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Old 06-20-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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The Cow Bus

We acquired this bus, and began the project back in mid April...

We just got back from a week long, 3 state, 800 mile trip with it, and it did GREAT! Part of that trip involved climbing Mt Rogers in VA (we went to Grayson Highlands State Park), and the bus made it all the way up and back down without a hitch.

It's a 1988 Chevy/Wayne. 366 V8, 5 speed, and hydraulic brakes. Besides the obvious paint scheme, we did the following:

*serviced it

*replaced the rear wheels/tires

*removed the seats

*painted the interior

*carpeted the inside (the metal floor was in great shape)

*built interior walls (along the sides)

*built two sets of bunkbeds

*wired it for a shoreline connection with lots of GFI outlets

*installed a 46 gallon gray water tank

*installed cabinets

*installed a water connection and a sink

*made and installed curtains

*skinned some of the windows with sheet metal

*added a futon

*reinstalled two bus seats facing rearwards, and one facing forward

*microwave, and TV with DVD player

In the rear storage area, there are lots of folding chairs, tables, camp stove, canopy tent, and other goodies that make camping happen.

It sleeps 6 (everyone has their own bed), and there is seating for 6 in the bus seats.

We camped in 3 different state parks over the past week, and the reaction from other campers was great. Lots of folks came over to tour The Cow Bus. We also got a positive reaction on the Hwy. Lots of smiles and thumbs up along the way.

Here's the bus:

and some more pics:

It took many, many hours of hard work to complete in such a short time (lots of nights up past midnight), but the total bill, including purchasing the bus is under $4,000.

As budget and time allow, we'd like to add a generator and an A/C, but for right now it suits us just fine.
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Old 06-20-2006, 06:39 PM   #2
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That is really awesome! Post some pics in the gallery section. I'd love to see the inside. You did a terrific job on the paint. Very cool idea.
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Old 06-21-2006, 12:42 AM   #3
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Very cool. I too would like to see pictures of the inside. You need one of those personalized license plates that says "MOO"
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Old 06-21-2006, 01:22 AM   #4
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I can't help but love the rugged and manly body lines of the Wayne coaches. Yours looks just about indentical to mine other than the Chevy chassis. I think I might even like the Chevy chassis better than the Ford mine is sitting on. Great paint job btw.
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Old 06-21-2006, 05:08 PM   #5
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Great looking bus! Very unique. I am on board with one who would love to see pictures of the interior. -Richard
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