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    Default Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    I was wonder how difficult / expensive it is to convert a old bus into motor home, something like below. (https://www.awesomeinventions.com/tr...-mobile-homes/)

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    Something like this (https://www.autotrader.co.za/bus-for...turbo/25439920)you can buy for R172 000.

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    After mechanically making sure it sound line it out with that cool tuck walls with windows and fit furniture and appliances inside. Should not cost you more than R500k or am I wrong?

    Whats the pitfalls and issues?

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    Its quite popular in the USA. I think its a splended idea. That Potch one's km's sound low. Maybe its just town kilos. Remember that your fuel consumption will probably be around 3km/litre.
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    The size of the thing would put me off.

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    The Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is important for licence purposes.
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    Look into the suspension. Most of those "simple" busses are not that nice to travel.
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    I think ours vs the Americans camping requirements differ as well as the feesability of using such a vehicle.
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    Pitfalls - size

    great exercise - who wouldn't like to tackle something like that.
    But once you are done - you will find it's not suitable to go places so much.
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    Yup these buses are not for our continent .Kruger Park is a issue and then the once a year COR driver needs code 10 and PDP . License fees will be expensive and fuel consumption with toll fees .

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    Yes the US is more suited to this, for example in a lot of our campsites there is hardly space for a vehicle with a big caravan hooked up behind it standing in a straight line.
    Can be a nice project for sure, but I doubt really practical in SA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spiceman View Post
    I think ours vs the Americans camping requirements differ as well as the feesability of using such a vehicle.
    American campsites cater for these. Many of ours do not, not that I have made a note of where you can get in or not. There will be many nice campsite you will not be able to enter, or if you can, will have limited choice in sites.

    Having said that, and looking back at some campsites, there are many you will be able to visit. You need to do some research and see if your destinations will cater for your bus.

    We have changed our destinations as well after realising what is available locally. Our travels were mostly off the beaten track in neighbouring countries. We now include local destinations, like seaside campsites in close proximity for long weekends. We seem to know more about campsites in Namibia for example, than local. And local is nice too.

    So the bus might meet most of your requirements. You can certainly make it super comfortable.
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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    Will you be allowed into Kruger with a bus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fishing1 View Post
    Will you be allowed into Kruger with a bus?
    I have seen some buses in the Kruger and those overland trucks but they are limited to which camp sites they may occupy .

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    Friend considering similar. Back to drop down in some way to being his minimoke into the bus plus a workshop of sort in the back 1/3.

    Limited travel however. Most places do not cater for the size, different from the US of A with the big campers.

    So Theo is planning ...

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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    Hi H

    Have a look at a Marcopolo Volare W8.

    That's a smaller bus, which might be ideal for a conversion.

    There's one at WeBuyCars at BrackenGate.

    For R190 000, it could make a good platform to start with.

    https://www.webuycars.co.za/buy-a-car/E73CA5012

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    Great idea , of season you will most probable find space in most of our caravan parks . Can be awesome for a couple on retirement
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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    Ive got a mate with a old camper bus similar to the one in the pictures. Its needs to be restored as its been standing for a very long time.

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    WBC bus looks good, but what motor is int it? That badge in front looks very Chinese?

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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    The best bus to buy is and old 40 seater from a school, usually doesn't have a lot of mileage on them

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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Bostokkelos View Post
    The best bus to buy is and old 40 seater from a school, usually doesn't have a lot of mileage on them

    Mileage don't kill vehicles, stop start driving does. That's why you often see big trucks and buses reach a million km plus, because they mainly do long distance travel.
    I think a school bus with 100k km on the clock which mainly did city driving its whole life would almost be a more risky buy than a bus with 500k km on the clock which drove between GP and CT its whole life.
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    Default Re: Converting a Bus into a Motor Home

    Quote Originally Posted by Bostokkelos View Post
    WBC bus looks good, but what motor is int it? That badge in front looks very Chinese?
    Marcopolo is a Brazilian brand. They've got good local representation because many luxury tour busses are Marcopolo's.

    The Volare uses an MWM engine and an Eaton gearbox.

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