I joined this board under a different username 5 years ago at 13. Since then, I have been through 8 or 9 cars (I like to change them every now and then, and some were really rough), graduated from high school with honors and a front page article in the local newspaper, lost my single mother to her battle with systemic lupus, started 2 businesses (one of which never did anything), and developed a 2 year relationship. If you did the math, I am now 18, and Saturday I will be driving from Michigan to Indiana pick up my first skoolie. I can't contain my excitement.
I picked up this lovely rig for $800. It is a 1987 66 Passenger International, with a 7.3l v8 diesel, 167k. I think this would be just breaking it in, most diesels of that size I've seen run 500k plus miles. I don't know about this particular model, if anyone does I'd appreciate your remarks.
I am not sure of the interior length in this bus, I have big plans for it, so I hope it can contain itself. I plan on using it for road trips through college, and eventually tour the country with it for at least 1 year. That being said, I would like it to be relatively upscale, including:
A full size Jetted Bathtub
A residential refrigerator (are these ok to put in coaches now, I see them all the time, but I read a long time ago that you couldn't do this)
An apartment size dishwasher
A roof raise (evil impending doom music plays)
A rooftop deck similar to Airstream's Skydeck, complete with barbecue grill and mini-fridge
A tankless water heater, or a large 40 gal or so water heater (what would you recommend?)
Tiled entryway and ambient lighting throughout
A plasma tv or projector and screen in the main living space, and a smaller flat panel in the bedroom
A generator (one should hope with all of this stuff)
100+ gallon freshwater tank
Stairs to the deck that can pull down from the ceiling (so that my grandmothers can access it)
I am trying to figure out a cheap way to do a composting toilet, so that I can avoid a blackwater tank altogether
An office space (glorified desk)
Storage Bays Underneath
A very nice rustoleum paint job reminiscent of those on high end rv's like Fleetwood's American Coach Line
I would like to put in a slide-out or two, but I don't know how much it would cost, and I would rather it be electric/mechanical than hydraulic
Air Conditioning and Heating (Michigan weather is anything but predictable), I am hoping to get away with just having a window A/C unit and using the existing heat system
I would like to put a queen size bed in back, but I don't know if it will be possible with all of the rest of the stuff taking up space, since I don't want the entire bedroom to just be a bed.
Being a 66 Passenger bus, I think I may have to compromise on some things, just because of the lack of space, but we'll see once I actually get it home. The nice part is that I already have most of this stuff, and craigslist is a very good resource otherwise. Despite it sounding like a lot, I don't anticipate this to cost too much because of that. I have my (carpenter) uncle and girlfriend to help me, and since it's spring break I will hopefully be getting a lot done. I wonder how many trips to harbor freight I will make.
I am also wondering if I ever decided to sell it, would I be able to break even or even make a profit. Usually the only ones I see making big profits are Coaches made from Prevost or MCI shells. I think I should be able to do this all for around $3-4k total.
Anyways, I will keep this updated with photos and ideas to bounce off of you all, and I would really appreciate any suggestions you have for what to do or what not to do that is or isn't in my plans. Oh, and if anyone knows the Michigan requirements to be titled as an rv I would appreciate that, last I knew it was 3 of a list of 4 things, but I can't find it anywhere.
PS: I am naming my Skoolie "Victoria" as of right now, I thought of "Crown Victoria", but it's not a crown and I didn't want to seem like I was copying ford. Let me know what you all think. Thanks for reading