OK... I did it. I just pulled the trigger on a 1997 International Blue Bird short bus.
It is a model 3800 with a T444E Diesel, 231K miles with hydraulic brakes. I am blaming all of this on Brad, since his party machine gave me the idea. Picked it up on E-bay, the bad news is it's near Washington, DC, so a road trip is in the planning. Pretty sure my wife is going to kill me.
Countdown to November 27th- I maybe optimistic, but my goal is to have it ready for the Ohio State vs. Michigan game
. Suspect a lot of beer will be required as I start calling friends for favors. Any advice or suggestions would be appreciated.
I do have a few questions as I start out... I'll send you a "virtual" beer.
I see most people paint then insulate the floor with foam board and furring strips for the frame. Has anybody used those 2' x 2' interlocking OSB underlayment boards that have the plastic feet, like you use one concrete floors? I have been thinking about that, screwing down with self tapping screws.
Looking for a good plan for inverter and battery bank. I will likely run two 30amp/125v shore power lines that can be used to either plug into standard 110v with an adapter, a generator, or 30amp/125V twist connectors.
: I would like to have a decent sound system in the bus, put I am going to put in an external access panel to plug in TV's, satellite dish, and have outputs for external speakers, decent JBL or similar like a DJ would use.
I would at some point like to install a metal deck for storage, and possibly drop rails in to create a deck. Not sure how much it would be used as a deck, not sure anyone should be up there the way we tailgate. Any way, any plans or thoughts would be appreciated.
I have no plans for a head, but I am thinking about a small porta-pottie just in case. The ones on campus during the game get pretty disgusting, doesn't bother me so much, but I am sure my wife will appreciate it.
Pretty sure I am going with the VuQube Model VQ3000
. It can be used while moving, it is portable, and I can use it on my boat. Most dedicated marine dishes are over 4K, but I really use my boat as a floating cottage, so this should work except when underway. That's my plan, anyone with any experience with these dishes.
Finally, looking for some floor plan ideas. This is my first drawing.
I will have a web site set up for the bus soon, actually would like to get it first!
look for http://buckeye.pair-a-docs.com
Thanks to all... Woo Hoo.