Originally Posted by ArtBusHopeful
I'm just going to say it up front. I'm in high school and know absolutely nothing about school buses or converting them. My class is trying to put together a proposal for a non-profit art grant- The Art Bus. And yes, we're trying to make this project actually happen. The bus would essentially be a traveling art gallery going to different schools and libraries and such in a no more than 2 hourish radius. The only people that would be transported would be people setting it up and giving talks. Also, it would be primarily in TN (might travel to Mississippi or Arkansas)
I would be extremely grateful if y'all could give some advice on the following topics:
-Price (it looks like it varies a LOT)
-What to look for and avoid (diesel or gas, mileage, type, etc)
-Any other initial or recurring costs
-Anything that is important that most people don't consider
Thank you in advance for any advice you may give!
You won't need most of the "house" systems that a conversion normally has... I would look for something diesel, with a/c. If it's just to transport stuff.. figure out how much stuff you need to bring with you to decide on size. Stick with a conventional (dog nosed) or front engined transit style bus so you have the rear door to load in and out. Cost... Well that's subjective. If you actually have a non-profit, try going to the local school districts and getting a bus donated. As for insurance, I would think you are going to need an adult there, it will have to be commercial and who ever drives would have to have a class b CDL to transport passengers (like a church bus)
The build: tear out most of the seats for storage. Maybe add some shelving units to hold said art
Leave in seats at the front to accommodate the passengers.
Paint it (it's an art bus be creative!)
Long term.. needs service regularly. Manufacturers recommendations are 6-8 months or a milage number for oil changes.
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