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Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Andrew » Thu Aug 12, 2010 2:17 pm

This is the place to discuss, ask questions and otherwise post information, anecdotes and tips for turning buses into motorhomes.

A steady increase in the number of visitors to the site asking questions about the conversion process and questions about bus bodies, maintenance and so on has lead to some members asking us to establish this section.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Carpenter » Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:57 am

Hi Andrew,
Not sure if you are the person I go too with this but how long does it take to get PM status. I have a few sent to me but am unable to reply as yet.

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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Fleet Lists » Fri Dec 17, 2010 7:36 am

You should now have it.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Carpenter » Fri Dec 17, 2010 8:58 pm

Thanks Andrew all good

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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Carpenter » Sat Dec 18, 2010 7:42 pm

Andrew,
I have done replies to PM But they are just sitting idol in the outbox. Is there something else I need to do. One has been in then outbox for hours.

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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Carpenter » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:03 pm

Carpenter wrote:Andrew,
I have done replies to PM But they are just sitting idol in the outbox. Is there something else I need to do. One has been in then outbox for hours.

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I think I have worked out that the message will stay in my inbox until the PM recipient logs into the forum??
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby boronia » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:18 pm

Actually, I think until the recipient actually opens it.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Carpenter » Sun Dec 19, 2010 2:43 pm

Thanks Boronia,
At least I'm on the right track now.

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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby burg » Fri Jan 18, 2013 5:06 am

Does any one have a copy of workshop manuals for a Man SL 200 Omnibus 1982 chassis number 780002600026 engine number 32940301284111
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby outbackellis » Mon Apr 22, 2013 2:02 pm

I am an owner of an AEC Swift, 1981, am looking for anyone who has knowlegde of them and info on various questions. It has been converted to a motorhome, we love the bus, have some mechanical questions about it. So, if that is YOU....please answer threw the forum. Cheers, O.E.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Guy_Arab » Fri Aug 30, 2013 1:15 pm

burg wrote:Does any one have a copy of workshop manuals for a Man SL 200 Omnibus 1982 chassis number 780002600026 engine number 32940301284111

Do You Still require manuals I can supply on Disk Electricial Manual - Brake manual - Servicing Manual and any other data you require
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby timhud » Thu Sep 12, 2013 10:27 pm

hi guy i just joined this site today and have a man sl200 you seem to have a lot of information on them can you help me with basic operating manuals or electrical info TIM. email tjhud@hotmail.com.au ps is guy arab a bus ? i've never herd of them
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby larry kehoe » Sun Nov 02, 2014 10:38 am

hi guys, just joined, not sure if this an immediate ban but i`m from ireland (and unlike the rest of ireland i`m one of the four left here hahahaha), got myself a british leyland "swift" midi bus, plan is to transform her into the family motorhome, my dad builds them from panel vans, mostly transits and the odd iveco as a hobby since he retired so i`ve taken the plunge and deceided to build one myself..

struggleing to find a forum or indeed any information from proper bus mechanics so you lot will be invaluable, few pics to follow when i find my feet on the boards, thanks in advance, Larry...
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Brisbane Atlantean » Tue Oct 27, 2015 10:56 am

Hello Andrew,
I am new to the site having just bought a 1969 Leyland Atlantean Double Decker with the intention of converting it.
While the relocation has not gone to plan with some motor trouble driving it home following the loss of the water pump fan belt, I was wondering if any of the readers have converted a Leyland Atlantean double decker and if so whether they had any tips or words of advice on issues to be aware of and problems to avoid.
Any information or referrals would be appreciated.
I was also wondering if anyone could recommend a mechanic for this type of vehicle in Brisbane. My usual guys do not have the facilities to work on this size of vehicle as the engine weighs 1500plus kgs.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby rustbucket » Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:58 am

I can recommend CPF Detroit Specialists in Salisbury, they work on a huge variety of stuff, prices are reasonable and staff are knowledgeable.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby anniecliff » Thu Sep 22, 2016 10:49 pm

NEW ROSA BUS 2007:

INTERIOR HAS BEEN COMPLETELY DISMANTLED: ( now a mobile home )

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE NEW MINT CONDITION

FOR SALE:
22 High back fabric seats with 3-point lap sash seatbelts.
CEILING LIGHTS
CEILING LINER
3 HEATERS
INTERCOM SYSTEM
Rear air-conditioning system with integrated roof vents located throughout cabin.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby LifeOffGrid » Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:52 pm

Hi all, I'm Sarah and I recently bought a 1968 Bedford Bus to convert into my tiny off grid home.

I'm really keen to get some advice on removing the rivets in the ceiling panels. I'm thinking to drill them out and then use a chisel to take the front off?

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby bagmaker » Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:32 am

Hi Sarah!
They will usually be 3/16" or 1/8" and you can buy little double ended drills for those sizes. Get a couple!
Drill each rivet until
-the head comes off. Keep a pair of pliers handy to remove the head from the drillbit. Easy with a decent cordless drill, put it in reverse to remove the head whilst gripping with the pliers.
-or the drill tip goes below the head -then get a slightly bigger drill and take the head off with that.
Its most important to keep the drill centre in the centre of the rivet body. There is often the remnant of a rivet shaft within the body which can hinder you, try to hammer it through gently with an old nail or other rivet shaft
Once they are out and the lining off you can either cut them with a chisel, knock them in to the cavity with a puch or drill them through.
I try to drill them with a larger drill until the metal around the rivet is slightly countersunk then knock them into the ceiling cavity. This gives a smooth finish.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby CCCC » Mon Jan 02, 2017 9:01 am

LifeOffGrid wrote:Hi all, I'm Sarah and I recently bought a 1968 Bedford Bus to convert into my tiny off grid home.

I'm really keen to get some advice on removing the rivets in the ceiling panels. I'm thinking to drill them out and then use a chisel to take the front off?

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year!

Thanks
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Sarah why do you need to take the ceiling down , these old girls with riveted ceilings were good and strong , little squeaking like modern busses.
Sounding like a big job to do , I would also assume the metal ceiling would go towards part of the structural integrity of the vehicle , certainly make it stronger.
Throw us up some pics to see what vehicle you have.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby rustbucket » Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:45 pm

I don't agree with your drill suggestion baggie, the drill end inside the drill can stuff up the internal chuck screw, seen it enough times now to only buy single ended ones, but by the packet, yes.
Hell of a job, you must be going to insulate the void ?
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby bagmaker » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:41 pm

rustbucket wrote:I don't agree with your drill suggestion baggie, the drill end inside the drill can stuff up the internal chuck screw, seen it enough times now to only buy single ended ones, but by the packet, yes.
Hell of a job, you must be going to insulate the void ?


Quite right. But it wont happen much with a decent chuck. Certainly used to happen to me in the old days.
Good tip there Sarah, buy a decent cordless drill with a GOOD chuck. Hand tighten type, not chuck key.
Get a spare battery, they dont need to be big batteries if you have a spare and swap as they flatten.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby Gregg » Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:55 pm

Hi everyone I'm new this this site but looking forward to being a part of it I have been lucky to buy the bus from red dog the movie it's a 1978 bedford blp and am hoping I can get lots of advice and if anyone has one a manual be great.
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Re: Welcome to bus to motorhome discussions

Postby mister_fonebone » Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:10 pm

Hi All

My name is Bruce and my wife and I have purchased an ex-Brisbane City Council (B10M Austral Mk3) to convert into our Mobile Home. Does anyone have any experience with removing the skylight/vents in these things?? I have removed the inner lower support (1000 srrews, mostly rusted). There seems to be no other support holding the top section in place, but no way will it budge. So apart from hitting it with the angle grinder, any ideas appreciated! Thanks

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