1999 Bluebird All American 40′ Rear Engine, 8.3L Cummins Turbo

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by Julie Hopkins
Published: March 10, 2023 (1 year ago)
All American
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Seats, side heaters, and decals removed.  Metal floor holes plugged and floor completely rust-proofed. Two inches of polyisocyanurate insulation added to floor, topped with plywood subfloor.  Oil-sending unit separate cutout in floor.

One inch thick polyiso insulation added to walls between vertical 2″ x 3″ wood studs, covered with plywood.

Windows caulked in 2021, no leaks.  Back-up camera installed.  Only furnishings constructed are queen size bed platform (mattress goes with the bus) and sofa platform, with seat and cushions included.

Includes 5KW Dwarf woodstove that can heat you out of this bus, mounted about 1/3 of the way from the back on the lefthand side of bus looking rearwards.

Tires have approx. 50% wear left on them, reflective tire covers included.  Bus has been parked in same location for 7 years (except when we travel in it), no oil leaks.  Four hundred miles on new oil change.

Bus has a programmable Espar diesel heater that circulates warmed antifreeze through the engine and the front heater (these are about $800-1000 aftermarket).

No governor – husband has had it up to 80 MPH (not that you would want to do this!)  Both key and rear engine starting positions.

Two rear belly bays go all the way through from one side to the other, and one front bay has all the emergency equipment in it.

The bus was an activity bus from the Renton, WA school district, and has no body rust.  It has been a dream to drive and to camp in, has never broken down on us, and we have put about 7000 miles on it in 7 years.

Lowest mileage we have gotten is 8 mpg, best is about 11.5 mpg.  Center-mounted 100 gallon diesel tank means you can go a long ways on a fill-up.  We just don’t have the energy to complete the conversion and are finding that it is bigger than what we need.

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