Episode 7 - Disabling the rear
door ignition interlock and
School buses come with a number of features designed to
keep their little passengers safe. Some of those features are
why we like them for motor home conversions - like the all
metal body construction that will stay intact in a rollover.
Others have no bearing on the vehicle’s use as a skoolie, like
the public address system and swing-out stop sign. Still others
are an annoying nuisance, like the slide bolt on the rear door
that won’t let you start the bus if it’s slid locked.
I turn my attention
this feature in this
episode. It’s not a
huge undertaking to
disable the engine
with the less-than-
thorough approach I use. But done wrong the bus is a 14,000
Lb door stop.
What’s the thorough way to do it? If you’re comfortable doing
some rewiring under the dash board and in the fuse panel,
check out the detailed instructions posted by c_hasbeen on
I do a few other
fixes in this
removing the rear
When we moved
into our new home
one of the first
things I did was to
label all the
switches, using clear
labels. I’ll be doing
that on the skoolie,
The label maker I use is the Brother PTD600. It has a colour
display and a decent size keyboard. It runs on batteries or a
110 volt power brick. And with a USB cable you can plug it into
your PC. This lets you use your full-size PC keyboard, and copy-
and-paste content from other sources. Very handy.
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