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Old 11-28-2003, 06:57 PM   #1
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National School Bus Yellow

You should be aware that in some states, Iowa for example. It is illegal for a private bus to be painted "National School Bus Yellow." You should do research in your area on the law against the color of a private school bus.



In some areas it is sufficient to just paint the front and rear of the bus a different color than "National School Bus Yellow."
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Old 01-04-2004, 04:48 PM   #2
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Also, in case you didn't know, it is illegal to operate the white strobe on the top of your bus.



You must also disconnect the stop sign and top warning lights.
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Old 01-07-2004, 06:41 PM   #3
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seriously who would like to look like a skoolie when you transform your bus into an RV ?



already bought the beige paint for my roof ....

looking for ideas for the rest ...
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Old 01-08-2004, 07:51 AM   #4
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I'm leaning toward a Northern California Victorian Beach House look with our Bus... antique white/beige for our roof ...victorian Green for the body ...with muted purple & Gold accenting.



With the wooden panels & Cedar Lattice we have on the exterior ...this paint sceme should look pretty good.

Hope So anyway
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Old 04-18-2005, 11:36 PM   #5
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National School Bus Yellow

Steve,

So that is why none of the buses on the RAGBRAI are yellow. For those who don't know just what the RAGBRAI brings together in the way of skoolies, check out the gallary. Better yet, ride the RAGBRAI.

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Old 05-02-2005, 12:19 PM   #6
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I modified my rear warning lights into turn signals.
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Old 09-21-2005, 03:30 PM   #7
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How hard was this modification? I want to modify mine, but can't decide whether to turn them into brake lights or turn signals/flashers. I also want to convert all my exterior signal lights to LED lighting, although that may be a longer term project, rather than an immediate one. Did you just connect them to the existing wiring? Run new wiring? Did you have to fool around under the dash, or were you able to accomplish everything from the rear of the bus?

If I make them brake lights, I won't have to replace the rear red lenses with amber ones. The front red ones will have to be replaced with amber lenses in order to make them into turn signals, which seems to be the best way to handle them (since you can't have brake lights in the front). There is a bus graveyard a couple of hours from me on I-85 near Hotlanta, but with gas prices as high as they are now, I'm waiting until I need several items before I go tacking on a $25.00 round trip gas expense for the Jeep...
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Old 09-21-2005, 06:49 PM   #8
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You might want to check into whether or not it's legal to leave the lights on. In some states (such as Wisconsin) the eight light system has to be removed. I wanted to convert them into brake lights and running lights in the rear, but they said I would be red-tagged if I came into Wisconsin that way. I am from Minnesota, but I haven't checked into it here yet. I wanted to haul my stock car through Wisconsin with it, but I have to take them off or black them out if I want to do that.
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Old 09-21-2005, 08:15 PM   #9
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MN law http://www.revisor.leg.state.mn.us/stats/169/448.html

You might be able to get away with the 8 lamps being deactivated but MN also has a law that if the light is there it must work.
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Old 09-22-2005, 09:00 AM   #10
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If the light is disconnected and does not work, It seems unlikely to me that an officer would give you a hard time about it.

in my extreme lazyness, i never got around to putting the marker light lenses back on my bus. There is blue masking tape over top of the bulbs, which makes them give off a little blue glow. Not to mention that none of the school bus flashers work. oh ya...i also don't have a seatbelt for the driver. I removed it when i was putting down the new floor, and somehow neglected to re-install it. Especially irresponsible is the fact that i just finished a 5,000 + mile road trip with the bus in this shape. And I also crossed into and back out of Canada. I need to re-install the seatbelt!

my point is that you can get away with having a lot of things not really up to spec without any real problems, so having some miniscule little thing wrong ie: having a flasher that is disconnected and does nothing, really isn't much of a concern.

Just my $.02
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