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Old 04-09-2019, 11:14 PM   #21
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Blue Bird
Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DT466E
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Do you know the exterior length of the bus?
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'
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Old 04-28-2019, 08:10 PM   #22
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Year: 2001
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Chassis: International 3800
Engine: DT466E

My sister came down from college for the weekend to help me cut out a subfloor section for the front of the bus! It has no insulation beneath, but the rest of the bus has 1 1/2 in pink foam board.




The deck!! My dad builds them for a living, and helped me out with this sick rooftop deck, which is bolted all the way through the ribs in 4 places




The skylight- I did this myself, and it looks awesome from a few feet away or more. It isn't perfect, but I think that I'm going to fall in love with the fact that my bus is going to look homemade.
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Old 05-01-2019, 03:12 PM   #23
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Coachwork: Girardin
Chassis: E-350
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
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.


I'm looking forward to how this thing turns out!
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Old 09-20-2020, 10:11 AM   #24
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Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Ruidoso, New Mexico
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Year: 2001
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Chassis: International
Engine: t444e/7.3liter diesel.
Rated Cap: 18000 GVWR
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!
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