Hello everyone, let me start off by introducing myself my name is Mike, but you can call me the Cleveland Kid. Iím in the concept phase of my idea for a bus RV conversion. And I feel overwhelmed at all the options out there and the information. The more I read the more questions I seem to come up with. So, I figured I would make an account and post my idea here so people could critique it. So here goes and please remember Iím very green in the skoolie subject, Like Iím not even a sapling. So here goes.
My Skoolie needs: I want a conversion I can spend a week in when me and the girlfriend travel something that can be driven 3000 round trips. I also want something that can pull a trailer with a track car so roughly 6,000 lbs I live about 4 hours away from a road course and would like to load up and go down for a weekend at the track.
My Idea: after doing some research the vehicle I have come up with is a ďmid length busĒ 30-53 Pax. International 3800 seem to be plentiful in my area and in my price range of 2500-5000ish for a decent example. I would like the T444e or a T466E from my understanding this is basically the same engine as a 7.3 power stroke from the same era. So parts should be plentiful. And the length with a car trailer in tow will keep me under all continental stateís legal maximum length.
My questions 1) will this vehicle work for what I want to do utility wise for towing a car or light duty truck.
2) if anyone has a vehicle of this style can they tell me the empty weight of it and what the GVWR of a vehicle this style is. I have done a lot of searching and canít find a definitive rating.
3) what can I expect to get for fuel economy (every MPG counts) will it be that different from the larger bus and what will the economy be while loaded vs unloaded. I know it wonít get 44mpg like my TDI but I would like to get around 8 mpg or more if I baby it and change to a less aggressive rear end ratio.
4) are the 3800 series a good bus mechanically wise or is it a nightmare that I should keep away from at all costs. And is there a company that makes a better body compared to others
Those are my big questions in picking a bus. If anyone has an input or can point me in a better direction on a vehicle that would better suite our need please let me know. I should also add that I am mechanically inclined and can do all the work myself and I have the tools or have access to the tools. And I have a space to store and build the bus.