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Old 11-01-2014, 05:25 PM   #11
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Re: Be honest--how is it sleeping on school buses?

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If you want to lease and entertainer, its generally $1000 a day, with a driver, then you pay the fuel. You better have better dates than we do. ;)
I hear that, man! That's exactly why I'm stoked about this school bus thing. But only if it'll work, you know? Cheap is great, but if we can't get any sleep on it, then it's no use.
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Old 11-01-2014, 05:46 PM   #12
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Re: Be honest--how is it sleeping on school buses?

Well, I tell ya first hand its nowheres near like sleeping in an entertainer. Depending on what you purchase, I guess placing your bunks strategically would be the best thing you could do. Just remember if you try to condo the bunks, its going to get stuffy and hot. I got rid of 2 bunks and opened things up a bit and like it more....more air flow. Then again, there is only 4 of us.

I think you should check this out: http://www.hankboughtabus.com/ I really like the simplicity of this layout and how you can configure it for what you need. I'd suggest start like that and then as you go you can decide what more you want. Unlike me, putting everything in and then getting rid of stuff.

But, if your dates are bringing you the big bucks then lease something. Ours dont so.....
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Old 11-03-2014, 12:03 PM   #13
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Re: Be honest--how is it sleeping on school buses?

I cannot sleep in a moving vehicle, even an 18-wheeler engineered for that purpose. And I would not dream of trying it with a bumpy school bus in your scenario. Just my two cents. Best of luck to you and the band!
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Old 12-19-2014, 06:09 PM   #14
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Old 12-20-2014, 03:29 AM   #15
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I'd been thinking that maybe we ought to tow my Toyota van behind the bus, just in case. It seats 7, and if we did break down, I could at least get the band to the next gig (somewhat squished, of course, but I think it has room for everything. We might have to bungee the cello and the keyboard to the roof... but we'd get there). From what I see on the forum, it's possible to tow behind these buses pretty easily? Comments?
In your situation, I would definitely see having a tow vehicle as an asset. I've always owned used vehicles, always thought driving a new car off the lot was a great way to throw away a few thousand dollars. But the reality of owning a used vehicle is you'd better have 2. At some point its going to break down and you wont have a warranty or a dealer loaner vehicle to help.

I could see times where you might want to park your bus at your gig, then use the van to go see the city, run errands, do shopping, etc. Also there might be cases when its impossible to park your bus close enough to the gig and having a smaller vehicle to shuttle people and gear could be a lifesaver. Of course having a tow vehicle has its drawbacks too, maneuvering a 40 ft bus in dense city environments is hard enough. Finding somewhere to park it with a van in tow might be daunting at times.

Good luck with your conversion, sounds like a great idea if executed properly.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:14 AM   #16
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After working on mine the other day, I drank a few beers and took a lil nap in the driver seat. Slept pretty well!
That's the extent of my bus sleeping experience so far.
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I picture having some hammock hooks in whatever skoolie I build. Of course I'll have a regular bed too, but I like sleeping in a hammock from time to time, and its great for guests because they pack away into virtually zero space.
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Some experience here.

I was on the road in a band that had a 10 window hood nose skoolie. We had a pullout couch and dinette up front. A "U" shaped bunk room with 6 bunks, and the rear was our equipment room. Having the bunks in the middle was better for the ride as was having the gear in the back to dampen the weight. Sleeping depends a LOT on the road. Good highway= good sleep. Bad road = little sleep. It was a Chevy Blue Bird with a 366 gas, 2 fuel tanks, and a highway speed rear end. 70 MPH was no problem if the road was good. We pulled 8 to 9 mpg (Canadian gal.) If distance allows. Sleep at a truck stop, and get on the road in the morning to the next gig.That way you can get breakfast and a shower and still have the whole day to get to the next gig.
Anyhow, that worked well for us and over 150,000 miles. You can PM me if you want more details.
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Old 01-26-2015, 10:16 PM   #19
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Well, we got a skoolie!

Our mechanic/driver just bought an 87 Chevy 454, "about 32 feet long," for our trip. Any comments on this make and model?

Hammocks... very interesting! I'm picturing 7 hammocks strung between the walls of the bus... and a slow inward collapse over the course of the night. Any comments on whether the walls of a bus are strong enough to support hammocks? It sounds like a great approach, much better than the current default of "cushions on the floor."
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Our mechanic/driver just bought an 87 Chevy 454, "about 32 feet long," for our trip. Any comments on this make and model?

Hammocks... very interesting! I'm picturing 7 hammocks strung between the walls of the bus... and a slow inward collapse over the course of the night. Any comments on whether the walls of a bus are strong enough to support hammocks? It sounds like a great approach, much better than the current default of "cushions on the floor."
rockmomma, you don't want hammocks, unless you like bodies rolling around the floor on curves or when braking. Bunks are way easy to build with 2x4's and plywood. And I don't think the walls would take 7 hammocks too well. If you are on decent roads, sleep is good. Secondary roads not so much. If the bus is still geared as a schoolie, then try to get the rear end changed to suit highway speeds. You will save A LOT on gas, and won't toast the engine. Just MHO based on many miles in a band schoolie.
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