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Old 01-21-2015, 10:08 PM   #1
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We call her Kraken - Ford e450 2000 7.3L Diesel

And it begins!

Unlike most of you who have planned your conversion and laid a vision, our experience is different. We never imagined we would be immersed in this project.

Our eldest daughter declared in November she wanted a bus for Christmas. After we stopped laughing, we realized...our teenager just asked for more family time, to fuel her sense of adventure. We bought the bus.

We've chimed in here for the past few weeks getting things in order, but here is our official forum launch.

We are in Canada, and have learned the trials of these bus conversions from the legislation angle. It's not so simple up here for us. After sorting out just getting it home (thank you fellow Canandian Skoolie-ers!), and the insurance fiascos, we finally have it home and ready to begin.

We will be using the bus more like a living room on wheels to encourage adventure in our kids. The aim will be more boondocking and less parks.

To start we met some basic requirements to get it titled to an RV, but now we move on to more of the polished touches.

For now, I introduce, The Kraken.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:11 PM   #2
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Good start and with a good reason, welcome! Jack
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:52 PM   #3
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time to rock and roll!!
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:55 PM   #4
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Stripped and ready. (use your imagination to rotate this 1/4 turn clockwise) She's empty and ready to rebuild.
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Old 01-21-2015, 10:57 PM   #5
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Here's the Before:

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Old 01-22-2015, 11:30 AM   #6
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Cool graphics! I also have a 2000 E-450 but with an Eldorado body. You're just across the river from us.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:16 PM   #7
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Great to connect, Roach. Don't be surprised when we come looking for solutions from someone who's been there, done that.
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Old 01-23-2015, 12:51 PM   #8
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Ask away! I' learned most of what I know about bus conversions here on Skoolie and am happy to pass along what I can.
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Old 02-05-2015, 09:41 PM   #9
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whats the mpg on a bus like this im looking at 1 now
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Old 02-05-2015, 10:42 PM   #10
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Ours gets 11 to 13 mpg at 65 mph depending on the wind.
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