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Old 02-03-2013, 09:42 AM   #11
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... Beyond activity buses, are there any particular regular school bus bodies that have a little taller interior than 73"??
Can as many as possible add their pre conversion interior height (at center & side wall)? I think this will help others who come here to find info.

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1986 Blue Bird All American FE (40 ft):
74" at center peak
65" at sidewalls

While we are on the short side (under 5'8") we are placing ALL our floor insulation under the flooring rather than on top. The beams the flooring sits on is 9 to 10" (can't remember exactly and I'm not going out in the cold to measure) and we placed R30 Attic (unfaced fiberglass batt) insulation down the center between the two beams. It will get covered either with corrugated metal or fiberglass roofing panels (and spray foam in the open nooks & crannies). The bays will get rigid foam sheathing wheres needed as we plan to heat the bays a bit. Placing the insulation outside means we can do it "later" and it does not eat up interior space. Also means that our plumbing is hidden inside the insulation and it will stay toasty (with the help of a heat cable) without having to add pipe insulation.

We need to build a "4 season" bus since we are currently sitting in an area that has below freezing temps fairly often. Right now it's 7:30AM and the outside temps are 30F although it will start warming up shortly (desert). Coldest temps are between 2AM & 6AM. We figure if we build to the worst temps we are liable to encounter (roughly 35 LAT or South of I40) we should do just fine in the warmer areas (32 - 30 latitude) with their more infrequent cold snaps and hot summer temps. But you gotta insulate no matter where you are.
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Old 02-03-2013, 01:33 PM   #12
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Can as many as possible add their pre conversion interior height (at center & side wall)?
1991 Blue Bird All American RE (40 ft) (40ft) ex activities bus
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Old 02-03-2013, 03:03 PM   #13
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1973 Blue Bird---75 inches in the center.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:19 PM   #14
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off topic but i thought i would share haha, me and my girlfriend are moving to Canton NC this summer.
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Old 02-23-2013, 08:28 PM   #15
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o and i thought i would add, when i first bought my bus i had thought it was too big beaing 40ft but now that i am far into my conversion i and glad that i got a full 40 footer because you really have all the room you could need.
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Old 02-23-2013, 09:25 PM   #16
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off topic but i thought i would share haha, me and my girlfriend are moving to Canton NC this summer.
Canton?!! Oh dear God... How can you stand the smell? It's so awful. It's enough to make me gag. It's the worst part of going to Asheville.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:33 PM   #17
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Welcome!
No bus here yet either, but we looked at some this week and I definitely vote for the tall body buses. Our passengers will be 5'3 and5'9 and the height made a difference for both of us. The taller bus just feels less cramped in general, so add insulation and flooring and I think the regular height would feel tiny. We are looking at full sized buses for full timing. Good luck with your bus hunt! This board is def the place to be for conversion info - the members here are awesome. Keep us posted!
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Old 02-26-2013, 05:33 PM   #18
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hmm i have never heard about the terrible stench of Canton NC but im sure il find out for myslef hahaha
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From one Skoolie wanna be to another, Welcome. I'm in the process of scouting out a bus and wanted to stay around 30' - 32'. I also want a diesel pusher, but cannot find one under 35'. Now my friends say go all the way - 40', you can always find use for more space. I will have to drive a 40' to see if I'm comfortable driving it. I rented a 30' camper and after a while forgot it was so big. Drove through town with no issues. Saw a couple people duck when I made turns . Right now I need to find a place to work on it, I live in an apt

I have a 40' Blue Bird and a 30' International. I choose the International hands down. It's like driving a Honda compared to the 40 footer.
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