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Old 05-11-2015, 12:00 AM   #1
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future fulltimers checking in

Hello everyone. We are a couple in our early 30s looking to build a skoolie for full-time mobile living. This forum have been invaluable as we research bus builds.

We are avid backpackers and mountain bikers. Here is our wish list for our bus. We realize we won't get all of these ans that they're a bit optimistic.

- rear garage (or at least a side garage) is a must to keep our 2 mountain bikes safe, secure, and out of the way.
- reliable, strong, low maintenance drivetrain (we can dream)
- rust free
- able to cruise at 70mph comfortably
- high ground clearance is a plus, since we travel on a lot of dirt roads

plans:
- we will be towing a 4,000 lb 4x4 toad
- no blackwater tank, we will use a composting toilet
- lots of solar panels and batteries
- induction burner and solar oven for cooking (no propane or microwave)
- heavily insulated
- small fridge, we dont need a full size fridge

ideas that are still up in the air:
- propane free?
- wood burning stove?
- length? 32 feet seems great


We will be doing a video documentary and build thread of our research, purchase, build, and travel process.

Steve has a decent mechanical background with a good amount of welding and fabrication experience. Tess is a hair stylist with an eye for design and she has exceptional sewing skills. We have a lot to learn about framing, electrical, propane and plumbing among many many more topics.

We are also stuck making the transition from salaried employees to mobile employees. Steve does Instructional Design and eLearning professionally, with a good dose of video production as well.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:04 AM   #2
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this past week we rented our first RV to educate ourselves. This is what followed.

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Old 05-11-2015, 04:38 AM   #3
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Love the video. Cool dog.
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Old 05-11-2015, 12:00 PM   #4
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Thanks, he's the best. Day 2 video:

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Old 05-11-2015, 02:27 PM   #5
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Very smart. I see lots of folks that want to jump in with both feet. Very few try out an rv for a week or two before such drastic measures.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:46 PM   #6
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We still have a lot to learn, that's for sure. I wish I could take a test-ride in a skoolie, it's been a few years.

Is there a skoolie roundup or meetup? That'd be pretty cool to attend.
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Old 05-11-2015, 02:47 PM   #7
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lol me and some friends "meet up" at my bus every weekend. Come on over. I'll take you for a spin in it.
We have some nice warm weather going right now!
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:42 PM   #8
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It was fun watching your first video, mostly because as I watched the highway scenery all of the sudden I had this jarring "hey wait! I've been there, I just know it!" response. That happened at the wind farm at the mouth of the canyon, by the way. That with a few other data points, like the "300 East" highway sign (so far as I can tell, there's only one state in the nation that names their roads like that!) totally confirmed it. I'll send you a PM.
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Old 05-11-2015, 10:45 PM   #9
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Very cool! Small world. I'm not going to lie, we're not in a hurry to leave Utah, we love this state. But we are in a hurry to leave our house.
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:19 AM   #10
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