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Possible school bus conversion Paul H 6-8-05  
I am considering locating and converting a used school bus to park on some recreational property I own, I may need to move it from time to time but it is not intended to be used as a cross country RV. Where is the best place to locate a good used bus? (I live in SE Michigan) Would diesel, gas or propane be the best when it comes to working in it mechanically, and which is less trouble? Is a special permit or license needed to operate or plate a bus? any specific years or coach builders to look for or stay away from? Thanks for any help in advance.
Re: Possible school bus conversion Phil Feinstein 6-9-05  
Living in Michigan, you're fairly close to Midwest transit at 2080 South Michigan Road, Eaton Rapids, Michigan 48827

Take a look at what they have at They are also located in Illinois and Indiana. I bought a conversion van from the Kankakee, IL location and I was impressed with the service I received. I highly recommend them!

As for what's easy to service; that all depends on what you are used to working on. Deisel motors don't need much in the way of adjusting, but need to be kept clean. Gas motors need regular maintenance and can stand to be a little dirty. Propane is persnickety and it's basically a gasoline engine with a converted fuel system. Some people love propane engines, I'm not one of them. Gasoline engines and Deisel engines have seperate rules and if you've never worked on engines before they are both just as easy or difficult to learn.

If you are using the bus for personal use (not carrying passengers for money or carrying cargo for money) then you do not need a special license. You will get the least resistance if you tag the bus as an RV or RV conversion. In Colorado, there is a tag class called "Recreational truck" that can be used without an RV conversion being finished. Check with your local DMV as to the requirements of a conversion.

I recommend scanning this forum for bus bodies that have issues. That's really the big problem area. Everything else I've read has been questions on re-gearing for more speed and comparisons between gas and deisel.

Hope that helps!
Re: Possible school bus conversion sean 5-24-06  
I have a 1979 ford full size bus it has been painted blue with a yellow stripe all windows are limo black and first 20 feet of bus is converted to a camper, heat, tv,dvd, lights, cd player, day bed,counter top, table with 2 bench seats, will sleep 4 easy. The back half of the bus is made for hauling motorcycles, ATV,snowmobiles, what ever this is a gas powered machine runs great shape if you are interested drop me an email i might sell it, i want to do a new bus project. Like to get $2700 for this rig complete everything trans, 2 marine batt with a inverter to run tv, over all nice, could be just what you are looking for.It even has a simi bathroom.
Re: Possible school bus conversion A Shavitz 12-2-07  
Sean, did you sell your conversion?
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