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The RV Bug Out Bus for Emergencies

Purchasing another home or piece of property outside of 'the city' or dense suburbs to use as a 'bug-out location' is out of reach for many people. Given a worst-case scenario in which a bug-out to a safer location is or would be a matter of survival, one option might be to use a travel trailer or RV as a bug-out vehicle and mobile bug-out location...

There are people who own and operate school buses, and they are seriously considering discontinuing their bus services due to the current high operating costs. As they mentioned this to me, I remembered someone who had recently mentioned to me that a bus might be a much better bug-out-vechile (BOV) than most vehicles. The reasoning behind converting an older school bus for this critical purpose is as follows.

To begin with, it is common knowledge that school buses are extremely tough and can withstand a beating if necessary. In general, most are powered by diesel engines, which provides some fuel economy. Buses typically have much higher ground clearance than a typical factory-built RV. One of the bus's main advantages is that it is large enough to house a full living quarters after the conversion is completed. The best part is that they are extremely common in almost every town in America; in fact, even small towns typically have at least 10 to 30 school buses in operation.

Because of their large size, they can haul a significant amount of weight while only using standard truck tires. Granted, major repairs can be costly, but if you're handy with a screwdriver and a wrench, you can probably handle most repairs yourself.

If this sounds appealing, you might be interested in the fact that these used buses are often available for under $5,000. They are generally well maintained, and most communities require owners to replace their buses on a regular basis, so the ones you buy will not be overly old.

Because of their large size, they can haul a significant amount of weight while only using standard truck tires. Granted, major repairs can be costly, but if you're handy with a screwdriver and a wrench, you can probably handle most repairs yourself.

If this sounds appealing, you might be interested in the fact that these used buses are often available for under $5,000. They are generally well maintained, and most communities require owners to replace their buses on a regular basis, so the ones you buy will not be incredibly old.

Because most bug out situations will involve some sort of natural disaster, having a fully stocked and ready to go RV would be a huge help. All you'd have to do is jump in and get your family out of harm's way. Buses are excellent for this purpose.

Naturally, you'd want to paint the bus something other than the standard school bus yellow. Personally, I'd go with a dark olive green to match the surroundings of the wooded areas where I'd hide out.

The disadvantage of all of this is that the conversion process can be time-consuming. But at the end of the day, you'll have some peace of mind knowing


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