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Old 06-23-2008, 12:19 PM   #1
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Old 06-23-2008, 07:42 PM   #2
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First, I guess would be a really good inspection underneath for corrosion or mechanical issues. If there is rust, I would do whatever it takes to slow that down. THen get to yanking seats.
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Old 06-23-2008, 09:07 PM   #3
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The first step is going to be finding the right bus. The bus itself is the foundation of the whole thing and certainly the most important component. Do not settle or compromise. There are lots of buses out there. The first one you see might not be "the one" but don't get discouraged. You want one that is in good mechanical condition with records to back that up and that is in good physical condition, all packaged the way you desire (length, conventional, transit, front engine, rear engine, gas, diesel, auto, manual, etc).

Beyond that, as was posted above you just need to get in there and start ripping stuff out. Give EVERYTHING a good cleaning and fix anything now as it will be far more difficult later. Then it is time to decide what to do with the floor. Let us know when you get that far. There are tons of threads on the topic.
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:48 PM   #4
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sounds like you are looking for something in the 30 foot range (longer than a shorty, shorter than a full size).

You are probably looking at somewhere in the 10 mpg range, although I have heard numbers as high as 15, but that seems rare. You might do better than 15 with a van chassis based shorty.

I am still a wanna be skoolie owner, so I can only pass on what I have read here. I do have a 21 ft toyota motorhome and I can tell you that I can drive it almost any place a car will go. It's main limitation is height clearance. So, no drive through service at McDonalds. I think if you stay under 30 feet, your access to most places won't be that limited.

As for toilets, they are possible, but, certainly add to the amount of work you'll need to do. If this thing is gonna just be a hangout for your buddies or something to drive to the beach, you might want to skip a toilet or go with a portable porta potty type.

As for interiors, wood paneling seem kinda popular. I would think a 15 year old might get his ass kicked for even talking about hanging wallpaper!!! Paneling is cheap, light and doesn't need anything over it for a finished look. I wouldn't put it in my den, but, it'll do fine for a skoolie.

Search through the various forums and photo gallery. You will get lots of good ideas/info there.

Good luck.
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Old 06-28-2008, 09:16 AM   #5
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IMO wood takes paint a damn sight better than wall paper. This would include paneling. And if it's a hippy bus, who cares what it looks like. That's kinda the idea with a hippy bus, ain't it?

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