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Old 03-27-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Greetings all! New here. I just bought a '97 Ford / Thomas Shorty bus, I'm picking it up this weekend and I'm pretty geeked about it.

Many have you have been where I am now so what would be the first thing you'd do? I'm going to use my bus mainly for tailgating but on occasions, take it to the lake, NASCAR, camping and short trips. I really don't think I want a bath in it as the bus is only 22' long.

Things I want to do is:
1) repaint
2) observation deck up top
3) Back patio for storage/step
4) Sink
5) Customize the interior (as imagined) I was thinking about wood walls up to the window bottom to give it a cabin look/feel.
6) I think it's called a jack knife bed, sofa that folds to a bed x 2.
7) Table, TV, stereo
Refrigerator/kegerator with taps that run to an outside mounted tap.

I'm going to end up painting the bus myself and try and save money along with just about all else.

Any feedback help is appreciated.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:44 PM   #2
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Re: 1997 Ford - Thomas shorty 5.9l Diesel Cummins

Does anyone know where I can find the weight capacity of the roof? Before I build my roof deck I need to know if I can even do it.
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Sorry all, posted this in the wrong forum.... Doh!
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Re: 1997 Ford - Thomas shorty 5.9l Diesel Cummins

I tried to move it, but I do not have the ability to do so. I'm sure one of the actual mods will do so when they get a chance. No blood, no foul.

That's a neat bus. It's a little bit bigger than the typical short bus and certainly calls into the Class C grouping, but is way short. The raised roof is a nice touch.

I wouldn't worry about the roof capacity. How much does the bus weigh? Subtract a little from that and you have your capacity. After all, they are designed to support the weight of the vehicle in a rollover with minimal damage. I don't think you need to worry about damaging things as long as you support and gusset it properly.
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