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It's a pretty neat idea for what they need it for. And it's awfully nice of them to provide a shelter for their tenants.

One thing I would add is some kind of barricade above ground, around the perimeter of where the bus is - to keep cars or tractors from driving over it.

Also, maybe a second exit in case the tornado drops something heavy on top of the hatch that's there.
 

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there actually pretty strong but there also reinforced made from like 42 busses and able to hold 1000 people

here is a huge bunker complex made from old school busses its called ark








http://www.radmeters4u.com/arktwo/pictures.htm
 

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Personally I'd use cargo containers! A slot more structurally sound.
of course there are better ways:rolleyes: the point is they said this cost $1500 installed.
how much does your container cost, + delivery + installation?

if you have the extra money, you should do it right and build it out of concrete, a lot more structurally sound then a container.
 

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Reduce, reuse, recycle. Lol. I was looking to buy one to renovate into an RV. In most states (atleast around here) they have to be retired at 8 years causing a surplus of fairly new, well maintained vehicles. I think the retired buses were $1500 or so.

I have read alot about the shipping containers needing to be reinfororced before being burried. School busses are concidered to be the safest means of travel. Their slightly domed roofs give them strength and I am sure they are built to withstand a rollover. They may be better suited for being burried... hard to say, never burried either one.
 

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Since the title of this thread is "Cheap underground shelter" Here is The Cheapest / least expensive underground shelter I have ever seen. And I actually even built it although adding quite a bit such as 250 plus eighty pound bags of concrete > http://www.oism.org/nwss/s73p933.htm

Before I added all the concrete etc. it cost around $100 to build since I used logs from off my land. Others can used salvaged lumber if they can find it for free.
But the final cost after all the concrete etc. was $2,000 give or take a few dollars.
and If any truly are interested in cheap underground shelters or any kind here is a good long pic thread with many links throughout the thread > http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=107463
 

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wouldn't the EPA have a fit about contaminating ground water with the buried engines and fuel tanks, or do they pull those first?
 

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Since the title of this thread is "Cheap underground shelter" Here is The Cheapest / least expensive underground shelter I have ever seen. And I actually even built it although adding quite a bit such as 250 plus eighty pound bags of concrete > http://www.oism.org/nwss/s73p933.htm

Before I added all the concrete etc. it cost around $100 to build since I used logs from off my land. Others can used salvaged lumber if they can find it for free.
But the final cost after all the concrete etc. was $2,000 give or take a few dollars.
and If any truly are interested in cheap underground shelters or any kind here is a good long pic thread with many links throughout the thread > http://www.survivalistboards.com/showthread.php?t=107463
wow that is a really cool shelter, wish i had some land to build one on!
 

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Excellent Solution Indeed

Thank you. About the only concerns I see are high velocity vertical debree impacts and eventual water infilitration along with the accompaning bugs rodants and snakes. Is the chassis cabled and spiked into the trench sosss pressure deferenial won't physically lift it out of the ground? Maybe I should read your full post...duhh on me. HB of CJ (old coot) (no speel check) :) (I'm left handed here) :)
 

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if i built bunker id prol go with a bus over container for the simple fact that the roof is curves basically id use the hull of the buss as a form and then id place a lot of rebar for the actual structure and pour concrete
 

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wouldn't the EPA have a fit about contaminating ground water with the buried engines and fuel tanks, or do they pull those first?
you strip 'em first before burying; chassis, axles, engine etc...board over the windows, and add lots of shoring internally, later this can serve as framing for storage shelves or bunks
 

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If I'm not mistaken, David Koresh and the Branch Davidians had one of those.
Just sayin'.
I believe your right and "if I remember right", it was this bunker in which the majority of the people died in the compound due to a tank rolling over it and crushing it.
 
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