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Old 08-16-2019, 03:47 PM   #231
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Welcome. There are tons of info here.
Must do whats best for you.
Mine is a 30 footer. Bluebird. With me and the kids i need bigger but will do with we can afford.
Good luck to you guys. Hope to see you out there
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Old 08-16-2019, 09:06 PM   #232
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Where yat, y'all! I'm Gordeaux and my wife and I are still a long way out from being a Skoolie, but this is the first step. I will be lurking through these posts trying to find the answers I need as we look to join the skoolie community with a metal tube of our own. I'm a firm believer in reading first, and asking if I don't find the answer. Unless it's an 'easy' question, like, "what kind and how big of a bus should I buy?" I'll bet no one has ever asked that! lol
Thank you in advance for all the help you're about to give us.
Gordeaux

I figured out what I need by calculating how big I need the garage to be, and how much room we need for the camper portion, going by what has worked for us before in a motor home - on top of that I didn't want a bus any longer than necessary in anticipation of driving on snowy and/or icy roads into at times tight, crowded spots for parking - worked out that the happy medium was a 10+/- window bus
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Old 08-21-2019, 10:04 PM   #233
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Hello I would like to introduce myself. My family of 5 has been living full time in a 7x14 Cargo trailer conversion for two years. We have out grown it. I'm looking to convert a RE 40ft bus. Having done a conversion before The only real thing I'm wondering about is engine and drive which should I avoid and which ones should I look at.
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:34 PM   #234
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Brand New convert to Schoolies: I've fallen in love...

Hi, I'm Patrise, and all my friends think I have LOST MY MIND. When I talk ablout going mobile they look at my with pity, alarm or deep concern. EVERYONE is trying to dissuade me from my mission to eventually go mobile.

And for some reason, the school bus idea seems to worry people even more. I get the feeling if it were an ordinary RV I was talking about, their mind could wrap around it. "Oh, year. Old farts sometimes spend the winter in Florida in an RV, Okay."

I've been lurking around van dwelling sites for some time. I had a Dodge Caravan Stow & Go that was my occasional camper and that was pretty great, even though I didn't customize at all beyond adding a roll-up bed, kitchen bin, cooler and DC fan. It was great for heading to the beach.

Had to replace that van at 200k, so now have a spiffy midsized SUV (murano) that could be slept in, but its missing most of the necessary functions. When I saw a half finished Schoolie build on craigslist I fell in love.

It looks like that deal wont work out now, for a variety of reasons. Mostly because such purchases would not be hasty and passionate, and the problems left to solve could very well exceed the value gained by investing in the minibus without a running engine.

Anyway, "Hi!"

Glad to be here, look forward to browsing around.
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Old 09-05-2019, 12:45 PM   #235
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Hi, I'm Patrise, and all my friends think I have LOST MY MIND. When I talk ablout going mobile they look at my with pity, alarm or deep concern. EVERYONE is trying to dissuade me from my mission to eventually go mobile.

And for some reason, the school bus idea seems to worry people even more. I get the feeling if it were an ordinary RV I was talking about, their mind could wrap around it. "Oh, year. Old farts sometimes spend the winter in Florida in an RV, Okay."

I've been lurking around van dwelling sites for some time. I had a Dodge Caravan Stow & Go that was my occasional camper and that was pretty great, even though I didn't customize at all beyond adding a roll-up bed, kitchen bin, cooler and DC fan. It was great for heading to the beach.

Had to replace that van at 200k, so now have a spiffy midsized SUV (murano) that could be slept in, but its missing most of the necessary functions. When I saw a half finished Schoolie build on craigslist I fell in love.

It looks like that deal wont work out now, for a variety of reasons. Mostly because such purchases would not be hasty and passionate, and the problems left to solve could very well exceed the value gained by investing in the minibus without a running engine.

Anyway, "Hi!"

Glad to be here, look forward to browsing around.
I had the same reaction from family and friends before I set out on a 6+ year journey in my 1st bus. I'm so grateful that I didn't listen to them. 44 stares and 250k miles. It was an awesome experience.

Go for it!
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Old 09-07-2019, 11:51 AM   #236
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Hello. New member. Trying to find best bus for us. Hoping not to have to raise roof. We're 5'10" both of us. Any suggestions?
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Old 09-08-2019, 07:35 AM   #237
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Hello everyone,

I'm in the process of converting a 40' 1999 International CE (dognose)

I'm originally from Denver but I just moved to a new interim home base is in upstate NY.

I've found a lot of good information on these forums already and I hope to eventually be able to contribute some of my own.
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Old 09-12-2019, 05:47 PM   #238
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Still in idea mode

Hi everyone! Iím Katie from Pennsylvania.

Basically, my boyfriend and I prefer the cash and carry way of life. We would like to be rent and mortgage free and be able to continue the somewhat low paying jobs we love and still be able to save and splurge and feel secure.

My parents have 34 private acres at their residence and we would like to set up home there (at least most of the time). We originally looked into yurts for quite some time because of the larger square footage but the total cost (interior building and all) is likely almost double most bus conversions and you canít exactly pack up and go when the officials find out youíre living illegally. Plus, it wouldnít be easy to get back that investment if you canít sell it the way it stands when the land isnít divided and thereís no septic.

So bus conversion it is! Iím very excited about the possibilities a mobile dwelling would allow. I look forward to learning here!
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:15 PM   #239
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Happy to join this community of experienced skoolies. Thank you for the warm welcome.
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Old 09-15-2019, 01:18 PM   #240
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Hello: Some buses, especially those with handicapped lifts have slightly higher ceilings. City buses are designed for people to stand, so there is a lot of head room. Hope this helps.
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