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Old 04-11-2024, 02:24 AM   #1
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Hello, new and need advice

Hello, Iím new to the whole idea of the Skoolie life and honestly canít wait to get started! But before I can do that I need some advice. Iím 6í2Ē tall and am looking for a bus that will give me the most head room after flooring and ceilings and installed, any knowledge would be greatly appreciated and welcomed!
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Old 04-11-2024, 05:04 AM   #2
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International made some high-ceiling buses that were (are) 6'7" down the center aisle, but these are pretty rare. High-ceiling buses from Blue Bird and Thomas/Freightliner are more like 6'4" to 6'5" (Thomas C2s, which are very common on the roads these days, are also 6'7" but speaking as someone who drives these for work I would not want a C2 as a skoolie). The majority of older buses are much lower-ceiling than this, more like 6'1" to 6'2".

I am 6'0" and have a 6'7" International for my skoolie. My floor is 2" XPS with 3/4" plywood and 5mm underlayment plus vinyl flooring; my ceiling is 1.5" XPS packed between the ribs with 3/4" XPS on top of the ribs and 5mm underlayment. This leaves me a finished height of 6'3" down the center aisle, which is really the bare minimum of clearance needed for walking normally inside the bus.

As a 6'2" person, without doing a roof raise you would need to find a high-ceiling International, use less insulation than 2" all around, and restrict yourself to a center-aisle layout (which many people do not like) in order to have adequate headroom. Otherwise you would need to do a roof raise, which is not cheap or particularly easy and would make insuring your skoolie difficult or impossible.

You could also get a low-floor transit bus, which generally have much higher ceilings.
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Old 04-11-2024, 08:54 AM   #3
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Thank you so much, very informative. I’ll start doing my research into your suggestions and see what I can get my hands on.
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Old 04-11-2024, 11:42 AM   #4
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International made some high-ceiling buses that were (are) 6'7" down the center aisle, but these are pretty rare. High-ceiling buses from Blue Bird and Thomas/Freightliner are more like 6'4" to 6'5" (Thomas C2s, which are very common on the roads these days, are also 6'7" but speaking as someone who drives these for work I would not want a C2 as a skoolie). The majority of older buses are much lower-ceiling than this, more like 6'1" to 6'2".

I am 6'0" and have a 6'7" International for my skoolie. My floor is 2" XPS with 3/4" plywood and 5mm underlayment plus vinyl flooring; my ceiling is 1.5" XPS packed between the ribs with 3/4" XPS on top of the ribs and 5mm underlayment. This leaves me a finished height of 6'3" down the center aisle, which is really the bare minimum of clearance needed for walking normally inside the bus.

As a 6'2" person, without doing a roof raise you would need to find a high-ceiling International, use less insulation than 2" all around, and restrict yourself to a center-aisle layout (which many people do not like) in order to have adequate headroom. Otherwise you would need to do a roof raise, which is not cheap or particularly easy and would make insuring your skoolie difficult or impossible.

You could also get a low-floor transit bus, which generally have much higher ceilings.

6'-7" down the center


6'-4.5" @ two foot off-center
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Old 04-11-2024, 04:26 PM   #5
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From what I’ve been able to find the coach ones are out of my price range unfortunately.
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Old 04-12-2024, 01:00 PM   #6
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Shuttle Buses have very high roofs.
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Shuttle Buses have very high roofs.
This! They are also more affordable in the 1 to 1.5 ton range (example Ford E350/E450 cutaway models). They have less carrying capacity than a fullsize school bus platform but we have many members here driving them all over the scenery.
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Shuttle Buses have very high roofs.
Shuttles can be tall, wide & long. Often with flat floors (no wheel wells) like the one below.




(Same RE bus shown in the interior photos of the previous post)



Both of the IC buses above are 42ft long, but the flat-floor shuttle is taller & wider inside.
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Old 04-13-2024, 11:59 AM   #9
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since many people are building skoolies for the sheer strength, shuttles typically have a LOT more body flex and will come apart in a rollover crash much easier than a skoolie will.. shuttles are great for somewhat minimal builds where there arent a lot of hard-attached walls.. but ive seen people;s walls come detached due to body flex.. granted that was a starcraft shuttle which is probably one of the worse.. these IC may be built better depending on its body-builder..
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a 6 inch raise would be easy and cheap.
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Old 04-15-2024, 01:41 PM   #11
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This! They are also more affordable in the 1 to 1.5 ton range (example Ford E350/E450 cutaway models). They have less carrying capacity than a fullsize school bus platform but we have many members here driving them all over the scenery.
They also have the benefit of emulating Class C RVs, so are theoretically a bit more stealth when booking RV and camping sites.
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