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Old 01-08-2014, 10:53 PM   #21
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whats going on in here?
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:17 PM   #22
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I started a reply early on day one before the "interaction," but before I could post it, the entire thread was gone! And now it's back. I was going to post links to some projects.

An example of a rear "pull out" on a dog-nosed bus, which would not work on a rear engine bus, was "The Bus with No Name, yet . . ." aka "Lurlene," a beautiful bus built a few years ago by Reprobate. The build thread starts here, gallery here. There may be some ideas you can use if you do make slide-outs.

Elliot Naess' bus "Millicent," aka the "Incident Instigation Mobile Command Center" has inspired many roof raises. The build thread starts here. Wmkbailey's current build is also a good one to study.

And welcome. Like Tango said early on, I would say think hard about doing both modifications. But it's your bus, build what you need. Filter through the projects and suggestions, take what you can use and leave the rest.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:38 PM   #23
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Like Tango said early on, I would say think hard about doing both modifications. But it's your bus, build what you need. Filter through the projects and suggestions, take what you can use and leave the rest.
Actually I belive I was the first to mention it { in a snarky and snoooty tone while sniffing my own farts} If your a fan of "South Park" you know what this means

It's your bus , build it just be carefull
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:01 AM   #24
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[Actually I belive I was the first to mention it
Sorry, I was trying to remember what I read yesterday before the thread disappeared. I did not fact-check that reference. My bad.
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Haha! me scared off? No, never! I think forums and bickering come hand in hand. And Nat, thanks for the reference and pics posted. We are pretty versed in custom automobile structures and have given a lot of thought into how we will pull this off. We plan on raising the roof of our bus by cutting all the steel beams in half, and simple adding longer steel beams to the already in place supports. We plan on replacing windows, so wherever a bigger opening is needed, we will reinforce support even more. As far as slide outs is concerned, I will have to get my husband to reply to that one. He has a whole plan in his mind. With his father and him working and owning body shops all his life, with the two of them, I trust that they have it figured out. He is also not the one to get ahead of himself and is humble enough to not tackle anything that he isnt confident in, i.e., electrical...haha
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Sounds like a perfect plan!!!
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http://www.skoolie.net/forum/viewtop...=17222&start=0

Here is some more info on slideouts and a link to the one bus' photo album.
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Man I don't think I have ever heard of someone using tact and jackass at the same time.
I was using tact by not directly calling him a jackass, just suggesting he was acting like one. There is a big difference.
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And now getting back to the conversion
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Ah yes...back to the conversion. I see you mentioned you have 4 kids. We have 4 kids as well, and I can say that it gets a bit tight. It's great for traveling and works fine during the day, but with the beds folded out at night it is NOT very practical. It works, but it's awkward and involves climbing over their beds to get out A roof raise and loft beds would be amazing. I can also see the need to expand your square footage. Numerous people have put solar panels on top of the their buses and I think it's an excellent idea, albeit expensive. Some have built decks to mount the panels on and aid in servicing the panels. I would like to do this at some point.

Also, checked out your website...very cool!! Very well done, as well.
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