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Old 01-21-2020, 12:33 PM   #1
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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Pennsylvania
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Year: 2000
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: C1FE 2509
Engine: Cummins ISB 5.9L 24V ~ AT545
Rated Cap: Seats 5. Sleeps 4
Update on our bus named Blu

Hey Skoolie family!

It's been a couple years since we've posted on our project but we've been making progress nonetheless. I won't be too wordy so I'll just spout off a list of what we've done over the past couple years:

Overview of Updates:

Power:
  • 30Amp AC power setup
  • 30Amp 120V Surge suppressor
  • 3x 30Amp transfer switches: 1x for generator, 1x for inverter
  • 3000Watt Pure Sine Wave Inverter
  • 200AH(100AH effective capacity) 12V AGM battery bank
  • 55amp battery 3stage charger/tender

Plumbing:
  • Gravity feed and city fresh water hookup
  • 46Gallon fresh water tank
  • 52Gallons of black/Grey water storage total
  • Girard propane tankless water heater
  • 2 sump pumps. 1x for kitchen sink 1x for mudroom washer
  • 2x Showers, 1x toilet, 2x sinks
  • Outdoor shower
  • 12v remote waste tank dump valve

Accessories:
  • RV microwave
  • Mini fridge with separate freezer compartment
  • Single burner 120V AC induction cooktop
  • 12V Rangehood
  • Small 120V AC washing machine
  • Small 120V AC clothes Dryer(Vents to outside)
  • 12,000 BTU mini split installed
  • Rear retractable steps
  • 20lb portable/disposable DOT propane tank compartment
  • 2x fantastic fan skylights (front and rear)

Living areas:
  • Driver's area. Mostly unchanged. Added storage, USB charging and a J1939 protocol ECM scanner
  • Passenger area. Original seating used for passengers. Added removable dining table to double as seating for eating
  • Murphy bunks in the front of bus
  • Full bathroom (Shower, toilet, sink, medicine cabinet, ventilation fan)
  • Kitchenette (Sink, cabinetry, microwave, electric range, rangehood)
  • Master bed area in rear with cabinetry above bed and storage below bed
  • Mudroom has rear exit with retractable steps, washing machine, clothes dryer

Outside:
  • Outdoor shower (With hot and cold water)
  • Waste hose storage compartment
  • Propane tank storage compartment
  • Waste tank dump valve access hatch
  • Fresh water tank dump valve
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Old 01-21-2020, 06:29 PM   #2
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Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 49
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: C1FE 2509
Engine: Cummins ISB 5.9L 24V ~ AT545
Rated Cap: Seats 5. Sleeps 4
Pictures!

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Old 01-21-2020, 06:37 PM   #3
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Location: Unity, NH
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Year: 2003
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Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DT466E (195hp, 520tq)
Rated Cap: 29,000
Very nicely done!
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Old 01-21-2020, 08:12 PM   #4
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Very nicely done!
Thanks Dave!
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:19 PM   #5
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beautiful bus.
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Old 02-10-2020, 08:42 AM   #6
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This looks fantastic, and what a great bus to start with. I was going to offer to help, but it looks like you're done.
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Old 02-10-2020, 11:15 AM   #7
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Rated Cap: Seats 5. Sleeps 4
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This looks fantastic, and what a great bus to start with. I was going to offer to help, but it looks like you're done.

Thanks! I worked hard on it. Only punctured my finger once haha. Long story short...wife said PIZZA!, I started rushing with a screwgun then zip! "#$%!@". I would have loved to do this build with someone but all of our friends wimped out fearing the challenge so I ended up being a loner and took my time over a 2 year period. The gesture is much appreciated!

As for the bus itself, we really lucked out with this find. We had a lot of requirements on the type of bus we wanted. We essentially wanted to build a Class A RV without spending Class A RV money. This meant the bus couldn't be a school bus, no dognose, no wheel humps/has a flat floor and had to be 25-27ft bumper-to-bumper for turning off our narrow street into our driveway.

We started looking at shuttle buses/old church buses but didn't like the fiberglass & plywood bodies ultimately getting discouraged and accepting that finding the perfect bus could take years.

Well, as people say, you find what you're looking for when you stop searching. We stumbled across another skoolie's blog about getting their bus from a dealership outside of Reading, PA. Just for fun, I peeked at the dealership's website not expecting to find any used buses let alone anything at a reasonable price. Low and behold, there it was, this 26 foot Blue Bird transit bus that checked off all of our boxes featured for sale as an Internet Special. We bought it after the price was marked down to under $5000, more than 50% off it's original price. The dealership also delivered it to our home for $150. We couldn't have asked for more and are very grateful!

Other tid-bits:
  • The motor was replaced with a rebuilt one 7k miles ago
  • Transmission and chassis have 126k miles on them
  • Dealership removed the heavy wheelchair lift and all but 2 rows of seats for us at no additional cost

Very grateful indeed!
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