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Old 07-15-2014, 04:42 AM   #1
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Hey there,

I purchased a 1998 Blue Bird All American - I knocked the price down a bit so the place I bought it from would do a hub seal repair and fresh batteries. I am planning on building an RV.
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:14 AM   #2
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Welcome to Skoolie!

Congrats on your purchase and best of luck with your new project. Don't forget to post pictures! (We love pictures.)
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:20 AM   #3
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welcome aboard,

congrats on the new bus
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:30 PM   #4
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I couldn't post pictures right away since that was my first post. I keep getting a "Sorry, the board attachment quota has been reached" message.

We drove it around the block and it seemed to run good, without any hard shifting and made lots of power. I hear there's a possible way to give it a second overdrive for 6th gear as well.

My goals are to get the seats out, pull the old subfloor, and replace all the plywood. The storage boxes below I'll get some marine grade ply or something to resist the moisture better.

I see a lot of people taking out the steel headliner and replacing the insulation. Is the insulation in those busses that terrible? It seems to me if I were to do a metal stud wall construction, the ceiling would make a great place to rivet walls to.


Here they are linked from imgur.

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Old 07-15-2014, 03:02 PM   #5
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Dad, this is embarrassing.

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Welcome to the skoolie community. Nice bus, and the kids are excited about it, they just don't know how much yet!
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I see a lot of people taking out the steel headliner and replacing the insulation. Is the insulation in those busses that terrible? It seems to me if I were to do a metal stud wall construction, the ceiling would make a great place to rivet walls to.
Its fiberglass batting, which holds dirt which holds moisture and that leads to mold problems. Plus its not the greatest in the world when it comes to heat retention. Mine had a lot of crud built up in the rear insulation, and I still haven't gotten all the ceiling panels down. You'll want to get into the ceiling to see if there are any leaks in the roof, and build in thermal breaks to prevent heat transfer through the roof.
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Our fiberglass insulation in our bus is in fantastic shape. So we kept it, all of it. There was one piece that we had to replace due to a previous owner removing and destroying the insulation in the process (I really don't understand why the one 25X18 section was the only trashed piece we found). The only place we have removed it was in the front and rear bulkheads. We did that because we used the space for the A/C units. Our insulatin is also very dense like the stuff you find inside a residential range (the kind you cook supper on).We also had only one "leak" in the whole bus. It seemed to be a recent leak and there was no mold in the fiberglass.
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Welcome to the madness of school bus conversions. Your little ones will enjoy the finished product for years to come.
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Old 07-16-2014, 12:01 PM   #10
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I am sooo jealous of your luggage bays. With luggage bays that big your bus was probably intended for the band or team use on long trips which means highway gears!
As to the embarrassing picture of your kids posed next to the bus, wait till they figure out that embarrassing them is part of a parents job!
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