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Old 09-11-2018, 06:07 PM   #11
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What other Skoolie sites?
Facebook pages: Skoolie Nation, skooligans, skoolie planet, school bus conversion, skoolie lovers, school bus rv convershion... those are some
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:17 PM   #12
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a 1996 might even be of interest to a school bus enthusiast similar to myself depending on what it is.. I vote for a class project to convert it... albeit the legalities i have no idea how you could actually use it and take trips in it.. as im sure most all school owned and operated vehicles are going to be subject to the same emissions laws as the school bus would... is it possible for a school to own an RV? possibly but im sure explaining that on the requisition forms might be interesting.. esp when it comes to actually using it after you guys all build it..



love the idea but take your time and do your homework before you start the project..



ive seen school shop classes that work on peiople;s cars as practice.. ie body shop does for sure here in ohio. at the vocational schools.. and students can use their own vehicles as guinea pigs for learning, however no school sponsored activites are operated out of the vehicles.. I know for sure one one kid here in ohio with a 1986 Bluebird Skoolie that his auto mechanics class has done mechanical work on it.. however its his own bus.. he drives it to school, they work on it he drives it home.. or as of right now I know its been at the school for the summer.. no school sponsored trips in it..

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Old 09-11-2018, 06:48 PM   #13
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Christopher,

I think the OP's plan was to use it as a class project for the conversion process then sell it as a fundraiser.

As far as district ownership goes, here in WA it is not a problem. Things do vary by state. I have seen CA cities, counties and fire departments that own RV's.

I am interested to see how this works out. If you choose to do the build, could you task some students with keeping us updated with your progress here?

Good luck with your project.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:54 PM   #14
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No idea what bureaucratic forces will come into play, but I think the idea is brilliant. Too many schools have totally lost sight of the advantages provided by hands-on learning of multiple disciplines. Not to mention the "homework", teamwork and planning involved.


Best of luck. Hope to hear more about this project.
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Old 09-11-2018, 06:58 PM   #15
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No idea what bureaucratic forces will come into play, but I think the idea is brilliant. Too many schools have totally lost sight of the advantages provided by hands-on learning of multiple disciplines. Not to mention the "homework", teamwork and planning involved.


Best of luck. Hope to hear more about this project.
I was tickled when I moved back to Dayton and found that they still have Ag class and it is still popular.

We still need welders, carpenters and farmers in this country.
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Old 09-19-2018, 02:59 PM   #16
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I've seen enough people out there try to sell a built schoolie for what they had in it in parts and fail to be skeptical of the "fundraiser" portion of the idea. Unless you are good at scrounging, Craigslist, and hondling up in-kind donations from local merchants, I'd do a lot of homework first.
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:19 PM   #17
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I've seen enough people out there try to sell a built schoolie for what they had in it in parts and fail to be skeptical of the "fundraiser" portion of the idea. Unless you are good at scrounging, Craigslist, and hondling up in-kind donations from local merchants, I'd do a lot of homework first.
They could defiantly make money since the
Bus cost price will be ZERO. + materials + free labor = fund raising.

To the OP I’ll add more later tonight.
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Old 09-19-2018, 03:49 PM   #18
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It might be interesting to know what kind of bus we are talking about. Depending upon the make and model will determine how easy to difficult a conversion would be.

IC and BB have straight walls. Thomas and Crown have walls that are not straight up and down.

High ceiling is preferred.

Low ceiling will most probably need a roof raise.

After the bus is taken out of school bus service and it is converted it will need to be re-classified as to use. The clean air rules and regs for RV's are very different from those rules and regs as they apply to school buses. As a consequence, what wouldn't pass muster as a school bus should be able to pass muster as an RV.

Good luck!
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:12 PM   #19
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Go for the conversion! I love the idea of kids getting some practical experience working on things. Homework should begin right on this site looking at ideas and warnings (like one poster said, you can spend a lot on a conversion that you may or may not get back out).

Think of what an awesome portfolio/resume piece that could give students! "We took this bus from this ____ to THIS ____" and photos to show for it.

Best of luck!
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Using this for class project is a great idea. Auto Body, Mechanics, Building Trades, etc. but keep in mind more money is spent than ever recovered at the end. The experience for all involved should be worth it
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