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Old 04-06-2019, 06:52 PM   #1
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What are 'you' using a skoolie for?

Just curious what folks are using skoolies for.
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Old 04-06-2019, 07:51 PM   #2
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I am wheelchair bound and I use my Ford/Thomas shortie for all transportation needs.In my 6th year in this rig and think it was the best choice for me. A full sized handicaped van was from 30 to 50 K and I got in mine including the conversion for less than 10 k with a 200,000 mile Cummins, Air conditioning, and auto .
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:33 PM   #3
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We use our Skoolie as an RV and for recreational use. If we ever decide to go full time, we have it and are comfortable with it.
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Old 04-06-2019, 08:41 PM   #4
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Year: 1991
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Mine are hobbies, I don’t convert them to homes or campers.. I’m into old busses like some are into old cars.. so I restore or restomod.. upgrade and build and swap drivetrains, electronics..

The red one is nearly a daily driver.. I put more miles on it than my pickup truck.
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Old 04-06-2019, 09:21 PM   #5
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Mine are hobbies, I donít convert them to homes or campers.. Iím into old busses like some are into old cars.. so I restore or restomod.. upgrade and build and swap drivetrains, electronics..

The red one is nearly a daily driver.. I put more miles on it than my pickup truck.
The DEV bus is a mobile hardware/software geek lab
My superior is a restore to close to original or make any mods look like that couldíve been ordered in 1978

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do you have links to your builds Christopher?
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:41 AM   #6
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First, we are converting our bus to be a moving van (just about done). After our move, we will make it an RV for trips and as a safety net in the event of natural disasters.
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Old 04-07-2019, 04:53 AM   #7
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When I lived in Florida I learned about “escape pods”. I guess that’s what my bus might be called. I definitely wouldn’t call it a recreational vehicle, RV! Survival vehicle, SV, is more like it.
I’m thinking about two short buses: One old gasser full of tools. And a newer gasser for full timing and going places. But a old cargo trailer full of tools might make more sense than a second bus to maintain. Decisions, decisions.
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:37 AM   #8
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Cabin in the woods/beach/desert. Very un-rv inside, more early Goodwill and very comfy.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:55 AM   #9
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no bus yet, but when it happens, it will be a camper/toy hauler - in my case my 'toys' are my sled dogs - for summer trips it will just be used for camping, maybe drag my quad along with us -neither my girl friend nor I are interested in commercial campsites or 'seeing the city' - parking next to a stream or remote mountain lake is more our style
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Old 04-07-2019, 12:16 PM   #10
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I'm planning on a combination oversize conversion van / mini-camper / metal tent.

I want something that's going to hold 4 people and be comfortable for long road trips (4-6 hours) - for example, if I wanted to drive up to Vermont for a day, and just stop at any of the interesting things we pass on the way up. I'm looking at all captains chairs. (That's the conversion van part.)

As a camper, I want something that I could do 2-3 day long trips in. There are a lot of placed I'd like to go within a 500-mile radius or so - so I might spend a day driving to the place, a day or two at the place, and a day driving back. Since the trips are short, I'm okay with a smaller layout.

I want it to have 2 built in bunks (I might have an idea for a third one), so that two people could sleep in it comfortably. Air conditioning is required, I like pretending I'm a penguin. (An antarctic variety.) They're going to be a bit cozy, but still regular twin mattresses. There will be a basic bathroom with a toilet. (If traveling with friends, I feel a private bathroom is needed.) I'm going to have a decent sized kitchen, although I figure most of the cooking will be outside on a grill. (I can live on cheeseburgers, or pre-make things at home that I just need to throw in the oven to re-heat.)

I'd like to size things so that I can run the entire rig on one of the small quiet Honda (or similar) generators. I'll have a small battery bank and solar panel or two for power while driving.

All in a 22-foot bus.

Hopefully I'll be making a purchase soon.
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