Alpaca Transportation Bus
8/26/2012 11:30:19 PM
This unique bus was retrofitted to carry seven people (including the driver) and four to five alpacas. There is a catch pen made of 5 foot tall chain-link livestock panels with doors at the front and back. There is an extra panel that can be swung out to divide males and female alpacas.
The bus is a 1999 Ford SuperDuty E450. It is a diesel. It is a retired bus from Kitsap County, Washington. It has 298,000 miles on it. Diesel engines run a long time. In the current configuration, it carries 7 people, including the driver. The cage can be removed, and there are two fold down bench seats in the back that can carry 6 more people. I also have a single seat that I removed. As we understand it, in Washington State a special driver's license is needed only if the bus can carry more than 15 people. This one can't.
This bus has a roof air conditioner in the back. We wanted that for going to alpaca shows if the weather was warm. We never needed it. There is also a rear heater, which we have disconnected so it doesn't start a fire. This could be re-connected if converted back into a bus for people only. The bus was handicapped accessible, so it has a hydraulic lift in the back. We had planned on building a cage around it and using that to get the alpacas in and out of the bus, but we were always able to train the alpacas to go up and down the front steps. The bus has seat belts (not for the alpacas), which we wanted for our kids, and this was hard to find. There is A/C and heat in the front where the driver sits.
Please contact: Laurie@locksofluster.com or 425-996-7350