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Old 04-25-2020, 11:15 AM   #1
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Homeland Security / Immigration and Customs Enforcement BUS

Hello Skoolie fam,

I was not looking for another project. I ran across this bus in Sunday, and by Tuesday it was mine. It's home base will be in San Antonio, TX. I plan to do this build by myself with the help of my lovely wife and 4yo daughter. Please share your thoughts on this project, and I'll keep you all posted on the progress. I'll start with a few platform details.

-2004 Blue Bird All American 40'
-EX ICE bus
-8.3 Cummins ISC (100k miles)
-Allison automatic w/cruise and retarder
-3 roof mounted Carrier A/C's
-2 hard mounted Carrier A/C's (runs off bus)
-Hot weather package (roof heat shield and super insulated roof, walls, and floor)
-10kw Cummins/Onan quiet run diesel generator
-Breaker panel with lots of room to expand
-50 amp shore power with an automatic transfer switch
-45 gallon fresh tank with pump and plumbing
-45 gallon black tank
-6 new tires
-16 years of passenger grime
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:32 AM   #2
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Welcome and congratulations on the bus.

That is one fine bus.

Top shelf drivetrain, a/c, generator and low miles.

Wanna sell it?
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Old 04-25-2020, 12:15 PM   #3
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I clocked one of these at 90 mph once!
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:55 PM   #4
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Yes, it does run well at highway speed. Ran 80mph on the way home from purchasing it. I still had more pedal left.
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Old 04-25-2020, 08:58 PM   #5
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I'm not looking to sell it just yet. Not sure I could find another like it.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:02 PM   #6
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Got paint in it. Had to deep clean it and prep the surfaces.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:07 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by PNW_Steve View Post
That is one fine bus.

Wanna sell it?
I second this, if the timing and the money are right... Still in a holding pattern on the source of my funding... :/
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:11 PM   #8
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Beautiful bus! How long is it?
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:22 PM   #9
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Beautiful bus! How long is it?
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:25 PM   #10
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40' with 32' from the back wall to the back of the driver's seat.
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Old 04-25-2020, 09:25 PM   #11
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Awesome find, congrats! Can't tell from the interior pics but you mentioned fresh/black water tanks and I'm not seeing a lavatory. In any case, please keep us posted on your progress!
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Old 04-25-2020, 10:26 PM   #12
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Being up-fitted to transport illegal immigrants, it was built similar to a prison bus. The toilet sat all the way in the back of the bus on the passenger side and had no walls. That way the guards could keep an eye on them. It wasn't built for privacy at all.
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Old 04-25-2020, 11:26 PM   #13
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Nice bus!! What are your plans for the build?

I work for Homeland, so I had to click on this one!!
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Old 04-26-2020, 12:54 AM   #14
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Given that this bus was built well, I am planning to build a substantial weekender / multi week home on wheels. I do have a home and business in San Antonio, so I can't be on the road too long. I'll upload my plans tomorrow morning showing what's to come. They may look a little vague, but are to scale. I plan to surprise my family who are currently agents in the RGV TX or are already retired. They should recognize what this is and get a kick out of it.
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Old 04-26-2020, 09:01 AM   #15
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Nice bus!

What is the interior height?
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Old 04-26-2020, 10:43 AM   #16
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6'2" to the bottom of the AC covers 6'5" to the top of the dome crest. I do wish it was a bit taller. I'm only 5'5", so it would only really benefit bus guests.
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Old 05-02-2020, 04:42 PM   #17
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I have 2 of those buses for sale,listed in the classifieds,in SW Ga.
randy@randydupree.com for pics.
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Old 05-02-2020, 05:39 PM   #18
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Looks like you got a heck of a nice bus with allot of options that work well for an rv conversion! Almost like a unicorn!
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Old 05-02-2020, 07:05 PM   #19
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Wow! Looks very clean and has a lot of stuff you already need onboard. Great find I would love to get my hands on something like this. May I ask where did you get it from?


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Old 05-02-2020, 11:42 PM   #20
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Very nice. I’m betting that it had what I’d consider a hefty price tag too. ����
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