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    Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    We are looking into getting a tailgating bus for the remainder of the season and was wondering if anyone had any tips on having one?

    How much does registration/insurance usually run?
    Good places to store it/keep it?
    Other expected costs/items to expect getting it going?

    Thanks.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    For a bus, you are able to insure it as an RV if you have the right ammenitites. That will save you a ton of money. The key is wiring it for power and having things like a microwave aboard. Storing them is always an issue. Gotta have connections there. My main tip though is that you have to have some dedicated people. We always have a bunch of people who love to party at our bus, but it takes a LOT of work to get everything organized and ready. Most people that usually party at our bus have no idea the amount of work that us owners put in...cleaning after games, buying supplies, upkeep, gas and propane, eating utensils, etc. Getting the bus down to the lots early enough and having someone sober to drive it out of there is usually an issue.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    I saw something a couple of months ago about the DOT taking exception with party buses. Some of the things that they were ticketing owners for were lack of proper licensing and not having proper insurance. Also, there were some problems with having people drinking alcohol while the vehicle was being driven.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by cutshot View Post
    I saw something a couple of months ago about the DOT taking exception with party buses. Some of the things that they were ticketing owners for were lack of proper licensing and not having proper insurance. Also, there were some problems with having people drinking alcohol while the vehicle was being driven.
    Yes there are a lot of people out there that don't realize that if you rent it out it is a different deal than just owning one to drive around.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by Frak View Post
    For a bus, you are able to insure it as an RV if you have the right ammenitites. That will save you a ton of money. The key is wiring it for power and having things like a microwave aboard. Storing them is always an issue. Gotta have connections there. My main tip though is that you have to have some dedicated people. We always have a bunch of people who love to party at our bus, but it takes a LOT of work to get everything organized and ready. Most people that usually party at our bus have no idea the amount of work that us owners put in...cleaning after games, buying supplies, upkeep, gas and propane, eating utensils, etc. Getting the bus down to the lots early enough and having someone sober to drive it out of there is usually an issue.

    I only have a tailgate van, but the same holds true. So many of the people that come by and party have absolutely no idea how much work some of us do to make that all happen.


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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    From the few people I've known with a tailgating bus it's been a money pit and unreliable.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    I'm not a tailgater by any means, but revkah and I were looking at the buses on our way to the Hilton scrimmage a couple of weeks ago, and we really wondered how the expense of those things could be worth it given their limited usage.

    How much is one of these buses upfront, not to mention insurance. Someone has to pay for that parking spot. That bus has to be stored somewhere.

    For us non-tailgaters, it seemed like there was an awful lot of money going out for something that you'll only use 6-7 times a year.


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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    I saw a cardinal and gold short bus for sale this weekend. I don't remember the asking price but it was located on the NW side of Ankeny on Irvinedale Drive.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneErik View Post
    I'm not a tailgater by any means, but revkah and I were looking at the buses on our way to the Hilton scrimmage a couple of weeks ago, and we really wondered how the expense of those things could be worth it given their limited usage.

    How much is one of these buses upfront, not to mention insurance. Someone has to pay for that parking spot. That bus has to be stored somewhere.

    For us non-tailgaters, it seemed like there was an awful lot of money going out for something that you'll only use 6-7 times a year.
    If you go to a school district auction, you can pick up a bus for $300-$500. Insurance you'd only pay a couple months each year. Storage if you have a friend who has a farm wouldn't be a problem. Parking is definitely expensive.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Don't you have to have a class A CDL with passenger endorsement in order to drive the buses as well? If you haul over "X" amount of passengers then I am sure you have to have one and pass annual DOT inspections as well. If you have air brakes, that's another CDL endorsement.

    If you already have them then that shouldn't be a problem but keeping the bus up to pass annual inspections might be....?



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Don't you have to have a class A CDL with passenger endorsement in order to drive the buses as well? If you haul over "X" amount of passengers then I am sure you have to have one and pass annual DOT inspections as well. If you have air brakes, that's another CDL endorsement.

    If you already have them then that shouldn't be a problem but keeping the bus up to pass annual inspections might be....?
    All of those concerns are nulified if you can get it registered as an RV.

    You'll need to have several items ... the ability to hook up to an outside power source, sink, portable toilet... there are like 8 different things and you have to have any 6 or 7 of them.

    The insurance will probably be the bigger deal, I think we had to call multiple agents to find one willing to cover it.

    Ours is an "airport shuttle" style bus - we use it for tailgating, Ragbrai and bachleor parties mostly. MPGs are a big deal unless you're splitting the cost - I think ours gets 4-8 mpg depending on which way the wind is blowing.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by clones_jer View Post
    All of those concerns are nulified if you can get it registered as an RV.

    You'll need to have several items ... the ability to hook up to an outside power source, sink, portable toilet... there are like 8 different things and you have to have any 6 or 7 of them.

    The insurance will probably be the bigger deal, I think we had to call multiple agents to find one willing to cover it.

    Ours is an "airport shuttle" style bus - we use it for tailgating, Ragbrai and bachleor parties mostly. MPGs are a big deal unless you're splitting the cost - I think ours gets 4-8 mpg depending on which way the wind is blowing.
    Curiously... when installing the portable toliet.. big deal? easy? .. from the installing the 'room' and the unit?

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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by keepngoal View Post
    Curiously... when installing the portable toliet.. big deal? easy? .. from the installing the 'room' and the unit?

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    A blow torch and hole in the floor should do the trick.



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    Re: Tips for Owning A Tailgating Bus

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    A blow torch and hole in the floor should do the trick.
    True, BUT it wouldn't be wife approved. You see, for this to happen it has to be wife friendly.

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