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Old 04-08-2016, 12:47 AM   #1
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Greetings, programs!

I'm in the initial stages of planning a school bus conversion. Originally I was going to move into a truck camper and live on the road that way, but my needs have changed and I need more space. Converting a school bus seems like a better option than buying a used RV, so here I am.

I haven't settled on the kind of bus that I want yet. I suppose a shuttle-style bus would be ideal, but those look to be more expensive and less available than school buses. In the end it doesn't matter that much, as long as I have at least fifteen feet in the living area. Need room for three adults ;)

This has been a bug in my ear for over five years now and I'm excited both to learn more and to make the switch. Hopefully by the end of the year!
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:10 AM   #2
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Welcome. You're in the right spot.
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Old 04-08-2016, 11:25 AM   #3
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It sounds like you're looking for a short bus. That would feel pretty crowded with three people unless you're really friendly with each other. You could do it, but at what comfort level?
The shuttle buses you mentioned looking for do go high in some areas of the country. You wouldn't be looking for one of the rare 4x4 buses, would you? Those 4xs get bought up before they hit this market. If you're willing to do some driving with an newly unfamiliar vehicle you could get a much better deal and have an opportunity to see the country at the same time. The knowledge that you'll gain here will help you make a much better choice, so it's a good thing that you came here prior to purchase. Most join after purchase.
What type of bus are you specifically looking for? Not a mini. I'd guess at least a 5 to 7 window short bus? The problem is three beds would take up nearly the entire bus. I'm thinking you might need a medium size bus, about 10 windows. Available in both forward control, like mine, and conventional style. Forward control buses have more floor space inside obviously, and some have no wheel wells on the floor inside the bus.
Are you trying to get a newer bus or do you like the older mechanical engines as opposed to the computer controlled engines?
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Three adults in a 24' shuttle would be tight.
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Old 04-08-2016, 04:58 PM   #5
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Mine is 26', and it's pretty much all floor space. Trying to put a second bed in here for my son so we can take a trip looks way crowded. I could see it if you were willing to use hammocks.
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Greetings, programs!

Need room for three adults ;)

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Old 04-08-2016, 09:35 PM   #7
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Ok, bunk beds three high? You got to think about a bigger bus dude. Well, you could do it. It just wouldn't be anything you'd want to do long term unless you've got some catch about how you allocate space. 15 feet fills up real fast, unless you plan on eating in restaurants and staying at motels while you're traveling. T hen you've got a bus that makes a nice little living room.
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Old 04-08-2016, 09:48 PM   #8
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unless you plan on eating in restaurants and staying at motels while you're traveling. T hen you've got a bus that makes a nice little living room.

and theres nothing wrong with that... I intend to eat my main meals out and stay in hotels except when im travelling a Journey from one locatin to another.. (ie 1000+ miles).. in those long trips I can have sandwiches and reheated restaraunt food in my frig / micro and take naps on the small bed I put in my bus..

not everyone is going to Live in their bus full time on a trip...

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Absolutely not. Every build is different, just like each of us has a little different use for our buses.
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