2001 Blue Bird RE ROOF Raised NO RUST Partial Conversion

by Bliss Martin
Published: April 10, 2024 (1 month ago)
A3 RE 8400
VIN Number

πŸšŒπŸŽ‰ Hey there, fellow adventurers and dreamers! Are you ready to dive into the ultimate road trip experience?Β  Check out this 2001 Bluebird Skoolie ready to make your skoolie dreams come true! πŸŽ‰πŸšŒ

πŸ”₯ Let’s talk about POWER! This skoolie boasts an 8.3L Cummins Engine and a 3060 Allison Transmission, making it one of the BEST motor combos for highway travel! Plus, with 260 horsepower and the rear engine, you’ll enjoy QUIET and smooth travel!

πŸ‘Œ This unit is in fantastic condition! Retired from the school circuit in May 2022 and maintained like a champ. It’s approximately 40 ft long with a spacious interior height of 7’7”. No rust in sight, and it drives like a dream! Plus, it’s got all the essentials for a top-notch skoolie adventure: air brakes, cruise control, and FOUR spacious exterior baggage compartments.Β  Safety is key with 2 emergency doors, 1 emergency back window, plus 2 emergency roof hatches. All exterior stickers have been removed in preparation for painting.

β›½ With a 100-gallon diesel tank and Michelin tires (approx. 30% thread), you’re set for miles and miles of epic journeys. And get this – it’s only clocked 282,511 miles, which is nothing for an engine that many mechanics agree could go up to one million miles with the proper care! We drove this 3000 miles to bring it home and had no issues.

πŸ’ͺ We’ve put in some serious sweat equity, gutting and partially finishing the interior to make it your ultimate rolling paradise. All the rivets are popped and seats removed. The windows are removed and purchased all the windows to replace it. Even built the exact frame to just pop the windows right in! Skoolie windows are known to cause major leaks in a school bus, and we were adamant about leak proofing the bus! The frame is fully Tyveked to ensure no leaks.

βš’οΈΒ The floors have been fully completed: holes plugged, Ospho rust preventor x2, primer x2, and final 2 coats of RUST-OLEUM PROFESSIONAL High Performance Protective Enamel Gloss.

πŸ™Œ Roof raise complete and purchased a Complete Solar System that will easily work with Kitchen appliances, A/C / Heater, Laundry, 2 Work Desks, Lights, & more!

✨ We had tons of cool plans for this bus, but life had other plans for us! Life threw us some curveballs and we had to press pause on this project. But hey, that’s all part of the adventure, right? While our plans have shifted, yours are just beginning! 🌈


😍 We have $18,181 of new materials for the bus (details and links below). That does not include the $4,900 invested into the build materials thus far. Not to mention the price of the bus itself. No labor is factored into the cost (not even paid labor from the roof raise). This bus is priced to sell!! We have structured this bus like a beast so it can tackle any adventure and last 50+ years!


20 BRAND NEW windows – that will perfectly fit in all the window sections of our frame. Here are the links:

12 of these ($2,652):Β https://www.lowes.com/pd/ReliaBilt-130-Vinyl-New-Construction-White-Exterior-Single-Hung-Window-Rough-Opening-24-in-x-36-in-Actual-23-5-in-x-35-5-in/1000429545

8 of these ($1,928): https://www.lowes.com/pd/ReliaBilt-130-Vinyl-New-Construction-White-Exterior-Single-Hung-Window-Rough-Opening-32-in-x-36-in-Actual-31-5-in-x-35-5-in/1000429577

The COMPLETE Solar Setup:

10 370w Sungoldpower Solar panels ($2,450): https://sungoldpower.com/products/370w-mono-black-solar-panel

1 150/100 Victron MPPT Charge Controller ($498): https://bluemarine.com/products/victron-bluesolar-mppt?variant=45527162028328&currency=USD&utm_medium=product_sync&utm_source=google&utm_content=sag_organic&utm_campaign=sag_organic&gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjwztOwBhD7ARIsAPDKnkD4POhBxr1VBUi-EoqXMSsdmvIN2b_a0xhmr4_zxXrm9qGkEglm8SQaAiGLEALw_wcB

24 Bioenno 24v 20aΒ batteries ($8,880): https://www.b2bsupplies.com/p/bioenno-power-24v-20ah-lfp-battery-abs-battery-only-blf-2420as?number=BP0-35

Toilet, Laundry, Insulation, Welder & Jacks!

Nature’s Head Self Contained Composting Toilet ($1,030): https://www.amazon.com/Natures-Head-Contained-Composting-Quarters/dp/B009Z7EKIC/ref=asc_df_B009Z7EKIC/

10 4’x8β€² Rigid Foam Board Insulation for Floor ($410): https://www.homedepot.com/p/Owens-Corning-FOAMULAR-NGX-F-150-1-5-in-x-4-ft-x-8-ft-SSE-R-7-5-XPS-Rigid-Foam-Board-Insulation-88WDNGX/315197857

Stick Welder ($118): https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09YTTJ92C/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&th=1

Jacks ($450): (Two 12 Ton and Ten 2 Ton) – The 12 ton jacks lift the bus

Washer Dryer Combo Machine ($550)

The workbench inside is included – it helped so much in being able to work directly on the bus!


πŸŽ₯ We have videos of every process we completed on the bus!! From the roof raise to the floor prep, framing, testing the windows, everything. Some pictures included are from various stages of the build – the ones with Tyvek and framing are the most recent. Front steps are fully painted as well. We can send the google drive link so you can check out all the dedicated videos πŸ™‚

πŸ—οΈ The hard work of gutting, raising the roof and structuring the bus is done! Now you get to have the fun of designing & building out your floor plan! 🏠

The bus has no rust!

Contact Bliss at (858) 634-0898 or [email protected] and let’s make your skoolie dreams into reality! πŸ“žπŸ’Œ

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