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Old 04-23-2016, 08:05 PM   #1
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Wink New Skoolie Here!

Hello All! I'm new to Skoolie and stoked to be here! For years, my lovely wife has been bugging me to buy a bus and convert it. Today I caved and agreed. We are on the hunt for the perfect bus. Doing lots of research at the moment, so I apologize in advance for all of the questions I'm sure I'll ask.

My wife, Heather, and I have been married for 18 years. We have 7 children together, ranging in ages from 16 to 1. 6 Princes and 1 Princess. We homeschool and my company is home based. We are ripe for a Skoolie. Oh, and we have 3 little Chihuahuas that are looking forward to this journey as well.

I look forward to getting to know the different members of this great community and learning all that I can and helping if I can. #GodIsGood
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:29 PM   #2
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Welcome Barefoot
There are no stupid questions, but some do get asked a lot more frequently than others. It's a learning process for most of us since few of us were actually school bus drivers in the official sense.
You're going to need to read a lot of threads and catch up on information as much as possible. If there's anything you don't understand just ask and you'll probably get more answers than you care for.
Have you found a bus yet or have you decided on what type you want?
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:35 PM   #3
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With such a large group it sounds as if what you need is a 40' rear engine bus in order to have enough space to accommodate everyone.

There are a lot of really nice build ups with different ideas of how to maximize space and sleeping spaces.

One of the things that will become very apparent is the lack of privacy when that many people are in such a small amount of space. You may want to seriously consider pulling a separate bunk house behind the bus. Or utilizing an add-a-room attached to an awning on the outside of the bus.

I know of one full timing family that has six kids that tow a 26' bunkhouse edition travel trailer behind their bus. The kitchen was transplanted to the bus and the resulting extra space became more berthing space. The extra bathroom and extra space allows the older kids some privacy and separation from the little ones when they are parked.

However you choose to lay out the floor plan the most important part of the build is the platform upon which you are building. If the platform is not good you will continue to pour $$$ into it with very little to show for it.

For your purposes, do not consider any bus with an engine that isn't a Cummins 8.3L/ISC, Cummins ISL, or a DT466/530 of at least 285 HP. 300+ HP would be better if you plan to tow a bunk house as well.

Whichever bus you do finally decide is best for you, make sure it does not have any rust!
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Old 04-23-2016, 08:57 PM   #4
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welcome !!! you might want to look up i think good vibes bus they have a large family of 9 as well in what i think is similar circumstances.
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Old 04-24-2016, 12:06 AM   #5
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Jealous! A home conversion bus sounds so fun!
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:11 AM   #6
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With such a large group it sounds as if what you need is a 40' rear engine bus in order to have enough space to accommodate everyone.

There are a lot of really nice build ups with different ideas of how to maximize space and sleeping spaces.

One of the things that will become very apparent is the lack of privacy when that many people are in such a small amount of space. You may want to seriously consider pulling a separate bunk house behind the bus. Or utilizing an add-a-room attached to an awning on the outside of the bus.

I know of one full timing family that has six kids that tow a 26' bunkhouse edition travel trailer behind their bus. The kitchen was transplanted to the bus and the resulting extra space became more berthing space. The extra bathroom and extra space allows the older kids some privacy and separation from the little ones when they are parked.

However you choose to lay out the floor plan the most important part of the build is the platform upon which you are building. If the platform is not good you will continue to pour $$$ into it with very little to show for it.

For your purposes, do not consider any bus with an engine that isn't a Cummins 8.3L/ISC, Cummins ISL, or a DT466/530 of at least 285 HP. 300+ HP would be better if you plan to tow a bunk house as well.

Whichever bus you do finally decide is best for you, make sure it does not have any rust!
Cowlitzcoach - Thanks for all of the advice. Would a DT366 do the trick? That's what's in the bus that we're really considering.
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:12 AM   #7
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welcome !!! you might want to look up i think good vibes bus they have a large family of 9 as well in what i think is similar circumstances.
Thanks! I'll look them up! ��
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:14 AM   #8
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Welcome Barefoot
There are no stupid questions, but some do get asked a lot more frequently than others. It's a learning process for most of us since few of us were actually school bus drivers in the official sense.
You're going to need to read a lot of threads and catch up on information as much as possible. If there's anything you don't understand just ask and you'll probably get more answers than you care for.
Have you found a bus yet or have you decided on what type you want?
Robin - The bus we're considering is a 1991 International 3800 Model. 50 Pax. DT366 Engine. Not sure about transmission. It's in pretty great shape. I think we'll love it. ��
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Old 04-27-2016, 10:18 AM   #9
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Robin - The bus we're considering is a 1991 International 3800 Model. 50 Pax. DT366 Engine. Not sure about transmission. It's in pretty great shape. I think we'll love it. ��
is it a DT360?
or is it a Gasoline 366 engine?

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Old 04-27-2016, 10:35 AM   #10
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is it a DT360?
or is it a Gasoline 366 engine?

-Christopher
DT360. Oops! �� Got it mixed up with a DT466.
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