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« Reply #30 on: August 15, 2008, 07:39:36 AM »

iominaccess,

When I picked up my coach from New Jersey and drove it back to Cal, I hired a driver with a CDL to help me, and so I could learn from him.  While he was driving, I unbolted some of the seats.  I left some in, so in the case of an emergency stop, the bolted ones would catch the fliers.  Had no problems, did not get pulled over to check licenses, althnough we blew through all the weigh stations, and there were no panic stops.  When I got home, I was able to sell 46 of the 50 seats (I kept the other 4 for my dinette).
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« Reply #31 on: August 15, 2008, 08:38:41 AM »

dumb question....but if you havent been able to tell...im looking to bend the rules as much as possible.


so....if the seats arent removed, but unattached, and i just throw them all towards the back so that you can clearly see that the seats....well....theyre not technically "in".....how well would that fly?

Reckon how many seats will fit into the bays?   I'll agree with Charles that they would be a hazard when 'stored' behind you.  You may be able to just dump all but a couple of them at the sellers location?   Unless they are special, MC9 seats have almost no value.   May wish to save a few for your band members.  Lose the rest.   The seats will swap from side-to-side and face rearward for a dinette or such.   Form an idea of your desired floorplan so that you keep enough seats for your use.
Most of all, drive safely.  Don't get involved in anything and don't bump anyone.  And avoid weigh stations....you are not a  'commercial' operator, so you don't have to drive thru weigh stations.   As long as all signage is painted over, and you are insured with RV insurance, and the title work indicates private ownership, no problem.   
As long as you're not operating on commercial insurance, you are not likely to have issues no matter whether the seats are mounted or otherwise. 
If you get stopped, always infer that the coach is being converted into a motorhome.   Don't say it's going to be a 'band bus'...that's commercial.
This is my 'opinion'.  This is not legal advice.  Your results may vary!  Wink
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« Reply #32 on: August 15, 2008, 08:52:44 AM »

Thank you guys a ton for your help!  Good idea about the dinette!
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« Reply #33 on: August 15, 2008, 10:22:52 AM »

Thank you guys a ton for your help!  Good idea about the dinette!

Peach also remember I'm an hour and a half away, and if needed I could meet you there and drive it back to my shop. Also if ya need to I can "loose" as many seats as you need. (as Jr mentioned!) I also would be available to deliver it wherever needed. This is our "slow' time of year. Where with the exception of possibly packing up and heading toward hurricane relief zones, we are just about doing nothing!
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« Reply #34 on: August 15, 2008, 12:14:23 PM »

Peach,

When I purchased my bus, BK drove it back to his place and kept it for me till I was able to take it home.  And except for the fish in the air vent he took real good care of it. Smiley 

You have received a lot of good advice and offers for help, be smart and use it.

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« Reply #35 on: August 15, 2008, 02:00:11 PM »

Peach,

When I purchased my bus, BK drove it back to his place and kept it for me till I was able to take it home.  And except for the fish in the air vent he took real good care of it. Smiley 
You have received a lot of good advice and offers for help, be smart and use it.

Frank

Now Frank,
If ya gonna tell "fish stories" ya need to go on and tell the whole story! I told ya not to give Dallas permission to teach CAT how to drive in your bus! And I also warned you when she came off the road onto the driveway on the right side wheels only. Screaming "Whooohooo, try and catch me now BO, LUKE or even Roscoe P. Coltrane!" That she'd been watching too many "Dukes of Hazard" reruns, and I was "frankly" (sorry about the pun! LOL!) getting concerned. Then I tried to warn you that she kept walking down to the pond, and pacing off the length of the levee, then pacing the hill on the back side too! I warned YOU! REMEMBER!?? I told you there was something "awful fishy going on awound here!" Remember? Huh do ya? Yup but on the other hand you shoulda seen her hit that levee wide open flat out, with a bottle of propane opened and stuffed in the air filter! Wow even Uncle Jesse woulda been proud! And on top of that she made it almost all the way before it splashed down! Now Dallas and I worked as hard and fast as we could to pull it out ASAP. But "Ol' smokey" is only built for towing and pulling cars not buses! Ain't our fault it took us 4 days to get it out of the pond!
I'm surprised the fish that CAT missed in the air vent was the only one! And on top of that she did manage to get all the water moccasins out of it! Don't ask me how, 'cause I didn't take no part in the snake charmin'!

Now on the other hand when Malcom decided to turn his Firebird into a submarine, "Ol' smokey" pulled it right out! Matter of fact he was driving it 3 days later! And you can't even tell it was completely under water! (yer bus never got deep enough to cover the windows!)

OK folks there ya have it, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, uh or at least the rest of the story!

Grin  BK  Grin
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« Reply #36 on: August 15, 2008, 02:26:09 PM »

Wow, Bryce, that's the first time I ever saw you take a long story and make it short.  LOL

If you are gonna tell this story you need to insert all the facts.  Dallas did not teach me to drive. He felt it wouldn't work since we are married.  You were the one that he had show me the ropes.  You and your dad built the ramp for me to use to try to jump the pond out of lumber Cody gave you.  Then, you guys all added a bridge so that we could walk from the shore to the bus to get a better chance at getting those big fish in the middle of the pond.  You even used an entire gallon of pink paint that Cody offered to paint that bridge.  It was YOU that dared me to make that jump and YOU that took the video of me in mid air.  So, good buddy, you gotta admit your part in the "fishy" tale. Grin
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