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Old 03-25-2014, 01:43 PM   #1
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alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

New owners want more rent than I can afford so I recently gave notice for the old barn that I was using as a shop/storage facility. Now I'm forced to figure out how to store all my sh..stuff. Two weeks ago I bought an old oilfield trailer, a 20' doghouse style mounted on a 24' flatdeck frame with 7000lb axles. paid $2500.00 and put in another $300 for reg. and to rewire the lights. My 1/2 ton truck is maxed out with this trailer empty so I wanted something else to pull it. Minimum I was thinking was an old 1-ton truck but I came across an ad for "camperized" propane powered school bus for $900.00 obo.

I answered the ad and brought a propane tank and cheater hose, drove an hour to where it is. We couldn't get it to start and soon realized there was a massive leak where the fuel enters the regulator. The reg. inlet was cracked. We ended up making a deal for $250.00 because of the no-start issue. I felt I could get my money back by scrapping it out if necessary but thankfully didn't have to. The next day I went out with parts that I have been saving for a possible 4x4 conversion and got it to fire up. The starter Bendix is weak and the Chev BB366 motor is showing lots of oil. It has a cracked exhaust manifold and sounds like the exhaust piping needs a good look. Tires are starting to show weather checking. The interior has a half-assed conversion done in it but that can wait for a while as I'm planning on using it for storage and towing the oilfield trailer for now. I do have a gutted late 70's chev motor-home with a good 400ci/t400 auto that I can use if this motor is no good.

Due to lack of forethought when I was younger and physical degeneration now I'm forced to rent. I don't have a place to move all this to as yet and in a worse case will rent some spots in a rv storage facility. I am hoping to find a small piece of land to rent instead. Plans are to make my bus and trailer self sufficient and off-grid capable. I already own an old 7500 watt generator that can power my welders and other tools, and have plans for a battery bank and solar panels for lighting.

Pics to come.

Richard
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Old 03-29-2014, 05:36 PM   #2
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

I took a trip out to the bus with some propane parts and replaced this piece;



If you look close you can see the crack. And the replacement;



It fired up pretty quick after replacement. Pics of where it was parked;





And after I got it back to the rental space;



and inside;





Time to start tearing stuff out.

Richard
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Old 03-29-2014, 11:54 PM   #3
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

The price was right, and you do have a back-up engine for it. Looks like a good start for a conversion!
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Old 03-30-2014, 10:43 AM   #4
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

Yeah, the price was right. I'm glad I didn't buy it for the conversion work already done, it's lacking in fit and finish and maybe knowledge....definitely not a pro doing the work. I've decided to gut the whole thing for now, and may or may not keep the fridge, stove/oven, and water heater. It all depends on how much room there is left over after putting in my crap. I have to figure out how I'm going to organize my tools and parts. Right now I'm leaning to using the bus for parts storage and the trailer for tools. I noticed the headroom is lacking in the bus, I can see why some of you have raised the roof .
I'd like to keep the stuff for conversion so I can use the bus for towing my cheap-ass race truck to different venues, but the mileage has to improve. It was a little scary how much fuel I used....a little over a liter of propane per kilometer . The steering needs looking at, it was a little sloppy, but no worse than my '54 chev one-ton flatdeck that I used to have. Well...maybe a little worse. I'll be fixing that before going too far. And I need to make up a receiver for towing the trailer.

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Old 03-30-2014, 10:48 AM   #5
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

PS; I'm looking for a little land to rent for vehicle storage. Just bare land will do, but a building wouldn't hurt my feelings. An acre or three within 20 klicks of Red Deer north. I need to keep the rent under $150.00/month. Any leads would be appreciated.
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Old 03-30-2014, 11:12 AM   #6
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

Your just a bit too far. I'm two hours north of you and always welcome skoolie friend's to wrench with.

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Old 04-02-2014, 03:45 PM   #7
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Thanks for the reply. You're not toooo far, ok, maybe a little

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Old 04-08-2014, 12:37 AM   #8
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Re: alwaysFlOoReD's storage/workshop skoolie

I've been doing the opposite of everyone on this board and unmaking my skoolie. I've deconstructed most of the cabinets and have sold off all the appliances. I sold the stove/oven and hot water heater for $100, the furnace for $50, and the two way fridge for $100. So now my bus has a total cost to me of $0.00. I'll be ripping out the rest of the counters and then start figuring out how I'm going to make my storage work.
Edit; went over my records and sold the fridge for $200 so I made $100 and still have the bus for storage/towing.
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