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Old 08-24-2016, 08:35 PM   #261
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The 8.3 can easily be turned up to 250 with no impact on reliability. I have even heard of a few that wound up getting better MPG after being dialed in. Go figure.
I could definitely see that being the case. Maybe one of these days well turn her up.
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Old 08-24-2016, 10:35 PM   #262
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alot of these engines can be turned up... many were made in varius variants.. even my little DT-360 was factory built anywhere from 165-195 HP.. many of them in the same year... im not sure what dictated which engine was typically used in which application.. but makes sense you can dial-in many of these engines without hurting them..

maybe school bus engines were spec'd lower since the buses were generally slower speed so they favored a lower RPM power curve?

ive got the international service manuals for my engine but nowhere is it listed what the RPM power curves are for the variants..

I know when i was going to high school. our school system had "route buses" and "field trip / activity buses".. the trip and activity buses also had routes unless they were in use.. but the route buses were never used on any trip.. the bus I rode was one of the trip buses.. and the driver always just told me it was more powerful and had Air-conditioning so thats why it was a trip bus.. (yeah I was a bus geek back then too)

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Old 09-08-2016, 12:31 PM   #263
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So after some pondering and discussions.... we've decided to sell the bus. It has pretty much come down to getting the itch to build something else. Not sure yet what that will be... heck it might even be another bus. I'd really like to see this bus stay in the Skoolie.net family.

So with that being said.... anyone want a turn key bus? Anyone want a great platform to build from? You could gut the bus and still have a great platform. As you can see in the previous pictures, the windows are removed, sheet metal installed, insulated and RV windows installed.

8.3 cummins RE
mt643
knobby/sipped tires
190k miles
10mpg at 55 mph
8mpg at 63mph

60 gal fuel tank
42gal black
100 gal gray
200 gal fresh

Almost all of the bus was built with Home Depot style materials.
Standard 3x3 shower pan
Standard deep, dual kitchen sink
Basic full size bathroom sink
Queen size bed platform
6' couch
Captains chairs from driver and passenger

Dual A/C - 13kbtu units. Only used 1 season.
Fantastic fan in the kitchen
Plenty of pantry storage
Under couch and bed storage
Overhead cabs throughout

Tile floor and counter top/backslash in bathroom
Tile counter tops and backslash in kitchen
Carpet throughout

Kitchen is setup with two chest freezers with one converted to a refrigerator. Counter tops are on a hinge and move like the chest freezer/fridge lids
We went with the chest style appliances due to their miserly electrical draw.

Wired for 12v and 30amp 120v
Roughly 600 amp hour deep cycle battery bank (Sams club t105) 4 years old, well taken care of with a watering system
45amp 4 stage smart charger
1000 watt PSW inverter
1500 watt MSW inverter

Tow hitch designed for dolly or 4 down towing.
Front rack for motorcycle

Dual 20# propane tank setup


I'm doing this all from memory and I'm sure I've missed some details so I'll add more as I remember it.

Feel free to ask any questions.

I'm open to offers and/or trades. Let me know what you have and lets see if we can make a deal.

Also I have a small 2003 Chevy Cavalier that I pull with the bus. I suppose that car can be bundled if someone wants the bus and car.

Asking: $6500.00 obo

Bus is in the Colorado Springs, CO area. Registered and Insured as an RV. Ready to hit the road.
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Old 09-08-2016, 12:56 PM   #264
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there has been a couple people come on here looking for turn-key or mostly turnkey busses.. you might look at finding their threads and PMing so they get email notification of a message in their inbox in case they dont return to skoolie to check..

seems liek a real fair price too! and a nice bus!
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:56 AM   #265
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thanks for the heads up Chris.
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Old 09-13-2016, 09:30 AM   #266
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Sale pending....

Man it is tough to see her go. Secretly I was hoping nobody would be interested. Instead I've had an enormous amount of interest.
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:37 PM   #267
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Bus has sold.

One chapter closes and another opens.... We're stoked to pass the rig onto Derek and his lovely girlfriend. They have some amazing adventures planned and it is just so cool that this bus is going to be put to some good use.

Enjoy it guys. Take care of her and she won't let you down!

Even though we're bus-less we'll still be lurking around. It's in our blood!!
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Old 09-18-2016, 06:58 PM   #268
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I know you only used it one season... But how'd the dual 13k a/c's work out for you? Wish you'd have gone bigger? Only used one mostly?
How'd you insulate?
I know you're in AZ, and I'm in OK...

Did you invite Derek & his girlfriend to Skoolie.net?
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Old 09-19-2016, 02:15 PM   #269
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I know you only used it one season... But how'd the dual 13k a/c's work out for you? Wish you'd have gone bigger? Only used one mostly?
How'd you insulate?
I know you're in AZ, and I'm in OK...

Did you invite Derek & his girlfriend to Skoolie.net?
The 13k units worked just fine... for the climate that we found ourselves in over the last season. If you closed the bedroom door the single a/c unit in there would freeze you out. No reason to go bigger in our application.
We would use both espically during the peak heat of the day.
We were up in Northern AZ, so 5000 ft elevation, in the pondorosa pines. Very much cooler than the desert Phoenix/Tucson area. I'm not sure the a/c would keep up in Phx heat.


Derek and his girlfriend are familar with Skoolie.net. I'm sure they'll introduce themselvs when they see fit. Gotta ease into these kinda things.
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