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Rojo 03-13-2016 07:46 PM

Longtime Lurker, First Time Posting!
 
I finally decided to register and start some dialog! I love the information I've been able to find on here, and I LOVE that everyone seems pretty well mannered on here. I am in the "research" phase for my skoolie project. I have about $2500 in debt that I need to pay off in the next 6 months so i can truly be "free." My goal is to build a skoolie to live full time in. over the next 6 months I will be deciding my wants vs needs. the bus I find will highly determine what I can do, so nothing is set in stone until I get one. after much research I'm thinking a RE bus is the way to go even though originally it was the opposite of what I wanted. I am living in a friends basement and have quite a bit of room to play with. I'm thinking about putting down painters tape to the rough dimensions of a bus interior and getting an idea of what feng shui works best for me. My must have items are bedroom with privacy, toilet and shower, and wood stove for heat. Let the adventure begin!

Robin97396 03-13-2016 07:52 PM

Welcome Rojo the Lurker
So you still need to find a bus? Not a qualification for this site but there will be many people here willing to help you find that perfect RE bus. I prefer FE buses but I'll try not to let that prejudice me against you. Welcome to the pack.

Skoolydoo 03-13-2016 07:56 PM

Welcome, glad you stepped into the light, as you know there are really great people here,everyone is more than willing to help. Sounds like you have a plan to start. We all just have to keep our eyes on the prize. We too hope to live in our skoolie full time, do so traveling when we can, I myself would like to meet each person on this forum..
I just like to put a face to a name.
Good luck with your build when ever you get started on it..someone I am sure will be around to help if you need it..we all do from time to time.

Rojo 03-13-2016 08:11 PM

I would love to have a dog nose bus because they are easier to work on, and I love the way they look. Realistically, if I am going to full time it, I will be spending more time in it, then working on it. So space=comfort. Also the larger front window would make for a better drive. I suppose I'm still dreaming at this point, but I feel like I have a solid game plan. Next step is I've been interviewing at RV places so I can have hands on learning with working on all of the things that are in an RV. I can already weld, solder plumbing, fabricate, automotive oriented, (no diesel yet.)

Tango 03-13-2016 08:14 PM

Suggestion...add your location to your avatar thingie.

Roadrunner 03-13-2016 09:52 PM

Hi Rojo and welcome aboard. I think you are doing the right thing by researching in advance of looking for a bus. All the info is here.Read everything you can. Good luck in your adventure.

Rojo 03-14-2016 11:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robin97396 (Post 139030)
Welcome Rojo the Lurker
So you still need to find a bus? Not a qualification for this site but there will be many people here willing to help you find that perfect RE bus. I prefer FE buses but I'll try not to let that prejudice me against you. Welcome to the pack.

OK why do you prefer an FE? Any input helps!

Robin97396 03-14-2016 11:22 PM

I'm sure you've ridden in diesel pickups. They aren't really any noisier than a car going down the highway. It's the same with a FE bus. Once you get going it's not that loud. Also it depends highly on what you have in mind for the back of your bus. If you just want a bed in the back of the bus, you could go either way. If your bus will also be used as a truck, a FE is a big advantage. Got toys?

cowlitzcoach 03-14-2016 11:28 PM

Using painter's tape to lay out your floor plan is a great idea!

As you move forward get some cardboard boxes to mock up what will be walls and fixtures.

It is amazing how sometimes something on paper just won't work in real life. Even moving stuff around a couple of inches can make a big difference in livability. And moving cardboard taped together is much easier than stuff that has been nailed/glued/screwed/welded in place. :)

Robin97396 03-14-2016 11:44 PM

Absolutely, I've even seen people string up yarn to mock up window locations and walls. Cardboard would be nice to really see walls without committing. In these shorter buses inches really count, and I'm still trying to have a small garage in the back.
I think we all squirm with floor plan ideas, but eventually it always seems to go back to the bowling alley.


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