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Old 05-24-2005, 01:15 PM   #1
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Toy Hauler Conversion

Maybe it's about time I started a topic on my bus.... On July 11 2003 I purchased an '88 GMC Blue Bird 77 passenger bus with a 8.2L turbo Detroit Diesel and an Allison 545 transmission. It has been converted (almost complete) into 1/2 camper and 1/2 toy hauler. I can haul my '73 IH Scout II or 4-wheelers/Dirt Bikes. I did this so I wouldn't have to purchase full size truck, pickup camper (too small) and a car trailer. Most current picture:


The roof was complete cut off and a new one was built. This gave me the extra height for my Scout and my head (I'm 6' 2"). In interior ceiling is almost 7'. The cargo area is about 12' long and the front camper area is about 14'. One other thing I recently added that I haven't see in other conversions is a passenger seat. You can see it here. Be sure to look look at the next few photos.

To see the complete photo gallery (LOTS of pictures) go here: http://trx.punknet.org/gallery/skoolie

The conversion is can almost be considered complete. Main things left to do:
-Finish interior (New kitchen cabinets, drivers area, carpeting)
-Finish exterior paint (including wheels). I'd like to roughly copy this paint scheme:


-Build storage compartments
-Add a shower in the back (one that can be broken down when hauling toys)
-Change rear gears for better highway speeds/rpm's
-Insulate and cover rear cargo ceiling/walls
-I'm sure I'll think of more

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Old 05-24-2005, 01:22 PM   #2
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Trx, the bus looks great! I have been following your site for a while and it's great to see her come together. How is the grey water tank working? It's an interesting design and I love the thriftyness.

Keep up the good work and it looks like you've got a fun toy. -Richard
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Old 05-25-2005, 08:30 AM   #3
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The grey water tank will get it's true test this weekend (as well as the rest of the water system) when we go to an off-road rally in Wisconsin. I'm scrambling right now to finish up as much as I can before we leave.

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Old 05-25-2005, 08:49 PM   #4
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You've come a long way!

I think the last time I looked at your site, you had just taken the top off the bus. Boy have you come a long way since then. It really looks great! I especially like the front seat arangement, and may copy that some day.

Boy, talk about not seeing the forest for the trees...for the second time today, I've seen something that I really wish I had seen before I committed to another course of action. Your grey water tank is a great idea. I bought a whole bunch of PVC plumbing stuff for a 10 foot long section of 8" pipe, but I could have had twice the storage capacity for 1/5 the cost! ARRGGHH!

Do let us know how that tank works out on your trip. I may switch my tank (or add an additional tank, since I really need to be able to use water in the bus immediately, since I'm living in it almost 100% now.)

Excellent job!
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Old 05-26-2005, 10:40 AM   #5
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gray water tank

hi there , nice job. I am a street rodder at heart so I am very happy that you cut something apart and put it back together . On my 78 CROWN 'FARTHER' I cut out the side and put a mid entry door in place :P . I am much interested in your graywater tank situation as that is next on my list. Let me know the particulars please.

Keep up the good work, J.B.
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Hi Chad,

The grey water tank is a great idea. If the tank (rubbermaid container) springs a leak, you might try to use plywood for bottom and side support. At least using plywood would keep the container from expanding or deforming, thus creating a leaks.

I hope you don't mind but, I'm going to use your idea and just encase it in plywood.

By the way, that idea reminds me of a little kid's pool that I bought for my son. It had a hard plastic wall and a plastic sheet to hold the water.

Thanks for the idea Chad, you're a genius.

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Well my grey water tank survived it's first weekend but wasn't truly tested. Probably only had a few gallons in it and I emptied it before we left (we were camping in a field for a 4x4 event). There is plywood underneath it plus two 1x3's to fill a gap down the middle of the bottom (it sort of has 'feet' at the corners). This way most of the bottom is supported. I ran 2x4's around it a little over 1/2 way up and seemed to stiffen the sides enough.

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Chad,

That sounds excellent. I suspect your gray water tank will hold up well.

Like I said before, I'm going to definently try your gray water tank idea.

I hope you don't mind.

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Just looked through your design for the grey water tank, looks excellent, I will probably build one (or two) similar. What kind/size of valve and fitting is on the drain. What kind of hose connects up to it?
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I figured people would ether think my grey water tank was inventive or I was just plain crazy. Glad it's for former so far Of course you need to be a little crazy to do a bus conversion in the first place.

It a 1 1/4" PVC ball valve on the drain. I don't have any hose to connect up to it yet. It's a standard female pipe thread so shouldn't be to hard to figure something out.

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