After our whirlwind trip to the US for our oldest son’s Advancement Ceremony in March, we decided that before our next big trip, we absolutely had to get a motorhome of some sort to make the trip easier. We had a camping trailer a few years ago, but because it was so big, the wear and tear on our van was just too much. What we really wanted was a school bus School buses are made for heavy duty use, the engines can handle 1,000,000 kms, a diesel can be converted to use vegetable oil to lower our fuel costs, and we can custom design the inside of it to fit our entire family rather than trying to squish us all into something that is built for half the amount of people. So, the saving and searching began for just the right bus for us. We finally found one that is relatively rust free, in amazing shape, just retired from school bus use, very low kms (86,000) and close by!
This 1999 International School Bus has been driven for it’s whole “life” at a nearby small native reservation school district and was in use until the end of June. For school districts, they must be inspected every 6 months and kept in perfect repair. In fact, the reason it was retired was because it needs a new paint job, the paint has dulled. Other than that, it is perfect. It has been kept undercoated, which means there is no rust underneath. That is very important in an area where the most common first thing to go on vehicles is that the frame from rust. It runs well
Our almost 4yob and our 5yog standing by the tire, with Martha the cat looking on.
5yog, almost 4yob and almost 2yog checking out the length of the bus.