Poor Boy Motor Home

Tony Eeds

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Am I the only one crazy enough to think about doing this ....

Buying an old school bus and converting it for use as the ultimate track side residence.

I rode RAGBRAI last summer and saw a bunch of creative bus conversions. Growing up in the '60s I saw a bunch more.

I'm thinking that a coil door in the rear and a ramp from an old UHaul truck and you can ride you bikes directly into the rear of the bus.

Surfing Ebay, I saw a number of good busses with less than 100K miles for the $5,000.00 range. There were quite a few that were $2,500.00 and less, although they were quite a bit older.

They are all diesel for the most part, so the engine should be good and if you get one direct from a school district the maintenance should be up to par.

What kind of driver's license would you need if the bus is an RV and doesn't carry a bunch of folks?

Am I crazy? Please refrain from delving beyond the discussion about the bus when discussing my sanity. :joke:

I can see it now ... black with DirtRider.Net down the side where the school district name was, paint childrens faces in all the windows to hide all the fun within ... :thumb:
 

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I see them every race here. Some are really nice the majority just have a few rows of seats left in and cots thrown in for beds. The back emergeny exit is usually big enough to get the bikes in and out.
Really with a bit of work and some thought process they can be nice
 

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No Tony, It's not crazy at all. You need CDL to drive a schoolbus. Someone I work with bought a gas bus and converted it for Nascar. If you are willing to put the work into it, I guess the sky is the limit. Good luck. I'm sure if you go through with it you'll be 'riding high'.

Joe Chief
 

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There's two of them that show up at our local races. One is owned by a local riding group that lives a fair bit north of where most of the races are so they travel down in a group of many on the bus. This bus is setup similar to what Dave mentioned with a few rows of seating, cots for beds and then in the very back portion bikes crammed in everywhere! The second one is a full blown motorhome conversion with a hitch receiver bike rack to carry the one bike. Either way they are both functional and serve the users well.
 
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Tony Eeds said:
Am I the only one crazy enough to think about doing this ...QUOTE]


No.

And it worked quite well by the way.

http://www.dirtrider.net/teamdrn/showphoto.php?photo=1532&size=big&password=&sort=1&cat=500

http://www.dirtrider.net/teamdrn/showphoto.php?photo=1720&password=&sort=1&cat=500&page=2

I dont think Dad had a CDL, but back then (mid-late 70's) mebbe it wasnt nessisary?
Still remember the drive home. It was a 5 speed stick shift -w- granny gear.
Pap came up on a stop sign and decided to downshift to 1st to help get it slowed down. :joke:
Ever hear a school bus engine at about 8,000 rpm?? :laugh: :laugh:
 

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You don't need a CDL if you register it as an RV, a buddy of mine converted a school bus into a awesome motorhome, including putting a a 6-71 Detroit in it, full Semi rolling gear, air brakes etc. Inside has all the RV normal stuff, and alot of cool features not in normal RVs. Its registered as an RV
 

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Tony, just don't get the 'short' bus. LOL!
 

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Great idea :thumb: I think if it has air brakes, you need a class b license..
Rick
 

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The typical mom school bus driver needs the CDL for the passenger endorsement, air brake endorsement, and occasionaly the 26001 lb and up endorsement. If you can get around these things by removing seats, buying a bus with hydraulic brakes, and derating the GVWR you should not need the CDL.

To register it as an RV it has to have a minimum of RV equipment. A sink and crapper or something like that. If you make the RV conversion than it is nicely considered a second home and eligible for some handy tax benefits.
 
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I have that notion every time I see an old school bus or uhaul that have been stripped of their branding. If you really wanted to trick it out you could just use the chassis and completely replace the body.
 
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my brothers buddy is a die hard sled guy. He is a head mechanic at a sod farm so he has access to all sorts of equipment and parts. what he did was buy an old bluebird bus and convert it to an rv. The really cool feature is how he handles the sleds. he fabricated up a hydraulic lift on the back that will raise one sled at a time to the roof. up top is what you could call a platform with 12" sides. all they do is lift the sled up and ride on. there is ample room to twist them around and ride back to the lift gate and take them down.
 

Tony Eeds

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Well, there have been a bunch of really good ideas and comments tossed out.

I am probably a year away from undertaking this task as I know my neighbors would not appreciate me parking it in the driveway.

I passed a bunch of busses that appeared to be for sale near the Ci-Fair (sp) school building on 290 NW of Houston. I need to stop and check it out the next time I am through the area.

Thanks Y'all!!
 

Tony Eeds

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A cousin of mine just sent me this link to The Museum of RAGBRAI Busses

Haven't had a chance to do anything except glance at it, but it looks interesting.
 
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