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Author Topic: Where have all the busses gone??  (Read 3156 times)
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« on: April 11, 2008, 09:15:09 AM »

I was infected with the bus nut fever back in 1958 when the scout troop I belonged to chartered a greyhound for a week for a trip. The driver spent some time with me showing off the inside workings of the bus and that was all it took. Over the years I would see converted buses going down the road. When I was finally able to get one the fever overcame me again. Thru several units - 4903, 2 RTS, transit to Eagle 01 (still use) to 2 EL3 MCI's ( working on) is continued. Last week I drove the eagle home from its winter home in Florida to South Dakota. I DID NOT see one single converted bus on the road!!! I did see a couple of run down units sitting in yards along the way but all looked like they had been setting for a LONG time. SO -- where are the bus nuts??? Is there any cure for this??
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2008, 10:58:44 AM »

We're all too busy working..... so we can afford fuel. Tongue
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2008, 11:12:10 AM »

Were out there!

You were just going the wrong way.....

Just got back from six days in the Florida Keys.....Life is good.....

Only saw 1 bus in my travels though.  Roll Eyes

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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2008, 11:15:47 AM »

I want to say its the fuel, but there has to be more.  I notice that many of the folks who collected and showed off antique buses are no longer in the hobby and they were dropping out before the astronomical fuel prices we are seeing now.
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2008, 11:19:00 AM »

It is still nice weather here in Arizona so nobody is leaving but wait till July
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« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2008, 01:22:03 PM »

We also used to see more conversions than we do now but we drive ours whenever we can wherever we can

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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2008, 01:26:59 PM »

Kyle4501 is buying them all! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2008, 05:39:27 PM »

Kyle4501 is buying them all! Roll Eyes

Tenor,

I have a cold one for that comment.... Grin

Kyle and Jack Hart Jr should be bye the Ponderosa sometime tomorrow with his NEW Scenic, a few steaks (Home Grown) on the barbie and a visit from NCBob and all should be well in the bus world.

Ya just gotta love that Kyle........

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« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2008, 05:43:15 PM »

This is my excuse....

happy coaching!
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« Reply #9 on: April 11, 2008, 05:47:38 PM »

BW,

I guess you won't have any sympathy on me, that it rained on me one day while I was in the Keys???


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« Reply #10 on: April 11, 2008, 06:40:46 PM »

I'm here!  I'm here!  You're not alone in your craziness.  To contribute my 2 centavos worth...(he only reason I used the spanish term is that I can't find the cent mark);  I just bought an MC9.  The only person crazier than the guy trying to sell a bus now is the one trying to  buy one!  I vacilate between loving it and hating it, or at least, wondering what I must have been thinking! He! He! (Refer to the remarks below the signature...

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« Reply #11 on: April 11, 2008, 07:00:17 PM »

Every time I read this title, I keep hearing "Looong time passing" and it is so fitting!  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: April 11, 2008, 07:08:28 PM »

Were all waiting for our aternative fuel that fit our pocket books.
COME ONNNNN HYDROGEN/OXYGEN       COME ONNNNN HYDROGEN/OXYGEN       COME ONNNNN HYDROGEN/OXYGEN
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« Reply #13 on: April 11, 2008, 07:14:04 PM »

I saw dozens of buses today as I was driving back to Augusta.  Although most were the big boys coaches headed in and out of town for the Masters. 
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« Reply #14 on: April 11, 2008, 07:45:18 PM »

they are all here in Phoenix for NASCAR  at PIR
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« Reply #15 on: April 12, 2008, 06:16:07 AM »

I toured all of the infield camp grounds at daytona this year and only saw 4 home style conversions -- didn't count the factory Preverts! Only 2 eagles there.
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1963 Eagle 01 with Detroit 60 series done (Gone-sold!)
MCI EL3 in progress. raised roof & Slides
2009 Revolution 42 Sticks and staple
Summer - Yankton, South Dakota
Winter- Port St Lucie, Florida
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« Reply #16 on: April 12, 2008, 06:41:04 AM »

busguy01, have you priced the camping at Nascar events the motor home vista not the infield at PIR is $3000.00 plus the addmission 
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« Reply #17 on: April 12, 2008, 01:18:53 PM »

Yep, sure have as I go to as many as 8 or 9 a year. The infield is MUCH cheaper than the "Vista" parking!
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1963 Eagle 01 with Detroit 60 series done (Gone-sold!)
MCI EL3 in progress. raised roof & Slides
2009 Revolution 42 Sticks and staple
Summer - Yankton, South Dakota
Winter- Port St Lucie, Florida
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« Reply #18 on: April 12, 2008, 01:28:52 PM »

 I thought the infield would cost more but then I don't go to NASCAR races went to one at Las Vegas and that was enough for me same goes for a FMCA rally
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« Reply #19 on: April 13, 2008, 07:29:25 AM »

Two Stroke,

Are you at PIR?  We were there last year.  What 4000 RV's......Huh?  This that wild or what.


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« Reply #20 on: April 13, 2008, 09:13:28 AM »

The whole run from tampa to union city, we only saw a few buses, nothing like we saw on the way south last fall, with fuel so high, maybe people need to get their prioities in line with reality, do we really need 3 meals a day? Think about it, we're a nation of big people, just cutting down on the luxury items like food would really free up some fuel money.
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« Reply #21 on: April 13, 2008, 02:45:26 PM »

I can second that comment.  During our recent trip from Tampa to Hermosillo, Mexico, there were only 3 conversions seen, an MC7, 9 and one Eagle.  And that was in 6K miles of driving.
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« Reply #22 on: April 13, 2008, 02:59:44 PM »

I was talking to fulltimers in buses today at a RV park and ask why they were so late leaving AZ and most told me they are going to wait till it gets hot and were not planning on going to mountains in Utah or other states but traveling to Flagstaff about 250 miles not a 1000 mile trip so maybe others are thinking on the same lines
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« Reply #23 on: April 13, 2008, 04:15:42 PM »

hello from tyler tx
saw an eagle yesterday . at a motel ?  a prevost going toward dallas. and mine
still sitting waiting for the fuel to drop.  409.9 today in tyler tx.
my trips are getting shorter. i found that there places i haven't seem in a 50 mile radius. of my home.  think shorter trips. j.t.
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« Reply #24 on: April 13, 2008, 08:42:29 PM »

We are waiting till around the first of may before we leave Yuma and head north to the Seattle area.   Several reasons for this. 1. the weather is still nice, although tomorrow it is supposed to hit 100. 2.  A lot of people have alreay left so the stores and roads are not crowded which makes it a lot nicer here. 3 They have had a wet winter and spring so far in the NW. and my job running heavy equipment may not start up until some time in June. 4. i still have a project or two to finish on the bus and am waiting on money to be able to finish up. Smiley
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« Reply #25 on: April 13, 2008, 08:53:40 PM »

As I am in Vancouver WA and driving I-5 back and forth to Salem OR to visit my folks I have only seen two Prevosts heading south and two heading north.

The weather was great here this weekend but it's supposed to get colder and wetter...........again................268" snow base on Mt. Hood this time of year is unheard of! Then it's going to melt.

Stay south as long as you can. Wink

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« Reply #26 on: April 13, 2008, 09:03:17 PM »

the 101 degree forecast for Monday and Tuesday here in AZ will get them moving
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« Reply #27 on: April 14, 2008, 01:59:15 PM »

Come to Memphis and you will eventually see my bus running around.
I am driving it at least 4 times a week to go to and from gigs. I travel I-40, I-240, I-55, RT 64, and 385 as main roads, and the surface streets in downtaown Memphis, Collierville and Oakland.


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