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Old 03-21-2007, 05:44 PM   #1
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'75 INT Loadstar- our first skoolie project

We did it. We decided to fix up a skoolie. We found a '75 Int Loadstar that was already a conversion and already titled as a motor home for just $200. It will need alot of work. The original conversion was not done very well so we are tearing everything out and starting over. This site has been a huge help so far. I am so glad we found it. It's only been home one week but we've got alot done so far. The interior is now stripped and I've started painting the ceiling. We hope to have the floor done by this weekend. I'll have more pics soon. http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Skoolies/jterry/
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Is that a 1600 or 1700 series? I have a 1603.
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Old 03-21-2007, 09:07 PM   #3
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Old 03-26-2007, 09:25 PM   #4
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Well the floor didn't get finished this weekend. In fact we thought we were going to have problems. Or actually we do have problems but thankfully we have a family full of fabricators that are going to help fix things. We have rust outlining the wheel wells and it's rusted through to outside. So now we are rebuilding the wheel wells. We're dropping them down a bit and squaring them off to give a little more storage space and fixing the rusted areas. We really had to step back and assess the situation carefully. Rusted, Neglected, Old...So far it's still worth it though. So far. This week: fix wheel wells, put down flooring, remove 4 total windows, put up window tint and start framing all this while moving all of our belongings to storage before the 1st. Ambitious week but I'm optimistic.
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:06 PM   #5
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floorplan

Finally agreed on a floorplan. We'll be full timing so comfort and storage is going to be very important. Hopefully this will work well for us.http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...rplan.JPG.html
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Old 03-26-2007, 10:29 PM   #6
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Looks pretty good, but the shower looks like you may have it located over a wheel well, that won't work very well if thats the case.
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Old 03-26-2007, 11:06 PM   #7
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The shower will be just behind the wheel well. It's not a very good drawing. The stove will be centered above the wheel well on one side and a cabinet above on the other side. I tried and tried to figure out how to have a full size tub instead of just a shower but couldn't figure out how to get everything to fit right and not sacrifice storage. I chalked it all out today and that was the only solution that was agreed upon. If there wasn't a bird cage to allow for... I'll probably tweak the plan a bit as we go.
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Looking good.

The only thing I couldn't find is a kitchen counter. Will you not cook aboard? The stove in a corner like that is a pain to cook on if you're doing much of it without a bit of space on either side (even 6 or 8 inches helps).

A full-timer without a permanent bed? Have you tried that before? I don't mind dropping a dinette or folding out a futon for a few days but not every night every day of the year.

I think you could tighten up the rear and gain alot of usable space. My Class C Beaver motorhome has a full-width rear bath and it only takes up 3-feet of length of the bus (you could go to 4-feet and still gain). The layout in the Beaver is a large closet/dresser on one outside wall, a tub/shower on the opposite outside wall, and the toilet and vanity along the back wall between the tub and closet.

It looks to me like you given over a lot of space to areas that will get little actual use and compromised the areas where you'll spend most of your time.

Only you know what you truly like and can live with and how you'll utilize the bus. My observations are strictly from the outside looking in and meant to generate some thought and questions for you, not to tell you how you must do it. I have a strong background in space planning and layout in small spaces (primarily boats but the science of ergonomics still apply) and just wanted to provide some food for thought.

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Old 03-27-2007, 08:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for the critique! These are the things we have been trying to figure out. We've full timed in 5th wheels and a park model but we've always had slide outs for added room and storage. You brought up alot of good points. The fridge and freezer are the short apartment size so they will have countertops above them. It looks like it's back to the drawing board for a little more tweaking. Even though we will be in it full time we are not going to spend a whole lot of time in it. Husband works 7 days a week between building fire trucks and driving tow truck so we don't have alot of free time to just stay home. We do however have alot of stuff that we can't seem to part with so storage is our biggest challenge. I'm gonna work on a few more ideas. Thanks!
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Old 03-28-2007, 03:09 PM   #10
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Revised floorplan

After thinking about it all night and remeasuring things I came up with a revised floorplan. Basically I threw away the old one and started over. I studied all the floorplans I could find and really liked the bedroom and bath area in the plan Vern1 had posted so I borrowed that idea and reworked everything else. I think this will be better. Excuse the really primitive drawing. http://www.skoolie.net/gallery2/v/Sk...n0001.jpg.html
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