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Old 12-26-2014, 09:11 PM   #1
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Christmas brought a Shuttle bus project

Happy to find this forum as we are the proud new owners of a 2000 Ford E450 shuttle bus....destined to become an adventure vehicle. So the planning begins and drafting the interior conversion starts.

Eager to learn so much from all of you
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Old 12-26-2014, 10:26 PM   #2
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welcome, better gift than I got
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Old 12-27-2014, 03:22 AM   #3
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Better than the gift I got, my gift was a ukulele . But that is OK, I already had the school bus .
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Old 12-27-2014, 10:53 AM   #4
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gas or diesel? pics? grats on your find, I'm looking for something similar.
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:38 PM   #5
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It's diesel, 7.3L.

We are a family of 6, and this year the 13yo asked for a bus conversion. This is the kid who repeatedly only ever asks for books and more books. We were thrilled to hear she came up with an idea, and so found a way to gift it to the whole family. Better yet, the kids don't know yet!!! We are a blended family, and the entire group isn't home until Monday, so hopefully that's when the BIG REVEAL happens. I'm not sure who will be more excited...us or the kids!!!

Someone point me in the right direction for posting pics...I upload to a host site and link here?
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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Knowing how to even play a ukelele is a gift!!!
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Old 12-27-2014, 12:54 PM   #7
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welcome, nice looking bus, let us know your plans and we need pictures.
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:24 PM   #9
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@GBS You are also in Ontario, correct? We need to share some notes...I want to be able to modify this with minimum requirements at this point to get it up and going, as a "motorhome" in Ontario. I understand this allows me to work with a G license. Do you have any insight on this? How many seats can a motorhome contain in Ontario without being a bus? I am able to pull up a checklist requiring 4 of the 6 things, but I get stuck on what the minimum will be:
There are 6 criteria out of which at least 4 must be met for it to qualify:
1). Cooking facilities
2). Refrigerator/ice box
3). Self contained toilet
4). Heating/air conditioning system
5). Portable water facilities
6). Independant electrical supply.

Could someone comment on what could get me "by" at this point? We would love to have an adventure in place for March...

I need to harvest all your communal knowledge, dear Skoolies!
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Old 12-30-2014, 03:29 PM   #10
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How many seats could I leave in?

Thoughts behind this...we want to travel with our 4 kids, and gear. If we were going skiing/snowboarding and they each brought a friend, we need 9 seats MINIMUM, but of course we would all prefer a double seat to stretch out in...but clearly 18 would surely make it a bus. How can we pair down the necessities for a legal motorhome, to qualify, and keep seats?

I'm good with (in this order)
- seating
- bunks/trundle/ etc to sleep 6
- bathroom without shower
- kitchen

The latter 2 really are for the benefit of the Ministry of Transportation and not my priority. We want a bigger vehicle to load up and take off on adventure...not a device to primarily live out of. Help me see my vision
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