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Old 08-17-2018, 01:04 PM   #1
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Caroline here in Asheville, NC. My partner and I just bought a school bus on Monday! Specs:
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180,000 miles
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just retired from the school, so in full bus mode
got it for 4800 feeling great about it!

Were planning to begin ripping the seats out Monday and Tuesday of the next week. I got some advice from experienced friends here advising us to leave the floor and walls in tact and build over them.
I am feeling like it could eat up some of our space to do so, but save us a lot of work.
Does anyone have some advice on this ?
All and any is much appreciated!
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:07 PM   #2
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Hi All!

Caroline here in Asheville, NC. My partner and I just bought a school bus on Monday! Specs:
98 Bluebird 36 Passenger
466 diesel
180,000 miles
air brakes
just retired from the school, so in full bus mode
got it for 4800 feeling great about it!

Were planning to begin ripping the seats out Monday and Tuesday of the next week. I got some advice from experienced friends here advising us to leave the floor and walls in tact and build over them.
I am feeling like it could eat up some of our space to do so, but save us a lot of work.
Does anyone have some advice on this ?
All and any is much appreciated!
Congratulations Caroline! Welcome to the skoolie family. We are not too far ahead of you on our conversion. We have been making fun little conversion videos with the kids the link is below. May help you with ideas of what to do and what not to do LOL!
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:08 PM   #3
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Hi All!

Caroline here in Asheville, NC. My partner and I just bought a school bus on Monday! Specs:
98 Bluebird 36 Passenger
466 diesel
180,000 miles
air brakes
just retired from the school, so in full bus mode
got it for 4800 feeling great about it!

Were planning to begin ripping the seats out Monday and Tuesday of the next week. I got some advice from experienced friends here advising us to leave the floor and walls in tact and build over them.
I am feeling like it could eat up some of our space to do so, but save us a lot of work.
Does anyone have some advice on this ?
All and any is much appreciated!
Find out if its geared for 45 mph or if its just limited in the computer.
Most NC buses only do 45mph.
If its just the computer its easy and cheap/free to fix.

As for the interior panels- I say rip em out. That stuff inside is usually pretty gross.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:32 PM   #4
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Gutting the walls and ceiling give you an opportunity to add more and better insulation, an extremely important factor if you plan on spending period of time in it. No one wants to lose headroom.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:34 PM   #5
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Congratulations Caroline! Welcome to the skoolie family. We are not too far ahead of you on our conversion. We have been making fun little conversion videos with the kids the link is below. May help you with ideas of what to do and what not to do LOL!
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:37 PM   #6
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Agreed, I would rip out the panels and the gross insulation and replace it all with good stuff. Plus, you get money for recycling it. May not be much, but any bit helps in a conversion!
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:42 PM   #7
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The removal of the floor is to remove the rust that is there, and there will be rust. Now is the time to repair and do preventive maintenance so your builds dollars are not wasted when it all falls through the floor.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:25 PM   #8
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Did you get my PM?
As a new member with only 1 post, that user might not be able to send PMs yet. I don't exactly remember the new-user restrictions anymore..
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:20 PM   #9
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Old 08-19-2018, 06:31 PM   #10
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As a new member with only 1 post, that user might not be able to send PMs yet. I don't exactly remember the new-user restrictions anymore..
He's not new, 100+ posts. He's been posting about selling insurance in the Tn/Ga area. Sent him a request for a quote after he said he could help.
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