If there’s one thing I know about the world of college football tailgating, it’s that some of the best rides come from Iowa and Iowa State fans. I assume it’s because the fans have barns and long summers full of Busch Light and not much else to do but take a bus and turn it into a tailgating masterpiece.
These cornfed boys know their way around an airport shuttle and/or school buses. Take for example this one that Cyclones fan is selling. Look at what was done with the handicap lift area. Dual LED slide out! You know how many of those I’ve seen in the 10 or so years I’ve been posting tailgating rides? Zero. It’s a first and it’s an incredible use of space. The last thing you want to be doing is pulling out TVs, wires, receivers. You want to be crushing Lattes and analyzing the tailgating lot.
I am thinking about selling my Cyclones Tailgating bus. The bus is setup and ready to go for any type of tailgating, but is setup with ISU graphics and decals. The bus is a 1996 E450 with the 7.3 gas motor that runs great. We have done many upgrades to the bus over the years to help make our tailgating experience better and setup a lot quicker.
On the outside of the bus you will see that it has full graphics front to back. I have also added a hitch on the rear so I can haul either a flat rack or a custom built rack that will hold a fire pit and fire wood.
Inside the bus there is a sound system that consists of a Alpine CD/Radio player, (4) Alpine 6.5″ round speakers and (4) Alpine 6×9″ speakers. 2 of the round 10″ speakers play outside for you to listen to music or the TV’s. There are also (2) 12″ subs in the bus. Everything in the bus is wired up, so you can run everything off a generator so the bus’s electrical system does not need to be used. The bus has U-Shaped seating that works great for when it is cold outside. There is a custom built table on the inside that you can either leave in there, or remove if needed. Under the 2 sides of the U-Shaped seating there is storage. Also, right behind the drivers seat, not shown in the pics, I have since built a cabinet that has a bunch more storage as well. Where the handicap lift used to be, there is a wood box that houses the slide out for TV’s and TV receivers. I added this last year and it works great for a quick setup of your tvs and boxes.
There is way to many features to list, so feel free to text or call with questions that you may have. I will also have some extras that will go with it, I just need to go through it first.
I built this bus in the summer of 2011 and have slowly added features along the way. We have taken this bus to a few games in Iowa City, but it has spent most of its life in Ames. If you want something that is setup and ready to go this is it.
Asking $6000 with the satellite which can be used for DirecTV or Dish and a TV, or $5500 without.
What’s the engine life on the E450? Some guys on the forums say 300k is a safe bet.
Of course you guys know where I stand on having a toilet in a tailgating ride — I highly recommend it. Been over this many times before. You don’t want to be standing in line for the Port-o-let. That’s the only thing this one is missing. Otherwise it looks like it’ll run until your wife is sick of you being gone on Saturdays in the fall.