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Old 02-16-2015, 10:27 PM   #61
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Looks better already!
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Old 02-16-2015, 10:49 PM   #62
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What is the tan runner that I see down the middle of the floor? Mine is black and cracked from age but my wife wants to keep it for the "bus affect". Yours looks great!

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Old 02-17-2015, 08:00 AM   #63
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What is the tan runner that I see down the middle of the floor? Mine is black and cracked from age but my wife wants to keep it for the "bus affect". Yours looks great!
The EOM flooring.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:09 PM   #64
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The PS will have a pro mural of an outdoor scene.
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Old 02-25-2015, 11:12 PM   #65
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The EOM flooring.
Oops, OEM flooring!
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Old 02-26-2015, 08:04 AM   #66
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That has to be the best use of color to make a skoolie not look like a school bus. I'm not generally a fan of leaving a school bus yellow and I'm not sure if it would meet the Indiana,or any other state that doesn't allow school bus "chrome" yellow reqirement, but yours looks really nice. Well done.
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Old 02-26-2015, 12:41 PM   #67
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I would be very careful about how you have the bus loaded.

Those little tires can't carry as much weight as any 22.5" tire. You need to make sure you are not going overweight.

A friend of mine had a Blue Bird All American FE. I mentioned to him the need to weigh his bus before you had everything in place. He didn't think he was going to have any problems but he got his bus weighed anyway.

He discovered that he wasn't anywhere close to being overweight for the GVWR of the bus but he was getting way to close to the front axle weight rating.

The engines of FE buses are considerably further forward than on a Type 'C' bus or truck. If you notice instead of the engine being over the front axle the engine is so far forward that the transmission is more than halfway forward of the front axle. This puts a lot of load forward of the front axle. If you have other heavy stuff between the axles you can overload the front axle.

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Old 02-26-2015, 02:45 PM   #68
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Thanks Cowlitz.

These 1000s have ballast weights behind the rear axle.


I have added nothing to the front of any consequence. In the rear I have added 4 group 31s (300 lb.) and 40 gal. water (300+)and an Onan 4KW (217)w/10 gal. gas (60 lb.). I have removed the 300 (or so) lb. WC lift. To avoid LIGHTENING the front axle too much I have also removed 1 ballast from the rear. The front is higher than when I 1st got it, enough to see it without measuring.

I selected this design because of the 19.5 tires.



"Those little tires can't carry as much weight as any 22.5" tire. " True but...

Our bus has 265/75/19.5 tires and they are rated at about 3415 lb. single.
A typical MH sized 225/70/22.5 is rated at about 3640 single.

As a "usetabe" bus driver This BB handles beautifully.

I plan to weigh her when I get to a scale, there's nothing near us out here in the AZ boondocks!
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Old 02-26-2015, 07:28 PM   #69
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purty bus, and great info on tire rating!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:15 PM   #70
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Thanks everyone for the kind words. Today I installed a wireless rear view camera..... awesome! Wired it on a switch and run it when needed not just while backing.


Wireless 5" Car Rear View Monitor Backup Camera Antenna for Truck Trailer | eBay
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