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Endangeredliving 06-26-2015 02:00 AM

Vancouver to Argentina... and then some
 
Okay so I don't have a Skoolie, but I've always dreamed of getting my hands on a school bus and gutting it. I am looking for something that can get me across America (Florida to Vancouver) and survive a very extended trip through all of South America and while a Skoolie may be my dream, I don't know if it is feasible for something like this. I am only in the beginning stages of figuring something like this out, I don't even plan to purchase a bus for another 6 to 8 months... But I need to start somewhere.

Does anyone have any experience getting a skoolie across the Darien straight? Has anyone driven anything so long as a school bus through any mountainous roads in SA (I haven't driven through SA on my own before, but from what I remember the road conditions are... less than ideal)? Would I be better off finding some other (much less exciting vehicle) to call home for the next however long this journey takes?

Does anyone have any suggestions on what kind of bus I should be looking at for a long haul trip like this which will have a good amount of mountainous road to it? Or am I just completely insane?

I plan on loading the thing up with solar panels, a composting toilet and other enviro-friendly things that will also make it energy efficient, and from what I've read about road tripping SA diesel is a must.

Scooternj 06-26-2015 05:15 AM

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Originally Posted by Endangeredliving (Post 114235)
...and from what I've read about road tripping SA diesel is a must.

Diesel's a must anyway for a bus, unless you're made of cash. And for a plant, I think Navistar, Cummins or MB would be your best options.

USMCRockinRV 06-26-2015 05:53 AM

Hmmmmm
On this (if it's just one) I would opt for a smoother ride... That being said - not as fun and a School Bus has most of the drivetrain components of an 18Wheeler... So it's got most to do with personal options. Buses HATE bumps... But they ARE built for them~
Honestly this is all about preference I would think.
Hope you do it - that sounds fun!!

EastCoastCB 06-26-2015 07:23 AM

What part of Florida?

Endangeredliving 06-26-2015 08:37 AM

There would be anywhere from 2 to 4 people (the second 2 joining us a bit later on in the journey) and we don't intend to haul through these places, but rather go slowly, stopping and staying for a few weeks at a time where we like.

EastCoast: southern, originally west palm area, I haven't lived there in a few years, but I'll be moving back to America soon and I'll probably settle back in there.

jazty 06-26-2015 10:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Endangeredliving (Post 114235)
Does anyone have any experience getting a skoolie across the Darien straight? Has anyone driven anything so long as a school bus through any mountainous roads in SA (I haven't driven through SA on my own before, but from what I remember the road conditions are... less than ideal)? Would I be better off finding some other (much less exciting vehicle) to call home for the next however long this journey takes?

Yikes.. :) It sounds like it would be plenty fun, but I'm an adventurous type and I wouldn't even consider this with a full sized bus. Maybe a shortie. I had similar aspirations before working out the costs involved.

The drive through Central America would be a breeze compared to "The Gap" and beyond. My biggest concern would be the cost of transporting such a large vehicle down to South America. You'll be ferrying it or loading it onto a freighter. A quick look at this fare chart shows it to be $1980 for a camper up to 5 meters (16ft). Each additional meter is $390. A full sized bus is a nearly 40 feet (12 meters).
Total price one way? $1980 + ($390*7) = $4710.

I haven't yet made it to SA, but many of my friends have. Some of the city-interconnecting roads are bad. Real bad. It seems Peru and Bolivia have some of the worst. I don't know about Columbia. It seems that Brazil has a good road network, though.

I eventually came to the conclusion that for a wheeled ride down to South America you can't beat a motorcycle. Versatile and the price is right.

austin1989us 06-26-2015 11:48 AM

I saw this on an episode of Top Gear. Those mountain roads look treacherous. Take out a good life insurance policy.

M1031A1 06-27-2015 08:41 AM

Colombia has decent roads, just be VERY careful about the drunk drivers. Seen waaaaay too many crashes where the driver of the coffin-box Renaults and Citroens challenged semis and lost. Also NEVER sit for more than two seconds at red lights unless you like to be targeted for a hijacking. Move when the traffic clears. The roads from Cali to Bogotá are decent. Going north/south from Cali to Cartagena were good but weird. The "exits" were diversion frontage roads with sort-of limited access points for vehicles, but people could walk across the entire road way. Never seen that set-up before or since. I know this because my ex-wife is from Cali, Colombia. That story is way too long to discuss here......

Stu & Filo. T 06-27-2015 10:40 AM

My philosophy is do it, if it breaks it needed fixing anyway


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