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After much debate, we’ve decided to put our Skoolie build up for sale. Our plans have changed, and we bought a little homestead instead of a life on the road. We have decided that we would rather have the bus get used and enjoyed by someone rather than it sitting for years until we have the time, money, etc. to put into it.
The bus came from a school district in Alabama. It was the back-up handicap bus. We won it on auction, and I flew from Wyoming to pick it up. 1800 miles and 35 hours later it was home. Quite the maiden voyage! No issues along the way, and averaged a consistent 10mpg. Even thought the bus has 222k miles on it, the bus garage supervisor said the motor only has about 60k on it. The motor is 195HP, with the Allison AT545. I have all the maintenance records from the school too.
As you can see I raised the roof a bit different than the conventional way most people do. There is an interior framework of 1 1/4” 11ga square tube that is driven about nine inches into the hat channel. It is then skinned with 16ga sheet steel. Plenty heavy to walk around on and weld to, bolt to, etc.. The interior height is 8’ 3” clear now, which puts the roof at just under 12’. Solar panels would put you right at 12’. The 8’ 3” extends from the rear for ten feet, then the taper goes out another four and a half feet. The intent was to have enough room to walk under a bed that would raise into the ceiling. We have a bunch of RV windows, one of which the rear is framed for. We also have a lot of other useful things from a 30’ fifth wheel we demoed for parts.
I have gone through and replaced all filters and fluids except for the rear end. There are new oil pan and valve cover gaskets, and the oil cooler has all new gaskets and been cleaned out. I rebuilt the air dryer for the air brakes, and put all new parts in it. There is a new fan clutch, and LED headlights. I went through all the wiring on the school bus side and cleaned it up, and got rid of the unused circuits. The floor has been stripped down to metal, and it only has minimal surface rust. The frame underneath is rust free. Tires are very good, at I would guess 60%. I moved the rear heater up front on the passenger side by the entrance, to blow on the passenger.
The bus has a clear Wyoming title. We used it to move a bunch of our stuff 1200 miles to Missouri, and again it averaged 10mpg at about 60mph.
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