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Old 12-31-2018, 07:34 PM   #1
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Motorhome owner looking to build skoolie

Hello all. I own a 96 south wind that Iíd like to sell so I can purchase a bus an convert it in to a skoolie. I work in an RV factory (stuffing foam in walls) so Iím not afraid of the challenge.

I see there are a lot of threads on builds, Iím hoping someone can point me towards one that meets my needs. They are as follows:

My skoolie will...

Be used for traveling, not full time living.
Sleep at least 6.
Be durable (why Iím distancing myself from manufactured RV).
Have a single roof mount A/C
Have a coach A/C with a compressor driven by the bus engine.
A high output alternator to power small appliances.
A means to plug into shore power.
Ample fresh water supply (we go through 60 gallons fast).
Gray water and black water tank.
A kitchen with 2way refrigerator, propane oven, propane cook top, sink.
A shower and toilet
A dinette with a view

My skoolie will not have...

A compost toilet
A generator
A raised roof
A slide out

Iíve been considering a Blue Bird TC/2000 with a front mounted 6bt. Iím okay idling all night to stay cool/warm. Thanks for any help!
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Old 01-01-2019, 12:21 PM   #2
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Why not buy an older Bluebird Motorhome!

You kinda get your bus as that's what a Bluebird motorhome is built upon, the living conversion was done in a factory when new therefore the hard work is done and it's probably a lot CHEAPER in the long run WITHOUT the 2 years of work/heartache building your own!
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Old 01-01-2019, 04:59 PM   #3
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:12 PM   #4
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Sleeping 6 - are these 6 adults or a mixture of children and adults?

OTher than that, I've been planning around the TC1000/2000's and they'd pretty much work for everything else you listed, especially if this isn't a live in skoolie but more for vacations.
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Old 01-01-2019, 06:45 PM   #5
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I'm on board with the older BB idea. For nearly 20 years, the much admired "WanderLodge" was considered top of the line. And they were all basically factory conversions based on their All American school bus line. Built like tanks and there are actually still quite a few out there with relatively low miles. Worth checking out.
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Sleeping 6 - are these 6 adults or a mixture of children and adults?

OTher than that, I've been planning around the TC1000/2000's and they'd pretty much work for everything else you listed, especially if this isn't a live in skoolie but more for vacations.
Why a TC??? They're fine but they're BB's budget model. If you don't have a TC already why not shoot for an All American?
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Why a TC??? They're fine but they're BB's budget model. If you don't have a TC already why not shoot for an All American?
Quite frankly, Iím just ignorant on the subject of buses. Iím educating myself as quickly as possible. Ease of maintenance is important, too. Iíd probably be doing nearly all of the maintenance and repairs.
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After a bit of research I’d love to have one of these older BB motorhomes. I imagine they will be out of my budget for a while.
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You might be surprised given some of the pricing I have seen. When you factor in all the appliances, plumbing, electrical, amenities...they begin to look like a bargain at the right price. Typical Skoolie builders probably have anywhere from about $20 to 35K invested by the time they are done.
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You might be surprised given some of the pricing I have seen. When you factor in all the appliances, plumbing, electrical, amenities...they begin to look like a bargain at the right price. Typical Skoolie builders probably have anywhere from about $20 to 35K invested by the time they are done.
Yup. The only reasons we didn't go with a Wanderlodge is we wanted the interior built to our designs, and we didn't want the front engine/flat nose design. Aside from those 2 personal preferences, the Wanderlodge have a LOT going for them and we definitely saw some that would have been cheaper than building out our own bus.
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