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Old 11-30-2017, 06:09 PM   #1
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New again!

HI there skoolie folks. I joined a while back when I got a different bus. That turned out to be a nightmare. The church I got it from could not agree amongst themselves. There was one standout and he would not release the title. I am thinking it turned out for the best, as I found lots of problems with the bus as I got into it.

A refresh about me... I live in Red Oak, Texas. I plan to live on the bus after the conversion and travel all over the continent.

About the new bus... She is a 40' 2002 Bluebird with a Cummins and an Allison tranny. She was previously converted into a bloodmobile. I hope this doesn't disqualify her as a skoolie. She didn't have a choice in the matter.

https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=shsz7ywLVKy&brand=0 Walk through her and see how I got her.

I already have most of what is going into her. But, there's still a lot to do. I plan to have her completed and on the road before spring. She will have a bedroom in the back, fresh and gray water tanks, 12v DC and 110v AC. 2.1KW of solar on top and 6KWh of battery storage. I also have two 15KW powertech diesel generators. I will be selling one. There are currently 4 rooftop A/C units, I will be selling those and installing a mini-split system. I have a lot more planned.

I'll keep everyone updated the best I can.
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Old 12-01-2017, 06:45 AM   #2
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Looks good and great platform, probably better than a book mobile

and you are more than welcome here
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:37 AM   #3
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I'm new to this whole program myself, bring our bus home next Thursday, let the fun begin!
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:38 AM   #4
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blood mobiles rock!! and you will likely want 2 Mini splits for a bus that size esp if thats going to be your driver-A/C as well..

awesome looking bus!!
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:48 AM   #5
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Help me here, what is a mini-split? I think I did one when I was a kid fell off a bike...
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Old 12-01-2017, 08:52 AM   #6
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they are heat / cool A/C units that often riun on 115 volts.. dont surge a generator, are very quiet.. you mount an inside unit up high on your back and / or front bulkheads of the bus.. then you can hang the outside cxompressor unit underneath..

they are pretty efficient and due to their nature of no surge current they tend to be generator / inverter (pure sine wave), and solar friendly..

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Old 12-01-2017, 08:55 AM   #7
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That is very helpful, what size and number (2?) would you recommend for a Saf-T-Liner HDX?
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Old 12-01-2017, 09:50 AM   #8
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That is very helpful, what size and number (2?) would you recommend for a Saf-T-Liner HDX?
a lot depends on how well you will insulate.. if you are going to spray foam, and put in good RV windows, insulate for floors, etc and plan to travel into hot climates, 2 of them at 12,000 BTU are going to give you a nice reasonable cool down and keep you cool..

driving on the road aside.. theres more than one of us that will tell you that road A/C is a whole different animal if you want it.. if your buss already has it.. think long and hard before you rip it out..

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Looks good and great platform, probably better than a book mobile

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What's with the bookmobile hate? Bookmobiles are people, too.


Welcome to the new guy and his bloodmobile. I really like the style of those buses.

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Two mini-splits is exactly where I'm going with this!
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