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Old 08-06-2018, 10:03 AM   #1
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Why a Skoolie over an RV?

So I have my reason for why I want to buy a school bus and make it into a Skoolie, but I'm wondering what your reasons are. The first thing people say when I tell them I want to make a Skoolie is why not just buy an RV. List your reasons please.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:21 AM   #2
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In my case it is a mental defect.......

I wanted an RV and ran into a guy named Dave Galey. He was in the process of converting his second bus. I got the bug. So I jumped in and my first RV was a converted Eagle 10.

Lived in that bus for 7years. I loved it. I eventually quit traveling and the bus suffered from sitting in the AZ desert. I sold it with the intention of building another one day.

Then I went through a succession of three sticks and staples RV's. Disliked the materials and build quality.

Finally I have the space and time to tackle my second bus.

I enjoy building things. I like choosing my own layout and equipment. Having control over build quality rocks as well.

To be honest..... I like being a little different from the crowd...
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:15 AM   #3
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Because this is what they look like in an accident. The sticks and staples quality of these are just not structurally as sound as a bus.
Google RV accident pics for more.
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Old 08-06-2018, 11:26 AM   #4
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Well, part of it is having a champagne taste on a beer budget . The build quality difference can be summed up with "commercial vs. consumer", frp stick & staple vs. steel & rivet/weld.

Just as big or bigger a consideration is building it the way I want. Even if I had the bucks for a high end RV, I haven't seen one outfitted to my taste. It seems the more you spend, the more " bling" you get on top of the same stick & staple construction.

Finally, I'm also afflicted with the mental defect that under estimates the effort of a diy project by a factor of ten or so

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Old 08-06-2018, 11:28 AM   #5
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There are a number of reasons.

1. It's totally paid for. I can buy and use materials as I have the time and money.
2. The layout fits MY needs.
3. Putting to good use all of the stuff I've learned how to do in the first 60 years.
4. Have you ever seen a wrecked sticks and staples RV?
5. I can design and have higher end systems than I could ever afford.
6. If I didn't have a bus I would spend my money on dogs, cattle, horses, camera equipment etc.
7. Self satisfaction.
8. I NEVER do things like everyone else.

There are probably more but, lunch is ready.
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For me it was more that I wanted something very specific. I used to live in a bus so it was not to far out for me. I do not think I would build again on a skoolie or bus platform. It takes enormous amounts of time to design and gather materials not to mention recover from your mistakes.
If you are not a real avid DIY person, and this is your hobby, have loads of free time and good amount of spare money laying around then go for it.



Now i would rather buy an older RV with some technical problems and fix that. There is a lot of experience and conveniences in RV's that will be very hard to realize with a DIY conversion.


Rv's are designed from the ground up as an RV and that makes it very efficient.



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So I have my reason for why I want to buy a school bus and make it into a Skoolie, but I'm wondering what your reasons are. The first thing people say when I tell them I want to make a Skoolie is why not just buy an RV. List your reasons please.
Seeing this up close and personal works for me but have never liked RV's anyhow.
A few years ago my sister's trailer ended up in the condition of some these pictures posted so it was a no brainer for myself.
Big rig went around them, cut them off and then lost a recap into their windshield.
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Wind damage in that picture. That's a huge hell no for me.

Honestly, in November I was saying no, I'll never do a skoolie. I was planning on tiny house on a trailer, and said never to a skoolie. Then I went with a friend in new Mexico to a lot full of busses where he bought a gutted bus shell (pulled drivetrain, left the wheels on) for $600 to bring out to his property. That's the first time I've gotten to go inside a whole bunch of busses as an adult, and that's when I completely changed my mind about a skoolie. Got a second job a little over a month later, and 4 months later bought my bus.

An rv was never considered because of the cost, and never liked most travel trailers I had seen. They all looked cheap or set up in a way I didnt like
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