Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 11-03-2017, 02:49 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 8
Southwest Michigan- New to Skoolies

Hello Everyone! My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a school bus to convert into an RV. As we gather all these ideas and plans I was hoping to get to know some people around Michigan that may already have a bus or are part of the skoolie culture. It would be great to actually see some skoolies and get some ideas other than just photos.

This is my first post so not sure how many responses, if any, that I may get but either way my name is Ben and my wife is Kathryn. We have three young kids and are super excited to become a bus owner.

I am an elementary principal and my wife is a nurse. We live just south of Kalamazoo.
Onlyfordguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2017, 08:12 PM   #2
Bus Nut
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Greater Houston, Tx.
Posts: 569
Welcome to the madness. Read, read, read.
Lots of knowledgeable friends here, that are always ready to steer you right, on your build. We DO require a lot of pictures, but remember you have to have 5 (I think) posts before you can post a picture, so ask away.
1olfart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-03-2017, 11:31 PM   #3
Bus Crazy
 
roach711's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Farmington Hills, Mi (Detroit area)
Posts: 1,844
Year: 2000
Coachwork: Eldorado Aerotech 24'
Chassis: Ford E-450 Cutaway Bus
Engine: 7.3L Powerstroke
Rated Cap: 19
Hey guys!

We ride the short bus over in Farmington Hills. Come visit if you're over this way.
__________________
The Roach Motel
roach711 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2017, 07:35 AM   #4
Bus Nut
 
Drew Bru's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2016
Location: Minnehaha Co., SD
Posts: 580
Year: 1996
Coachwork: Amtran
Chassis: International
Engine: DT466
Rated Cap: 65
Hi Ben and Kathryn,
We're Drew and Kristen, we live just west of Chicago but our bus is stored by the Indiana border about 2 1/2 hours from Kalamazoo. We're just starting on our conversion, our intro is in "Introducing Dazzling Blue." It's slow going having the bus so far from us, but we've gotten the walls insulated and are tackling the numerous leaks and other projects as we can. You're welcome to check it out if you ever feel like a bit of a road trip.
Welcome!
Kristen
Drew Bru is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2017, 07:38 AM   #5
Bus Crazy
 
somewhereinusa's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Andrews,Indiana
Posts: 2,030
Year: 1991
Coachwork: Bluebird
Chassis: AARE
Engine: 3116 Cat 250hp
Rated Cap: Just the two of us.
Not in Michigan, but I'm in northeastern Indiana about 30 miles SW of Ft Wayne. After next week I'll be home 'till spring.
somewhereinusa is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-04-2017, 08:29 AM   #6
Bus Geek
 
EastCoastCB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eustis FLORIDA
Posts: 18,268
Year: 1999
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Freighliner FS65
Engine: Cat 3126
Rated Cap: 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Onlyfordguy View Post
Hello Everyone! My wife and I are in the process of purchasing a school bus to convert into an RV. As we gather all these ideas and plans I was hoping to get to know some people around Michigan that may already have a bus or are part of the skoolie culture. It would be great to actually see some skoolies and get some ideas other than just photos.

This is my first post so not sure how many responses, if any, that I may get but either way my name is Ben and my wife is Kathryn. We have three young kids and are super excited to become a bus owner.

I am an elementary principal and my wife is a nurse. We live just south of Kalamazoo.
My advice is don't jump on the first bus you see because its local.
If there's a lot of rust, or rust in critical areas its not worth converting.
A buddy from Cadillac MI bought his mom's route bus when she retired. I've never in my life seen a vehicle so absolutely destroyed by rust.
Just a word of warning since you're right in the rust belt.
__________________
.
Roll Your Own Build Thread
EastCoastCB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2017, 08:03 AM   #7
New Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Posts: 8
Thanks for the advice. I will definitely keep an eye out for that.
Onlyfordguy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-20-2017, 09:13 PM   #8
Skoolie
 
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 153
I'm in Kalamazoo. Bus in process of conversion. You may come check ours out. I work retail so getting to a busy time but I will be quitting my job february or March and finishing our bus 😊
EricW is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-18-2018, 06:36 PM   #9
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Michigan
Posts: 67
Year: 1991
Chassis: Blue Bird
Engine: 8.3 cummins
Glad to meet you guys we are north of Grand Rapids MI,
bman91 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-19-2018, 10:00 AM   #10
Almost There
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Motor City
Posts: 94
I assume you know you are close to the many RV surplus places around Elkhart?

This isn't too far from you either, if you'd consider going that route.

(Not that you SHOULD go that route, just saw it a while back. Have seen others for less, but needed more work. Seems to be close to a ground up Skoolie budget.)
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 00H0H_67cOy4aTGgd_600x450[1].jpg (48.8 KB, 11 views)
ennonne is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:50 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.