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Old 06-06-2016, 12:51 PM
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Shortbus camper build

No, it will never be done. Now that that is out of the way...

Was looking at a 80 passenger bluebird that had already been gutted/shortened/flatbeded but decided I wanted something more versatile that the wife could drive if she wanted. That I could put the bikes in when dad and I were headed somewhere, or tow the buggy or bronco with.

1998 E450 shortbus popped up on craigs and I grabbed it. 7.3 powerstroke, auto, 90k miles. rear heat and ac. decent tires. Was a handicap bus so had no seats. Previous owner plasti-diped the thing black

Drove it home for $3800. Have to get this thing RV title-able this month.




Buddy of mine donated some reclining seats with belts from his church bus, Stole the table outtah a pop-up that I got for free a few years ago.


Gutted an old slide in of its sink/stove/oven/fridge/freezer/furnace/power inverter. Only installing sink right now so I can get it titled. Scored a free cabinet. Built a countertop/back splash out of a piece of cutting board that came out of my moms restaurant. Took the drawer out of the top of the cabinet, screwed it to another drawer, and integrated it into the backsplash. Had a set of bunks from a previous enclosed trailer/camper we had.


Have a motorcycle event at the end of the month so need to be able to get the bikes in. Stole the tailgate/ramp off our garden tractor, trailer. It can serve duty on the bus too.
As a loading ramp:


Or as an out-door table/patio/dance floor (legs have been added instead of jackstand):


To hold it in traveling position I ripped the hood latch out of a parts Ranger I have laying around.


Slapped some paint on the thing and that brings us to today. Been a busy couple weekends. Hopefully get it titled this week.



Took it to the mud-bogs.

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Old 06-06-2016, 11:16 PM
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Thats pretty cool. Now I want a short bus. Good to see you on here.
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:53 PM
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That's a sweet setup! Handicap door makes it perfect for motorcycles. Are you going to tow with it too?
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Old 06-07-2016, 03:58 PM
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Cool! A 7.3L with 90K miles is barely broken in.
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Old 06-07-2016, 06:31 PM
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Thats pretty cool. Now I want a short bus. Good to see you on here.
Thanks, Yeah it's been awhile since I've built much of anything.

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That's a sweet setup! Handicap door makes it perfect for motorcycles. Are you going to tow with it too?
That's the plan. Be able to haul my bronco or buggy around. It has a 4k hitch on it now, and i need it to tow my FSB and dovetail to CO in July. Hitch is only like 12" off the ground so i have to do something major to address that... Dunno what yet.

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Cool! A 7.3L with 90K miles is barely broken in.
yup, I'm stoked to have found it!
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Old 06-13-2016, 11:38 AM
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Got to the DMV friday and got the title converted to motorhome and an RV plate!

Bikes fit nicely.


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Old 06-20-2016, 06:40 PM
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Got some shelving installed for helmets/tools/tubes/filter stuff/parts/race radios

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Old 06-22-2016, 02:08 PM
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Is there a good way to secure that stuff while you're driving around? Maybe a cargo net over the top or around?
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Old 06-27-2016, 11:47 AM
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Is there a good way to secure that stuff while you're driving around? Maybe a cargo net over the top or around?
400 miles on the shelve so far. Lots of bumpy, twisty mountain roads. Speed bumps, potholes. Nothing has fallen off yet...
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Old 06-27-2016, 06:56 PM
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Awesome scooter hauler.

Watch the injector orings on the old/new 7.3.
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Old 07-06-2016, 08:11 AM
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That was very cool !!
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Old 07-18-2016, 10:44 AM
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Just about finished up for this go-round. Big campout coming with a quickness.

This weekend (while it was over 100* and the "perfect" time to work on a black bus) it got window screens,


Autometer trans temp gauge, Tekonsha P3 brake controller, scangauge2,


futon for couch/bed,


52" curved led bar(hey it was cheap AF and the headlights on this thing SUCK).


I also couldn't find any hitch I was happy with so I bit the bullet and built one into the frame/bumper and added a 7 pin connector.


Also got the wig wag school bus lights to work!
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Old 07-19-2016, 10:28 AM
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The BS Velcro mounting provided with the scangauge was a joke. Melted off the dash overnight. So I designed up and printed a mount for it today.

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Old 07-25-2016, 10:05 AM
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Integrated cupholders, roof vent bug screen, disco ball, Awning, and loaded up.

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Old 08-09-2016, 10:56 AM
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Well, the bus did FANTASTIC!

1000 miles towing the bronco and trailer through NM and the high passes of CO. 8 days of camping with the family of 4.

Lowest speed attained while climbing I-17 up Loveland pass up to the Eisenhower tunnel was 32mph.
Highest trans temp recorded @ 190*f.
Highest engine oil temp recorded @ 227*f.
Engine coolant temp gauge (factory) barely ever moved.
Average trip moving speed 60.1 mph.
Average 9.1 mpg.

Everyone who saw it loved it.
The awning was fan-freaking-tastic to have during the afternoon monsoons.
The discoball made everything sparkly all the time.
Window screens were un-needed as there were few bugs on this trip
The headlights SUCK and will be addressed before the next outing.
Need to do some brake work. An emergency braking scenario was made much more exciting by the lack of braking power, and the locking up front drivers wheel.
Nothing ever fell off the shelf.

All and all, super pleased.

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Old 08-09-2016, 12:14 PM
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Old 08-09-2016, 12:57 PM
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Yup, what he said, pretty cool and congrats.
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Old 08-11-2016, 06:05 PM
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8 days of camping with the family of 4.
#goals

Sounds like a great trip!
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:49 PM
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Nice job!!

Looks awesome
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Old 08-31-2016, 07:50 PM
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Great stuff,ideal machine for the job
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