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Old 08-19-2023, 10:14 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Idaho
Posts: 30
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison MD3060
1998 38' Bluebird TC2000 75% Complete - 6BT MD3060

With mixed emotions weíve decided to sell our bus, itís just not getting the use Iíd hoped. It was purchased in 2018 from a private owner that used it to give Xmas light tours, he got it from the school district in eastern Idaho. Lived its whole life in Idaho until we moved to Oregon last September, no rust issues to speak of. 14 window, roughly 38í long. 12V Cummins 5.9L I6, MD3060 transmission (I havenít unlocked 6th yet), great combination and the only thing I might change is a rear engine. 170K miles. Itís been a slow conversion, not done but very usable in its current state. We did a 2000 mile trip throughout Washington and Oregon with no hiccups, itís a great bus and the drivetrain is super simple and easy to maintain. I havenít been able to get an accurate mileage estimate but I think itís sitting between 10 and 12mpg. With a 90 gallon fuel tank itís pushing 1000 miles of range. Weíve taken it through a weight station, 22k lbs fully loaded. Sleeps and seats (with belts) 6. Reply or message with any questions, located in the Willamette valley.

Conversion:
  • Original seats and floors removed, floor rust treated, several coats of rustoleum followed by ĺĒ rigid insulation, subfloor, and vinyl flooring front to back.
  • Wall and ceiling insulation left as is.
  • Windows remain functional, added some sealant to those that were leaking. No known leaks at the moment.
  • Power cabinet behind the driver seat housing the breaker box (30A), solar controller, 2x 6V 100Ah deep cycle batteries, 2000W inverter charger, power monitor, small pantry, and front TV and bluray player. Shore power inlet next to the driver seat, cable and 110V adapter included. 400W of solar on the roof.
  • Ford Transit and 90ís Chrysler minivan seating. Sideways seats have built in 5 point harnesses for the wee ones.
  • Kitchen includes Camp Chef oven/stove, Edgestar fridge/freezer (110V), microwave, sink/faucet (not hooked up), and plentiful storage. Water pump, accumulator, and strainer installed but not hooked up yet. Propane water heater as well. Propane hung under bus, 2x 15lb tanks for easy swapping out. Hard plumbed to oven and water heater.
  • 12000 BTU mini split with heat pump, interior unit mounted above windshield, exterior hung from floor ribs. Plugs in separately to a standard 110V outlet.
  • 8KW diesel heater (installed, needs permanent wiring) with a standalone tank.
  • Bathroom with accordion door. I have a shower setup that I didnít get around to installing that could be included for the right price. Same with the Natureís Head composting toilet.
  • 4x bunk beds, RV twin size. I fit at 6í2Ē. Storage underneath with sliding doors. Baskets and water bottle holders on the walls.
  • Queen bed in the rear with a 7Ē foam mattress. Hatch in the bulkhead to the garage. Wall mounted TV/DVD that can pivot to be seen from the bunks.
  • Closets on both sides between the bunks and the rear bed.
  • Storage garage underneath the mattress with shelving and plenty of room for bikes, fishing poles, paddleboards, etc.
  • Full curtains throughout. 12V lighting throughout.
  • Painted with a lighter tinted rustoleum blue paint, lovely color and very durable.

Other Info:
  • Full service in 2021, including all fluids and 6x brand new tires ($3k).
  • Clean title, currently registered and insured as an RV in Idaho.
  • Air brakes, door, and seat work well. Buzzers still iintact. The strobe and stop sign still work as well.

Issues:
  • The transmission threw a 2112 code a year after I bought it (throttle position sensor issue). After diagnosis the shop swapped the TCM which seemed to fix it, but itís back. Doesnít affect driveability, Iíve just left it be.
  • I believe the temp switch for the fan isnít working, itís never overheated but has gotten a bit hot (200-210F) on long uphills in the past and the fan doesnít kick on.
  • The stereo (simple bluetooth unit) has been misbehaving lately, I havenít diagnosed it yet.
  • I had all intentions of lining the ceiling with maps. Got about 4 done so itís patchy.
  • The tach gets a mind of its own sometimes.

Included Extras:
  • Full cover for winter storage
  • Wheel covers
  • Windshield shades
  • Winter grille cover

Extras available for add-on:
  • Natureís Head composting toilet
  • Shower setup, including galvanized tub and drain hardware
  • 2x 55 gallon fresh/gray water tanks, level sensors, and all shore connection hardware, also a frame to hang them under the bus
  • RV ladder (was going to put on a rooftop deck)
  • Class IV hitch
  • DC-DC charger setup (I had plans to redo the solar setup to make it a bit more boondock ready)

Looking for $15,000, which is a good bit less than I have into it. Price is OBO.
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Old 08-23-2023, 04:05 PM   #2
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Idaho
Posts: 30
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison MD3060
Iíd love to hear some feedback, more pics or details needed? Price off? Hoping to move this on to someone who can use it a lot more than I have.
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Old 09-21-2023, 05:05 PM   #3
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Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Idaho
Posts: 30
Year: 1998
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: TC2000
Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison MD3060
Big price drop, hoping to sell before winter - $10,000
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Old 09-21-2023, 10:16 PM   #4
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Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Posts: 650
Year: 2003
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: TC2000 28ft
Engine: Cummins ISB 5.9 24v, MD3060
Rated Cap: 14
Good luck on the sale. Looks like solid rig for someone on a budget who wants to go places now!
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Old 09-30-2023, 11:47 PM   #5
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Year: 1998
Coachwork: Bluebird
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Engine: Cummins 5.9/Allison MD3060
Sold, thank you all!
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