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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/17 09:28:50 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby TravelingPan 2017/10/17 14:52:30
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Yeah I've already picked out a good spot for the stripper pole too ;)




Was tryin not to go there!
 
My wife has a store, at 1st location, there was a support pole right in the middle of the showroom floor.
Painted silver.
Kind of the ongoing joke.
Used to tell people, if they wanted 10 % off they had to give us a show.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/18 22:01:43 (permalink)
So I've been to the mall twice this week, two more times than the last 20 years combined. Long story short, two daughters, two date nights/shopping trips...
Anyways, tonight's trip involved eating in the food court. Walking through for a first look over, she sees food and I'm looking at the space, equipment, setup, etc... She chose and as we waited I'm looking things over very closely. The fellow at the flat top seemed to be in charge so I asked if this was his place, etc... turns out they pay $10k a month for a space smaller than my truck. I know malls still draw a lot of people but they're dying very very fast, nearly every third front is boarded in this fairly exclusive part of town. Some quick math tells me about how many meals these places each have to serve just to stay open and it's no wonder they change as often as the calendar. I think I may have found a place to recruit used equipment ;)
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/19 21:58:35 (permalink)
10 k /mo barely gets you a kiosk in a mall around here.
That guy also has cost of goods, related supplies, utilities, staffing, possibly franchise fees.
Wouldn't be surprised if gross overhead is 20 k / month.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/19 22:07:44 (permalink)
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10 k /mo barely gets you a kiosk in a mall around here.
That guy also has cost of goods, related supplies, utilities, staffing, possibly franchise fees.
Wouldn't be surprised if gross overhead is 20 k / month.

That's about where my mental math took it... That's a lot of sandwiches to serve... If I could push those numbers through a truck I'll retire and give the whole thing to a beginner just for kicks after 18-24 months.
Back a few years ago 10k was chump change but malls are seriously struggling. They'll all be abandoned in 5-10 years.
 
 
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/19 22:42:34 (permalink)
Around here it seems many truck owners think of the truck as a stepping stone to a bricks n mortar place
No thanks
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/19 22:48:41 (permalink)
Up here they are reviving the malls
Filling the parking lots with stand alone stores and resturants
As the big anchor stores close down they revamp the space for smaller clients
Access from the outside instead of inside
Life is change
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/20 08:17:37 (permalink)
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Up here they are reviving the malls
Filling the parking lots with stand alone stores and resturants
As the big anchor stores close down they revamp the space for smaller clients
Access from the outside instead of inside
Life is change

They've been trying that for about 10-15 years here and are losing the battle. It's fine with me, I'd love to see them go. I would have loved to see them go before they ran all the mom and pops shops out of business in the 80s and 90s.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/20 09:32:56 (permalink)
And yet mom n pop shops continue to exist
They are just different kinds
Electricians
Drywallers
Food trucks
Bakery
Compiter consultant
Yoga studio
Print shop
On and on
Yes it all changes
Now it is much more diverse
And thanks to the web, competion isn't even local
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/22 11:41:18 (permalink)
So here's the nitty gritty...
It's a Chevy PS6500 chassis, tbi 427T, Allison 4 speed, has 4 large windows readily converted for service, 18' 6" X 7' 6" working space, 27' overall length, 10" 4" height, Hydraulic brakes, under 26,000lb, 4 new drive tires, good steer tires....
Everything works except the engine, parts should arrive Monday or Tuesday. It's about a 4-5hr job if I take my time and do some extra cleaning while I'm in there.
Paid:
$800
$320 towing
$114 parts
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I win.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/22 11:50:46 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby TravelingPan 2017/10/22 12:33:10
What is your mechanical background? any shop or fabrication skills?
 
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/22 12:38:55 (permalink)
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What is your mechanical background? any shop or fabrication skills?
 


GOOD question!
I can build or fabricate just about anything, all I need is an idea and materials... sometimes I improvise and manage without materials and sometimes without even an idea! lol
I owned and operated an automotive service shop for several years in the 90s so swapping parts is a no-brainer.
I could teach that MacGyver kid a few things. Drop me on a deserted island and go away!
j/k... you can hang out on the island too ;)
 
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/28 01:42:24 (permalink)
Well I've been out of town all week handling some family stuff but when I got home this afternoon all my parts were here to get this engine running. It seems that all I really needed was a timing chain set and gaskets but I decided as long as the water pump is off I may as well stick a new one on.... and pull the oil pan for inspection and as long as that's off I suppose a nice new high volume pump can't hurt. As inexpensive as the parts are for a common chevy big block there's no point at all in taking chances. I may as well service the transmission and take the grease gun under it for about an hour or two looking for fittings... Looks like my weekend is full.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/29 10:35:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby TravelingPan 2017/10/30 14:26:26
When do you plan on getting the truck done? Are you gonna knock it out and get'r done and start selling? It's about to get cold , do you have a garage to work in? Hurry up.
Karl
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/30 14:34:15 (permalink)
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When do you plan on getting the truck done? Are you gonna knock it out and get'r done and start selling? It's about to get cold , do you have a garage to work in? Hurry up.
Karl


I'm actually looking at about an 18 month project. I'll work on it a bit this winter but spring, summer, and fall are pretty much already scheduled... I'm renovating our home and repairing some major structural water/termite damage... then back to the truck. I really don't want to rush anything and wind up regretting quick decisions anyways. I'll handle any little exterior stuff during warmer months but I can warm it up inside with a small space heater. I also tarped it with enough overhang to tent if needed for working underneath. I actually just got home with a jug of distilled water and pulled this giant monstrosity of a battery into the garage for a quick once over and charge. I seem to have gotten very lucky with this bus. It's about twice the size I wanted but will still work out, or I can put it right back into service as a party bus tomorrow if the urge struck.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/30 20:21:38 (permalink)
That's a whole lotta battery!
Next to a standard truck battery this thing is huge!

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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/30 21:10:39 (permalink)
PARTY BUS!! Put a hitch on it and pull a trailer...
Make up your mind before you hack into it. Take it to tailgating events, make sure you paint it in neutral colors, OR you can paint it Red.
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/10/30 23:16:25 (permalink)
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PARTY BUS!! Put a hitch on it and pull a trailer...
Make up your mind before you hack into it. Take it to tailgating events, make sure you paint it in neutral colors, OR you can paint it Red.
Karl


Listen here comrade.... lol I don't know how you knobs do it down there in Floyd county but we're ancap up here in Martinsville, I'll paint it black and yellow.... lol j/k buddy.

 
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/11/11 17:54:06 (permalink)
My county board of health has decided they want to be sneaky to prevent themselves from developing a revenue stream (food trucks).
They won't license a restaurant/kitchen unless there is an employee toilet room with a hand sink in addition to the already required kitchen hand sink. Permits for temporary or mobile food service requires the use of a commissary kitchen (none for about 500 miles).
I'm putting a porta-jon on a trailer with a handsink and a sign explaining it. I'll show 'em.
 
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Re: Shuttle Bus Experience? 2017/11/15 06:02:07 (permalink)
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My county board of health has decided they want to be sneaky to prevent themselves from developing a revenue stream (food trucks).
They won't license a restaurant/kitchen unless there is an employee toilet room with a hand sink in addition to the already required kitchen hand sink. Permits for temporary or mobile food service requires the use of a commissary kitchen (none for about 500 miles).
I'm putting a porta-jon on a trailer with a handsink and a sign explaining it. I'll show 'em.

So these are very common among HD, Seattle requires a bathroom agreement with a brick and mortar business to be within 200ft of every stop you plan to make. The thought is that, should you REALLY have to go. Especially, during the time when you should be serving. That you have one available.
Although the idea of a tow behind porta-john is a good ones and would work for a little while. Once that unit is getting full I wouldn't want to be towing it around sloshing back and forth along the highway. Maybe consider a small Shed/trailer build up with a RV toilet and holding tanks. So that the sloshing is contained to the black water tank. Also out here in the wild west they require a Hot running water sink for the bathroom area in addition to a working hand sink in the truck.
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