Re: Ward Patriot Questions
Four wheel drive is not a complicated magical thing - a company will charge high dollar to do it for you, but anyone at all able to convert a bus to an rv is capable of doing most of the work to put a 4wd drive train under it. All it is, is a driven front axle with driveshaft, that mates to a transfer gear box, that attaches behind the transmission - finding the parts is not difficult, even for a large vehicle like a school bus. There is a ton of room under all buses so fitment would not be difficult either. Using used parts, that you would search the internet for, you could put a driven front axle under a bus for about $8,000 max. Get a good deal somewhere and it could be a lot less. I have converted a couple of vehicles to 4wd, and a motorcycle to 2wd in the past so am very used to the idea of self converting. For a bus, I would probably look at a scrapped utility truck, or railways truck - they are the high side of medium duty and will mate with the existing equipment well - it is not hard to change or have changed, the ratio in the axle to match that in the rear axle.