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Old 08-05-2007, 08:17 AM
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pretty good alternative living for a family who's on the move or if you have to leave your rental and set-up camp at your retreat land/homestead you have been trying to get ready to live on....i believe the school bus conversion offers the best affordable alternative for living if anyone and their family should lose their dwelling........

bus conversion links and information.......
http://www.rv-busconversions.com/buslinks.html

this concept offers the survivalist sevral salutions to the problem of how to store and retain all that hard earned gear and preps if he or she and family should ''hit the road''. one of which is the addition of some kind of rack on top for extra gear.......weapons and ammo can be stored by installing a weapons locker in the floor coverd by a large rug or something simular...''out of sight out of mind''

pulling an extra vehicle behind give you your back-up incase of a break down and a means to get around once a base camp is established..........
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Old 08-05-2007, 08:32 AM
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Not a bad little idea blue123. Some of these buses can be picked up for just 2-3K and for the mechanically inclined and talented an nice BOV/RV could be had after a number of weekends spent "tinkering" on it.
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IMO,it can be done within anybodys budget who works and is realisticly intrestead in family survival and preparedness and likes working on ''thinking out of the box'' salutions to problems were survival/alternative housing is concerned..........
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I have kicked this idea around for awhile now, I would like too pick up a 5 ton military truck, stretch the frame,drop one axle, and drop a school bus on it.
I have an older class a motorhome now, but it is not tough enough for any real offroad adventures.
It does have all the donor parts I need though, for a conversion of a bus.
IE:
Water tanks-grey water, blue water, and fresh water
pumps, inverter, lighting, and controls
stove, fridge, sink and overhead cabinats
two roof air/heat units and a swamp cooler
generator, and propane tank, along with a hundred gallon fuel tank.
I just need the 5 ton, bus, and a place too build it.
I appriciate your posting, as you have renewed my interest again.
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duce and a half military trucks can be had at reasonable prices at times, doing what your thinking about paul is pretty advanced and i for one would like to follow along as you work on this project with any postings you may have should you commit to go forward.......
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Sweet - The only thing I would add, ok two things! The option to go on railroad tracks (I dont know what its called, but you see trucks with them going up and down the rails. Everyone is on the road but who's on the rails.) and I'd chuck a andair NBC system in for positive overpressure.

OK - Now Im seeing visions of mad max...

And make the engine biodiesel with a pnumatic auxillary start.
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I think your onto something here is a website for surplus trucks
http://www.easternsurplus.net/deuce.html
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allright bohica, #346,m109A3,2 1/2 ton has conversion possibility's with the least amount of work as it comes with a box.....however....it is not a large box and it is not what i would call fuel effecient being AWD,then again if fuel is your only real expense and thats only when your on the move IMO it's workable and for $6875 it would make an intresting/tempting project.........
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I was looking at the same truck, the army used to have "expando-vans" you turn a crank and the side of the truck expand out. I agree a good idea overall, I'd just find a way for it to ride on train tracks.

Those trucks had "granny gear" you did a blistering 5 MPH but you could pull another 5 ton uphill.
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I chose the 5 ton chassis because of the load it will be required too pull
AM General should work well.
I was just looking for an old 30's or 40's bus, just because they are cool.
That was my twisted part of this, something from out of the past, but will run over most anything
The extra diff removed, will give me extra parts too, I only want planetary drive axles.
Years back, we used too build "Monster" trucks in Fl.
Parts were cheap, and plentiful, these days, they are not so cheap.
There is a military surplus salvage in plant city florida, can't remember the name, we just used to go down there, and pull what we wanted.
Dana 60 stub axles--$15.00
We ran a lot of early kiesar jeeps back then, and the 1 1/2 ton was the best.
Dana 70, front and back, with 5.87 to 1 gears, and some had detroit lockers, and some had cable lockers.
Just for fun stuff.
I owned 3 68 kiesar jeeps, I bought at auction, for $600.00.
I traded the rockwell transfer cases, for NP 205's
The rest, I put into an 82 short bed chevy, and used the extra parts, for spares.
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Aaaagggh, IM always behind the curve. I almsot bought a CUCV from Ft Carson before 9/11. You would always see some GI with one, and they always made up some unit marking and left it cammo.

Im thinking all the the spare parts were free...
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2-3k i could pick them up for les than $500. The buses they use to transport our guys in and out of the plants go up for sale around 5-10 a year half in great working order. they are only auctioned off to employees and the last ones sold for $300 or less 5 of them were top running order 3 of them needed some work and 3 were just hulls. still for $200 what more do you want =)
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I don't know if anyone thought of the Unimog series of trucks. They make excellent expedition vehicles. I know of several folks who drove theirs around the world. Google search for Unimog, and Expedition...
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SHoNUFF, what about you man? does this intrest you enough to actually tackle a survival project like this?......you allready have a source for the bus and at reasonable prices....how about those who bought the buses before did you get to see what they were doing with them? weather they were converting them or not?......or maybe burying them?
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saw a guy with a converted unimog many years ago....only one i ever saw....
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I wanted to get one at the last auction but figured the price would be to high. Then they show how much the winning bids were and i was stunned. A lady i work with actually got 2 running in good order (other than the seats) for $250 each. I have been trying to talk her into selling me one sense. I will def put in a bid next time the auctions come up.

As for the ones bought everyone have pretty much the same idea i did, use them for cheap easy to transport deer camps. couple that with a 5k genny and your set.
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I was debating the same but adding a way for it to go on rails as well. The best of both worlds sonce the streets and highways will be crowded.
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I forgot check out a HEMETT, its a 5 ton flatbed the Army uses.
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There is a place on Interstate 10, east of Houston, that has maybe 50 or more school buses for sell. They started out with 5 or 6, two years ago, out in a field. Now they have bunches, and some look pretty nice. I have a 2 1/2 ton truck that I might make a project out of. It ran when I parked it 5 years ago.

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Looks like a nice project vehicle, gas or diesel? How long is the bed?
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