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Old 01-02-2016, 05:13 PM   #21
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Year: 1993
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The school district I worked for was trying to sell a 42 passenger bus and they could not get any bids for it. I looked on the internet and found this site and thought I could make a camper out of that bus. I submitted a insanely low bid for the bus and got it. I was hooked and the rest is history (a lot of fun working on it and a lot of fun using it)
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Old 01-02-2016, 08:33 PM   #22
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Location: St Louis Metro
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Year: 1978
Coachwork: Wayne
Chassis: Lifeguard
Engine: 366 Chevy
I needed to start hauling my car to the races, didn't want to pay for hotel while there, wanted GF to be comfy watching me race, figured why not be different.

Sure, I coulda bought a $100-200K RV and a $40K enclosed trailer like some of my friends at the tracks, but I'm only going 4 maybe 5 times a year - that's a waste. Figured I can build out a skoolie for under $20K. Saw a skoolie hauler on Craigslist, and the adventure begins...
The more I do, the more I find needs done.
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Old 01-03-2016, 05:34 PM   #23
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because it was a lifelong dream to see if I was able. Turned out to be easier than I thought.
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Old 01-06-2016, 08:23 PM   #24
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Year: 1973
Coachwork: Gillig
Engine: DD 6V-71
It all started one day when I was out elk hunting, 250 miles from home, in the rain, and sleeping in the bed of my pickup. I wanted a shower........ BAD! But I didn't want to pay for a hotel for the night, or pack up all my gear to go to town. Plus, I figured some of my buddies might be willing to give up their secret spots if I could offer them a warm, dry place to sleep. I started my search the day I got home from that trip.

Now that the wife is onboard with the idea, I've determined it can't be the bare bones "tin tent" I had imagined. Turns out, when the wife doesn't have to live in a tent for a week or more at a time, she doesn't mind my gungho style of hunting from daylight until dark.
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Old 01-06-2016, 09:33 PM   #25
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We planned to do this upon my retirement, but as it turns out, it will happen sooner, travel, saving a ton of money as opposed to the house we have, which is going to be sold, and adventure, which we both dig.
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Old 01-06-2016, 10:59 PM   #26
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Year: 1991
Coachwork: Collins
Chassis: Ford E350
Engine: 7.3L diesel
Rated Cap: 18
I find that working on the bus is kind of a neat cross between having a project car (I have an MG Midget I work on) and a fixer upper house. Some mechanical, some metal, some woodworking, some wiring - a bit of everything.
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Old 01-07-2016, 12:17 PM   #27
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Originally Posted by perryT200 View Post
Going deep into the pages I have seen posts asking it people would do it again, and I have read several other comments on why people converted a bus; but no one ever seemed to ask what made them do it....

8 A new RV is a stupid waste of money, regardless of how much money i have.

9 A bus is safe because it was designed to carry children.

10 I am the creative type that likes the blank canvas after a demo to do as I like.

Of the items on your list, 8 and 9 are the best fits. Specifically, a bunch of things came together:
  • When I was twelve-ish years old, I first became enamoured with the idea of turning a school bus into a motor home. Since I liked both "hippie buses" and Winnebagos, rolling both into one vehicle seemed cool.
  • Being a Mopar enthusiast, I was delighted to discover big Dodge-based school buses.
  • Years later, my gf concluded that a bus conversion would be better than a factory motorhome for traveling with pets (which, while motoring, would stay in special enclosures for safety). She was the one who coined the name "Skunky Bus," inspired by the Vengabus in "We Like to Party".
Add in a windfall almost simultaneous with a local guy selling a Dodge bus with a Wayne body, and...
"Any action for which there is no logical explanation will be deemed 'company policy' - or 'city ordinance.' "
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Old 01-07-2016, 01:55 PM   #28
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Location: Statesville, North Carolina
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Year: 1993
Chassis: Thomas
Engine: International Navistar DT360
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We travel with a goat, a rabbit, three cats, two dogs, and two people. The ability to upgrade from a pop-up to an enclosure that one of the freakishly smart cats can't escape, plus the customization for making all of them happy and having more space for us in a home that wasn't made of cardboard and canvas, were the major perks. There's also just the general quirky factor.

If I had bought an old used RV I wouldn't have been able to convince Dan to spend the money on a paint job. I've always wanted my ride to be green!
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A gal, a guy, three cats, two dogs, one rabbit, and one goat, traveling the country together.
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Old 01-14-2016, 02:41 PM   #29
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Because it's made of steel!
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Old 02-20-2016, 03:00 AM   #30
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1) A school bus parked in the side yard is funny.
2) At 42 my body said "No more sleeping in a tent!"
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