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Old 03-01-2015, 12:40 AM   #1
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RV conversion platform? 1980 GMC mobile office.

So I ran across this GMC bus with a Detroit Diesel and would love to hear the group's thoughts. It's a mobile office for a police force, with a lot of what you want for an RV conversion: working diesel Onan genny, rooftop ACs, covered up windows, awning, toilet/sink, and some usable interior constructions (desks, dinette, couches). I keep thinking something like this (or a bookmobile) would be a great conversion platform. Seems like I've heard some negative on this platform, though, so curious to hear from more experienced hands. Keep on trucking!

Public Surplus: Auction #1298365
Lurking without a bus for now.
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:22 AM   #2
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Year: 1988
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you could stealth park anywhere. just tell em youre on a stakeout!
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Old 03-01-2015, 06:27 AM   #3
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Yeah I saw that one too.
I'd never be able to get it down the long dirt and gravel driveway. Not enough ground clearance.
The generator is probably worth what it's currently up to though.
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Old 03-01-2015, 10:04 AM   #4
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Since it is built into a transit body, it may have a high numeric axle ratio for city driving, and work hard at interstate speeds. But on the other hand, since the bus is all custom, they may have specified a more appropriate axle ratio when it was ordered.

If I were going to bid, I would first email the contact and ask what the cruising speed is.
Someone said "Making good decisions comes from experience, experience comes from bad decisions." I say there are three kinds of people: those who learn from their mistakes, those who learn from the mistakes of others, and those who never learn.
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