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Old 05-01-2017, 11:17 AM   #1
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Looking for experienced Skoolie Builder, Fort Worth area.

Hi everyone.

I have a bus, financing, and a dream. Now what?!?!

I have a construction background and have built a few traditional homes in the past, however I have little experience with RV's. I really don't want to waste time and money troubleshooting and am looking for assistance to minimize the guess work.

At this point in the process, I am demo-ing the interior. I have a ton of ideas in my head and plan on adding to them until the money runs out or the road calls.

I don't know how much I want to be involved in the actual build. For example, currently I plan to build out the interior myself. But if an amazing cabinet maker/carpenter happens along, I would much rather pay someone else than settle for my own inferior work.
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Old 05-01-2017, 12:05 PM   #2
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Ahh, you'll do fine. Basic skills are generally good enough.

You're definitely going to run out of finances if you hire out your interior work.

Just "bus" doesn't cut it for a lot of us. What exactly are you working on? What engine, transmission, rear end gearing do you have? Did your bus come with newer tires? Are you planning on a full build or are you making a tin tent weekend camper?

What type of build you've chosen is completely up to you and your intended use for the bus. There are all levels of builds, from minimalist to luxurious. The more information you put out here will help people offer suggestions to make your build easier. Without enough of that basic information people tend to remain quiet.

Good luck with whatever you choose to do. Have fun.
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Old 05-01-2017, 01:33 PM   #3
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Sorry about the lack of information.

I have an 89 Bluebird TC/2000. The bus was converted into an RV by some NASCAR circuit guys. I'm happy with the mechanical workings.

I'm looking for someone in the area that can help with the build out of the interior. Mainly plumbing and electrical.

I have an open floor plan in mind (currently three walls). I have plans to build as much storage under the bus as possible. I have a steel fabricator for that part already.

I'd rather pay someone who is more familiar with the challenges of building a bus, than pay for own my mistakes.

I'm not sweating the financing. The need to be on the road will curb this build long before the financing runs out.
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Old 05-01-2017, 02:31 PM   #4
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That sounds nice. I'm sure you'll be able to find plenty of skilled workers.

I hope we can expect to see something unique.
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Old 05-01-2017, 05:11 PM   #5
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Sorry about the lack of information.

I have an 89 Bluebird TC/2000. The bus was converted into an RV by some NASCAR circuit guys. I'm happy with the mechanical workings.

I'm looking for someone in the area that can help with the build out of the interior. Mainly plumbing and electrical.

I have an open floor plan in mind (currently three walls). I have plans to build as much storage under the bus as possible. I have a steel fabricator for that part already.

I'd rather pay someone who is more familiar with the challenges of building a bus, than pay for own my mistakes.

I'm not sweating the financing. The need to be on the road will curb this build long before the financing runs out.
NO one is gonna do as good a job as YOU.
You can buy the best materials and tools and do it yourself and save a TON over paying someone to half ass it. You can pay for your own mistakes and still come out way ahead. just my 2 cents.
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Old 05-01-2017, 09:56 PM   #6
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if you got cash, plenty of people will help. if not, take pics, post here and you got us!

join some skoolie facebook groups, there is a carpenter in OK that has traveled for a build. you are closer than the last one he did.

Heck, i think the moderator of one of the big groups is near ft. worth. there are plenty of skoolies builders right in your 'hood.

good luck
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