Austin, Texas 78704, United States of America
Price is Negotiable
Willing to ship nationwide. Will negotiate on price to ship.
Make/Model: International 3800
Engine: International T444E
Size: 37’ exterior length, 6’2” interior height, 7’2” interior width
Instagram Handle: @The_Victory_Lap
History of the bus: Before we owned this bus, it was in service in the North East ISD in San Antonio, TX from 2002-2017. It was kept in excellent condition and received regular routine maintenance and servicing throughout its lifetime of use. We bought it 3 weeks after it was taken out of service. It was only taken out of service because it is the school district’s policy to replace buses after 15 years of service.
Features/Things to Know:
As you step up into the bus, you enter the living room area. We built this to be modular so that it can be used in a number of different ways. On one wall is a 9’ long couch that is comprised of three separate sections, each of which pulls out separately and has an extra set of cushions stored underneath. The couch is wide enough for 4 people to sit without touching and for 5 to squeeze in. On the other wall is a 4’ x 2’ table and two lounge chairs, all three of which are attached to the wall with ⅜” diameter removable pins. This way, they are securely anchored to the wall while the bus is in motion, but can be easily detached and moved around as needed when you stop for the night. We found this particularly useful if we wanted to put the table in the center of the bus so multiple people could sit around it, and also to be able to move everything out of the way to clean the floors.
The couch also served as our overflow sleeping area. With the couch fully extended, you can turn the chairs to face the couch so that they connect and allow someone to lay horizontally across the width of the bus with about 6’6” of length for sleeping. We were able to sleep a max of 4 people on the couch at once, using luggage for the people in the middle to rest their feet on.
There are outlets and cup holders accessible from every location in the main living area, including the driver’s seat.
The area under the couch is open for storage. We usually used two of the compartments to store the extra couch cushions, but one remained free for whatever use we needed. Additionally, one of the arms of the couch is on hinges to allow for additional storage, which we used for extra blankets.
Lighting at night is provided by 2 LED strips that run the length of the living area and kitchen on both sides. We went with a warm yellow color.
The main area has a speaker system comprised of 4 individual speakers mounted into the walls above the windows - two near the front, two in the kitchen. Each individual speaker has speaker foam filling the cavity behind it and sound-dampening pads installed on the metal walls to improve sound quality. The speakers are able to play loud enough to hear music above the sound of the bus and the wind with the windows open while driving on the highway, and have good sound quality as well as left/right audio. We had a record player/stereo system hooked into the speakers, and it sounded fantastic. The stereo itself is not included with the bus, but the speaker wires are easy to attach to a new system if desired.
One of the main goals of our design was to make the bus feel as open and spacious as possible. The way we went about this was to avoid building anything that went above the bottom of the windows. This serves two purposes: the windows are free to let in as much light and fresh air as possible, and also the whole kitchen and living area form one unbroken room with a big volume of open space. We also installed two skylights/sunroofs (one in the living room, one in the bedroom) that let in light and can be held open with pneumatic struts to let fresh air in.
The kitchen area is spread across both sides of the bus. On the driver’s side, there is a mini-fridge, pantry, trash can/storage area, sink w/ storage underneath, and a 6’ x 2’ counter with shelves underneath for a camping stove, cookware, plates, etc. On the other side is a 4’ x 2’ counter with a spot for optionally mounting a stereo as well as an open 3’ x 2’ counter with storage underneath. On the walls above the counters are small racks for storing cups, spices, and succulents that you have to replace after a couple months because you forgot they need light and water.
The bedroom is accessed through a set of swinging saloon-style doors made out of old shutters. The doors don’t completely isolate the bedroom, but are a visual barrier and provide enough privacy for changing clothes if needed. The bedroom features XL-sized twin bunk beds with memory foam mattresses as well as a bedside shelf with an outlet for both top and bottom bunk. The tops of the beds are on hinges, and can be lifted up to reveal a fairly large amount of storage space for clothes under each bed. There is also a shoe rack tied into the wall that can be used for shoes or for general storage. Finally, the second sunroof is just above the bedroom and can be opened on nice nights to let in a breeze.
In the very back of the bus, only accessible through the rear door, is a garage storage area. The largest compartment is big enough to fit two bikes, and there are a number of other shelves and hooks for additional gear.
For anyone interested in installing a toilet or shower, this would be a very good place to put it. The walls can be removed between this area and the bedroom to make one fluid room, and there is enough space for both an RV shower and toilet if needed. Additional storage could go either underneath the bus or on a roof rack. There is a ladder installed for easy access to the roof.
For the floor, we started with a layer of housewrap to prevent any moisture from entering through the floor. Then, we installed a layer of ¾” insulation boards, a base layer of ¾” plywood, and then the flooring on top. The thick floors help to reduce both heat transfer and excessive road noise while driving. For the walls, we installed a frame that extends out 1 ½” from the original walls to allow us to run the electrical wire, and packed it with pink fiberglass insulation from the floor to the bottom of the windows. The same insulation went from the top of the windows up to the start of the roof.
The floor is made of LifeProof Laminate flooring, which was the most robust option Home Depot offered. It was the only material they had that is rated for use in non-climate controlled applications as well as being completely waterproof, both of which we viewed as necessary features given the uses of the bus. It also happens to look quite nice.
We used cedar wood for the walls above the windows, the windowsills and window dividers, and the chairs in the living room. The cedar gives off a really nice smell that keeps the bus smelling and feeling fresh.
The wood on the countertops, the arms of the couch, and the bedside tables was reclaimed from an old house in Austin. We sanded each piece down to the base layer, applied four coats of mineral oil to give it its color, and then two coats of polyurethane sealant to make it waterproof and long-lasting.
All of the painting of the interior and exterior was done with an automotive paint sprayer, aside from the accent colors. We sanded and cleaned the original coat, then applied a fresh coat of white paint. In the interior, we repainted the ceiling and the whole area around the entrance and driver’s seat. The exterior was completely repainted.
4 solar panels at 235W, 9A, 12V each wired in parallel for a total of 940W, 36A, 12V
40A Charge controller
3x 175 amp-hour deep-cycle marine batteries
2000 W modified sine wave inverter
Shore power hookup w/ 30 amp extension cord
Transfer switch to go between battery power and shore power
11 outlets spaced throughout the bus
We were able to support: mini fridge, water pump for sink, stereo system, LED strip lights, charging of phones and computers without overloading the system
Built to be used for drinking water and kitchen use
2x 46 gallon tanks mounted into the chassis of the bus underneath the floor: one for clean water, one for gray water coming out of the sink. The clean water tank has an inlet with a cap on the outside of the bus that easily fits hoses to fill up the tank. There is a spigot on the gray water tank that can attach to a hose for emptying the tank
Sink in the kitchen with water pump on a switch
Extendable faucet that is convenient for washing dishes and also can be aimed out the window for use as an outdoor shower
Clean title in hand.