2001 International 3800 (Blue Bird Body)

by Nico Barraza
Published: December 14, 2023 (2 months ago)
3800 Bluebird


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Make/Model: 2001 International 3800 (Bluebird body)

Engine: Navistar DT466E

Transmission: Alison 2000-series

Mileage: 278K

Length: 26’

Height: 6’3” interior, 10’5” exterior


Registered in the state of Arizona as a Class A motorhome
Two undercarriage storage boxes
Backup camera
Sound-deadening mats on firewall
Undercarriage painted this year with rust-prevention paint
Roof painted with several coats of Henry’s Tropicool Paint
Automotive paint on exterior
Tires in good condition
RV door and windows
LED lightbar + LED headlights
Back and front hitch, front can be used as motorcycle/bike carrier
Air system set up with quick connect for power tools and inflating tires
Large garage space accessed by back door (held bicycle, two kayaks, a paddleboard, a table saw, and various other items to give you an idea of size)
7-in-1 roof mount antenna (4 LTE, 2 WiFi, and GPS) ready for 5G with a PepWave or MoFi
Starlink mount on roof (dish not included) with quick disconnect
Front and back tire chains for all six tires
Air-ride driver’s seat


30-amp shore power and plug with 25-foot cord
Both 12V and 110 outlets throughout the build
Four light zones on dimmer switches (living, kitchen, bathroom, bedroom)
1,300W Renogy flexible solar panels
Victron SmartSolar 150|100A MPPT Charge Controller
Samlex Evo-3012 3,000W 12V 120V AC Pure Sine Wave Inverter
500aH Lithium LiFePO4 batteries
Victron BMV Shunt
270A Alternator with 300A rated charger (charges house batteries in 2 hours from 0%)


2” closed-cell urethane-based spray foam insulation on walls and ceiling
1” closed-cell urethane-based spray foam insulation on the floor
Dometic RTX 2,000 6,824 BTU rooftop A/C (DC powered, very efficient, can run all day)
Vevor 5KW diesel heater tapped into main diesel tank
MaxxAir 7600K Remote controlled and self closing Rooftop fan


80 gallon fresh water tank
30 gallon gray water tank (electrically controlled dump valve from cab)
3″ foam insulation around gray tank, prevents freezing down to zero degrees
Pipe heaters, prevents freezing down to zero degrees
Bosch 4 gallon electric water heater
SeaFlo 5.5gpm 60PSI water pump
Gray and fresh plumbing runs inside bus for all four seasons
BlueTech Tertiary Drinking Water Filter from Mobile MustHave


Waterproof vinyl flooring
Tongue and groove pine ceiling
LED RGB lights run through cabin for ambient lighting
Klipsch speakers and subwoofer with 500W RMS amplifier


Hidden storage in dinette benches
DC-powered computer monitor, uses half the amount of power as a regular monitor
Dinette that collapses into bed
European walnut butcher block custom desk that collapses for additional seating
Removable cushion seat covers for easy washing
Comfortable seating for six
LED hexagon accent wall that can be programmed to music or ambient sounds


Butcher block countertop
Four burner propane stove
28″ Ruvati Stainless Steel undermount sink with rollaway drying rack
Cup rinser and soap dispenser
Overhead cabinets with undercabinet lighting
Toolbox drawers with built-in locking
Spice drawer and under-sink storage
Vitrifrigo Stainless Steel 12V 4.7 cubic feet fridge with RV lock
Custom-designed pantry that folds into the shower and offers two massive shelving areas
Slide-away countertop extension (was used for espresso machine)


Wired for composting toilet (electrical + venting)
32″ x 32″ shower pan
Grohe thermostatic shower valve (sets shower temp and regulates hot water flow)
Wood-tiled shower floor
Soap and shampoo dispenser


Full-size platform bed with mattress
Above-bed cabinet storage for clothing
27″ TV with Apple TV mount
USB outlets by bed
Hidden storage under slide-away counter
Window that opens by bed


New Monroe shocks, front and rear
Replaced fuel manifold gasket (common source of failure on the DT466 engines as they age)
Ran on full synthetic oil for life of engine (Shell Rotella T6)
Synthetic transmission fluid changed 150 miles ago
Engine recently cleaned and degreased
New kingpins and front and rear left wheel bearings
Differential oil flushed and changed to synthetic
Extended life coolant changed 5,000 miles ago


This bus is ready for four-season off-grid camping and weeks-long boondocking. It is entirely self-sufficient for electrical, including cooling in summer. On several occasions, it supplied power to other skoolies and RVs that didn’t have enough power while running its own systems. The alternator can fully recharge the batteries from zero to 100 in only two hours thanks to the 200 plus amps of charging (2,500W).

It’s proven to be an incredibly reliable bus; it’s been through 49 states and Canada without major issue. All fluids, belts, and other routine maintenance was done by me at or before recommended intervals. This bus spent a winter in the Yukon Territory with temperatures dropping down to -40. Water pipes do not freeze below 0F thanks to being run inside the bus.

At 26 feet, this bus is easily maneuverable through cities and parking lots and a lot of fun to drive compared to bigger rigs. The cab is set up to be comfortable for long trips, with an air-ride seat, tablet and phone mounts, and backup camera.

It has a ton of storage between the deep bench seats in the main cabin, two extra undercarriage boxes, and the garage, aside from the storage you’d expect in the kitchen and bedroom areas. The hidden swing-away pantry is one of everyone’s favorite features, because it utilizes the otherwise wasted space of the shower to quadruple the amount of kitchen storage available.

Message from last owner Nomadic Alfo:

I’ve enjoyed traveling in this bus for the last four years, but after building an overlanding vehicle last fall, it’s time to part with it and allow someone else to enjoy the same adventures in it I’ve been fortunate enough to experience. For further photos and videos of the bus, please see Alex’s Instagram, @nomadic_alfo. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact me via email to set up a time for a call or showing.

The bus is currently located in San Diego, CA. I purchased the bus in July 2023 and made a handful of upgrades including a new MaxxAir Fan and tertiary water filter and added modular closet racks, as well as a BR1 Pro Peplink Modem. Unfortunately after my 4th shoulder surgery I just can do bus life and have to let this incredible build go.

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