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Not a bus conversion per se, but a van conversion question... dwm 2-23-04  
I've been reading about school bus and tour bus conversions, but I'm thinking that the maintenance and operating expenses of these types of vehicles will be too costly for us at the moment. What we're looking for is a vehicle in which to transport a 5 piece rock band and equipment approximately 15k miles per year on tour. I was also thinking about converting a 14-24ft "box van" ("cube van").

My plan would be to insulate the interior of the "box" area, build a storage compartment in rear for the equipment, which would also serve as a platform for a queen-size mattress. The rest of the interior would be used as living space with a bunk bed, couch, small kitchenette, etc. As much as space would allow. Basically a typical conversion, but in a not-so-typical vehicle (to me at least).

Has anyone heard of this being done? Know of any websites or pictures of such a project? Any suggestions or info would be greatly appreciated!
Re: Not a bus conversion per se, but a van conversion question... dwm 2-23-04  
Oh, and I would cut out a doorway for access to and from the front cab.
Re: Not a bus conversion per se, but a van conversion question... vern 2-23-04  
This is not a unrealistic venture. It has been done many times during the 70s & 80s. Although you are thinking about a cube van I would recommend you seek a used mini coach, one with a wheelchair lift as far back as possible and the longest one you can afford. You can then partition the area in the rear large enough for your equipment. Then you have the rest of the vehicle to do your conversion. This type of vehicle will also provide you a much nicer ride and parts are readily available.

You will also find that many of these mini coaches have been equipped with a double floor so as to provide the riders a flat floor. You can remove this floor in the living space and you will have more head room and a lot less weight. There is room under the coach to put small holding tanks and a LP tank.

Most have A/C and other aminities you will not get with a Cube Van. Including windows.

any other questions contact me.
Re: Not a bus conversion per se, but a van conversion question... josh 7-22-08  
Yes this design has been designed before and i was actually plaining on do a similar idea. My plan will also include an office space i am currently working on the plans. You can email me if you want me to send you the plans when i am done.
Re: Not a bus conversion per se, but a van conversion question... josh 7-22-08  
I forgot to include my email you can send it to josh@caymanwebdesigns.com
Van conversion doug 9-6-09  
Where can i find a van conversion with a/c, sleeps 2, tv(how does reception work?), frig & microwave (how does power work?), etc.?

looking for something which i could park in normal parking space and no one would know i was there; need extra headroom if possible and acceptable to homeowners' association;
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