Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-12-2018, 03:56 PM   #1
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7
Year: N/A
I知 new

Hello all.

Currently I am looking for a platform to build a skoolie, however I am not that knowledgeable on the different makes and models. Could someone point me in the right direction. I have to have a bus that is at least 63 inside height and a handicap accessible lift. I have watched a few other builders on YouTube and I am confident in my interior building skills since I was a residential electrician for almost 15 years but auto body and cutting the roof and extending it up is well beyond my scope of experience. Any info would be appreciated.
Irish Menace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 04:11 PM   #2
Bus Geek
 
Robin97396's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Willamina, Oregon
Posts: 6,409
Coachwork: 97 Bluebird TC1000 5.9
Welcome

Most of us say if you can't do a roof raise, buy a bus with a high ceiling. It doesn't take that much extra searching.

There are many more buses available for us short people.

We can help you figure out what kind of bus works best for you, and these questions are to help you decide. What are you going to use it for, extended trips or short campouts? How much space do you need? Front engine or rear engine? Any preference concerning specific bus models or years?

In my case I wanted a relatively modern bus that wouldn't have difficulty getting pars or service. I'm comfortable with a diesel engine and wanted an automatic. It's actually kind of hard to find a stick shift these days. I didn't want a 40'
__________________
Robin
Nobody's Business
Robin97396 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 04:31 PM   #3
Traveling
 
Join Date: Nov 2015
Location: Midwest
Posts: 2,573
Year: 2003
Coachwork: BlueBird
Chassis: TC2000
Engine: 5.9L Cummins
Rated Cap: '00
Welcome !

Happy Birthday !!!! (I'm new...)



What is Irish Menace? I hear them say that as I I leave the bar after a few pints.

Write down more about what you are after in a bus besides interior height.

Is it just you? pets? Full-time or P/T? Toys to tow? Time-frame?

Fill out your profile so we know where to find you a bus.
Rusty is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 05:35 PM   #4
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7
Year: N/A
Sorry I just got on here today. I知 looking for full time living myself, my disabled father, daughter and 3 dogs. I took a financial hit after my dad almost died and between medical expenses and trying to save my fathers business. Realistically I need something sustainable both on and off the grid and I live in connecticut
Irish Menace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 05:38 PM   #5
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7
Year: N/A
I don’t know much about buses, I am moving into it full time with my disabled father and my daughter and our 3 rescue dogs I adopted. Like I stated I need one that’s tall and has a handicap lift or one I can build a ramp like on uhual trucks that stow under the frame.
Irish Menace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 06:02 PM   #6
Bus Geek
 
Robin97396's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Willamina, Oregon
Posts: 6,409
Coachwork: 97 Bluebird TC1000 5.9
All of that is possible even with a school bus. Several individuals have a ramp in the rear wall of their buses. You'll need to find builds here that you like and use whatever portion of that information to build your bus. It's not uncommon to hire someone for electrical work or welding.

You're talking about a big bus. I'm going to guess a front engine because those often have a chair lift in them.

I decided not to smell pets in my bus, at least for now.

What you're talking about doing sounds reasonable. Have you looked at the coaches? They have more under storage.
__________________
Robin
Nobody's Business
Robin97396 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 06:10 PM   #7
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7
Year: N/A
I have looked into them and those would be a great idea
Irish Menace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 06:52 PM   #8
Bus Nut
 
Jolly Roger bus 223's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Swansboro,NC
Posts: 541
Year: 86
Coachwork: Thomas
Chassis: Ford B700
Engine: 8.2
Rated Cap: 60 bodies
You are already sparky knowledgesd and have seen everyone build wood structures around the world for you to run wires in.
So the sparky aspect if you have ever had to troubleshoot is not a problem.
You want one with a chair lift and a high roof? Maybe a city coach would serve you better that has the lift and taller ceiling?
Expected length of what you want/happy with to drive is also a question?
Jolly Roger bus 223 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 07:50 PM   #9
New Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 7
Year: N/A
I知 comfortable driving just about anything with tires or tracks lol I致e looked into them also and have heard war stories on them also from YouTube vlogs that痴 why I am asking people for a general consensus of what platforms would work
Irish Menace is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-12-2018, 09:31 PM   #10
Bus Geek
 
Robin97396's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2016
Location: Willamina, Oregon
Posts: 6,409
Coachwork: 97 Bluebird TC1000 5.9
It goes without saying that the ideal bus is a 5 window shorty with a 530 and a stick.
__________________
Robin
Nobody's Business
Robin97396 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 09:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.