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Old 09-12-2009, 01:08 AM
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I ran a search and couldn't find any references to this, so here it is. A friend of mine sent me a link to a site called http://www.thereifixedit.com for laughs. There's pictures of a lot of funny, innovative, gross, and/or downright hazardous things people have done. Then, as I was perusing, I ran across the attached photo and instead of laughing or shaking my head in amazement, I thought, "Hmmmm, that's not a bad idea."
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I like it lol.
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Is that a...short bus?
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Shortly after WW2, when I was a kid, returning vetereans would sometimes buy some property and use old school buses for dwellings. This was more common down south and in western states than anywhere else. The buses were pretty sturdy and had a little bit of room. For a generation where living conditions had been extremely rough, an old school bus, modified to live in, was not a bad idea at all. With the milder climate of the southwestern states and southern states, the old school buses worked well.
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A Hillbilly mansion! I'll take two!
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Thought I'd do some checking, and used buses are relatively cheap, found some running ones for $1500, and you wouldn't need a running one, you could tow it into place, then fill in the dirt. Lots of possibilities for modifications, and the foliage growing on it makes for all-season camo. I might have to explore this more.

Oh yeah, I've been accused of riding the short bus!

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Sheltering in a school bus its soo David Koresch. I would start with a shipping container AKA an intermodal container they are much more sturdy.
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I ran a search and couldn't find any references to this, so here it is. A friend of mine sent me a link to a site called http://www.thereifixedit.com for laughs. There's pictures of a lot of funny, innovative, gross, and/or downright hazardous things people have done. Then, as I was perusing, I ran across the attached photo and instead of laughing or shaking my head in amazement, I thought, "Hmmmm, that's not a bad idea."
It's actually a very sound and well researched idea. Up north here, we have a fella, I think he was originally from the states, who is an expert in creating school bus bunkers, and was in the news because he'd built a dozen or so for interested people. For that particular pic, I'd put more earth and cement over the roof myself
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Sheltering in a school bus its soo David Koresch. I would start with a shipping container AKA an intermodal container they are much more sturdy.

Just because Koresh was nuts doesn't make it a bad idea! A CONEX box would work too, good idea...
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Great website for school bus conversions.

http://www.skoolie.net
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Wouldn't burying a school bus cause it to rust and leak in moisture? Seems like unseen mold would kill you faster than Obama's policies.
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Wouldn't burying a school bus cause it to rust and leak in moisture? Seems like unseen mold would kill you faster than Obama's policies.
I was thinking about that. You'd have to do some serious sealing and coating to hold that at bay.
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just have good drainage, like any basement would have.
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as long as you keep your bus running and supercharged, you will be able to drive out from under the ground and hightail it to saftey!


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It's actually a very sound and well researched idea. Up north here, we have a fella, I think he was originally from the states, who is an expert in creating school bus bunkers, and was in the news because he'd built a dozen or so for interested people. For that particular pic, I'd put more earth and cement over the roof myself
I used to peruse a website created by a guy whose group built a compound underground using old school buses. There's a natural stream nearby, etc, etc. Quite interesting actually. I heard he had a rough time of it with the local authorities, but they're preppers and ready for nuclear attack and all.
Wish I had that time of money to spend on my own preps!
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_Two_Shelter

"Located in the small town of Horning's Mills, north of Toronto, Ontario, the shelter was constructed out of the shells of 42 school buses which were buried underground in the 1980s, as moulds for the poured concrete bunker."
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That will do very little if there isn't around 12" of concrete or 2 feet of dirt. If its a storm shelter, that roof could be easily busted by a flying 2x4
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ark_Two_Shelter

"Located in the small town of Horning's Mills, north of Toronto, Ontario, the shelter was constructed out of the shells of 42 school buses which were buried underground in the 1980s, as moulds for the poured concrete bunker."
you need to go to this site. this guy has some good ideas.
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"Located in the small town of Horning's Mills, north of Toronto, Ontario, the shelter was constructed out of the shells of 42 school buses which were buried underground in the 1980s, as moulds for the poured concrete bunker."
That's the one, Gent. Good score. Great website.
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that settles it, who wants to help me build one. I don't have the money, or the know-how, but if you do, i wouldn't mind putting in the labor. As long as me and my family can live there when tshtf.
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