*Update Installing New Crate Optimizer Motor* 2000 Chevy Skoolie

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by Alex Lorkowski
Published: July 12, 2021 (3 years ago)
3500 BlueBird Shortie

**Update 8/17: Installing New Crate Optimizer Motor **


2000 Chevy 3500 BlueBird Short Bus

6.5 Turbo Diesel – Automatic Transmission

165,000 Miles – PA Motorhome Registration 

$74,500 Or Best Offer


Working remotely just got better! This skoolie was designed to create the perfect work/life balance. Making your transition into the skoolie lifestyle will be an ease with the workstations and creature comforts of home along with the luxuries of a coach.

Heading to the beach or hitting the slopes? Our custom skoolie is ready for your next adventure. Forget about having to get out and chain up to hit the mountain, with the flip of a switch, automatic snow tire chains can be deployed to get you to the mountains. Open up the windows/doors by the beach and let the breeze flow through. This skoolie was built with the intention to get out and stay out.

The skoolie is 20’ long, bumper to bumper, so fitting in a normal parking spot is not an issue. It makes parking much more convenient when traveling, working, navigating national parks, parking at the beach, boondocking, etc.

All four corners of the country were visited in 2020 so this skoolie has been road-tested and is ready to create memories for you.


Engine – New Parts in 11/2018 for preventative maintenance before leaving for a 2 year trip

  • Radiator
  • Water pump
  • Alternator
  • Pmd relocation to front
  • Pulleys & belts
  • Additional transmission cooler with 12-volt fans
  • New enhanced fuel pump with self-priming button
  • New manual turbo wastegate control
  • High flow air filter
  • Opened up exhaust
  • Glow plug bypass relay w/ momentary button
  • Exhaust gas temp monitor/gauge
  • Turbo boost pressure monitor/gauge
  • Computer system diagnosis and reporting gauge
  • Average 13.5 MPG
  • Engine block heater

The engine typically when cruising on the highway never goes above 200 degrees and pulling the largest passes in the desert, the engine stays below 212 degrees so overheating is not a problem in this bus. The bus typically gets 13.5 mpg when doing 62-63 mph.


  • ONSPOT’s – automatic snow tire chains
  • Air compressor with tank to fill tires and other compressed air needs
  • Just passed PA state inspection
  • Added air ride rear suspension – Air Lift Company
  • Front brakes replaced in 2020
  • Oil changed every 2500 miles with K&N Filter and Rotella T6 Oil
  • Trans fluid changed in 2019
  • Heated mirrors
  • Class 5 Tow Hitch with Agility Brake Controller
  • New rear tires in 2019, heavy duty road tires
  • New front and rear suspension struts in 2020
  • LED headlights – LED Stop/Tail/Turn – LED Marker Lights
  • Undercarriage LED illumination lights
  • Mounted air horn by drivers foot
  • Custom signs for your business or they can be removed

The air ride suspension in the rear makes the bus a completely different ride for the better. With the recent state inspection, the bus is ready to travel the country with your toys behind you.


  • 560 watts of 12v solar on the roof
  • Victron 100/50 solar charger (bluetooth)
  • 3 Battle Barn 100AH lithium batteries (12v)
  • AIMS 3000W inverter – Remote on/off
  • Renogy 20 amp dc to dc battery charger
  • Victron 15 amp shore power to battery charger (bluetooth)
  • Victron BMV712 battery monitor (bluetooth)

We each work full time jobs from the bus so having reliable power is critical. Our inverter is on everyday for about 10 hours each day while we are working and using monitors, voip phones, laptops, etc. Using the solar off grid, it supports our AC window unit on sunny days to keep the bus cool.

The Battle Born Batteries are configured to charge three different ways – solar, alternator, or shore power. The transfer switch is set up to detect shore power first then it switches to Battle Borns if no shore power is present.


  • 30 amp shore power connection with 30 amp transfer switch
  • Two 15 amp circuits for each side of the bus
  • Six 120v electrical outlets
  • Three 12 volt usb outlets
  • SimpliSafe alarm system with door and motion detection wired into solar

The bus has a fully integrated alarm system for your personal protection. This is a monitored system that can be transferred to the next owner. We have AC and DC outlets by the bed for convenience along with switches for the lights near the bed for reading at night. The wiring harnesses are located in the overhead storage cabinets so wiring is easily accessible.


  • LB2120 Netgear modem
  • Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 router
  • Ethernet ports in the bus with an ethernet cable wired to the desks
  • Wilson Amplifiers modem antenna extensions

Both of our jobs require us to be online so having a solid internet connection is necessary. We use all Netgear products. The LB2120 uses cellular data from a sim card and is compatible with all carriers. We have ethernet cables located at the desk for easy use if needed. The modem also has dual signal boosters.


  • 44 gallons of fresh water – hose filled – has overflow drain
  • 50 gallons of gray water – optional hose drain or RV drain
  • 12 gallon black water tank with RV dump connection
  • 5 gallon drinking water jug replacement system – faucet at sink for drinking water
  • On demand propane hot water heater
  • City/shore water hookup

The black and gray water tanks have an RV connection. The gray water can be separated with a hose to drain independently of the RV dump area.

 The Space

  • The bus was gutted to the frame
  • Bus was reinsulated in the ceiling, walls, and built up floor
  • There is a 2” subfloor with water resistant laminate flooring
  • The ceiling is wood tongue and groove with recessed led lighting and is a 6’ clearance
  • Passenger door handle relocated to create additional space
  • Mighty Max air fan with remote control
  • Bluetooth speaker system with Kenwood speakers
  • Safe bolted to the floor
  • Dash fan with two speeds
  • Custom white curtains – machine wash & dryable
  • Rear side passenger door

The bus was built with storage in mind and being able to carry gear for all four seasons in 100sf.

 Kitchen & Bath

  • Deep sink for dishes
  • Two burner propane stove top
  • Overhead kitchen storage
  • LED lights under the overhead storage
  • Large cabinets/drawers for maximal storage
  • Dish Soap pump
  • Fresh drinking water faucet with electric pump for 5 gallon water jug
  • Whynter 12v/120v Fridge & Freezer
  • Wet bath with shower and toilet
  • Thetford Toilet
  • Removable shower head for indoor or outdoor showering 

 Living Area

  • Queen bed with clothing storage underneath – bed is on hydraulics to easily lift up
  • Overhead cabinets for additional storage
  • Recessed lighting under storage cabinets
  • USB outlets next to bed with light switch for bed lights
  • Office includes two captains chairs that rotate and recline with armrests
  • Two Samsung monitors, one for each desk
  • Desks can be folded down, captains chairs can face each other, and a dinette table can be placed in the middle
  • Trash can holder and shoe storage in the front

Back Door/Rear Side Door

  • Rear side door
    • Electrical cabinet below with extra storage space above
  • Back door
    • Full open access under bed space for large items
    • Hot water heater, water pump, and water fill up access
    • Multiple 5 gallon drinking water storage
    • Several storage cubbies

 Roof Top

  • Four solar panels total (560 watts)
  • Two galvanized walking/storage planks
  • Full length aluminum ladder
  • Seating area to watch the sunset, birds, etc.

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