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John Wayne

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Posted: 07/29/13 04:38pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buy a used TT with Bunks everyone has there own space no need to make up beds every night and take down in the morning for breakfast. No need for a toad after parking you have the TV that fits the whole family.


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Already having an Excursion 7.3, you shouldn't even have to ask.


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Soren's well written and funny post sums it up perfectly.

You can pretty much bet the B700 was NOT bought new and converted. Like 99% of school bus conversions, they're converted AFTER a lifetime of use is already wrung out of the chassis hauling kids back and forth.

Also, besides the harsh ride of heavy leaf springs etc., is the lack of basement storage, so water/gray/black tanks take up space under cabinets above the floor. You can also forget about any significant insulation in the walls or roof.

One more thing (on edit) school buses work about the opposite of a motorhome - they're used all winter and parked in summer. Snow and salted roads, rainy wet, etc. as kids need transportation for 9 months, where a motorhome is parked and not driven that much in snow. (If at all for some motorhomes/bus conversions) Beware of chassis rust.


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Remember, that those 50k miles have been pretty much at idle meaning that there are probably THOUSANDS of hours on that diesel, even though the miles are not that much. And they are generally not geared for extended highway use.

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hershey wrote:

My experience says: You will never, NEVER, stop working on it and spending more and more money on it and in the end you can't give it away. Really think about it carefully.


In other words: just like many motorhomes!

To the OP: www.skoolie.net

Unlike some here, you will get people with real-life experience there.

(I'm also "Jarlaxle" there, please say hello.)

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adondo wrote:

Soren's well written and funny post sums it up perfectly.

You can pretty much bet the B700 was NOT bought new and converted. Like 99% of school bus conversions, they're converted AFTER a lifetime of use is already wrung out of the chassis hauling kids back and forth.

Also, besides the harsh ride of heavy leaf springs etc., is the lack of basement storage, so water/gray/black tanks take up space under cabinets above the floor. You can also forget about any significant insulation in the walls or roof.


My first bus was a B700. It's livable in Death Valley right now or Green Bay in January. I did mount tanks inside, but there is basement storage.

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One more thing (on edit) school buses work about the opposite of a motorhome - they're used all winter and parked in summer. Snow and salted roads, rainy wet, etc. as kids need transportation for 9 months, where a motorhome is parked and not driven that much in snow. (If at all for some motorhomes/bus conversions) Beware of chassis rust.


It can happen, but it's not a major issue. Most bodies (including both of mine) are galvanized.

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jerem0621 wrote:

Remember, that those 50k miles have been pretty much at idle meaning that there are probably THOUSANDS of hours on that diesel, even though the miles are not that much. And they are generally not geared for extended highway use.

Thanks!

Jeremiah


Depends on the bus. I have seen some that topped out at 50, my Genesis will top 80. Many districts, especially rural ones, have buses with highway gearing. My Genesis has 4.11's, I think my B700 had 4.56's.

My Genesis has 320,000 miles and ~13,000 hours.

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Plus I'm sure that the Excursion will get double the fuel economy pulling a trailer than that bus would ever see.


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I don't think I can remember a thread that everyone agreed....This has to be a first.


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If you want to start you're own school bus to RV conversion project HERE'S one that has a good start. I think the you can remove the stripper pole without much of a problem. Only a day drive from Asheville NC to Portsmouth VA. The drive home might take a bit longer considering it tops out at 50 MPH.


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