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Tailgating/Bus/RV

This story begins with "be careful of what you wish for....you just might get it".

And as you can tell from the photo below.....Yes, I own a bus!


The story starts in October of 2021. I was looking for a second golf cart for the campground, since the golf cart I currently have is at the Lake House and it's a pain to trailer it to the campground. I just want to show up to the campsite and camp. Anyway, the prices for stuff are just absolutely crazy now, so I decided to hit the goverment surplus auction sites. Universities/Schools/Goverment agencies sell cars, golf carts, food prep items, seized property, you name it...it's on the site!

I had a bid of $2000 for few golf carts, but they were selling for $4000+ (which is totally overpriced) for what I wanted. So I would get outbid, and just wait for the next thing to come up. I would look and bid on a item if I thought it had value and I could do something with it (like an old Crown Victoria cop car, or "Short School Bus", retired Ambulance, etc). I've been outbid on all of it - which didn't really bother me.

There happened to be a school system in New Jersey that had a few Short Busses for sale and "for giggles" I bid on a couple of them. They were going for $4500-$5000 dollars, so I thought nothing of it and I figured I was safe with my bid of $2000 not getting it. Well.....a few days goes by and I get a notice in my inbox that I won the bus.

Long story short....I had to pay and pick up the item within 10 days. I had a few weeks to burn for vacation before the end of the year, so I said "what the heck...let's go to New Jersey and get it". The vehicle was sight unseen, I didn't test drive it, it was sold "As-Is"....so I was crossing my fingers it would all work out. It made the almost 600 mile drive back (with just the bill of sale and New Jersey title in hand). I didn't get stopped by the cops for no plates and the bus ride was a blast. Driving through the Pocono's Mountains during the fall weather was beautiful. It really was fun (and a little nerve racking too). I even stopped at a scenic overlook to take a photo - hah!

I was trying to do this "on the cheap", so the trip out to New Jersey consisted of an 8 hour drive, sleeping at a Motel 8 (gross!) and eating fast food. The only hiccup in the trip was the first few hours with the bus. I had to get gas in it. If you've ever gotten gas in New Jersey - it's stupid. They still have attendants that you have to give your credit card to, tell them what gas you want, and they have to fill the tank for you. I had to also try and fill the tires with a gas station air pump which didn't go well since the rear dual tire stems were a pain to get to. Those little travel air pumps are worthless also! I had to hit an Autozone literally in the bouroughs of NJ to get a passenger wiper blade and some spare oil, just in case. That was a flashback to the 50's and 60's with little corner stores on each corner that people visit every day for their needs. I just would drive around and laugh....I own a bus....yikes!

What the heck was I going to do with a bus anyway? Naturally, around these parts, I figured I'd turn it into a Tailgating Bus and just have fun with it. I wasn't going to pass an inspection to haul kids around and I wasn't going to use it commercially, so a tailgating motorhome is what it's going to be.....So that's the plan. I've got a while to rip the seats out and get some essentials in it (like a fridge, microwave, etc, etc) before next football season, so I'm just going to take it slow. I've got way too many projects on my plate now! It's going to get painted probably white with all the teams I like to follow and travel around the midwest. It should be some fun!

For those of you that score your own bus, you may want to watch a few people that have done this before. Just search for "Skoolie" conversions and you cand see what others have done. The seats are probably the hardest thing to get out (the opposite of what you'd think) because the bolts holding them in are probably rusted togther. What worked well was using a 40 Grit grinding wheel (or cutoff wheel - your choice) and just grid the bolt heads off. You then push the seat over from the chair rail side and any remaining part of the bolt head will pop right off and the chair is free to be thrown right out the back door!

Don't forget....most likely some nose-picking kids rode this bus, so take some pictures as you go. All I found was a Pokeman card, a Nintendo DS stylus, a lego piece and lots of Starburst candy wrappers.

As time and progress permits, I'll update this page with photos...

Where's the Bus?

Places the bus has been and actually stopped to party, tailgate, gas up, boots on the ground, etc
Map Pinpoints and Photos Where Appropriate

New Jersey

Ohio

  • Perrysburg
    • Home
  • Streetsboro

Michigan

  • Luna Pier
    • Summer Home

Pennsylvania