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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bug Out Vehicle: A moment off-topic


Is anyone building bug-out vehicles from retired school buses?

11 comments:

  1. No, but I have seen some very nice RVs made from them.

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  2. Kerodin,

    (captaincrunch)


    If you don't mind I had some thoughts on the subject. If anyone chooses to use a school bus/short bus or similar platform, I would recommend repainting the vehicle and make it look 'junky, ugly and redneck as hell" The inside can be lavish with granite counter tops and with a custom high end hot tub for all I care, but you do not want a "tacticool" school bus or something that looks decked out and ready for "Zombie Warfare" you will arouse suspicion with every LEO that gawks at it.

    The name of the game is blend in with all the other sheep when going down the road. If people think your "poor white trash" living out of a school bus and avoid you at all cost, that's even better. Don't bath, don't shave and act like the "Partridge Family" from Hillbilly Hippie Hell.

    Sounds funny, but it may just keep you from being harassed and it may just save your life.

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    1. Absolutely correct - Cammie paint jobs on the interstates would not be a prudent move. Indeed, if you are staying local, keeping it looking like an active school bus is a smart move.

      On the inside - what you need and who you need - remember the key is to get you from point A (unsafe) to point B (safer) - not pick a fight with a Bradley on the way. ;)

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    2. "Indeed, if you are staying local, keeping it looking like an active school bus is a smart move."

      Oh, hell no. Whatever you do, don't do that. If you think there are a lot of armed thugs ready to cause trouble, you can't imagine how many bureaucrats and busybodies there are. It's like roaches; they never end. And they ALL wanna to "protect the kids" of course, and nothing draws their attention like a big yellow sardine can for kids.

      There are so many rules for school buses, it can make you dizzy. I believe that in some jurisdictions, you can't even have it yellow. You'd be better off mounting arms right on the roof...at least that's technically legal in this country.

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  3. Kerodin,

    (captaincrunch)

    Yeah' you maybe right. Keep the school bus looking stock as possible may be the best approach. I would consider painting "Founders School District" or "Thomas Payne School District" on the sides, but that may be a bit obvious to an educated LEO.

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    1. "educated leo"? Bwhaaaaaaabwhaaaaaaaaa! Dat's a good'un!

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  4. Hillbilly Hippie ? I take offense. Hippies are all peace love dope. Hillbillys are all Fuck,Fight and moonshine. If any self respecting Hillbilly drove a bus, it would at least have a lift and super swampers on it . I read that school bus's have reinforced roofs on em in the event of rollover, supposed to be good for underground bugouts. Too slow for me.
    Tom, AKA Hillbilly

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    1. "Hillbilly Hippie ? I take offense. Hippies are all peace love dope. Hillbillys are all Fuck,Fight and moonshine."

      Hey wait; now I take offense. Can't we have it all?

      What'll the lift limit be after the Dawn? I gotta know cuz I have priorities.

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  5. Paint it so you can pass it off a church bus, or a musical group. If any body starts becoming nosey just star talking about amway or something like that. If that fails tell them you are collecting money for a mission and watch them run.

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  6. The above anon has a good point in making the bus look like a church group or a band. You'd come off as relatively innocuous looking, even if the exterior was painted with wizards and unicorns. They'd figure you were a traveling group of musicians or just a small family touring around. Hiding in plain sight and all that.

    Consider perhaps a food truck as well. Here in Portland, ME, food trucks were recently allowed into the city. A lot of them sport pretty vivid paint jobs and detailing. No one would give a food truck a second glance, unless of course they were hungry. A small bus could feasibly serve as a food truck as well.

    You could quite readily put shades over all the windows, and a divider between the drivers seat and the rest of the bus. The interior could be stripped of the seats and replaced with bunks, a table, storage, perhaps even a small kitchenette. A home away from home.

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  7. Kerodin,


    (captaincrunch)


    Sorry Kerodin, I created a monster:)

    Its good to find humor in things and come up with a few jokes every now and then. The country is going to hell in a hand basket and its accelerating everyday. Its easy to become depressed and complacent, so I think its good for morale to have a good laugh on occasion.

    The most important tool we have is the grey matter between our ears and if we can't keep our 'hearts and minds' intact then we may as well load ourselves (and our families) onto railroad boxcars for the journey to the gulags and death camps that Bill Ayers and others have planned for us.

    Back onto the school bus thing. I saw and ad for an old bread truck that had the legendary (first gen) 12 valve Dodge six cylinder diesel. The key part of all this is finding a vehicle with a power plant that is in good condition. Finding a (Bus) or any other cargo type vehicle with a much sought after engine is a big, big plus. If someone chooses not to drive their vehicle anymore could get a return on their investment by selling the engine, transmission and radiator and other parts for a 'very pretty penny' to a diesel pick up truck enthusiast.

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