Greetings Fellow Skoolies! Just bought a 1989 Blue Bird All American from a church, and the bus is in AWESOME shape. It already has a decent custom paint job that needs only the small church grafitti covered over, is chromed out in a number of ways, and runs like a top! When I take it out on the interstate it wants to run 75 to 80mph without breathing hard. Extremely tight and smooth.
The bus has three roof mounted AC units (all 2 1/2 years old) as well as a 12k diesel genset underneath the same age. The bus is powered by what I think is a Cummins 8.2 fuel injected turbo diesel, 4 speed Allison Automatic Transmission, twin air compressors for the air brakes, and all interior and exterior lights function. I have already gutted out the seats down to the floor to begin my build. This is my platform - the starting point.
The destination is to have a comfortable touring bus for a group of older musicians who want to tour around to small communities in Carnival style, set up, play music, get paid, and move on.
As I began looking for information about where to buy accessories for the build it occurred to me that I didn't know jack diddly about this, and thought perhaps there may be someone on here that may be willing to advise me what NOT to do, and things I should consider - you know critical foundational infrastructure, electrical, 12v stuff, etc....oh yeah - fresh water too. I have already decided to use steel studs for the infrastructure to keep it light and strong. I want a privacy suite in the back, 6 bunks ahead of that - stacked 3 each side, small kitchen with eating nook, large lounging area up front.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
All the very Best...Mark Antony Wray