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School bus to camper
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Clipper    Posted 05-13-2004 at 04:52:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thinkin bout getting a school bus and converting it to a nice camper. Can anybody reccommend a specific bus? I'd prefer to have a diesel engine in it.

splummer    Posted 08-24-2008 at 05:03:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we have a 87 h.i. ,works for us .since diesels high ,we did not use it as much this summer diesels over 5 a gallon .if interested e mail me and i can send some pics. steve

Manitoba    Posted 05-13-2004 at 13:45:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Stick with a Corn Binder and a Thomas Body.
A 54 or 66 passenger is a nice size.
An automatic with a DT-466 engine will last you
a lifetime.

Seem....    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:39:53       [Reply]  [No Email] remember buses two parts: Chassis and body.
Suggest checking recent chassis engine combinations used for your ideal engine transmission combination. Byrd bus body's around a long time with good reputaion. Superior body's were tough.
So many combinations. Less engine noise driving a pusher, but most rember to keep all sensing divices and wireing up to snuff for malfunction alerts. Of course this would be so with any engine.
Front engine mount would leave rear areas open for easy rear access doors for stowing dirt-ugh-bag bikes, canoes, surplus tents, rocking horses or any other such high tech amusements.
Fern(Mi)'s Fernan

Ron,ar    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:37:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clipper, first check with your insurance company about this. Some won't insure one that has been changed. Also check for the cost of license and registration. Our state has very high costs on a school bus in private hands used as a camper. We regularly sell our used buses for 500 or less. Can't get any more for them. Remember most school districts are strapped for money and run them as long as possible, till there is nothing left.

DD    Posted 05-13-2004 at 07:00:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was gonna say that too Ron : ) The ones we send to Surplus for the auction this year are 90's and they go for about the same price here.

ron,ar    Posted 05-13-2004 at 07:37:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
good morning DD, I have had some sell for 500 with no engine or even no front cap. Then I have had some diesels sell for 350 that they drove home. Go figure. Here we have to offer our surplus to the public in a sealed bid auction. We can't send them to the state surplus redistribution center 'cause public schools are not really under state agencies because we are run by our local school board.

DD    Posted 05-13-2004 at 08:27:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I pinged Clipper a neat pic one of the parents sent me of one that had been built on the chassis of a Cadillac Escalade (least thats what it looks like to me) I dunno how to post it here. I surely woulda loved to have seen what the inside looked like : )

mud    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:26:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
i dont know. but-- i got a school bus seat in a blind. best naps i've ever had whilst huntin.

i'd go diesel. i.h. probably. short wheel base if i could find one. seen some nice ones done that way. not too hard to get those shorties into some nice spots along the river.

cant say i'd want to buy new tires for one.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:03:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I suggest a pusher (rear engine). You could install the MIL seat right over the engine. LOL

Clipper    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:06:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Too early in the morn fer a snappy comeback to that Fern....but I know where ya live! LOL!!!

Fern(Mi)    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:12:51       [Reply]  [No Email]

Got Bullet watching the house!

Clipper    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:24:08       [Reply]  [No Email]

Les    Posted 05-13-2004 at 04:56:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clipper, I have a website saved as a favorite on my computer at home which is all about converting a bus to a motor home. I'm not sure if that is quite what you're looking for but I'll post a link when I get home this afternoon if you'd like.

Clipper    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:02:09       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks...sounds like a plan to me.:^)

Les    Posted 05-13-2004 at 06:06:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I haven't done it by this evening, give me a little jolt to wake me up.

Clipper    Posted 05-13-2004 at 06:47:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Will do Les....I am only in the research stage of this project....thinkin it would do for a Winter project :^)

geo. h    Posted 05-13-2004 at 05:07:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hmmmmm a traveling barber, do make house calls? SORRY couldnt resest geo.h

How about    Posted 05-13-2004 at 08:53:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
this for a slogan: "Barbering by the roadside". "Have shears will cut.....a new trail to you".

And, picture this: Twin exhaust stack shields painted as barbershop poles.

What other possibilities can we come up with for Clippers big yellow rolling get away from MIL shop/home? ........gfp

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