Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-23-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
Bus Nut
 
bus-bro's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Whidbey Island, WA.
Posts: 680
Year: 1984
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: All American
Engine: 3208 na boat anchor
Rated Cap: 2
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

There are some great buses out there. I saw about four thirty foot dog-nose buses, each with an International dta360 and Allison mt643, go for about $2,500 a few years ago. Not much for towing, though.

That was a bus that I wish I had bought, but you could also say that about those 10 wheel Crowns, with a turbo'd 6V71, that went for $3,200.
bus-bro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-26-2013, 10:07 AM   #2
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

Quote:
Originally Posted by Omerta
Towing capability would really come down to light I can keep the mods in the chassis to use that extra passenger carrying juice and braking power to tow a trailer.

Basically, I'd love to see a database of the specifications for buses. Does that exist on skoolie or elsewhere?
Great question. I'm a newbie too and this type of information would certainly answer a lot of my questions. Good luck on your search.
__________________
Steve
scooter56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 01:51 PM   #3
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

Quote:
Originally Posted by Omerta
Has anyone reskinned a bus with aluminum? Shed some weight? I love the airstream designs and would like to apply some principles to my own. Biggest concern would be cost and strength I would think. Cathodic protection can be done though layering the metals.
I think for the cost and complexity of that undertaking, one would probably be money ahead just getting an Airstream. That's just my two cents and I could be wrong, but it sure seems expensive. That said, I also like the Airstream designs and look and they have a very large, loyal following. I was right in the middle of an Airstream club jamboree at one of our camping trips and met a lot of Airstream owners.
__________________
Steve
scooter56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 01:53 PM   #4
Site Team
 
bansil's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: MNT CITY TN
Posts: 5,044
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

You could always mount and airstream on a RE bus chassis...that would be
__________________
Our build La Tortuga
Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory.
George S. Patton
bansil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-2013, 04:34 PM   #5
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 27
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

Quote:
Originally Posted by Omerta
Quote:
Originally Posted by bansil
You could always mount and airstream on a RE bus chassis...that would be
ha, that doesn't save me the cost of an airstream

Yeah it could be pricy, but Al is cheaper than steel typically. I'm stacking my budget ceiling at $30k capital for a $100k equivalent in build quality. Should be do able with proper planning and patience sourcing parts.
I like the way you think.
__________________
Steve
scooter56 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 01:44 PM   #6
Bus Nut
 
SeanF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 524
Year: 1993
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: IHC
Engine: Dt360
Rated Cap: 19
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

FWIW, I weighed my bus after the conversion, and it came in at around 20k lbs. This is with a roof deck of Trex decking (heavy), all appliances, basically ready for full-timing. The GVWR of my bus is 29k lbs. I would assume that most post-conversion buses come in way under GVWR, so you'd have no problem hauling a couple motorcycles, either towing or onboard, and still have plenty of wiggle room.

Good luck
Sean
__________________
Bus conversion/info here
SeanF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-2013, 04:26 PM   #7
Bus Nut
 
SeanF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 524
Year: 1993
Coachwork: AmTran
Chassis: IHC
Engine: Dt360
Rated Cap: 19
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

Interior ceiling height is around 6'1".

Deck height is (I think) around 9'.
__________________
Bus conversion/info here
SeanF is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-12-2013, 12:10 PM   #8
Site Team
 
crazycal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 4,087
Re: New Here... working on my own sketches and designs

Don't think that a school bus that you have sunk a ton of money into is anything other than a skoolie. If you reskin it in aluminum, consider that money gone. You will not recoup that money when you resell. Whatever you build should be built to suit your needs and wants. If you are going to towing a trailer with car, supplies, spares and STUFF, I would try to get an 8.3 Cummins. You might want to think about building a toter.
__________________
I'm hungry!

You Gotta Let Me Fly
crazycal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

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
When not working on the Skoolie... browncrown Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 4 01-21-2013 08:06 PM
gauges not working headin2MT Conversion General Discussions 3 02-08-2012 02:50 PM
Working on the road 5k00li3n00b Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 10 01-19-2012 10:11 AM
A couple cool swamp cooler/ AC designs - on DC power elkoskoolie Conversion General Discussions 0 07-17-2009 09:45 AM
STILL working on my bus! KC10Chief Conversion General Discussions 1 08-23-2008 01:46 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.