I got to look inside my first skoolie about a year ago (probably saw a lot before that, but never noticed) and thought "that's pretty cool." Six months ago I got a glimpse of a skoolie hauler and decided I had to have one. If for no other reason than I don't have a garage for my racecar.
Hi all, I'm Marvin. Everybody calls me Gizmo
(long story, I'll tell you in person over a 6-pack of beer). This is my first post, but I've been reading about other conversions on here for months. I finally took the plunge yesterday and bought a previously partially converted 1978 Wayne Lifeguard.
I got it cheap cause its a mess, but the garage is solid.
My plan is to retrofit the garage area with aluminum ramps, build a wall/door after window 6 so the garage area is separate, And do a short-bus conversion to the front half. Something like this:
I would really like to do an interior swap from a salvage sticks and staples camper. That way I could reuse all its electrical, water (except black tank), and propane as opposed to sourcing everything separately and then having to figure out how it all goes together. There are a couple salvage RV places near me that I think I can pickup a 2001 or newer 20-28ft "residential 5th wheel/travel trailor" whole for less than $1000. I did a little research and between the front door, fridge/freezer, stove, microwave, rooftop AC, waterheater, couch, dinette, etc. I'll spend way more than that buying individual items. Even if it doesn't all work, it worth it to tear one apart and see how its all setup.
Demolition has begun and there's rust and holes everywhere. My goal is to have the floor in the living area all stripped, figure out how much "cut and replace" is needed, grind and sand the recoverable areas, inspect the walls and windows and start on the window removal.
I know if the garage is the most important aspect, I should start there, but I have so many ideas about how I want to do it, I figured I ought to wait till I get som bids in on some of the different options.