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Old 04-27-2022, 01:24 PM   #1
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1995 Bookmobile partial conversion FOR SALE

The ultimate platform for your conversion! 1995 International 3800 chassis with custom Farber Specialty Vehicles body. Engine is an International (Navistar) DT466 mechanical injection diesel mated to an Alison MT643 4-speed automatic transmission. 150,580 original miles. Started life as a bookmobile. I averaged 10.3 mpg driving it from Tennessee to Florida. The entire shell aft of the windshield is 0.125”-thick aluminum with an inch of marine-grade plywood flooring. NO RUST in the body or chassis. The old generator box is quite rusty, though still intact. Starting battery box is aluminum. The floor is factory-insulated from underneath.

Clear Florida motorhome title in-hand. Located in Belleview, FL (50 minutes NW from Orlando, just off I-75). Asking $16,900 or best offer. I am posting this ad exclusively to skoolie.net for now. I'm hoping another enthusiast will take it and turn it into something amazing.

I bought this bus in 2011 and got a lot of work done to it, including stripping out the interior to the outer shell and rebuilding it with superior insulation and amenities. The square ceiling has over seven feet(!) of headroom and even retains standing headroom over the two 100-gallon fresh water tanks that I installed inside. I installed a hatch in the ceiling to access the roof deck (decking needs work) and it even has a 120VAC electric outlet on the roof and one on each side near the ground for your outdoor lighting or entertainment needs.

An accident prevented me from working on it for years and my life plans have since changed. I have reluctantly decided to let it go to someone who can make the best use of it. I’m not going to paint it or do anything else to it; the lucky buyer may want to continue what I’ve started, or rebuild/paint it to suit their needs. What I’ve installed is very robust, but it will be a damn sight easier to remove than the “glued and screwed” bookmobile parts.

Vehicle specifications and dimensions:
  • 1995 International 3800 chassis w/custom body by Farber Specialty Vehicles
  • 7.6L Navistar (IH) DT466 diesel engine 195HP/2400RPM
  • MT643 Allison 4-speed automatic transmission
  • 150,580 original miles
  • Overall length, bumper-to-bumper: 37 feet
  • Wheelbase: 23 feet
  • Engine firewall to rear wall of interior: 31' 9"
  • Finished Interior headroom 7' 2" across the entire flat ceiling
  • GVWR 25,500 lbs
  • GAWR Front 10,000 lbs
  • GAWR Rear 15,500 lbs
  • X175 rear axle (rated for 17,500 lbs, 4.44 gear ratio)
  • Interestingly, this vehicle must have left the factory with 20-inch rims, but was upgraded later to 7.5" x 22.5" tubeless rims on the Dayton-type wheels
  • Front tires replaced in December 2011 and have less than 10 miles on them, rear tires are pretty good
  • Hydraulic 4-wheel disk brakes with Bendix Hydro-Max assist
  • Marine-grade 50-amp, twist-lock shore power connector, wired to inverter/charger
  • New Diehard 8D starting battery 31 MAR 2022
  • Engine coolant flushed and replaced 31 MAR 2022
  • Engine oil and filter changed 2 FEB 2019 (zero miles since/engine started and run every few weeks for the past year)
Included with sale:
  • International Bus 3000-series Operator’s Manual
  • DT-466 Engine Operation And Maintenance Manual
  • Freedom 20 Inverter/Charger 2000-watt inverter with wired remote panel (remote not installed), connected to 120VAC panel with household-type outlets throughout the living space
  • Three (3) new oil filters
  • Never-used spare tire mounted on Dayton wheel rim
  • Four (4) tire chains (never used, still in bags)
  • 20-ton bottle jack, like new
  • Set of three (3) road warning triangles, like new
  • Leveling pads, orange resin, very good condition
  • RhinoFlex sewer hose
  • Two (2) additional water tanks, not installed: one (1) 42-gallon fresh water tank and one (1) 64-gallon gray/black water tank
  • Ariston GL4S 4-gallon point-of-use water heater, never used
  • 24-foot, 50-amp shore power cable with twist-lock, marine-grade female end and standard RV-park male end, includes 30-amp and 120-volt adapters
  • 15-psi pancake air compressor, almost new condition
  • Full size memory foam mattress, never used
  • Kenmore Elite combination microwave/convection oven, works, some heat damage to control panel
  • 3.5 cu ft chest freezer that isn’t working, but maybe you can get it up and running
  • Original interior heater core, removed when I was going to heat the vehicle with electric heaters
  • Various other pieces and parts that were either removed from the vehicle or acquired over the years, all yours now

I will include more photos in replies to this post.
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Old 04-27-2022, 01:25 PM   #2
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Old 04-27-2022, 01:27 PM   #3
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Old 04-27-2022, 01:28 PM   #4
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Old 04-27-2022, 05:37 PM   #5
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WOW, there you go people, that is a real gem, wish I had found something like that for my conversion. Best motor you could have in a conversion, good transmission also. Someone should snap that up real quick.
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Old 04-27-2022, 05:54 PM   #6
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I just added the spare tire to the garage area. It’s over ten years old, but has zero miles and has been stored inside most of its life. Also, this one and the two installed front tires have Dynabead balance beads inside.
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Old 04-27-2022, 07:10 PM   #7
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Damn, that price is LOW!

If anyone at skoolie.net wants a second opinion or someone to go look at this rig, I will gladly go. Take pictures, crawl all up under it, smell inside, audio record the start-up...all that. I really want to see the Camel, too.

Maybe ECCB will ride along?
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Old 04-27-2022, 09:47 PM   #8
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Damn, that price is LOW!

If anyone at skoolie.net wants a second opinion or someone to go look at this rig, I will gladly go. Take pictures, crawl all up under it, smell inside, audio record the start-up...all that. I really want to see the Camel, too.

Maybe ECCB will ride along?
You're welcome to come see it and issue a full report to everyone who's interested!
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Old 04-27-2022, 09:56 PM   #9
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Ha. See ya soon.
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Old 04-27-2022, 10:28 PM   #10
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I've always been partial to bookmobiles and similar body style. Headroom, typically roof air, wired for basic 120v and usually a large diesel generator. Oh...and no bus windows. I was out bid on 4 of them, finally won an auction on one and the seller backed out. The one I ended up with was a private sale. I think they're the best platform for a motor home build. Most had very low mileage >50k and they all went for $20k or better. You won't have much trouble finding a home for yours.

*I have a spare, low hours (630) 16kW Martin diesel generator if the buyer wants to fill that generator bay back up
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Old 04-27-2022, 10:35 PM   #11
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I've always been partial to bookmobiles and similar body style. Headroom, typically roof air, wired for basic 120v and usually a large diesel generator. Oh...and no bus windows. I was out bid on 4 of them, finally won an auction on one and the seller backed out. The one I ended up with was a private sale. I think they're the best platform for a motor home build. Most had very low mileage >50k and they all went for $20k or better. You won't have much trouble finding a home for yours.

*I have a spare, low hours (630) 16kW Martin diesel generator if the buyer wants to fill that generator bay back up
That sounds like the exact generator model that came out of this vehicle!
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Old 04-28-2022, 12:13 PM   #12
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I would remind interested parties that the site warns to not give out personal details to prospective buyers, especially when they have almost no history of other interaction with the forums. If you have never posted on skoolie.net before today, I’m not going to give you my phone number until we’ve discussed the sale in depth.
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Old 04-28-2022, 04:42 PM   #13
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I went up on the roof today and snapped a few photos for the sale. The decking is … okay. It should be replaced, but it’s sound and strong enough to walk on. I drove in a few 3” screws at the front to keep the warping down for now.
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Old 04-29-2022, 06:53 AM   #14
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Phil I think it should sell YESTERDAY at that price.
Personally- I'd drive it up to the next "swarm" or tiny house show and stick a 25k price on it. Its totally a sellers market and the mechanical DT/643 alone would make a normal school bus cost about what you're asking.
Just my thoughts on it. She's a beauty!
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Damn, that price is LOW!

If anyone at skoolie.net wants a second opinion or someone to go look at this rig, I will gladly go. Take pictures, crawl all up under it, smell inside, audio record the start-up...all that. I really want to see the Camel, too.

Maybe ECCB will ride along?
I'd love to but will probably be busy this weekend. I would love to see it though.
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Old 04-29-2022, 06:59 AM   #16
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Phil I think it should sell YESTERDAY at that price.
Personally- I'd drive it up to the next "swarm" or tiny house show and stick a 25k price on it. Its totally a sellers market and the mechanical DT/643 alone would make a normal school bus cost about what you're asking.
Just my thoughts on it. She's a beauty!
Opinions like that are always welcome. 😁
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Old 04-29-2022, 11:32 AM   #17
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Based on feedback I’ve received here and in several private messages, I’m going to raise the asking price and see what happens. Since we’re no longer able to edit posts after any subsequent replies, I’m unwilling to list a price here that may or may not change. Contact me for details.
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Based on feedback I’ve received here and in several private messages, I’m going to raise the asking price and see what happens. Since we’re no longer able to edit posts after any subsequent replies, I’m unwilling to list a price here that may or may not change. Contact me for details.
Absolutely. It has all the right stuff.
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Old 04-30-2022, 12:39 AM   #19
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Polarweasel updated the original post for me to reflect the new asking price. 😁
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Old 04-30-2022, 09:39 AM   #20
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That's more in line. Heck of a jump, but I think it reflects the current market and the value you have here. Your "partial" conversion is better then a lot of full conversions, mine included in that.
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