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Old 06-02-2019, 12:24 PM   #1
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Seeking skoolie expert/professional

Since February, I’ve been doing research and seeking a “good” bus for conversion. I have not been successful. I’m also not mechanically savvy, I don’t even know how to pump gas in a car.

I have the funds for the project, and unless, I can find a skoolie professional -expert- to consult with, someone who can make decisions and guide me, I will be forced to buy an RV.

I am a 61 year old female, the skoolie will be my home. I don’t have any family, and it will be just my cat and myself going on this journey.

During the last two months, I have gone through some very rough patches just trying to find a bus.

When I put my things in storage in February, I thought by now, the project would have been finished. But, I haven’t even started.

There are other factors of urgency which now, I’m also forced to “deal” with.

The living arrangements I made in February came to an end on Memorial Day weekend. An additional extension ends today.

With no other option, I will be going to a hotel, and unless, I can get a bus, looking for an apartment will be the next step I will be forced to make.

I’m on Long Island, and just to get into anything will be about $10k of upfront fees. I will also need to buy a car, look for employment, and start resettlement. And just to even think about that.... brings tears to my eyes.

So, this is my final approach to the final countdown.

If there’s anyone out there that can work with me, that can help with such an endeavor, someone who can help me jump over this hurdle, I will... I will forever be grateful.

Thank you for reading.

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Old 06-02-2019, 01:01 PM   #2
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Since February, I’ve been doing research and seeking a “good” bus for conversion. I have not been successful. I’m also not mechanically savvy, I don’t even know how to pump gas in a car.

I have the funds for the project, and unless, I can find a skoolie professional -expert- to consult with, someone who can make decisions and guide me, I will be forced to buy an RV.

I am a 61 year old female, the skoolie will be my home. I don’t have any family, and it will be just my cat and myself going on this journey.

During the last two months, I have gone through some very rough patches just trying to find a bus.

When I put my things in storage in February, I thought by now, the project would have been finished. But, I haven’t even started.

There are other factors of urgency which now, I’m also forced to “deal” with.

The living arrangements I made in February came to an end on Memorial Day weekend. An additional extension ends today.

With no other option, I will be going to a hotel, and unless, I can get a bus, looking for an apartment will be the next step I will be forced to make.

I’m on Long Island, and just to get into anything will be about $10k of upfront fees. I will also need to buy a car, look for employment, and start resettlement. And just to even think about that.... brings tears to my eyes.

So, this is my final approach to the final countdown.

If there’s anyone out there that can work with me, that can help with such an endeavor, someone who can help me jump over this hurdle, I will... I will forever be grateful.

Thank you for reading.

Désirée
Welcome to the forum Desiree - there are many experts here as well as experienced amateurs who I'm sure will help all they can
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:57 PM   #3
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If, given the only option that seems available to you, is to basically drop anchor and settle in, why not look into other locations?
LI is not a particularly cheap part of the world. If you're possibly going to be stuck someplace, reworking your itinerary with all the attendant BS, maybe wend your way south, some.
You'll be closer to better busses, and with a bit of judicious research, can find a place considerably closer to your comfort level regarding cost of living expenses.
Wish that I could've been of more help...
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Old 06-02-2019, 03:09 PM   #4
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Welcome to the site Desiree. Please don't take this advice as anything more than what it is, personal advice. It is not intended to be a personal attack or degradation aimed at you. It is only my opinion, and we all know what opinions are worth...

Since time doesn't seem to be working in your favor, and your admitted mechanical knowledge is not great, converting a schoolbus into a camper on your own would not be a wise move.
There's just so many facets to doing a conversion that require some degree of mechanical as well as electrical engineering expertise, as well as having the place to park it to do the actual work on LI, doesn't really make sense to jump into that big of a project at this time.

An already converted skoolie or road ready RV would be what I'd recommend.
Good luck, and keep us posted on how you decide to go...
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Old 06-02-2019, 04:01 PM   #5
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I appreciate your soothing words, and you’re so right, there was no way... me, myself or I could have even envisioned the start up of such a task. It was always my intention to get a professional to do the conversion.

What I was not expecting was, not having the start up -and I mean that in the most literal of ways. And yes, I have travelled the many roads people have suggested. And some, were roads less travelled.

I have followed, chased and hopped through bus yards to the point where I was scared of falling in a sea of yellow metal —not literally, but at 5’2” and one half, inches in height —and let’s not forget that half inch— that’s what it seemed.

So, it’s time to call in the field experts, reinforcements, or the skoolie Gods, whichever can hear me first!!!
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:48 PM   #6
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If on a serious time crunch... It doesn't really *HAVE* to be a bus.
I'd be getting a travel trailer if I needed somewhere to live tomorrow.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:58 PM   #7
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HA! I missed this post earlier... if this is going to happen, is either now or never! Relocating to a totally strange place, and not being mobile is not and option to consider. For that I would just get an RV and adjust. But I hate the way they look inside... all that brown paneling, arrggghh!

Like I mentioned to Mr. Sledd____ before, time to find all the skoolie Gods... which by the way, aren’t you one?
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:42 PM   #8
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Way easier to paint the brown paneling than build an rv from scratch real fast.


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Old 06-02-2019, 07:52 PM   #9
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Just quickly scanned. Seems a mite steep (not unlike stepping off the Grand Canyon's North Rim might be considered a wee drop), at least to us hard-cores.
But, it would both fill your bill, while significantly emptying your IRA...
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Way easier to paint the brown paneling than build an rv from scratch real fast.


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And doesn't it sport those dreaded emission "upgrades"..?
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Old 06-02-2019, 08:18 PM   #10
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I missed East Coast CB post as well.. still can’t get used to this format, but I do like the clean and neat typing screen.

So, a travel trailer plus a car. A vehicle that can handle the trailer, which means, probably not a big trailer.... and with the trailer comes a black tank as well, which I was soooooo totally trying to avoid.

And I guess no solar panels and no raised roof....

But on the bright side, no long term stay hotels and no rental cars.

And on the very bright side, much better gas mileage
and I don’t have to deal with air breaks.

Which by the way, here in NYS, they’re forcing me to get a CDL permit before I can get behind a school bus to learn how to drive a school bus with air brakes.

So then, after spending a couple of thousands, I can take the test that according to DMV, 90% of those who take it, are guaranteed to fail. Or like a driving school said, “a10% success rate” and I kid you not, is what I say to you!

When I found out about the air brakes, I looked all over this site for any postings, yet, air brakes is not an issue anyone is concerned with. I did get a couple of remarks, noting how easy the test is. Perhaps, I should be heading towards that State instead.
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