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Old 07-08-2007, 01:00 AM   #1
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Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

Granted skoolies and prevost coaches dont ride the same, but why aren't there many high end school bus conversions. I've seen a few that were absolutely beautiful, and a lot more that seemed to be as cheap as possible. I just wondered why people converting charter buses do things so much differently than school buses, does it cost that much more to use higher quality materials? Just wondering, I think I would like to make my bus quite nice, with flat screen tv's, wireless networking, security camera (I also happen to be very very good with electronics, lol). I just wondered why I don't see things like this much.
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Old 07-08-2007, 11:40 AM   #2
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

This is more of a thing if you are going the school bus route the chances are you don't want to spend that much anyways and the result is you only put in the things you want. Why go through the trouble of putting in more money into the job when you can put in less and be happy with the results and of coarse save yourself the money by spending less which can go towards more trips in the bus.

Myself I figure I have less money into it then what I could buy a equaly as good class c stick and staple rv and I am happier with it since it is safer if a collision was to happen and my floor plan layout makes more sense to me. Some of the facorty rv floor plans don't make sense. In my case I wanted more open floor space to put loose stuf on and of coarse a wheelchair which is something most factory rvs don't have.
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

High end skoolie conversion=Bluebird Wanderlodge

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Old 07-09-2007, 10:27 AM   #4
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

I think if you are using a school bus many times you are starting from scratch because you want to make the bus your own. Everyone has different tastes, abilities, and things that they call necessities. A lot of the skoolies are used very hard to such as for tailgating and support vehicles if you put nice thing inside they would be trashed very quickly but if they had been using a normal motorhome like this it would fall apart.
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Old 07-10-2007, 05:44 PM   #5
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

I wouldn't say that my skoolie is going to be "high end", but I'm planning to make it pretty nice on the inside. Modern looking, with carpet, wood flooring (fake stuff, but it looks real to me), air conditioning, heated flooring, flat screen TV with satellite, a king size bed, shower, toilet etc. I bought a brand spanking new travel trailer (Puma 25RKS) back in early 2005. We used it for over a year and I just wasn't all that pleased with it. It felt fragile and like it was going to fall apart if I wasn't really careful with it. The only camping I do really is boondock type camping. We go to a lot of dirtbike races and I use generators and my water tanks. The trailer only had 35 gallon tanks. 35 gallons of water goes quickly with a wife and two kids. I kept thinking that I could build something better than my trailer. Then I saw a guy with an old airport shuttle bus that he'd done a REALLY cheap conversion on and it hit me. Sell the trailer, buy a school bus and build it up myself. I took a BIG hit selling my trailer, but it was worth it I think. The bus is a lot more rewarding. Anyways, I'm planning to do a pretty decent conversion on my bus. It will be at least as nice as my travel trailer was and a whole lot more durable.
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Old 07-10-2007, 09:31 PM   #6
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Stay tuned, I'm going all out on this one! It will take a couple of years total, but it will be as high end as I can possibly make it. Most people were pretty darn impressed at how nice the interior of Big Blue was, this one will be much better.
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High end skoolie conversion=Bluebird Wanderlodge
you cant really throw them in here since the wanderlodge's are manufactured that way and cost lots of money to buy. They are not a skoolie in my opinion just a good looking RV off the mill.

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Old 07-27-2007, 04:48 PM   #8
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

Its kind of a culture. Plus, most of us are doing it ourselves and have trouble making things look "high end", especially me.
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

My bus is also built to take a lot of abuse, if I had a normal RV it would have been destroyed by partiers years ago.
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Re: Why aren't there many high end skoolies?

I will add to this a little. I will not go over what has already been said so. Now I may be wrong but. Being most of the skoolies have high miles, used hard, body not prefect, and nearing the end of their life maybe people do not want to put a lot of money into them.

Now on my bus I plan on making it what people might call high end. But my bus has hardly any miles, body is clean, super head room height, and dose not look like a school bus.

Just not sure when I will get around to starting and finishing it.
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