Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-14-2012, 12:17 PM   #21
Bus Nut
PDBreske's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Ocala, FL
Posts: 594
Year: 1995
Coachwork: Bookmobile body by Farber
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: Navistar DT466/Alison MT643
Rated Cap: 1
Re: Total newbie, some pointers?

Don't limit your search to just "school buses." I found a 1995 bookmobile through the classified ads on this site and I'm very happy with the platform. It's based on an International 3800 school bus chassis, but the body is all aluminum with over 7-1/2 feet of interior headroom across the flat ceiling. No need to raise the roof or build crazy-shaped cabinets to fit the rounded ceilings of a typical school bus.

I'll admit these are a lot harder to find than a used school bus, but sometimes they pop up. You just need to be ready to grab it when you find it. I took a Greyhound from Florida to Tennessee to get mine and found the interior to be a mess, but the basic platform is a great starting point. Mine has a DT466 engine and Alison MT643 transmission and gets an actual 10.3 MPG at around 55 MPH.

So, be patient and look around, but be ready to jump on a good deal.
Read about the "Camel" RV Conversion project!

My first passion is photography. Visit my website to see some of my work.
PDBreske is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Total Lenght of an 28 Passenger Bluebird Krakz Conversion General Discussions 6 12-02-2013 04:20 PM
Overall total conversion costs? SweetBearCub Conversion General Discussions 30 09-06-2013 01:07 AM
What are you paying (total) per gal for your WVO? nearhomeless Veggie Oil | WVO | Biodiesel | SVO 0 05-18-2009 07:45 PM
Any last pointers? dlor1 Veggie Oil | WVO | Biodiesel | SVO 2 03-27-2007 11:59 AM
Going to do the brakes this weekend, pointers? Les Lampman Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 0 04-12-2004 05:53 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:29 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.