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Old 06-11-2016, 12:07 AM   #1
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1985 Skoolie for sale $14,500

Greetings! We have a good deal for you. Fully converted skoolie. Ready to go. We bought this from a family that was getting ready for a big trip in 2014. They did all kinds of repairs listed below. The power steering had to be fixed and a part needed arrived later than they could wait. The bus sat for 20 months during their project. They moved and had to sell. We bought it this May after having A to Z bus service which is an authorized bluebird repair shop, flush the coolant which did not do an damage from the long time sitting they confirmed, oil change and topped off transmission fluid. Plus all new batteries. We had them test drive it too. Top speed is 55 mph with how the engine is currently configured. They looked at everything and we did all the repairs they recommended.

We were heading out and an hour later we overheated. We are not handy to fix that sort of thing so we called AAA. Due to our location we had to be towed. A to Z inspected all the parts that could have cause the overheat and test drove again. They said everything looked fine. While waiting for the tow we had second thoughts and realized this is not the right vehicle for us. We need something newer. Time to sell. We are moving and would like to sell soon. We are out of state. The service manager at A to Z can show the bus to you and do a test drive. You must coordinate with me for a visit. Please serious inquires only for viewing the bus. Call/email and get questions answered first.

We are asking $14,500

Previous owners video. Watch it. This is a great walk through.

Check out a youtube video & tour the bus at
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:09 AM   #2
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VIN: 1BAB1BMA8FF071032 (clean record)
Current MN registration as an RV
180K odometer reading
Automatic Allison Transmission
CAT Diesel engine
Air Brakes
40 foot long Blue Bird All American

CAT 3208 drivetrain
Allison Automatic Transmission
Rebuilt engine and transmission in 2013
Dual 40 gallon diesel tanks, one on each side

Sleeps 8 (1 queen, 4 bunks, 1 full futon)
Rear queen bed with mattress and storage underneath
4 small 5' bunks with 4" custom Serta memory foam pads and 4" high density foam base
Full-sized futon with new blue chenille cover in living/dining area

HUGE 5'x8' bathroom
Large shower with marbled plexiglass door
Dometic SeaLand Gravity Discharge Toilet
Sink with storage
2 vanity storage spaces
18"deep x 24" wide x 72" tall closet
12"deep x 12" wide x 72" tall closet

2-Door Dometic absorption propane/electric refrigerator
4 burner Suburban propane stove
Double stainless sinks
Over-stove lighting
Over-stove storage shelf
Over-fridge storage shelf
2'x2' cutting table with 2 sliding drawers and 2-door cabinets
Suburban Direct Vent gas water heater

U-shaped dining nook with custom seat and back cushions
Storage under two ends of dining seating (12"x16"x17 and 12"x31"x21")
Custom folding dining table for 3-4 folded or 6+ unfolded
Full-Sized Futon with new cover
Under futon storage is 13"x25"x65"

Captain's chair with Sharper Image Massage Cushion
Kenwood Satellite Radio Interface Box with CD/AM/FM/USB/Bluetooth and 1/8" Inputs and removable faceplate
Driver's fan
Rolling cloth shades

Two tone brown/tan marine paint finish
Kipor KDE 5000E Diesel Generator powered by bus fuel line
4-bank house batteries --new April 2016
4-bank bus batteries--new April 2016
60 pound propane tank
40 gallon fresh water tank
20 gallon grey water tank
20 gallon black water tank
50 amp service input with 30 amp adapter
100' power cord in for residential charging
Four exterior 125V power outlets
Rear 2'x3'x7' storage compartment

Xantrex Freedom 458 Series Inverter/Charger
Xantrex Link 1000 Battery Monitor
Two Carrier AirV Roof-Mount Heat Pump/AC units (living room/bedroom)
Camco RV Catalytic Safety Heater in living room
Wired sound system and speakers throughout entire bus
Two flatscreen TV wall-mounts
One 24" flatscreen TV
Cloth Venetian Blinds in Dining/Living and Bedroom areas
Plastic Venetian Blinds in bathroom, hallway and side cockpit
Interior height in center is 6' 2"

All in 2014
**Work completed by A-Z Bus Sales, certified Blue Bird Service Center of California within the last 18 months/500 miles
Replaced front and rear leaf springs
New bushings/gaskets
New hydraulic fan motor and blades
New rear tire
New radiator
New air brake hoses
New hydraulic pump
New hydraulic oil cooler
New water pump
Repaired multiple oil and coolant leaks
Repaired/replaced electrical in dash (lights, transmission fluid gauge, back-up lights)
Rebuilt power steering pump
New power steering pulley and belts
2 new 8D Interstate bus batteries
4 new 6V Interstate RV batteries
Fresh oil change & lube within last 400 miles
Transmission serviced
Pressure Washed Engine
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:33 AM   #3
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That looks like a great bus and a well done conversion.

It is interesting that it has a side aisle rather than the more common center aisle. It makes the use of the space different from a center aisle. For one thing, it makes the bathroom huge in comparison.

It is too bad it didn't work out for you or for the original convertors.

I hope it finds a good home with someone here.

You would be hard pressed to do a conversion of that quality for that price today.

I am a bit puzzled by the top speed of 55 MPH. I have seen many BB AA with Cat 3208's of that vintage and I have never seen one that had a top speed that slow. It is very possible someone spe'c'ed with gears that are great for climbing big hills and not for highway speed. But it would be nice if it could go a little faster. The only one I have ever seen that went that slow had a two speed rear end with the switch in the engine compartment. Low side had a top speed of about 50 and the high side had a top speed of about 70.
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Old 06-11-2016, 12:58 AM   #4
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The converters had it for many years and used it. Then another family traveled for over a year with it. Then it was sold to the folks we bought it from. I believe it was dine in 2006. It was meant to be this way. Big drop of cash but someone will get a good deal. We need to part ways pretty soon.

For the top speed the service center recommended taking the fuel injector or pump (I forget which now) out and cleaning and re calibering it. That could improve the speed. It is above me. Someone else will know the right path for it.

The hallway on the side does make the bath HUGE. If over 6ft you do need to duck on the side hallway though.
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Old 06-11-2016, 01:54 PM   #5
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Location: Pittsburgh, PA
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Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: NaviStar DT466e 7.6
Rated Cap: 29,000
The video link seems to be broken.
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Old 06-15-2016, 10:28 PM   #6
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: SafTLiner
Engine: CAT 3126
Video doesn't work
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:01 PM   #7
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Try this. It is a video on the "one year road trip" channel
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:03 PM   #8
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Sorry about that.

Try this. It is a video on the "one year road trip" channel
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Old 06-21-2016, 03:06 PM   #9
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We woudl be open to offers that are less than $14,500. We cannot go much below that though. Thank you for your interest.

Here is the newest Craigs list add with pics too
1985 Bluebird School Bus RV conversion
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Old 07-06-2016, 09:43 PM   #10
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Gorgeous bus!! Does it drive well? Is it still currently available?
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