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Old 10-05-2007, 03:46 PM   #1
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Conversion in planning

I'm wondering if anyone has seen a bus converted into a livestock trailer. I am looking into buying a herd of boer goats and would like to use an old school bus as a cattle hauler/sleeper. I would take out the seats and build a partition where the 2nd or 3rd row of seats were. In the front I would have a small sleeping area for long trips. This isn't as elaborate as most of the conversions but it's different than any I've seen. Are there any regulations or problems I should consider before I begin?

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Old 10-05-2007, 04:17 PM   #2
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Re: Conversion in planning

convincing the goats to "go for a ride" and to flush the toilet, they won't mess their bed but yours might not be off limits.
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Animal droppings are corrosive as all heck so I would plan on perhaps plating the floor a little and then covering it up to a height of say the seat rails with roll on bedliner, but other than that I think it would work. You should check on farm regulations. Farm plates and insurance will be far more cost effective than commercial plates, atleast in this state.
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That would definitely be interesting. I've never seen that done, but I have seen cattle trailers. I'm thinking that you might want a bigger door in the back. Not sure as I know nothing about farm animals. You could cut drain holes in the floor, or roll on some bedliner and power wash it out every trip. You could remove all the windows and weld in some expanded metal or something similar. If you do it, you'll need a cool paint job like a cow or something. You'll also need to provide us with pics and keep us updated.
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Old 10-06-2007, 01:44 AM   #5
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Well the goats should be fairly small..say what..100pounds top? the back door should be big enough...and getting them in should be easy enough from what little I remember of goats.... as for the inside I would think that treating the inside with that rhino stuff would be just about perfect if you have a place to hose it out after using the bus. just park with the back of the bus lower than the front or it might not smell nice up front..
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