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Old 09-15-2018, 06:42 PM   #1
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Trailways or Greyhound bus conversions

I had a friend a few years back that bought these used at auction. Converted them to campers. I have thought about trying this since I retired.

Anyone tried this? I had this in my brain a few months back but don't think I ever posted the question. Slides would be tough but plenty of room.

Imagine pulling into a Class A only campground I would think with a fancy paint job it would pass.
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Many have a rule about "bus conversions". Otherwise, you have a pretty much clean slate to start with.
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You need to become familiar with this CFR. Especially the section for those that alter certified vehicles.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-20...l6-part567.xml
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I had a friend a few years back that bought these used at auction. Converted them to campers. I have thought about trying this since I retired.

Anyone tried this? I had this in my brain a few months back but don't think I ever posted the question. Slides would be tough but plenty of room.

Imagine pulling into a Class A only campground I would think with a fancy paint job it would pass.
I did it with a GMC buffalo bus. Never had an issue at any campgrounds. However, the GMC couldn't have a slide built it because it has no conventional frame. Slides have been put in MCI and Silver Eagle buses.
I wrote about our conversion if you have an interest.

https://lifeisacarnivalblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/
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You need to become familiar with this CFR. Especially the section for those that alter certified vehicles.

https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-20...l6-part567.xml
Wonder what Henry Ford would have done about this? Stifling innovation?
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Old 10-12-2018, 07:44 PM   #6
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I built a 4106 GM bus. Started in 1995 and finished it 4 1/2 years later. Did it right with quality parts. Started with rebuilt engine, auto trans, tires and everything inside. Four solar panels, electric fridge, satelite, full paint and then used it for 5 years. Would I do it again. Not on your life.
It just about ruined a marriage. I wanted to stop and my wife wouldn't let me. Had a lot of fun in it but the money I spent (if your doing it right) I could have bought a nice motorhome and retired even earlier. Just my humble opinion.
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we took a M C I and converted it into a nice rv with a slide ,infloor heat split unit a/c

invested $110 k into it and sold it 10 years later . we enjoyed it and only sold it because I wanted MORE POWER . I do miss the simple things that were in it like air leveling that did not need a computer to screw up . would I build one again ? nope I have less then 1/2 the money in the Fatherlite I have now . spend your money on a high end older rv and revamp it
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Wonder what Henry Ford would have done about this? Stifling innovation?

I am not sure what FastEagle meant by this link to the 49CFR but the following seems to indicate that it does not cover Used buses and conversions AFTER THE FIRST SALE.


"Altered vehicle means a completed vehicle previously certified in accordance with § 567.4 or § 567.5 that has been altered other than by the addition, substitution, or removal of readily attachable components, such as mirrors or tire and rim assemblies, or by minor finishing operations such as painting, before the first purchase of the vehicle other than for resale, in such a manner as may affect the conformity of the vehicle with one or more Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard(s) or the validity of the vehicle's stated weight ratings or vehicle type classification."



So I am curious what part of this applies to used buses for conversion?
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Check out the bus nuts group
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The statement was posted in a response in this thread. That is why I am asking it here.
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The statement was posted in a response in this thread. That is why I am asking it here.
This is a group of people who own bus conversions .live built several and used to be a member the isn't any smatasses on that sight or know it all
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