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Old 09-25-2017, 10:54 AM   #11
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Where do you live? That makes a big difference when looking for someone to convert a bus for you.

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Old 09-25-2017, 12:11 PM   #12
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Kind of an out-of-the-box idea: I used ratchet straps to secure my kids' existing car seats ...
I think I'm doing it wrong- do I put the straps OVER the kids? They are complaining about breathing and such.
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Old 09-25-2017, 12:58 PM   #13
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No, Rusty, that's fine. When you secure them that way it cuts down on the screaming and yelling that sometimes happens when kids get restless after being inside a vehicle for a long ride. It also eliminates "he's breathing my air!" because everybody's air needs are decreased.

Actually, though, road tripping in a bus is great. Though I do intend to have and use seat belts, I also intend to take advantage of the fact that wearing a seat belt isn't required by law in a bus. We'll have a policy somewhat like the airlines do: wear the seat belt as a matter of routine when seated, but it's okay to get up and move about the cabin to stretch, get a snack, visit the restroom, etc.
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Old 09-25-2017, 01:19 PM   #14
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Old 09-25-2017, 03:02 PM   #15
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ratchet straps arent rated like that... I wouldnt trust them in a full on collision with anyone;s Life! sorry.. maybe im a prude but life-safety to me is nothing to mess around with.
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Old 09-29-2017, 02:28 PM   #16
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This is great stuff everyone. Thanks! I will look into the wanderlodges. And I have seen some buses for sale with the built in straps.

I agree with the airplane scenario. That's my thinking too. Granted, all my people are too little to do that on their own much. I have a 5 year old, 3 year old twins, and a soon to be 2 year old surprise bonus. I love the idea of having something on-board, even if it's just a porta potty type thing, and that I can walk kids back. Taking 4, 5 and under into a rest stop is chaos. And stopping on the side of the highway for emergencies freaks me out.

We are in Oklahoma. With family in TN, FL, OR, and CA. We are in thr planning stages of a NW trip next summer-CO, UT, ID, OR, WA and back. With FL being the next trip as the kids will be Disney age soon. I grew up going to National Parks and camping and that is a big priority to me, but that will really start in 5 years or so.
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Old 09-29-2017, 06:47 PM   #17
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It's been several years since the last big trip with my family: 1700 miles over 10 days. Back then mine were aged 7, 5, and 18 month twins -- similar to yours. The older two could move around well, but the young two really struggled to keep their balance moving about while driving. Of course they wanted to try to do whatever their bigger siblings could do, so the young two rode in their car seats. Sometimes we'd buckle the 5-point harness over them; other times they'd just sit contentedly but unbuckled so they were more free to wiggle.

One thing I learned and hadn't thought about is that it's hard to sit on a toilet with ankles hobbled by pants and keep one's balance in a moving vehicle. Doubly so when the feet don't reach the floor! So I suggest making the toilet stable so it can't tip over (if it's a portable) and have sturdy walls, handholds, or similar. In any case having your own toilet available for immediate use, whether or not that includes pulling over, is fantastic when traveling with little ones!
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Old 09-29-2017, 08:02 PM   #18
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In any case having your own toilet available for immediate use, whether or not that includes pulling over, is fantastic when traveling with little ones!
It's handy when traveling with wives too
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