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Old 09-02-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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Department of Corrections Bus

Hi all,
My wife and I have recently decided to become part of the skoolie community! We have been toying with the idea of buying a bus for a year or so now, and finally took the plunge. We have been reading and researching on the web and you guys have played a big part in our decision making process. So, thanks to all of you!

So about our bus. We decided to buy the bus you see below. It is a former Alabama Department of Corrections bus. Our friends have really gotten a kick out of that. It is a Ford B-700 with a Wayne body, and has the Ford/New Holland 7.8 diesel with the water jacketed after cooler. It really seems to have enough power for us. The cool thing about it is that it's super tall inside, or a lot taller than the buses that I have been in. I think it's around 6'6" in the center. It has 153k miles on it, so we are hoping it has plenty of life left! They tires are all in pretty good shape and were manufactured in '05 or newer. We paid $2k for it, which I don't think is a bad deal. What do you guys think?



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Old 09-02-2014, 09:59 PM   #2
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Re: Department of Corrections Bus

More pix!! It looks nice from what I can see.

It runs and you paid $2k AND its a diesel, cant get any better than that! Welcome to the club. ;)
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:01 PM   #3
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Re: Department of Corrections Bus

Welcome, and have fun building the conversion!!! Nice bus
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Old 09-02-2014, 10:42 PM   #4
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Welcome.. not bad at all! Beware of rust hiding in hard to reach places lol.. don't mind me.. I've had quite a rusty weekend =)
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:09 AM   #5
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Simply Outstanding guys! --- quite the deal. Best of luck with the buildout and keep the pix coming.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:14 AM   #6
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Re: Department of Corrections Bus

Thanks! It looks fairly rust free so far, but I haven't pulled up the floor yet. We haven't got to do much to it at all, but here are some more pics.

Here's one of the ceiling:


It was pretty nasty inside, so we've been cleaning it out:


My wife removed almost all of the decals by herself:
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:18 AM   #7
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I also finished removing the heaters:


The rest of the work that I've done has been maintenance. (Cleaning up battery post corrosion, replacing blown running lights, etc.). I'm going to try to get most of that taken care of before I start with the big stuff.
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Old 09-03-2014, 07:17 AM   #8
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Re: Department of Corrections Bus

welcome, and good luck on the build

is this for a weekend Glamping machine or a full time living project?
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:11 PM   #9
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is this for a weekend Glamping machine or a full time living project?
Possibly both. We mainly want it to be for weekends and our occasional trips around the area to go whitewater kayaking. However, we are getting ready to list our house for sale and we're toying with the idea of moving into it for a while as we shop for a new place. We've even thought of buying some land and living in the bus there, then eventually building a house like we like on that land. So basically, we don't know what we are doing for sure, except for setting up the bus how we like it.
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is this for a weekend Glamping machine or a full time living project?
Possibly both. We mainly want it to be for weekends and our occasional trips around the area to go whitewater kayaking. However, we are getting ready to list our house for sale and we're toying with the idea of moving into it for a while as we shop for a new place. We've even thought of buying some land and living in the bus there, then eventually building a house like we like on that land. So basically, we don't know what we are doing for sure, except for setting up the bus how we like it.

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