Ben and Laura's Bus
Hello, newbie here,
When I was in high school/college I had a minivan with the back seats removed and a mattress thrown in. It was perfect for camping, road trips or general partying. I got married my van broke down and suddenly having a party mobile wasn’t really a priority. I went camping in tents for a while enjoyed it but miss my van dearly, especially as one of these years my wife may talk me into have kids. It was great for a quick 1/2 night stop and on to the next site. I started thinking of buying a small RV, but the ones in my price range were pretty worn and well this is a skollie forum I don't have to explain to you guys why I didn't go that route. Then one day I got the (brilliant) idea of converting a short bus to a quick camper. A quick search on the internet and a stumble upon skoolie.net and I was hooked, hard. I few days later the mrs was on board.
I wanted a shorter bus but full size, not a Ford E350 or something like that, so I just bought a '95 Internation bus with Bluebird body. Its a 6 windower with the 7.3L diesel. I have been pretty tied up with other things but after about a month we just finished gutting it and putting down the new sub-floor (1" foam insulation under 1/2" plywood). So far It's been a great project and now that we're building instead of demolishing and cleaning I think it will only get better.
Home base is up here in Ontario, so there was some minor rust on the floor, but nothing to worry about. Before I put in the floor a cleaned it good and put down a healthy layer of rust-paint.
This bus will mostly be used for camping trips weekends/ week long. Maybe the occasional cross country road trip. I plan on putting on a roof rack to hold a canoe and some other supplies. Does anyone have any suggestions on building a roof rack? or any suggestions on transporting a conoe on a bus? or even getting the canoe on the roof once a rack is built?
I've been meaning to start a log on here earlier but, anyways, I'll be posting pics and keeping updates on here.
Please any suggestions or comments are greatly appriciated.