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Old 07-13-2016, 05:35 PM   #1
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Talking Ex-School Bus Owner... New Van Owner!

After a year and a half of converting a 30 year old Blue Bird school bus with 335k miles... I was frustrated with the reliability, old wiring and slow & loud engine. I just sold it last weekend.

My bus project inspired a friend to get an E350 and then he inspired me to get rid of the bus once I realized how practical and versatile the van can be.

I found a fleet maintained 2006 E350 STD with a 6.0 diesel and 123k miles for $5,500. It came with a brand new set of wheels and tires LT245/75R16 BFG All-Terrain KO2's

I was able to take 200 watt solar system & various RV accessories from the bus.

I have about 2 months to get the following done before Burning Man. I hope to accomplish the following (in loose order of importance):

- Weather Guard Pack Rat drawer system
- Bed frame and mattress (RV queen size?)
- Stereo
- Solar system with deep cycle and 12v inverter
- Insulation and wood slat siding
- Bed liner on the lower exterior to put a stop to (minor) rust
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:40 PM   #2
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I guess i'll take the blame for dragging you into this mess!
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Old 07-14-2016, 12:48 PM   #3
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Van looks like a good platform to start from! You might want to do some research on 'bulletproofing'.

As for friends, I've dragged many friends into van/SMB ownership.. I've got at least 5 - several on this site - and counting.
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