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Bus Offroad? Mark 5-8-05  
I want to know some educated opinions on whether or not a converted school bus would be a good mode of transport for me and a friend to drive and surf from LA through Central America. The roads are pretty bad. Service won't always be readily available. Thanks for any input
Re: Bus Offroad? Andy 5-8-05  
One of the biggest concerns might be the width of the bus. Some of thoose roads not accomodate such a large vehicle
Re: Bus Offroad? wrench 5-15-05  
I would use one of those 2 1/2 ton army truck with a short bus shell stuck on the frame for an adventure like that.
Re: Bus Offroad? jason 6-27-05  
There is one problems with the army truck.....

The 6x6's are sold under the condition that they will not be taken out of the country. I don't think the border guards would allow you to leave the US.

all of that info is available on the GSA.gove website
Re: Bus Offroad? Mike 7-31-07  
If you are still looking for a bus check out the bus at
Re: Bus Offroad? Mark 5-28-06  
The only reason school buses work for hauling kids over dirt roads is because the route is planned and always the same. The big-ass back end of a medium or large school bus will bottom out pretty easily. To my dismay I discovered the front end of a front engine (snub nose) school bus will also bottom out easily, probably same thing with a rear engine type. If you want to hit the back roads in an RV I strongly suggest a heavy duty 4WD truck set up for off-road with a camper shell on the back. More lug nuts generally means heavier truck. I'd like to get a flat bed 4WD truck with a camper shell, and build storage and support around the sides. Good, short school buses are hard to find, they go quick. I suppose you could cut most the back end off a medimum sized conventional type and make it into a "toy hauler".
Re: Bus Offroad? Antonio 8-6-07  
When I went to buy my bus I wanted what I considered a "normal" bus, because that was the only kind I had ever driven, but the salesman said he could give me a much better price on a flat nosed pusher bus since the higher engined models were in great demand for export to central/south america (btw this was a sales yard in NYS) where they could handle the dusty dirt roads better. o, it took my about 5 minutes to be comfortable with the lack of hood and 10 minutes to prefer driving it.
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