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Old 02-16-2019, 07:05 PM   #1
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Hi everybody, from a newbie just starting out...

Hi all, *

I've fallen in love with the skoolie bus life. *Of course I've watched hour upon hour on YouTube for months. Read blogs, Vlogs and whatever I found.


Iím a 56 year young women that's retired due to some major back issues involving multiple surgeries. I have some restrictions, can't lift over 10 lbs. *I have a little dog, Gracie, who will be my co-pilot and partner in crime.


I have a daughter and so many friends and family, I would love to be able to go and see them all across the country. ( and not have to worry about hotels) *I could be gone for months at a time. Just tooling along and enjoying the ride.

*Iím wanting a short skoolie or shuttle bus.

I need a good reliable engine. I've heard about the 7.3 diesel engine but obviously need help picking my bus. *I'm not mechanically inclined at all but I don't want that to stop me from embarking on my journey.


I'd like to leave the ceiling plain white metal, *siding white bead board or ship lap with insulation behind, *dark wood counter top and also on floor (maybe dark vinyl)


I'm interested in solar but need some direction in this as it seems so complicated. *I'd like a wave type heater and some sort of air conditioner.

I want my queen bed to go across the back of the bus with storage underneath including water tanks. *The kitchenette on one side and a banquet (or is it a dinette?) on the other side. Just a table with a seat on each side. I was hoping we could put a natureshead composting toilet under one of the seats. *I would like my headboard to be on the opposite side as the toilet.


I think over head storage should be over the banquet area. Wire type baskets over the kitchen and over head storage at the foot of the bed.

I think the outside should be painted white on the roof, pale light blue on the bottom.

A small kitchenette with running hot and cold water with a large sink with the faucet that you can move around and switch sprays. Iíd like a microwave.

I have a single burner Coleman camper stove. (Vintage pink) and a mini pink fridge. **I've also been collecting door knobs and handles, coat hooks , towels, fabric for curtains, *plastic type dishes, kitchen utensils and bedding.


I want this to be my home on wheels.

Is there anyone out there that works on short buses that's reliable and doesn't break the bank? I need help finding and building my skoolie.


Thank you for your help,

Tammy
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Old 02-16-2019, 07:45 PM   #2
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I suppose the first question is 'Where are you?' Wouldn't be much help if someone from the east coast replies, and you're in California (or vice versa).
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Old 02-16-2019, 08:39 PM   #3
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Yes, I guess that would be helpful. I'm in Wichita, Kansas.
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Old 02-16-2019, 09:13 PM   #4
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Yes, I guess that would be helpful. I'm in Wichita, Kansas.
Go to the UserCP in the upper left and fill out your profile so we know a bit about you.
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Old 02-17-2019, 12:40 AM   #5
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I am about 3 hours away in Olathe KS. As you may know the roads in this area are treated with brine/salt in the winter which is very caustic to metal. It was difficult to find the power train we were looking for in a rust free bus around the Midwest (rust is your enemy in so many ways).

We decided to look out West/Southwest for a rust free bus and found a nice 40 foot Crown. We thought the Crown looked better than the others and they are built like a tank. We purchased ours from a School District in a dry climate area of CA and drove it home about a month ago. We were fortunate that the engine was rebuilt around 64K miles ago. I don't know much about the shorties as I have not done research on them but hope you find a nice rust free bus.
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Hi, thanks for the info. I've been looking in s. CA and Arizona because I don't want rust!! I'd love to see a pic of your new rig.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:18 PM   #7
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Hi, thanks for the info. I've been looking in s. CA and Arizona because I don't want rust!! I'd love to see a pic of your new rig.

Here are a couple of pics of mine the day I picked it up and the next day on the way home.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:58 PM   #8
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I need a good reliable engine. I've heard about the 7.3 diesel engine but obviously need help picking my bus. *I'm not mechanically inclined at all but I don't want that to stop me from embarking on my journey.
The 7.3 is a V8 which is not as smooth as an I6. The 7.6 DT466 and 5.9 Cummins will be smoother than the 6.0 or 7.3 V8s. You also need to be aware of the transmission. You'll find lots of 545's out there which may be fine in a shortie, especially if you aren't going to traverse the Himalayas or tow anything.

A lot of shorties have hydraulic brakes as opposed to air brakes. The air brakes are a simpler system and arguably better for the bigger buses.

You're doing the right thing searching in drier climates for your bus. We bought ours from VA/NC after discounting anything for sale closer to home in NH.

Spend the time searching for the right bus and you'll be happy!
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:08 PM   #9
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Hi, thanks for the info. I've been looking in s. CA and Arizona because I don't want rust!! I'd love to see a pic of your new rig.
Colorado has some great non-rust buses. Both Colorado and Washington get snow, but they don't use conventional road salt, instead they use a compound that doesn't create rust.

Plus you'll likely find a better transmission in the mountain buses as well as On-Spot chains.
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Colorado has some great non-rust buses. Both Colorado and Washington get snow, but they don't use conventional road salt, instead they use a compound that doesn't create rust.

Plus you'll likely find a better transmission in the mountain buses as well as On-Spot chains.
Colorado has some GREAT buses. Still worth checking real well for rust. For whatever reason some areas of CO rust really badly.
My CO bus had some. It wasn't awful, but way more than I was expecting.
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