I measured yesterday. From the back bumper to the front is ~25', but with the front mirrors (which I intend to keep) it's ~26'. I plan to add a small motorcycle rack on the back of mine, bringing the total length to ~28'
This looks great. You're gonna have so much fun working on this thing, all the things you're learning now will be super useful later in life and will put you a few "practical" steps ahead of a lot of college students.
Do you have a full plan for the interior? Are you going to have a heater/AC? Bathroom? Water plan? Just like installing the roof items before putting a ceiling in, it's probably useful to install all the undercarriage items before putting in a floor.
26' feet is a common max length for Rv camping slots in National and most State parks. Over that and you drop down to 75% accommodations. Also your agility and practical parking increases dramatically for every foot over 25". I've seen many people that remodel a big bus and become disenchanted with the sheer size and weight of it. A big bus definitely has is awesome potential. Traveling boondocking and agility ....Go SMALL!
Hello! This thread is to keep track of the progress with my shortie bus conversion. I am a 19 year old college student based in Seattle, working to convert my 6-window Blue Bird 3800 International bus into a versatile RV capable of taking on road trips and camping, as well as serving as a potential living space for me during one or two of my next several years of college. My bus is named Ahote (uh-hoat), which is from the Native American language Hopi, and means Restless One.
My name is Matthew, and the assets I bring to this build are my spacial reasoning, creativity, mathematical skills, and passion. I have little experience with electricity, plumbing, engines, and carpentry; however, I look forward to learning a decent amount about all of them as I go! I'm hoping to have all the base work completed by June so that I can bring Ahote up with me to Orcas Island for the summer, where I'll be able to take it out to camp once a week or more.
So far I have been able to remove all the bus seats, and a decent amount of the flooring. The plywood beneath is in good condition everywhere but near the driver's seat, so I will be working to remove that seat (and the cockpit), so that I can rip out the rotten wood and repair the leak (which seems to be coming from behind the cockpit). I plan to leave the rest of the plywood as-is unless my father is a lot better at ripping it up than I am. So far I haven't even gotten it to budge.
I also have a 6 window international 3800 bus.
Do you have a floor plan? I had 2 previous floor plans before I settled on my final layout.