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Old 12-03-2015, 07:12 PM   #1
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"623" - Freightliner 6 window

Hey all,

This will be our 2nd go at building a skoolie. Our first bus "Big Black" has served us well for about 5 years and over 20,000 miles of road trips, mostly going out west to snowboard. We decided it was time to go a little bigger and add a few more things as our previous bus was pretty basic.

Here is our Freightliner we just picked up. It's fleet number in its previous life was "623" so that will have to do until we can come up with a name for it. It is a 6 window, 34 passenger bus, CAT 3126 motor and auto tranny.

We won't be living in it full time, just using it for various road trips and camping. Here is what we have planned so far;

- Futon that folds down flat with some sort of bunk overtop
- Counter top (with some sort of burners, possibly a sink)
- A booth with table
- Bathroom (camping toliet)
- RV heater (Possibly AC too)

After we get all that stuff in we are going to determine what we want to do with the remaining space.

We started putting some cedar panels on the walls and working on the flooring. Planning on painting it this weekend.

Have been gathering a lot of helpful info on the forum, looking forward to sharing the build with everyone!





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Old 12-03-2015, 09:25 PM   #2
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Where's the insulation?
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Old 12-03-2015, 11:20 PM   #3
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Where's the insulation?
I'm sure we'll catch some flak for this, but no added insulation here. We typically grab a hotel when taking our boarding trips out west and it's used for summer camping the rest of the time.
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:33 PM   #4
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Floor length

What is the length from back door to cab ?
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:01 PM   #5
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What is the length from back door to cab ?
It's 16 feet 10 inches from the back door to the edge of the stairs/back of drivers seat.
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Old 12-09-2015, 10:54 PM   #6
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bathroom

Made a little progress over the past few days. We framed out a wall for the bathroom and painted around the bottom of the walls. Hopefully be working on our booth and table next week.

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Old 12-10-2015, 08:56 AM   #7
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I'm sure we'll catch some flak for this, but no added insulation here. We typically grab a hotel when taking our boarding trips out west and it's used for summer camping the rest of the time.
Insulation also works in the summer, keeping the inside cool.

But I dig the wood!!!
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Old 12-10-2015, 04:31 PM   #8
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Wood also acts as an insulator, although not as good as other forms. But it's beginning to come together.
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Old 12-13-2015, 08:00 PM   #9
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Last weekend we were able to get into a heated shop for a bit and throw a quick paint job on the bus. It definitely needs some body work and rust repair, but that will have to wait until spring.

We had our short bus out this weekend so that we could strip a few things from it before we sell it. We took out the front seat and swapped it into the freightliner and took off the roof rack. The rack is going to need a few modifications before we can get it swapped over to the new bus though.

Started building out the futon as well. Next up is a bunk over the futon, countertop and a table/booth.




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Old 12-13-2015, 10:06 PM   #10
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Damn... must be nice to be ready to work on the interior. I am still busy building basic systems...like brakes...and steering...and driveline.

But...someday!
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Old 12-24-2015, 02:13 PM   #11
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Things are starting come together, we finished up the pull out futon and bunk combo. Also got the table/booth setup. After the holidays we will probably start working on the counter area. Happy Holidays everyone!


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I see you used the old seats. Good move. I will be posting pictures of my international as soon as I figure out how to do it. I used old fence to cover the inside of my shop. Be careful, it can be covered in mold. 95% of mold is not a problem. Just pay attention to your breathing if you are in it for more than a couple of days at s time.
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Old 12-24-2015, 08:51 PM   #13
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Looking good! Keep us updated!
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Old 12-24-2015, 09:49 PM   #14
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Curious what this seat is out of....
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Old 12-25-2015, 12:09 AM   #15
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We also used a futon (not exactly in this configuration) and we used two of the bus seats for a dining room table. Really like the work you have done so far. Looks great.
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:49 PM   #16
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Curious what this seat is out of....
The seat is out of a Nissan NV van, we got it for free, integrated seat belts and it's a whole lot more comfortable than a bus seat!
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Old 12-27-2015, 06:58 PM   #17
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Thanks for the feedback guys. We built and hung the door for the bathroom this afternoon, really liking the way it turned out!

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Old 12-27-2015, 06:59 PM   #18
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Where's the crescent moon?

Seriously, I've seen corrugated metal roofing used like that before. I like the effect.
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Old 12-28-2015, 03:19 PM   #19
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Where's the crescent moon?

Seriously, I've seen corrugated metal roofing used like that before. I like the effect.
The thought never crossed my mind while building it, that would be funny tho!
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Old 12-28-2015, 04:56 PM   #20
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So spray paint the moon on the door! That or make one of wood and fasten it to the metal.
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