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Old 02-26-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Re: Skoolie vs Prefab

I couldnt fined a motorhome that I liked , so thats why i built a skoolie, and a bus is way better built then a older motor home.
would you buy a bus allready converted, or would you do it your self?
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Old 02-27-2013, 01:15 AM   #2
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I vote skoolie..
They're relatively inexpensive as used vehicles, extraordinarily safe as they are meant to transport children, and completely customizable. I've been in quite a few prefab rvs and they've always seemed pretty flimsy to me. Nice ones are very expensive and just aren't made of much. That and you can only do so much with prefab. Plan it out right and keep an eye out for good deals and you can build your bus however you like for relatively small cost- even as a full time home. That is one of the main reasons my fiancee and I are doing it - we want to live in a more eco friendly manner and still be able to travel and see the country without paying rent or a mortgage, at least until we figure out where we might want to live for a long time.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:17 AM   #3
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Depends on how much time you want to wait before taking your trip. Even the fastest converters who have all the time in the world to work on their bus take at least 6 months to convert it. More realistic time frame is a year or more. I've been working on mine for 3 years!
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:40 AM   #4
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We have lived fulltime in a sticks-&-staples 1977 20 ft Class C (2006 - 2011 and we have lived fulltime in a WIP 40 ft skoolie conversion (2011 - currently). Skoolie hands down.

We gave our (now 26 yo) daughter the Class C to fulltime in. It doesn't move much. She plans on buying a partially or fully converted skoolie before leaving NM sometime in 2014-2015.
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:37 PM   #5
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We lived in the Class C, Me, David, a lazy couch potato for a dog and a Little Fat Pita Cat from Fall 2006 until July 2009 when we left NC. In that time frame, it dropped to just David and me. When we came out west, there were three adults living in the Class C, me, David & 1/2 an adult (our daughter... 90 lbs tops and 4'10") We lived like that from 2009 until David & I moved into the bus in Dec 2011. Class C was 22 ft overall. That meant it was under 19 ft of floor space. Our daughter slept in the cabover bed. With 4 people, I would suggest a 40 ft bus. You will have between 30 & 35 ft floor space.
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Old 02-28-2013, 09:16 AM   #6
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Flat nose makes better use of space relative to overall length of vehicle, but front engine flat noses are loud. Rear engine flat nose I would think would be highly desirable so long as you don't need to load things into the rear. Dog nose are plentiful and inexpensive, easy to work on the accessible engine, still a bit loud, but not as bad as front engine flat noses, and the dog nose buses look very "skoolie". The flat nose buses look more "motorhome-ish". I'm very happy with my mid-size dog nose bus, but if I ever get a 40 footer, I'll most likely be looking for a rear-engine flat nose.
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Old 02-28-2013, 11:34 AM   #7
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I prefer the looks of the flat nosed front engine BlueBirds. I also like the pre 1985 BlueBird Wanderlodges. We like that we can use the rear emergency door to get large appliances in/out. We have loaded all the large stuff into the bus via the rear emergency door.
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Ride the bus. Ride the bus with us.

There are plenty of converted buses for under 10K. Look at Craigslists and Ebay.

Buses are strong.
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I can think of a lot of reasons to go with a Skoolie.

I've always figured out how to make/build things I wanted all of my life. Most of the time I've never been able to afford to just go out and buy the things I wanted. This is no different. I want a 40 ft pusher motorhome, I don't happen to have a spare $250,000 laying around. Mine perhaps won't be quite as fancy, but it will have everything they have, and in some cases even more. I won't have anywhere near that much money in it, and it's totally PAID for. And I guarantee it's stronger/safer than a S and S motorhome.
My motorhome doesn't look like every other one coming down the road, and the design and layout are what I want.
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... My motorhome doesn't look like every other one coming down the road, and the design and layout are what I want.
I live...
in a sea...
of white, off-white and .....
beige.


DITTO on the floor plan!!! RV's are RECREATIONAL vehicles and set up for weekend trips. Our bus conversion is a RESIDENTIAL vehicle and set up for living in fulltime. AND IT'S NOT WHITE, OFF-WHITE OR BEIGE!!!!
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