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Old 06-03-2016, 05:56 PM   #1
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I'm looking at a prison bus

A friend of mine in Boise doesn't think I'm crazy for looking for a bus to convert to a motor home. So he sent me pics of one sitting by the side of the road.

A question you can't answer: how in hell am I going to get out there to look at it?

A question you can answer: Does window count work the same in prison buses as it does in skoolies? Can I assume that it's basically a full size bus because it has 12 teensy weensie windows near the roof on each side, and one emergency exit (on each side)?

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Old 06-03-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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A question you can answer: Does window count work the same in prison buses as it does in skoolies? Can I assume that it's basically a full size bus because it has 12 teensy weensie windows near the roof on each side, and one emergency exit (on each side)?
I think so because the windows wouldn't be wider than the space between the bows/ribs. Some prison transports have regular height windows but also beefy bars covering them while others have those little high windows to provide light but obscure visibility and also presumably too narrow to crawl through.

I think the biggest challenge for a prison transport conversion is the addition well-secured hardware that will need to be removed, like cages and shackle mounts and window bars.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:08 PM   #3
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i bought a prison transport bus this winter.
the guy who sold it to me like it so much he bought it back.
One nice thing is the cage makes good security for belongings
Good luck!
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:14 PM   #4
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Just going to throw out some hippie bullshit here. Something to consider is that a prison bus will not have the same good energy a school bus has from transporting a bunch of little brats every day. Some food for your thoughts.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:21 PM   #5
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This is what I have so far:
1998 Thomas 8.3L Cummins Diesel
Allison Transmission Automatic
61K Miles, A/C, Heat, Air Ride, Backup Camera
Gutted and ready for an RV conversion. Lo miles. Plenty of life left. Runs and drives well. $8500 marked down to $7500.




a shot through the windshield



front left quarter

My first shot at posting pics; let's see how I do.
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Old 06-03-2016, 10:27 PM   #6
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Just going to throw out some hippie bullshit here. Something to consider is that a prison bus will not have the same good energy a school bus has from transporting a bunch of little brats every day. Some food for your thoughts.
You do have a point there, and I'm not going to discount hippie bullshit. I'll have to think about that, but it's not likely that I'll get to lay eyes on it and absorb some of its karma before I make the decision. Who knows, maybe the poor thing has been miserable most of its life and is ready to act like a dog whose former owner beat it and is glad to be out of there.

The b**ch of the situation is that I just spent the weekend out there with my bud, watching his kid graduate middle school and get baptized. Oh, the humanity!
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:31 PM   #7
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Actually looks like a nice bus. Has the big Cummins in it, is already "skinned" in that it has the smaller windows so doesn't look like a school bus, has low miles and is already gutted which puts you ahead of the curve for build time. Screw the karma thing, if you're worried about it have a priest, shaman, medium, whatever bless/cleanse the bus and roll on with the build. I like the thought that it's looking for a new home and good energy, like a rescue dog.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:44 PM   #8
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Just going to throw out some hippie bullshit here. Something to consider is that a prison bus will not have the same good energy a school bus has from transporting a bunch of little brats every day. Some food for your thoughts.
I tell you from experience that it was eerie how that bus was sooo not meant for me.
I wonvt share the detail but at one point the sense was so strong that i asked for a sign and got a profound sign within 10 minutes and said " ok i m sellin this."
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:56 PM   #9
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Buy it! It's even got the red/blue strobe lights so you can blow through traffic I do like how the top cap is smooth and doesn't have the warning light holes like a regular school bus. The walls look thick too, or was this just an optical delusion from the picture? It already resembles an rv more than a school bus, which may make it more accepted in some campgrounds, especially if you put a nice paint job on it. Only 60k miles on it.....that's great! Did you ask the guy why he's selling it?
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Haven't talked to the guy yet. I only heard about it at 6pm EDT, which is 7-1/2 hours ago right now. I thought I'd sleep on it a day first so I didn't sound like a babbling idiot when I got hold of him.
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