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Old 05-30-2019, 06:22 PM   #1
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Where y'at?

That's how we say hello in New Orleans. wife was a long time lurker and got me somehow hornswaggled , horn swagled....wrangled into wanting one of these now. i'm a classic car guy who has a bit of experience on turning wrenches and now taking welding so i can restore a few more i own that need it.
Not sure what to look for, but i like older equipment with a minimum of electronics and modules/ computer issues.
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Old 05-30-2019, 06:33 PM   #2
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Welcome, and to your point of less electronical gizmos look at pre 2004 for sure and even late 90's and earlier.
Your old car wrench turning experience will come in handy for something, if you pursue a skoolie to camper conversion project...
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:15 PM   #3
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that.s the idea. we got back into camping, thought about a pop up, etc. The wife is a interior designer ( with emphasis on everything other than what color throw pillows). i am a starving artist, unemployed machinist apprentice and we would definitely like to build a home-away-from home to travel in for short spurts.

I have been looking, but haven't been able to find any any threads on the pros and cons of rear engines, doghouses, which engine, etc.

i do know i don't want to drive anything really over 35 feet. any guidance is appreciated.
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Old 05-30-2019, 10:31 PM   #4
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Whether dog nose or FE flat nose, you'll have ingress/egress from the rear. Rear engine will have more build room than a dognose, a FEFF will also.
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Old 06-01-2019, 02:55 PM   #5
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Whether dog nose or FE flat nose, you'll have ingress/egress from the rear. Rear engine will have more build room than a dognose, a FEFF will also.
"FEFF"? lol i don't know the lingo yet. i guess i'm looking for a 14 window to make it around 30-32 feet? Any particular brand fits that description? Engine-wise, any diesels to stay away from?
Any that are particularly roomy and mechanically friendly with ease of access and simplistic repairs (as opposed to more cpu and electrically-based builds)?

I see most say a RE has more room to get in there and others say the opposite.
What gives?
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Old 06-01-2019, 03:12 PM   #6
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"FEFF"? lol i don't know the lingo yet. i guess i'm looking for a 14 window to make it around 30-32 feet? Any particular brand fits that description? Engine-wise, any diesels to stay away from?
Any that are particularly roomy and mechanically friendly with ease of access and simplistic repairs (as opposed to more cpu and electrically-based builds)?

I see most say a RE has more room to get in there and others say the opposite.
What gives?
Front Engine Flat face. 14 windows is going to be 37', 15 window, 40'. General consensus is to stay at pre 2004 units, before the EPA stuff took over. Try and stay away from the AT545 tranny and you should have a decent drivetrain.
The rear engine takes up a good bit of space in the back, most build a bed over it. RE has less build room than an FE. The FE engine sits next to the drivers seat, so everything from there back is buildable.
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Old 06-01-2019, 03:55 PM   #7
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that.s the idea. we got back into camping, thought about a pop up, etc. The wife is a interior designer ( with emphasis on everything other than what color throw pillows). i am a starving artist, unemployed machinist apprentice and we would definitely like to build a home-away-from home to travel in for short spurts.

I have been looking, but haven't been able to find any any threads on the pros and cons of rear engines, doghouses, which engine, etc.

i do know i don't want to drive anything really over 35 feet. any guidance is appreciated.
it seems that a 10 window bus is 35 - 36 feet long +/-
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it seems that a 10 window bus is 35 - 36 feet long +/-
Maybe on a dognose. I'm so use to measurements from a FF.
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Old 06-01-2019, 04:19 PM   #9
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Maybe on a dognose. I'm so use to measurements from a FF.
yes, l should have said dognose - thanks for pointing that out
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