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Old 11-19-2013, 02:27 PM   #1
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The Silly Been (my new bluebird)

I finally bought a bus. I have been wanting to do a conversion for years, as luck was to have it, I got a great deal on my bus. She is a 1993 BlueBird flat nose with a cummins 5.9 under the doghouse. 185,000 miles. Runs great. I got her for $1000.00. Most of the seats had already been removed and somebody did a military green paint job with house paint (that has to go). Overall I think it was a good purchase.

My plans are to convert the bus into cabin style RV with a very open floor plan. First phase is to pull the floors and walls below the windows and insulate and install a floating wood floor. Eventually I want the bus to have a wood stove behind the drivers seat, a sink, small fridge, an a/c unit, a shower, and possibly an incinerator toilet. The bed will go in the back. I would like the bus to be able to boondock for at least a month. I will get to all of that eventually.

My questions right now focus mainly on the bus a/c and heater units. I have found some good stuff regarding the heater removal/relocation but I have not found anything regarding the a/c system. I would like to remove it, it is bulky and takes up too much room. It works, so I would like to remove it and possibly sell it somewhere. If anyone has any experience removing these I would really appreciate some advice. Also, if anyone has a good outlet for selling these let me know. I will just be putting the money back into the bus.




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Old 11-19-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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Nice bus, welcome to the madness.
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Old 11-19-2013, 03:12 PM   #3
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Re: The Silly Been (my new bluebird)

Welcome
Is the ac really in the way so much that you want to remove it and not have it available over the road?
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:35 PM   #4
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Welcome to the Chaos --- Great unit...love them Birds. Me, I try to work around that A/C system and count my blessings. They are rare and seriously high dollar units that typically work like gangbusters. But then, it's your rig. Make it into what you want. That's the one overriding rule here. Well..that and keep the pix coming!
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:48 PM   #5
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Re: The Silly Been (my new bluebird)

Congratulations on your new bus. Sounds like you got a great deal. Nice to see you using it immediately.

Selling the a/c unit is hit & miss. You're more likely to sell it in the summer, but it's never too early to post it on Craigs List or similar. Sometimes people are looking for a replacement evaporator or condenser but it's not a big market. Usually it's individuals looking, not repair facilities. The companies usually want to put in a new unit so they can offer a warranty. I had the same unit in my Thomas a few years back. Finally ended up scraping it. If you remove it, tape up the ends of the lines so no trash gets in.
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Old 11-20-2013, 08:32 AM   #6
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Re: The Silly Been (my new bluebird)

Dang, I can't see the pictures for some reason.

Welcome! I had a friend who had a bus with the A/C like that, and he took the compressor off the engine, and ran it with a 120vac motor. That way he had his A/C going down the road by running his gen, or when connected to shore power.

Looking forward to (hopefully) seeing the progress you make!
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:05 AM   #7
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Welcome to the community, lot's of great info here. Can't go wrong with the wood stove, we loooove ours, especially with the winter months on the way. Looking forward to seeing your floor plan.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:58 AM   #8
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Welcome!! Nice bus! Looking forward to seeing what you do with her.

I hear you on pulling those AC units, they're huge!! Can they be rebuilt or repurposed into a smaller usable unit maybe?
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Great deal. I might be interested in your A/C.
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Re: The Silly Been (my new bluebird)

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I had a friend who had a bus with the A/C like that, and he took the compressor off the engine, and ran it with a 120vac motor
Any idea how big of a motor to do that, I have the same system. It uses two compressors. one for each side. I've been trying to find out how big of a motor it would take to run each one.
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