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Old 12-29-2016, 12:34 PM   #411
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Just read through the entire thread....thanks for sharing. Hope you don't sell it, you'll regret it.

I can't believe you didn't have any tire issues on your cross country trips...did you carry a spare? or a way to change a tire?

I see you're staying in school? What are you studying? Still driving the E30? Did you tow it behind the bus to CO?

Looking forward to the solar updates and what you end up using.
Yeah I know I'll regret selling it if I ever do, I won't get 1/10th of what I have into it!

I have still not had any tire issues, after about 20,000 miles of road trips. I am on borrowed time with these. I do not carry a spare. When I get back to CO I am going to call a few truck shops and get prices on used tires, I can't justify putting new tires on this thing with how little mileage it sees. Used tires that are higher mileage but not as old as the ones on it would be best. The passenger side rear outer has a bunch of curb rash (not from me) and needs replaced pretty bad, I think I saw it starting to bulge a while ago.

I am at school at CU Boulder studying Environmental Science. I still have the same E30, I drove out there in January of this year, no issues (never had any issues with that car). I actually got a job as a mechanic with an auto broker who deals with a lot of E30s. I don't have a vehicle towing setup on the bus as of now, and no plans for one.

I should be able to get rolling on solar as soon as I get back, there's not a whole lot I need to do to prepare for that. I'll post pictures of the install, if I remember to actually take some pictures this time!
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Old 12-29-2016, 06:51 PM   #412
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Do you ever regret not removing the stock school bus windows and skinning them over with sheet metal?
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:05 PM   #413
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Do you ever regret not removing the stock school bus windows and skinning them over with sheet metal?
For how I use the bus, no. I use it as a "fair weather" bus, for leisure, generally. For my purposes, leaving the school bus windows in adds to the charm of it being a school bus conversion. Visibility is great, and the amount of light you get inside during the day is excellent. If I was building a full time rig, I absolutely would have removed the windows and skinned them over, as I don't even want to think of how inefficient the school ones would be to heat with when it is single digits outside.
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Old 12-29-2016, 07:39 PM   #414
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You are so right. Our bus is also a fair weather bus and we love the light. We can handle anything down to about 20 degrees without any problem and the wife would not have supported the whole project if it was dark as a cave.
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Old 12-29-2016, 08:50 PM   #415
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You are so right. Our bus is also a fair weather bus and we love the light. We can handle anything down to about 20 degrees without any problem and the wife would not have supported the whole project if it was dark as a cave.
Yeah. We slept in it for like 5 days in Asheville, NC a couple years ago when I had the Webasto hooked up as the main heat source. It was about 20 degrees outside, and I had no temperature control wired into the webasto, thinking it wouldn't be able to keep up, and it got so hot in there we all woke up and opened the roof hatches.

I went inside this German dude's bus in NOLA, which I saw in an RV park there. He invited us inside, the windows had been skinned over, and it was super dark. For a non-fulltime setup, leaving the skoolie windows in is the way to go in my opinion.
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Old 12-30-2016, 10:21 AM   #416
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I hate dark and dreary interiors.. (unfortunately I see alot of them in RV's and conversions).. if my bus gets cold I'll add more heaters.. if it gets Hot i'll add more Air-conditioners..

im keeping all the windows..

double pane skoolie windows do exist.. ive seen them in videos of alaska Busses.. bluebirds and thomas's

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Old 12-31-2016, 05:51 PM   #417
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Hey Porkchops,

I just read your entire thread the past few days and first off great job buddy! No wonder your the view champ here you actually take the time to quote and respond to people which is really nice and very respectful. Your parents, by the sounds of them, must be very, very proud of their boy. I hope your studies are going well and you land yourself a career you actually love. Don't for the life of ya sell that bus my son. There are so many possibilities with it, just parking it at a decent park and going to it on weekend's makes it invaluable. Then there's always a road trip North to visit the Canadian country side, summer of course, winter's are worse in most parts here than anywhere in Minnesota. Just a heads up there.

I have so many notes from your build that will definitely be worked into mine when it's my time. I'll be waiting for the May/June auctions to buy my rig this summer. I'll be avoiding the Cat for sure. Thanks for all your experiences you shared and each helpful tip. I'll be waiting to see how your Solar array turns out.

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Old 12-31-2016, 10:40 PM   #418
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My Plans...

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f10/co...tml#post178012
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Old 01-11-2017, 08:42 AM   #419
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Forgive me for asking a late question, but were you able to configure the Webasto on your bus as a primary heat source?

Is it a viable alternative to a propane furnace or a woodburning stove?

I'm in a similiar situation as yourself, younger guy that is very tempted to make the jump into the skoolie world. I actually drive school buses as a part time job so I'm very familiar with them and know exactly what I would want in a skoolie conversion.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:22 PM   #420
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Forgive me for asking a late question, but were you able to configure the Webasto on your bus as a primary heat source?

Is it a viable alternative to a propane furnace or a woodburning stove?

I'm in a similiar situation as yourself, younger guy that is very tempted to make the jump into the skoolie world. I actually drive school buses as a part time job so I'm very familiar with them and know exactly what I would want in a skoolie conversion.
No worries! Personally I wouldn't use a webasto as a main source of heat when parked. I think propane would work better for long term parked situations. I'm installing the webasto to aid in cold starting and warming the engine up on cold days, and keeping the heat acceptably warm when driving it on cold days. I'm buying a portable propane heater for long term use when parked and running it off a 20lb cylinder, because I don't want to invest a bunch of time and $ into a heating system I won't use all that often.

Wmkbailey (journey visvi thread) last I checked uses a webasto as a main source of heat. You might ask him, first if he still uses it as the main source, and what fuel costs. The thing about the webasto is it smells like a diesel truck when running and I wouldn't want that smell around all the time when running the heat. The way my webasto is run I don't have it able to shut off circulation to the engine, so if I was running the webasto I'd be heating the engine when parked which would be a huge waste of energy. Also my coolant lines are run under the bus which would waste more energy. So for long term heat I was going to get a "Mr buddy" propane heater which is reasonably safe to leave on all night (has a low oxygen shutoff) and cheap to buy, which is good since I don't use it in the cold that much.

Let me know if you have any questions.
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