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Old 09-24-2017, 02:58 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. My husband and I have 4 littles. I grew up road tripping and would like to do the same with my family, but the minivan gets cramped and with 3 out of the 4 are newly potty training. I would LOVE to have a vehicle with a toilet and a little fridge and such. I had been looking at conversion vans, but I think a bus will be safer.

My idea is to leave a couple of rows of the original seats and get specialized bus car seats. I would like to have an open area, microwave, fridge, small counter (possibly fold out), toilet, and then possibly a sofa bed.

I don't feel like that's asking too much, but I feel a bit overwhelmed at the idea of where to start. I also don't see my husband or I doing the work- he works too much and I chase tiny people. Where do I start? Are there professionals who do this? Does that make insuring easier? I would love to take our first trip next summer.

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I would say to look for already converted busses first.
If you can't find what you are looking for then look at having one built. Either option has it's advantages and disadvantages.

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Do you have suggestions on where to look?
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We have a classified section here, there are Facebook groups, Craigslist, and (least of all) eBay.

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We have a classified section here, there are Facebook groups, Craigslist, and (least of all) eBay.

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Thanks. I'm slowly working my way trough things. Starting to make lists of what to look for and what we would need. It's a bit overwhelming starting out. Years ago I had a Honda Element and used to try out mods on the element forum. This is just so much bigger and intimidating.
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Old 09-24-2017, 08:42 PM   #6
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Don't worry, we don't bite... Well most of us. Lol
Ask questions, read posts, and get a feel for what you want... Engine/trans... Size... Raised roof... Type of on board systems... Will you be mostly hooked up or mostly boondocking...
Good luck. If you can think to ask it, likely someone has tried and posted about it. Google search usually works best... "Topic" and Skoolie in the search bar brings up tons of hits. Most right here on the forum.

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It might put too many constraints on your search, but it might be worth looking for a bus that already has these style seats with integrated child restraints. Or find some that someone else is taking them out....

https://www.safeguardseat.com/produc...ed-child-seat/


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Old 09-25-2017, 04:25 AM   #8
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There's a guy in Denver that may still be converting buses for money, but its like 40 grand or more.
Its probably money better spent to find something already built that someone else has already spent their inheritance or 401k converting.
Also check out motor coaches. For less than a "professional" school bus conversion you can get a coach that will be vastly superior for LONG trips on the freeways and interstates. Then there are the Bluebird Wanderlodges. They're factory built RV's built from the same bones as a school bus.
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Old 09-25-2017, 09:10 AM   #9
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It might put too many constraints on your search, but it might be worth looking for a bus that already has these style seats with integrated child restraints. Or find some that someone else is taking them out....

https://www.safeguardseat.com/produc...ed-child-seat/


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these seats are fairly common in bus junkyards.. my redbyrd has some of them in it.. they are most common in cutaway chassis busses (small wheels, little kids).
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Kind of an out-of-the-box idea: I used ratchet straps to secure my kids' existing car seats to the bus benches. My benches are molded fiberglass so it's a bit different to the standard square tube and plywood school bus bench. Still, it wouldn't be difficult to weld some kind of loop or anchor to the seat frame. In fact, with just a bit of forethought, they could be arranged to be conveniently compatible with the LATCH belts the kids' car seats probably already have on them.
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