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Old 06-09-2017, 12:13 PM   #1
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Hello from Raleigh!

Hi folks,
After allot of research and debating about whether to purchase an RV or convert a bus, I finally decided to convert a school bus, so I started shopping. After looking around for a while, I finally bought my bus just a couple of weeks ago. The bus I ended up with was never a school bus. It was originally built as a bookmobile, so it's not an official "skoolie", but during my decision making process, I watched allot of YouTube videos looking for conversion information and I ended up here. It seems like a great resource for exactly what I am looking to do, so here goes... My bus is a '95 Bluebird 27' cab forward with a 5.9 Cummins diesel with low miles, (105,000) and Allison transmission. It has two roof top RV A/Cs (that I want to remove and replace with a split system and put vent fans in their place) and a Onan 7.5 RV diesel generator (fueled from the engine fuel tank). There are no school bus windows or doors, but it does have two RV type doors, so allot of the typical "skoolie" conversion has already been done. It is full of very nice book cases that I plan to remove and do a full interior gut. Ultimately, I would like to install a full solar system, low flow shower, low flow flushing toilet, washer drier combo, propane fridge, heat, tankless H2O heater, and stove. I also want a kitchen I can work in, because I like to cook. I understand that I am wanting allot for such a short conversion. The bus is shorter than what I wanted, but I think I can make it work. I have lots of questions, and have tried to do some searches here with limited success, so I welcome any tips or advise.
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Old 06-09-2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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Bookmobile is the way to go!
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:16 PM   #3
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Welcome trub

Yeah, bookmobiles are favored. Those usually have pretty good insulation in them, don't they? Those slanted shelves might be kind of awkward, but it's better than ripping out seats.

Cool choice.
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Old 06-09-2017, 01:34 PM   #4
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Woot !

I have a Bookmobile from same Coachbuilder. Just starting out on my build, but good to have another on here.

Check out Turf's Bookmobile build and learn from his path.

Welcome ! Does it smell like....books? Mine does a bit.


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Old 06-09-2017, 06:32 PM   #5
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Sounds like a great find and well equipped. Keep the pix coming!
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks, guys! Wow Rusty! Yours is freakin' awesome! Mine is not nearly that long! I'm jealous! It does have the slanted bookshelves, and it looks like that they will be pretty easy to remove (compared to seats!). I do want to reuse as much of the wood from the shelves as possible for my build. I will defiantly will check out Turf's build and follow yours as well. It does smell like books! (I'm totally cool with that!) I am really looking forward to building this thing out! Here are a few more pics...
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Old 06-10-2017, 05:18 PM   #7
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Wow! Nice score! I'm jealous!
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Old 06-10-2017, 06:06 PM   #8
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Hello from swansboro, or down at the beach.
I just finished a month long job in wake forest and a couple of trips into Raleigh last week.
I just happen to work for an HVAC company and was talking to my boss about finding me a mini-split 120v heat pump system so if you need some help I should be able to get one or two at close to his cost or mine at his cost and yours at cost with labor install? Maybe? I wouldn't mind those roof top units but I don't have holes in my roof and I don't want any.
Good luck and let us know if we can help
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Yeah, you could build a secret passageway behind the bookshelf.

Is insulation better in a bookmobile, or is it standard glass insulation like school buses?
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Old 06-10-2017, 09:11 PM   #10
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Yeah, you could build a secret passageway behind the bookshelf.

Is insulation better in a bookmobile, or is it standard glass insulation like school buses?
They are delivered to Coachbuilder OSB from BlueBird with 2" of spray foam ceiling, walls and under floor. It only has a couple windows, so it stays very comfortable- in winter or heat. Super quiet inside. 16Ga outer skin.

That bus looks to be great shape.
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