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Old 09-30-2016, 07:46 AM   #1
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Newbie from Northwest

Hey everyone. New to this whole bus conversion (or any conversion) and came here to get and share ideas. Recently the wife and I bought a 78 GMC Shorty that had already been partially converted into a basic camper. It has 2 cots, a small propane stove, awning, non-working stereo system, and a paint job. I've spent the past few weeks working on the engine getting it running as it had sat for 2+ years, and the wife helped me gut and clean the interior. Right now, we're putting the cots and a bench seat back in to make it usable for hunting season which is less than 2 weeks away.
We eventually plan on doing a full remodel to make it into a camper that will work for the two of us and our two small dogs. I've done a lot of looking on youtube and google and seen very little as far as buses of this size. And, although we have seen some great ideas on conversions, we're a little limited on space. I've seen this forum a time or two in my searches so thought we'd give it a try and see where it goes.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:50 AM   #2
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Yo! Awesome. gotta get the horses under the hood rocking.
Where in the Northeast are you? I'm in VT.

Are you looking for parts? Ideas? hidden junkyards?

This is our rig: Inside the Magic Harry Potter Bus | Interior Design | Seven Days | Vermont's Independent Voice
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:06 AM   #3
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I'm actually in the other corner of the country: Washington. It's taken a little work to get 'er up and going and she still needs more, but it'll make it to the mountains for hunting this year. lol The wife LOVES the Harry Potter theme! Nice ride!
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:56 AM   #4
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Oops...read northeast .
Cheers!
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Old 12-14-2017, 06:10 AM   #5
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I'm back! It's been over a year since I was on here mainly due to the bus project being put on the back burner; life happens. But, seeing that I'm 'technically' still a newbie, I thought I'd just comment on my original post from when I joined.
Update from last year: the bus never made it to hunting camp. It blew the radiator about 10 miles out of town. I got that replaced, as well as a bunch of other mechanical parts, replaced and insulated the floor and tried again this year to make it to camp. It broke down again, this time due to a bad fuel pump. At this point I decided 'RoadKill' was definitely a fitting name for the bus and shut it down to properly go through everything and begin the actual camper conversion on it.
And finally, I started up a YT channel to share updates of the conversion. I know there's already a metric ton of skoolie videos out there, but my shorty and some of the ideas we have planned are a little different and unique so I hope others will find it interesting... assuming they can get past my horrible filming/editing skills lol
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:05 AM   #6
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As long as you don't do like that one guy and basically cut away to an annoying wife or gf every 30 seconds, I'll check out your vids.
Its not the video quality that matters to me, its the content. Most of the vids on youtube are dreamers trying to "brand" their vacations and collect money and "followers". There's a weird fakeness to nearly ALL the YT "builds" I've seen.
Just my thoughts on TY and buses! My YT videos aren't great, but I don't try to pretend I'm some other guy in them, either.
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Old 12-14-2017, 07:23 AM   #7
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As long as you don't do like that one guy and basically cut away to an annoying wife or gf every 30 seconds, I'll check out your vids.
Its not the video quality that matters to me, its the content. Most of the vids on youtube are dreamers trying to "brand" their vacations and collect money and "followers". There's a weird fakeness to nearly ALL the YT "builds" I've seen.
Just my thoughts on TY and buses! My YT videos aren't great, but I don't try to pretend I'm some other guy in them, either.
I hear ya on the YT builds. I actually started my channel due to another forum I belong to (not bus related). Several members there have YT channels and wanted to see progress of my bus build.

My YT channel is Squirreled Life. Let me know yours and I'll check it out
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:42 AM   #8
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Where in WA are you?

We have had a number of number of new faces from the NW over the past year. Perhaps we will have success having a PNW skoolie get together in 2018?
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:48 PM   #9
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Where in WA are you?

We have had a number of number of new faces from the NW over the past year. Perhaps we will have success having a PNW skoolie get together in 2018?
Im actually an idaho resident, but temporarily live in Clarkston. My wife and I ride motorcycle all over the PNW so eventually we plan on trailering the bikes behind this to places like the coast.
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Old 12-14-2017, 01:12 PM   #10
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Im actually an idaho resident, but temporarily live in Clarkston. My wife and I ride motorcycle all over the PNW so eventually we plan on trailering the bikes behind this to places like the coast.
We are almost neighbors. I am about 65 miles West of you on Hwy 12.
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