1991 Bluebird International DT360

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by Troy Newton
Published: May 20, 2022 (1 year ago)

Cognation Language Lab

Find the bus and build history on Instagram: @cognation.schoolbus.

Featured by TinyHomeTours: https://youtu.be/NGTwgZd3fJ8

100% Off grid. Custom Home/Road ready.  Fully sound mechanically. User-friendly efficient systems i.e. water, electricity, waste., Craftsman style,  Dognose 1991 Bluebird International.

Brief Overview:

Spray Foam Insulated. No thermal bridging anywhere=no condensation=no mold.

Electrical:  Solar. 400W of panels, 600ah of Telecom AGM battery storage. 3000w puresine inverter. All charge controllers, fuses, on/off switches obviously in place.  110 wired throughout. super low maintenance. User friendly.

Water:  80 gallons of fresh water tanks and pumps. 40 gallon grey. Eccotemp L5 water heater.

Bath: Sauna style cedar shower with Waterproof Natures Head Composting Toilet.

Heat: Woodstove, stainless steel piping.

Cooling: 2 maxx Air Vent Fans. 11 windows! 4 Emergency exits.

Cooking: 3 top Atwood propane oven/range. Full sized kitchen countertop, 100% walnut cabinets, mini fridge. Storage everywhere.

Sleeping: Fits 5 comfortably. Up to 7.

4 total beds w/ mattresses.

Living: Metal bar/breakfast nook, pull out sofa, ample seating and designed for up to 5 individuals comfortably.

Storage Storage Storage everywhere


1 motorcycle carrier front hitch +

2009 Kawasaki Sherpa 250cc = super package deal! Bike runs strong.

Everything has been built with extreme attention to detail. Including plumbing/waterproofing, electricity and heating, insulating, etc to ensure 100% safety, off grid efficiency, and longevity with quality materials and professional methods.

The build has been documented every step of the way and you are welcome to request as many photos as you like to see exactly how it was built and with what materials.

As it was designed to be a travelling classroom housing students, the custom design and multi function makes families an easy fit.

Mechanically Sound DT360 5.7 engine with the corresponding Allison 540 transmission.

192, 000 miles on the original engine. If you have done any research then you know the fame of these “million mile motors”. All transmission and engines oils have been serviced on time.

No leaks anywhere. Tires still have lots of life.

We bought it 5 years ago. Took us 3 years to build. Have put 5000 miles on it in travels. Got married in it. And would without hesitation start it up tomorrow and drive to Patagonia. Both in terms of mechanical health and off grid capabilities and comfort.

I have neglected building the cock pit. So it needs a little polishing there.

And if I could justify keeping it, I would give it another layer of exterior paint.

But that’s it. Its ready to go wherever/whenever you are.

I have all photos of build. Feel free to ask for more details. There are many many more details to be had.

Thanks for your interest

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