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Old 02-03-2017, 10:20 PM   #1
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This would be an interesting conversion!

Its in the Denver Craigslist.
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Old 02-03-2017, 11:40 PM   #2
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This would be an interesting conversion!

Its in the Denver Craigslist.
That's the skoolie version of a mcmansion.

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Old 02-04-2017, 01:27 AM   #3
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Those buses have some special issues attached to them due to their length. In some jurisdictions you will need an over length permit once you are off a Federal highway.

They also have some really funky drive systems. Since I do not see any radiator grilles in the tractor section but do see some in the trailer section that might be a dual drive bus.

Dual drive buses used poles to attach to overhead wires to run as trackless trolleys in downtown urban settings. Once out of downtown on the road to the suburbs the poles would be retracted and the bus would then run under diesel power.

The problem for a convertor is the diesel drivetrain is in the trailer. When under diesel power the trailer actually pushes the tractor section.

Needless to say, having a trailer push the tractor can have some very interesting driving characteristics. Those characteristics become glaringly apparent when the roads get slick. Even when fully chained up on the trailer drive axle those buses are next to useless on ice and snow.

You also have the additional problem of what sort of power package might be hiding back there. One would hope it was something common and easy on which to work and find parts. Something like a Cummins L10 or M11 with an Allison transmission. But some had MAN diesel engines with ZF transmissions. You don't exactly go down to NAPA and find parts for a MAN or ZF.

The one real advantage is you do have 60' of coach to convert. That is a LOT of real estate on which to build.

I have never driven one but I understand they can be a real pistol to back up.

If the price was below scrap price I might take a flyer on it. But to my way of thinking it would be a major PITA every inch of the way.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:14 AM   #4
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Hopefully one day we'll get a member with an articulated bus, and we can hear all about it's conversion.
This would be so cool!
Living area, kitchen area, and sleeping area!
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:32 AM   #5
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:05 PM   #6
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I dare you.

No, I double dare you.

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Old 02-06-2017, 09:14 PM   #7
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I dare you.

No, I double dare you.

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I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU!!!

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Old 02-06-2017, 09:16 PM   #8
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I wouldn't touch it with a 39 1/2 ft pole.

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Old 02-06-2017, 09:24 PM   #9
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This would be an interesting conversion!

Its in the Denver Craigslist.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:25 PM   #10
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Whoa!!! The gauntlet has been thrown!

The last time I saw a triple-dog-dare my cousin was committed to pee'ing on an electric fence. (He hasnt been the same since, according to his wife...)
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