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Old 10-03-2015, 12:37 AM   #1
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The Old Shall Be New Again

Hi,
This is my first post, even though I have owned a schoolie for about 15 years.
I have a 1981 International with a Thomas Body.
When I first bought it I used it as a minimal RV conversion (front half), and a rolling wood shop (rear half). Since my work took me all over the country I wanted to take my shop with me. I went to a lot of places in the country driving my bus with my pickup behind me.
I eventually settled near Spokane, Wa, and the bus ended up sitting in one spot and serving as a rat condo for the last 8 years. I took the HWH out, and left several other openings for the rats to enter. Dumb, I know.
I finally decided to re-convert it as an RV, and I have spent the past few weeks cleaning the crap out of it. Literally - I cleaned out at least 50 pounds of rat turds, and a couple of bales of hay that they hauled in as their winter food supply.
My first job has been to pull up the rubber floor, clean the rust off, phosphate coat the rusty areas, and roll on a coating to protect the floor. I used a deck renew material that is supposed to be 10 times as thick as regular paint.
I will try to add some pictures now, but be patient with me - may take a while.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:18 AM   #2
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Nice! If it was in as bad of shape as you described, you did a good clean up job.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:21 AM   #3
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Thanks. It was worse, if anything. I wore a respirator for the first week of cleaning. Didn't want to get the Rat fever or whatever.
But it is looking - and smelling - much better now.
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Old 10-03-2015, 01:34 AM   #4
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Welcome.

Looking forward to more pics.

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