1998 International Blue Bird 3800

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by Sarah Arrington
Published: August 21, 2023 (9 months ago)
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PRICE Reduced! $65,000 Now $57,500 or Best Offer!

Perfect tiny house on wheels ready to cruise the continent or just stay put. Nearly 200 sq. Ft and insulated for 4-season full-time occupancy.

We’re moving to the West Coast, going back to school and are motivated to sell our little house on wheels.

After cruising the US Coast-to-Coast for a year and then spending the last two years based in Vermont, we’ve decided it’s finally time to part ways with our Big Beautiful Blue Bird Bus “Val”.

Our off-grid Skoolie is an awesome full-time Tiny Home for a couple and between the diesel heater, wood stove and portable A/C unit, stays comfortable year-round, even as far north as Vermont.

We used lots of Cedar and Poplar in the interior spaces and really has a lovely cabin-like feel throughout. Ample closed-cell foam insulation and resealed windows and roof also help with climate control.

Our design concept was to make the bus as self-sufficient as possible and comfortable in the widest range of climates we might see in North America; solar system, thermostat-controlled ventilation, internal plumbing, belly-mounted generator and composting toilet all help with that.

We purchased our 66-passenger Blue Bird bus from its home town of Americus, GA and converted it in North Florida over the course of 14 months with the intention of using it for seasonal work in Southeast Alaska in the summer and hanging around ski resorts in the Rockies in the winter (Our blog at www.buslife.org covers most of our conversion).

The pandemic changed our plans and ultimately we never made it to Alaska but had great adventures in the Lower-48 in the bus none-the-less. She is mechanically sound, has solid newer tires, we’ve always changed fluids and filters at recommended intervals and is a blast to drive.

Unfortunately, we’re both finally at a place where we want more space and I’m starting a new career in aviation so moving back into a house makes a lot of sense for us. We love our bus and are really going to miss her but it’s time for us to say goodbye and let her have some new adventures!

Val is currently parked on a private 1/2-acre rv pad with full-hook ups in the Champlain Islands of Northwestern Vermont and if the buyer wanted to, could continue renting the spot from our current landlords. Located 35 minutes Northwest of Burlington, VT.

1998 International 3800 Blue Bird Body
-66 Passenger Body (39 ft)
-T444E Turbo-Charged Engine
-Allison 1000 Transmission
-Air Brakes
-127,240 Miles on odometer (calibrated to 130,041 actual miles via GPS tracks, old Transmission Speed Sender became in-operable during rainstorm in the Rockies on our last cross-country trip, replaced speed sender upon arrival in VT).
-Registered and Insured as a Recreational Vehicle
-Solid Georgia School Bus: Rust Free and Fleet-maintained vehicle prior to our aquisition
-Oil and Coolant changed regularly, tools included in sale.
-ScanGauge Diesel Engine Monitor and Real-time Diagnostic System
-Toguard CA711 Full-time Rearview Camera System
-New Semi Tires with great tread 2 years ago (New Steer Tires, gently used rear tires)

-12v DC LED Lighting and Fans
-Maxxair 3000 Thermostat Vent fan in Bedroom
-4x HQST 100W Solar Panels
-EPEVER Tracer 4210AN 40 amp MPPT Solar Charge Controller with MT50 Remote
-Giandel PS-3000QBR Pure Sine Wave Inverter 3000 watts
-Guest 5/5 Marine Battery Charger
-Blue Sea Systems ML-ACR Automatic Charging Relay (Can change house batteries from alternator or jump start engine off from house bank if necessary)
-4x Duracell SLIGC115 Golf Cart Batteries
-Inkbird ITC-1000F Thermostatic Fan System for ventilation of Battery Locker during charging
-20Amp Shore Power Plug
-Internal Rotary “AC-In” Switch (Inverter, Generator or Shore Power)
-120v AC Plugs throughout cabin
-Generac 4000W Job Site Generator

-Magic Chef 10.1 Cu Ft Top Mount Energy-Star Refrigerator (will run on batteries and solar alone in clear weather)
-Camp Chef Professional Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Range
-Nature’s Head Composting Toilet
-LG Portable Air Conditioner
-Cubic Mini Grizzly Wood Stove
-Vevor 5 KW Diesel heater plumbed to main fuel tank
-Mr Buddy Big Buddy Propane Heater in Bedroom plumbed to propane system

-75 Gallon Fresh Water Tank (can be filled from city water or jugs internally)
-Camplux Pro Series on-demand propane Water Heater
-Seaflo 42 Series Diaphram Water Pump w/ 2 gallon AO Smith Pressure Accumulator Tank
-40 Gallon Grey Water Tank
-Kitchen sink/faucet, Bathroom sink/faucet and Shower
-All pressurized water lines are drinking water-safe PEX tubing with clamp-style Sharkbite fittings and routed inside of insulation to prevent freezing during winter
-Incandescent bulb in freshwater and pump cabinet for easy maintenance and to keep locker warm in extreme cold
-Heated external grey-water lines
-External Propane system with 2x 30lb cylinders on custom rear-mount

-3-6 Inches of rigid foam insulation throughout
-Gutted, sealed and new insulation and subfloor throughout
-Tongue and Groove Cedar Ceiling
-Kreg Pocket Hole construction for all framing
-Internal Storm Windows in front room for better insulation
-School Bus Escape windows repositioned for better passive airflow in bathroom and front room
-All Windows removed and Rebedded during conversion
-Automotive enamel exterior paint with RV elastomeric paint on roof
-Two skylights in place of original bus escape hatches (fully openable)
-Hanging closet, dresser drawers, bookshelf, custom kitchen cabinets
-Removable Valence-style design of area above windows allows for easy addition/modification of 12v electrical fixtures

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