Welp.....I've lurked here and thought of building a skoolie for years. If I was ever going to do it....this was the bus and time. Our local school district has owned this bus since new and is retiring it for the 25 year rule. It was always shedded and was an activity bus....so it never saw daily country roads. It has the 12v cummins with a P pump and a 5 speed with 2 spead rear axle. It is governed at 72 and cruises well at 65 even loaded according to the drivers. I have full service records since it was new and it has 120k on it.
Its 35 feet bumper to bumper, 27 ish feet behind the driver. I don't see hardly any rust anywhere....the seam seals all seem fresh.....paint is darn near perfect save a couple scrapes. A couple windows need some work. Our local transportation supervisor I have known for years and he is meticulous on upkeep...and he hates to see it go. Says its been dead reliable which means it will probably blow up next week. Even had the clutch changed at 100k.
Only negatives are no air brakes, split rims, and no factory AC, and is 6'4" inside. I can deal with those issues.
The goals are 2 fold....we do quite a bit of tent camping at the lake and some spots we go...or will go....I didn't know if a 40 footer could get there especially with a front overhang. We need a bunch of room with the 4 kids.....hopefully this will give us enough room for everyone and still be able to get in places. We also want to do some of the national parks as the kids grow and this will get us into some campgrounds with a 35 foot limit.
We also travel 6 hours to KC for Chiefs games often....so this will be our mobile cruizer to and from the games....make it a bunch easier because we have to drive down and back most times to accommodate our schedules.
It was sealed bid and I paid 2750....probably more than I should but I figured it checked so many boxes....knew the history....my preferred powertrain and in my backyard. I was just praying nobody else was more crazy than me.
The idea is to gut, pull lights, seal, paint, insulate, and finish over the next 2 years and hopefully hit our first national park in 2022. Also have a 55 chevy pickup we are getting running and a basement in the house to finish....and the deal was we are doing all 3 not just focusing on the bus. So....here we go.
Right now her name is Soooooosan from Monsters Vs Aliens.....we will see if it sticks but that all made us belly laugh when we were coming up with name so thats it for now.
Probably will forego a full bedroom in the back but instead go with a vaulted queen with electric and water tank under, 4 bunks in front of that to the wheel wells....shower and toilet enclosed with a kitchen, couch bed and small dinette that turns into a bed too. Should be able to sleep 10 ish.
Aint she a beaute!!!