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Old 12-29-2016, 10:58 PM   #1
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Question Hello From Barrie, Ont, Canada

Hello Skoolie's,

My family and I are about to begin our Skoolie journey and I'm so very happy to have found this forum. I've been binge watching a YouTuber called Transcend Existence and his episodes have shown me exactly what I want in a Skoolie. I'm hoping to find an 84 passenger bus with enough power to tow a trailer loaded with a car and a couple toy's. We won't travel too far normally because we'll have it in an RV park for weekends, but we will make the trip out to Newfoundland in summer and sometimes winter for the Christmas holidays, so I need a rig that can pull through those types of wintry conditions. What do you think FE or RE for that type of travel set up? I feel the RE would give us better traction in bad weather on the in/declined highways. Of course a retarder would work wonders too.
In my searches so far I found what I believe to be a gem, a 1998 Thomas RE 5.9 Cummins MD3060. It has an engine block heater and just 142,000 Miles on her. Any advice you Skoolies can give would be of a great help and appreciated by myself and my family big time. for reading
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:17 AM   #2
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Welcome! That's a great find - there are a growing number of us Canucks on this forum. FB has a group as well - Skoolie Canada.
Most of the knowledge you'll need will come from here but it's a lot easier to meet up with people on there.
Good luck!
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Old 12-30-2016, 07:18 AM   #3
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Awesome! The wife is a FB user so that works, thank you.
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Old 12-30-2016, 08:23 AM   #4
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Old 12-30-2016, 09:30 AM   #5
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How's it goin' eh!

Would love to drive mine with the ATV's to "The Rock" as well, one of two Provinces I haven't been to...Saskatchewan the other.

The challenge with the RE is mounting a trailer hitch...

I'm a little over an hour south west of you.
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Old 12-30-2016, 12:02 PM   #6
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Greetings

Nice to see another Canuck with the bug too. It is an adventure to be sure. I am down in the Picton area and still building with just a fairly simple kitchen area to build. I'll be heading to the Maritimes also and the Rock when done. Pulling a 22ft flatbed trailer with some toys and small diesel tractor for snowplowing myself out when needed.
So happy New Year to you and everyone reading.
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Old 12-31-2016, 06:04 PM   #7
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Thank you Toot! My son and I were out your way this past summer. My father passed and so we went out to pay our last respects. As a bonus all my brother's and one sister made the trip as well making it a joyous occasion. I also was able to introduce a very close childhood friend to my family as he moved out your way nearly 15 years ago now. Last time I saw him was when I was there once before in 09'. I really love B.C. would have went with my buddy if I knew how beautiful it was back then.

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Old 12-31-2016, 06:12 PM   #8
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How's it goin' eh!

Would love to drive mine with the ATV's to "The Rock" as well, one of two Provinces I haven't been to...Saskatchewan the other.

The challenge with the RE is mounting a trailer hitch...

I'm a little over an hour south west of you.

It's going, lol!

Yep you have to make the trip out East my friend from N.B. to P.E.I. to Newf you'll love every klick'O'meter.

Do you know of any RE hitch examples you could send my way? That would be awesome!

So your rig is completed? Maybe this summer we can meet up and talk shop? I'm game for any help and advice to make this journey as problem free as I can.

Thanks,

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Old 12-31-2016, 06:17 PM   #9
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Nice to see another Canuck with the bug too. It is an adventure to be sure. I am down in the Picton area and still building with just a fairly simple kitchen area to build. I'll be heading to the Maritimes also and the Rock when done. Pulling a 22ft flatbed trailer with some toys and small diesel tractor for snowplowing myself out when needed.
So happy New Year to you and everyone reading.
Enjoy your build.


Hey BlackJohn,

Thanks and Happy New Year to you and yours too!
When will your build be complete before summer? Do you have a RE or FE rig? I want a RE but need to know that a hitch system works on one before I buy it. That won't be for 5 or 6 months but good to know right!

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Thank you Toot! My son and I were out your way this past summer. My father passed and so we went out to pay our last respects. As a bonus all my brother's and one sister made the trip as well making it a joyous occasion. I also was able to introduce a very close childhood friend to my family as he moved out your way nearly 15 years ago now. Last time I saw him was when I was there once before in 09'. I really love B.C. would have went with my buddy if I knew how beautiful it was back then.

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Sorry to hear of your loss. Family makes everything better.
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