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Old 08-29-2019, 07:44 PM   #21
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Ehh, passing fancy.
If I ever get the chance, I'm building a dedicated bath house skoolie.
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Old 08-29-2019, 08:05 PM   #22
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If I ever get the chance, I'm building a dedicated bath house skoolie.
I'm intrigued...
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Old 08-30-2019, 02:00 PM   #23
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Thanks everyone for your thoughts.
It really helps me make up my mind.
It looks like box vs skoolie is more of a personal preference.
Might work great for me, but not for someone else.
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Old 08-30-2019, 02:04 PM   #24
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Is a height over 10' really a problem?
Even 13' 6" should clear all but old bridges on back roads .
Probably wont clear most gas station or drive thru window awings.
Certainly a consideration. Roof top A/C or solar will add to the height.
Anyone just clearing things at 10' in a bus?
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Old 08-30-2019, 03:48 PM   #25
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Is a height over 10' really a problem?
Even 13' 6" should clear all but old bridges on back roads .
Probably wont clear most gas station or drive thru window awings.
Certainly a consideration. Roof top A/C or solar will add to the height.
Anyone just clearing things at 10' in a bus?
Yes. Cables and branches in neighborhoods and urban areas. I scrape all the time at 10.5'
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Old 08-30-2019, 09:04 PM   #26
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Yes. Cables and branches in neighborhoods and urban areas. I scrape all the time at 10.5'
Every time I drive from my lot to my house, I end up with a bunch of pine branches stuck in the top of my sideview mirror, which is at roof height. I don't have any idea where this tree even is.
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:02 PM   #27
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Late comments are my specialty it seems lol.
About 2 months ago I bought a 1991 Class A Motorhome on a Isuzu NPR chassis. Iíve only driven it from Tacoma to Mount Vernon so about 100 miles. It runs good but does not have a lot of extra power. But achieved 15mpg average. Itís 28 feet long and I call it the Stretch Van as it is basically a similar basic shape of a limo van.
The other reasons I got it are the RV frame is aluminum. The ceiling was much too low so Iíve spent the last 2 months raising it with 0.090 inch aluminum. What a job. I had a dizzy spell and almost fell off the roof this morning. Thankfully itís almost ready for the epdm liquid rubber roof coating.
The suspension on Old NPR trucks is nothing to write home about. Rough ride I noticed. Very basic leaf spring suspension. Iím not sure if air bags are available or would help??. I think with luxury coaches one is paying for much nicer suspension. My friends old Greyhound bus has dual airbags on each wheel
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:06 PM   #28
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Post pics of the NPR class a if you can!
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Old 09-04-2019, 05:44 PM   #29
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The more i think about it, the more i think i would be better off converting a box truck than a skoolie.
Anybody thought about a box truck but rejected it and went with the skoolie?
Just wondering if there is any area where you are better off with a skoolie.
I realize a lot of it is personal preference but if someone where to give you a perfect box truck, would you convert it or sell it and use the money for a skoolie?
Another interesting thread here...

Random thoughts while I get over a day in the sun...

I'm in the opposite boat -- I was given a bus...
Wasn't looking for a bus...

I was sorta looking for a Loadstar 1600 crewcab or IH Travellete (the first made 4dr p'ups! )

But now I got this bus! I kinda like that it's a little narrower than a Loadstar.
I like that it will get double the mpg of a Loadstar...
I don't like that it doesn't have multiple crew doors.
I will modify the rear emergency door so I can load larger things easily...
I like that hauled cargo can stay dry and out of sight.
I like that a modular primitive camper setup can be installed as well.
I would never bother to raise the roof of a school bus. Buy a bigger bus or buy a flat bed and a connex...

At the very worst I've got a good engine and xmsn to put in a Travellete and a lot of scrap metal to sell...
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Old 09-04-2019, 06:21 PM   #30
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Post pics of the NPR class a if you can!
Iíll get pictures soon if all goes well.
To address your question about height. The Isuzu Motorhome is about 11í now after the 16Ē roof raise. I did not raise the entire roof. I cut a very large hole. 18í9Ē long by 45Ē wide. I sloped the front and rear of the roof raise so as to push branches and objects up and over. There are now zero roof penetrations. Actually there are the two original 1.5Ē abs vents still poking through at the edge of the roof. I could not see a way to change them without tearing into the walls.
I have a 48Ē aluminum hatch from a boat that Iím considering placing on the roof but hesitate to cut a big hole in the nice new roof.
Iím waiting for a aluminum boat shop to bend the edge aluminum running down both sides. Those are the last big pieces.
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