Hi all, have been lurking for a while but have run out of answers without participating so I joined up.
This may well turn out to be another pipe dream, I have had plenty over the years, but bear with me.
I am an old grizzly biker, a good wrench and big fan of diesel trucks, I have over a million miles on the road on bikes over the last 30+ years and out on the road is where I prefer to be, on and off over the years I have toyed with the idea of buying or building an RV, with building being a favorite, I like the idea of a Skoolie as they are so solid, I am also considering becoming a traveller for two or three years just to get out there again and like the idea of taking my bed with me, however I am too old and beat up to sleep in a tent so the RV route seems even more attractive, I have become soft with age and need my comforts.
I figure with a Skoolie given its truck frame and generally titan construction I can do certain things that a more conventional platform would not be so good at.
If I do this I plan on building a home away from home, just for me though but with a spare bed or a couple of bunks that will be ok for occasional visitors, no TV as I have no need for one, a garage for my motorcycle.
I plan on a full size bus with a garage in the rear, I was concerned about the weight of the bike being behind the axel but reading the article on the jacuzzi it seems that the area there should handle unto 3000 lbs without an issue, I guess the seats weigh a bit so once they are gone and allowing for the weight offset in front of the axel for the living accom and there will be few issues, I would plan on making the entire rear into an opening with a drop down door that can double as a ramp and maybe a rear deck with support legs. Access to garage from inside and out.
One area of concern is interior height as I am 6'3" so I may consider raising the roof depending on what interior height I can expect, if I do that then I would plan on re-profiling the front of the roof to improve aerodynamics, even without raising the roof I would likely still re-profile the front edge of the roof, but that is the joy of steel.
I would plan on removing most of the windows and would weld steel panels in place to lose the whole bus feel and look, fit RV style windows and maybe a good large skylight.
Things that are a must are good headroom, comfort as in seating area, big bed for me, good sized shower and head, decent sized garage area for the Harley, desk area for working, I could maybe have a fold down work surface for this over a bunk bed (I have been thinking about this), good air and heat, reliability and 10mpg.
So who thinks I am mad? Anyone have any suggestions?