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GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) DANatVAIL 7-8-04  
A couple of weeks ago, I made a deal on a 40' long 1983 GMC RTS. (I also own a 1981 Champion TRANSVAN which I have, on occasion, parellel parked in downtown Denver (cool rig, but too small) and a classic 1967 Airstream Overlander, 27', which is nice, but way too light, and is a hassle to need a tow vehicle.

The RTS I now have is so much fun, and my efforts to convert it into an RV can only be described as an effort of pure joy. I cannot get enough of it. (This is my very first conversion).

As luck would have it, the bus yard where I am working on it is a half mile from the biggest flea market in Colorado, so, for the past two weekends I have been on a mission to find various items for the conversion. I was lucky enough to procure the RTS from a seasoned bus mechanic who leases buses, so it the mechanical condition of the bus is excellent.

I would like to create bridges of communication between other RTS owners and myself. What a cool bus.

As far as the conversion goes...For design ideas, I have researched big buck RVs and have been rather dissapointed. I feel like I am like looking at something of a cross between a doublewide trailer house, and Las Vegas. (I guess the look is ok, if you are into everything ivory, aqua and beige, trimmed with an acre or two of mirrors in various shapes and sizes, plastered everywhere you can fine a place for them, and lots of rows of little twinky looking lights. It really gets good when they can put a few dozen or so of the twinky lights in front of a mirror and then install a plexi translucent mirror in front and reflect those little suckers off into infinity! If only Elvis could have lived to see it! Pure Kitch. (My apologies and pity to those of you who may have just spent a half a billion clams or so on a new Winnebego.)

The look I want for my conversion, is something quite different. I have been looking at the interiors of private jets. Elegant understatement. Clean design. Comfort and taste even in a small space. Other inspiration has come from looking at multi-gazillion dollar yachts, and even private railcars that have been converted. Check them out when you need inspiration for your conversion efforts.

Back to my RTS. I am sad to say that my windows look like crap. That bullet-proof (it really is!) polycarbonate plastic has not aged like a fine wine. It is full of little cracks, (called "crazing" I am told) and the outside finish is not even close to being shiny. (Can any of you give me some advise on how to make it shiny until I can locate and install real glass windows?)

Also, some of my windows are the fixed type, with one big piece of framed plastic, and some are the type that are split in half and will slide open (in theory at least). Some will slide open with considerable effort, and some cannot be moved. Any ideas on how to get them all to slide open easily? I am addicted to fresh air.

Do any of you have any experience in taking the entire window assembly out? I need to switch a few around, for a better window arrangement. Any input on this would greatly appreciated.

I sincerely hope the rest of you have found or will find the same brand of fun I am having in dealing with this sweet bus. I love it, my dog loves it, and life is good.

By the way, I need a girlfriend. (My last sweetheart was kinda hot, but sometimes got up in the morning and would drink a pint of vodka, and then she would throw heavy things at my head. (Things like full quart jars of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing.) I need a new girlfriend. I am hoping to find a nice millionaire nymphomaniac. (I may have to lower my standards a little bit, and settle.) ha! By the way, my RTS has lots of room, but I am not into fat girls! Also, I ski a lot. I want a woman who likes to play in the snow. This RTS would look really good parked at the base of a chairlift.
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) Mark Barrett 8-7-04  
I'm converting a 1986 40'er RTS myself. Been working on it about a year so far. On your windows, you can replace the lexan windows with DOT saftey glass, however, it is about as half as thick as the existing windows that came with your bus. They sell a filler seal that takes up the extra room left when you put in the saftey glass. I have not done this to my bus as of yet but I will soon. I think the supplier is Curved Glass Specialties, Co. I'll have to see if I can get the Number if your interested. The window assembly is removed by sliding the window off the rubber hinge. The easier way would be to remove the driprail with the window attached in sections as wide as each window and then separate the window from the driprail with the assembly on the ground.

Have fun.
Mark
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) TVP 7-20-04  
Check out the RTS group on yahoo.com... lots of info and detail specific to the RTS...

TVP
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) Roger Walling 7-10-04  
Congratulations on your new purchase. I agree with you about the gaudy lights and mirrors. I applaud your spirit on working for the fun of it. As for thr windows. clean the track out with a brush or compressed air, then spray with a little WD 40.
You can bring back the shine on the windows with a very fine polishing compound and a buffer.(start with a real bad window that you can practice on in case your choice of compound is bad) Finish up with "Novus" polishing compound avail be at glass shops made for plexiglass. The crazing will probably not come out. The Lexan windows can be replaced with auto safety glass. As for the fresh air, look to see if the windows are hinged on the top and have emergency handles to open them. You then have all the air you can use while you are stopped.
As for the girl friend, remember, anything that has tits or wheels will give you trouble.
Cabinet Closures (Yacht type) DANatVAIL 3-5-05  
Hi everyone! Just wondering if any of you have a bit of info on where to procure some specific cabinet hardware. Recently I attended a boat show, and saw some really neat cabinet closures on yachts there. Every one of these bosts had the same type of closure. Appx 1.25" total diameter. Button in center the size of a nickel. When button is pressed in, it is flush with cabinet door. When stopped, you press on it and it pops out maybe 3/4" allowing it to be a pull to open cabinet. Anyone know where I could order these?
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) DANatVAIL 7-14-04  
I appreciate the good info you took the time to write about. Thank you for sharing your ideas and experience with me.
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) Randy Vaughn 8-17-04  
QUESTION/1975 GMC Transit Bus/40 Ft./As Storage Container/What Worth???????????????????? Randy Vaughn 8-17-04
Hello,

What is a 1975 GMC 40 Ft. Transit Bus Worth? The body inside and out are a bit rough, but not too bad; the diesel engine runs but can't get it into gear. Needs batteries etc.

I just need it initially as a "Storage Container", but may fix it up a little down the road.

He wants $300 without the engine, and $500 with the engine.

Please somebody give me some council on this. Is this a fair price?

PLEASE ADVISE,

Randy Vaughn
Ramona, California
Wood-burning stove applicable for primary heay in a RTS?? DANatVAIL 11-10-04  
Just wondering...Do any of you have any experience installing a wood burning stove in an RTS? I am going to do this with an airtight stove I recently bought. The location for this stove will be center in the coach, and just in front of the rear door. My main concern is regarding the installation of the chimney thru the roof. I bought the insulating pipe...twin wall metal with insulation between. Can I simply cut a hole in the ceiling and roof skin and place the outer wall of the chimney usit directly against it, or do I need to allow for even more insulation? (note: becaust the stove I bought is made to heat perhaps 4000 square feet in a home, this stove will never really be operating anywhere near its full intended efficiency.)
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) Allen 9-21-04  
DAn I have done a few conversations of the trs and have 17 more in stock have removed everything from this type of bus. Check out my web sites and see if I can help or we can help each other. WWW.PartyBusUSA.com, and www.GMCRTS.com
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) DANatVAIL 11-10-04  
Regards to GMC RTS values...First I really thank all of you for your insights and info to my post here...
I bought my coach for under $3000.00.
(This price is appx what I see some get on eBay.) I considered this because of purchacing locally from a fleet owner who knew this coach and it's unique particulars.
I have heard of these coaches for salr for around $1000.00 at auction, but you take a risk getting one of those "bargains". To get a bus worked on can cost $75 per hour, so find out all you can before getting one, would be my advice.
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) John Eibl 11-3-04  
Help! Looking for an RTS to purchase for coach conversion...any out there at a reasonable price that run without too
much mechanical problems? Let me know,
thanks
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) Duane 10-17-04  
Regarding your windows, Mequiar's has a plastic cleaner and also a polish. They are called Mirror Glaze. They can be purchased in some of the department stores. I use this on my homebuilt plane windows and it works great. Good luck.
Re: GMC - RTS (40 feet of pure fun!) MICHAEL ZIKRY 1-11-05  
I HAVE A 1978 RTS BUS WHICH I AM IN THE PROCESS OF CONVERTING INTO AN RV. UP TO A LITTLE WHILE A GO I WAS ABLE TO TURN ON THE ENGINE FROM A SWITCH IN THE FRONT OF THE BUS BY THE DRIVER'S WHEEL. FOR A REASON WHICH I DON'T UNDERSTAND, I CAN ONLY TURN ON THE ENGINE FROM THE REAR OF THE BUS NOW. DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW I CAN SWITCH IT BACK TO THE FRONT THE BUS?
PLEASE ADVISE. THANK TOU.

MICHAEL ZIKRY
MZUSA@HOTMAIL.COM
Re: Wood-burning stove applicable for primary heay in a RTS?? Ernie 2-24-10  
Triple wall through the roof, use a kit from TSC. put mine through a vent opening.
http://www.tractorsupply.com/home-improvement/heating/heating-pipes-ducts/chimney-pipes/duraplus-reg-basic-through-the-roof-pipe-kit-3194002

and double wall interior pipe. fasten the stove securley to the floor and screw the pipe sections for a solid build. high temp silicon the joints as well. mine is for 1200 sq ft, with a glass door. i mounted mine off set so as to allow the motorcycle or golf cart space.
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