

For me its a bunch of things.  I don't usually sleep very well the first couple of nights in a strange bed - point 1 for the bus.  I need a longer than normal bed - point 2 for the bus.  I need a special pillow for my neck - point 3 for the bus.  And I seem to usually get lucky when we sleep in the bus.  Priceless.



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« Reply #22 on: April 29, 2007, 08:09:44 AM »

Ok since my bus is still making me $ by hauling people. I have no choice but to stay at hotels for now (and they either pay for the room or it's figured into the cost of the trip)! But that don't mean I like it! I'm in one right now just east of St. Louis, I got back to the hotel last night around 8 and all is quite (the fraternity group is in a hotel across the river at the Crown Plaza Hotel, and since I am not doing shuttling I stayed over here in a different place) anyway at about 11:30 some low life teenagers decide to knock and run, and picked my room as one to knock on! So I called and complained to the front desk who sent security up, and caught them just as they were hitting another victom (turns out they can't read and thought the "DO NOT DISTURB" tags meant let's be a PIA and play games!) I heard the security guard tell'n as they passed my room "see that tag on 223's door? It means if you disturb me I'm gonna call security an get your dumb ___ busted!" I had to laugh even though he had just made sure they knew it was me that called! Then at 3:30 AM they were beaten on the girls in the room next to mines door and the "cats" across the hall they had to be "cats" as that's what they called them when they opened the door. Another call downstairs, this time she say's "did they knock on your door again?" When I said no and pointed out which 4 rooms I knew where all out in the hall partying in front of my door, she said "good we told them not to knock on YOUR door any more! & I'll send send security back up there to send them to bed!"  At 4:20 AM same partying going on in the hall again, this time I turned the TV on and put it on VH1 or whatever and turned it up as loud as it'd go! When the phone rang the front desk told me the "young ladies in 221 had complained of the loud music I told her "it was only because I was playing country instead of RAP, because they were having a block party in front of my door again!" She said I'll take care of it! This time there was a cop with the security guard, and when JAIL was mentioned they all agreed it was time to go to bed!
At 5:00 AM I opened my door, looked both ways nobody anywhere hotel quite as could be so I rared back and slamed the door as hard as I could!
At 5:30 AM I did the exact same thing!
At 6:00 AM I did it again!
At 6:30 AM again!
And at 7:00 AM when I went to go to breakfast I forgot my favorite chrome coffee cup, and yup let the door slam 3 times in a row!
While eating breackfast I got to talking to a gentleman who I found out was a bus driver for all these nice kids! And he couldn't believe all the door banging that'd been going no since about 5AM! LOL!
It's been quite since! BK  Grin
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« Reply #23 on: April 29, 2007, 09:57:23 AM »

Ok since my bus is still making me $ by hauling people. I have no choice but to stay at hotels for now (and they either pay for the room or it's figured into the cost of the trip)! But that don't mean I like it! I'm in one right now just east of St. Louis, I got back to the hotel last night around 8 and all is quite (the fraternity group is in a hotel across the river at the Crown Plaza Hotel, and since I am not doing shuttling I stayed over here in a different place) anyway at about 11:30 some low life teenagers decide to knock and run, and picked my room as one to knock on! So I called and complained to the front desk who sent security up, and caught them just as they were hitting another victom (turns out they can't read and thought the "DO NOT DISTURB" tags meant let's be a PIA and play games!) I heard the security guard tell'n as they passed my room "see that tag on 223's door? It means if you disturb me I'm gonna call security an get your dumb ___ busted!" I had to laugh even though he had just made sure they knew it was me that called! Then at 3:30 AM they were beaten on the girls in the room next to mines door and the "cats" across the hall they had to be "cats" as that's what they called them when they opened the door. Another call downstairs, this time she say's "did they knock on your door again?" When I said no and pointed out which 4 rooms I knew where all out in the hall partying in front of my door, she said "good we told them not to knock on YOUR door any more! & I'll send send security back up there to send them to bed!"  At 4:20 AM same partying going on in the hall again, this time I turned the TV on and put it on VH1 or whatever and turned it up as loud as it'd go! When the phone rang the front desk told me the "young ladies in 221 had complained of the loud music I told her "it was only because I was playing country instead of RAP, because they were having a block party in front of my door again!" She said I'll take care of it! This time there was a cop with the security guard, and when JAIL was mentioned they all agreed it was time to go to bed!
At 5:00 AM I opened my door, looked both ways nobody anywhere hotel quite as could be so I rared back and slamed the door as hard as I could!
At 5:30 AM I did the exact same thing!
At 6:00 AM I did it again!
At 6:30 AM again!
And at 7:00 AM when I went to go to breakfast I forgot my favorite chrome coffee cup, and yup let the door slam 3 times in a row!
While eating breackfast I got to talking to a gentleman who I found out was a bus driver for all these nice kids! And he couldn't believe all the door banging that'd been going no since about 5AM! LOL!
It's been quite since! BK  Grin
Reminds me of a motel stay when I was bringing my bus home.  They partied loud in the room next to mine until 3AM.  It wasn't a classy enough place to have security and the desk clerk wasn't motivated to do anything about it.  At about 3 they wound up and went to sleep.  (noteworthy facts:  this was the type of motel where the room doors are on the outside, they were in the corner room, there was just a sidewalk and curb at the end of the building with no car parking spots along that curb)  At 4am I pulled my bus up to the sidewalk to "load my baggage".  This "coincidentally" put the 6V92TA 4 feet from their wall and of course I needed to leave it running to warm it up.  It took me about half an hour to load my two suitcases, do my departure checklist, etc.  And of course since it is a transit bus, I "had" to goose it a few times as I was pulling out.  One of life's satisfying little moments.
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« Reply #24 on: April 29, 2007, 04:41:40 PM »

Not that this has anything to do with a bus, except it involves a diesel engine, I have to tell my story.

Many years ago when I was young and had just bought one of my first trucks, I leased to a company hauling "green meat" to the MExican border from Billings, MT. (Green Meat is the stuff didn't sell in the store or got too warm or was rejected for some other reason---- usually it was green/purple and smelly).

I parked at an old 2 storey roadhouse type motel outside of Lordsburg, NM and got a room for the night. My truck was a 1966 RL700 Mack with a Maxidyne and a triplex and no sleeper. It had been cobbled together from parts and was held together with balin' wire and bubble gum.
I got a room on the first floor of the place and unfortunately, the 'lady' in the room above me made her living making the bedsprings squeak and the bed frame bang on the floor.
This went on for half the night and continued until about a half hour before I got up to leave at 04:00.
Being that these rooms were on the end of the building, my truck was parked at the edge of the parking lot next to my room. It also pointed one of my stacks in the general direction of her window, which was open at the time.

When I got up to leave, I made certain that it took me a LONNNNNNG time to get the truck warmed up and ready to go.
And of course, I had to also goose it a few times before I pulled out.

Now maybe you, dear reader, aren't familiar with the Maxidyne engine, but when it was cold, it would blow a cloud of smoke so thick, you woulda thunk there was a major fire coming from an oil refinery!

I'll bet that if I didn't kill her with the smoke, at least I made sure there were no 'skeeters in her room for at least a week!
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« Reply #25 on: May 09, 2007, 06:52:08 PM »

I wish I could take all my "business trips" by my own bus instead of by plane, but my employer (aka government) believes that one day travel in each direction is more than enough.  Well, back in early March, I got an unexpected vacation in Dallas for three days, because it snowed on the east coast and all the airlines cancelled flights!  I was watching the news showing DC and there was no snow to be seen, yet all the flights to there had been canx.-- GO FIGURE!!

I like it so much better when I ride on the big "green" airplanes and my transportation takes me out on the ramp right to the door, and I get a direct (but usually very noisy) flight home.

Now if I can just figure out how to get my bus on the manifest.....!?!

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« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2007, 06:33:41 AM »

With all these horror stories about motels I guess I've got to throw one of my own in, last fall my wife and I decided to invite another couple to spend a night at a casino so I booked a room for the 4 of us and off we went.  We arrived there without incident in the car and because the room wasn't ready yet we figured we'd get some supper, I was in the mood for biscuits and gravy so thats what I ordered, when it came the biscuits were so durable I couldn't cut them, I called the waiter over and handed him the fork, he bent the tines trying to cut one of them in half, he took them back to get them replaced, he never returned off we went to the room, the first thing that the other couple pointed out was that there were 4 of us and only 2 pillows, room had a king sized bed and a couch that folded out to make another bed, so off to the desk I went, down 2 flights of stairs to get 2 more pillows, the desk clerk said the extra pillows were in the dresser, I said ok and returned to the room where I found an empty dresser, off I went again and got the pillows.  We headed down stairs and gambled for a while ( did quite well at it too) then my wife said lets go up and fire up the hot tub, our room was the jaccuzi room so I said great and off we went, we filled the hot tub and I pressed the button to start the jets, nothing, I pressed it again and still nothing, I called the desk and they said maintenance would be there shortly, he arrived about 15 minutes later and tore the jaccuzi apart and then said he can't fix it, so the desk told me they would give us another room, I went down the two flights of stairs and got the keys for the new room, they didn't work so off I went again to get different keys, these worked but by now it was 2AM and we were tired so it was time to get some sleep, the next morning we headed down stairs for breakfast to find the restaurant closed because of a sewer back up, can I say anymore about having your own mobile room?
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2007, 12:03:45 PM »

Good God Almighty Cody,

Where the heck were you? I hope I don't have to every go where you had your nightmare! Quite a good read, very informative to say the least. I think I would have asked for my money back after your ordeal. I hope you look back and smile, even just a little bit. Sounds like I LOVE LUCY was nearby.

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« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2007, 02:50:01 PM »

I prefer turbo lag to jet lag anytime.

I have an implant in my chest and really don't want the hassle with TSA to fly.

I hate all the walking and aggravation of airports and that was well before the TSA ...

Orlando, Miami, DFW, Charlotte, Ohare, Laguardia, McCarran, Tampa, Albequerky !;D! , Phoenix, St.Croix, JFK and Jacksonville.
For a while I felt like a resident of those places. Not any more....

If I have to fly I don't need to go... I take the Bus and leave the driving to ME !!!

My "In a rush" days are long gone...
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« Reply #29 on: May 10, 2007, 02:58:26 PM »

Paul, we did get our money back for that trip to the casino but only after an email to the complex manager.  He not only refunded our money but compted another stay for us,  to me it was more comical than anything else, I did feel like I was in an 'I love Lucy' segment, if it could go wrong it did, the only redeeming factor was that we did quite well with the slots, it sure made me appreciate our bus, thats for sure, my vote is for the bus over the motel lol.
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