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Old 08-08-2017, 08:57 PM   #1
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A Bus Named Eternity

After looking at countless buses we finally purchased one.

It is a 2003 IC RE

Here are the features that made this the perfect bus for us. It was oraginally ordered to be used as a sports bus. Because of this there were tons of options on the bus.

-69 passenger (84 passenger chassis)
-Tall ceiling (now I don't have to raise the roof)
-Carrier AC
-Webasto heater
-Cruise control that works
-100 gallon fuel tank
-Basement storage that goes all the way across
-DT530 (pre emissions) with only 76k miles!!
-Allison MD 3060 transmission with highway gears

All this for the low low price of $8500

FYI they have one more if anyone is looking.

More details to come on the plans.



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Old 08-08-2017, 10:53 PM   #2
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Nicely done!!!! You are way ahead of most of us with that bus. I still have to re-gear my drive axle, install engine powered A/C, install my Webasto, but I don't have to worry about a roof raise though.......... Excellent score!

BTW, my '89 has 100K more miles than yours, another score for you as well..... Congrats!

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Old 08-09-2017, 09:37 AM   #3
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We are 1 hour into the project and the seats are out.

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Old 08-09-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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We are 1 hour into the project and the seats are out.
I expect that conversion to be completed by noon.


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Old 08-09-2017, 11:46 AM   #5
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3 hours of work so far and tons of progress.

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Old 08-09-2017, 12:12 PM   #6
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Conversion goes more efficiently when you have help. Doing it by yourself is tougher and takes longer.... HOW do I know.......
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Old 08-09-2017, 10:36 PM   #7
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As promised here are the history, plans and details.

We are a family of 8 with kids ranging from 2-14. We love going on vacation but as you can imagine with a large family it can get very expensive. As the family has grown we have tried everything from tents to class A motorhomes. Each one has had its own challenges. I grew up with RV's and have always been drawn to them. There were 2 main things that led me to do a skoolie. First is that we want each kid to have their own bed and that is not an option in commercially available units. The second and main reason is that any motorhome that we could afford is a death trap an accident.

The plan:

Starting in the rear of the bus will be a queen bed master bedroom.
Forward of that will be six bunks with three on each side.
Next will be a closet and washer/dryer on one side of the hall and the bath on the other.
The kitchen will be forward of that and a living room in the front.

We really wanted an original design but we realized that there is a reason they are all the same.

I have a million ideas running through my mind that I want to do so now I just have to figure out how to get it all to work.

Be prepared for an endless stream of questions!

When finished our goal is to tour the national parks and sights.

I will be posting regular updates on the progress.
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Old 08-09-2017, 11:19 PM   #8
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As promised here are the history, plans and details.

We are a family of 8 with kids ranging from 2-14. We love going on vacation but as you can imagine with a large family it can get very expensive. As the family has grown we have tried everything from tents to class A motorhomes. Each one has had its own challenges. I grew up with RV's and have always been drawn to them. There were 2 main things that led me to do a skoolie. First is that we want each kid to have their own bed and that is not an option in commercially available units. The second and main reason is that any motorhome that we could afford is a death trap an accident.

The plan:

Starting in the rear of the bus will be a queen bed master bedroom.
Forward of that will be six bunks with three on each side.
Next will be a closet and washer/dryer on one side of the hall and the bath on the other.
The kitchen will be forward of that and a living room in the front.

We really wanted an original design but we realized that there is a reason they are all the same.

I have a million ideas running through my mind that I want to do so now I just have to figure out how to get it all to work.

Be prepared for an endless stream of questions!

When finished our goal is to tour the national parks and sights.

I will be posting regular updates on the progress.
Awesome, we are a family of 5. We are on our trip home with our 2000 International FE with the dt466. I have a close plan, but bunks to rear, then master. Going to have the bottom bunk fold up, and put the mattresses on the bunks above to provide a play area for the kids besides the front of bus.

In front of master will be kitchen, then dining room utilizing Chevy suburban 3rd row seats for comfort, safety, and built in seat buckles. Will be utilizing box trailer for a separate laundry room, with storage, freezers, etc. That will be for our home base.

Let's keep track of each other as we go along, so we can share any info as our builds come together. For us, it's all about the kids and loving space. If we live full time in it, it has to work ergonomically.

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Old 08-11-2017, 08:30 PM   #9
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It has been a productive week thus far. The interior is mostly gutted and we have learned a few things.

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I was dreading the process of removing all the rivets in the walls and ceiling but my bus came with screws!

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With lots of help things go so much faster.

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Today we removed all lights and markings designating it as a school bus... now we have to do something about that paint.

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Even free labor gets a break.

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For a year+ we have been working and planning on how we wanted to do our Skoolie. Now that we have the bus and can actually measure everything out we had to redesign our floor plan. My son is working on a Google SketchUp file that I will share when he is done.
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Old 08-11-2017, 09:43 PM   #10
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Why did it rotate my pictures?

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