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Old 07-11-2017, 02:28 PM   #1
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My (nearly) finished Armadillo Bus!

Hope y'all are doing well! Been a minute...

Finished-ish my skokie recently and have some pictures for you! Enjoy!

http://imgur.com/a/sJOcN

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Old 07-11-2017, 02:33 PM   #2
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Welcome,

That is one good looking bus!!

If you cut an Armadillo Bus open is it red inside?
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:44 PM   #3
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saw you on Reddit- real nice bus. What sw did you use for layout?
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Old 07-11-2017, 03:56 PM   #4
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Google Sketchup, the free one! Colored all the sections in photoshop though
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Old 07-11-2017, 06:50 PM   #5
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kickass skoolie im loving it!!! do you trravel in it or is it mainly stationary?
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:24 PM   #6
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totally awesome bus, l love it! I really enjoy the clean simple lines and a since of uniformity.
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Old 07-11-2017, 10:39 PM   #7
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Your bus is beautiful. You should feel proud.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:02 AM   #8
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That is one STUNNING bus! I love the woodwork!
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Old 07-12-2017, 01:55 PM   #9
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This bus tight! You say you never built anything so did you get any help inz framing, plumbing, solar or whatever? I too am going to attempt at converting on my on. Bought a bus on ebay and might go pick it up this weekend.

Originally from California but moved from Little Rock Arkansas to Houston Texas last August on a job transfer and while living in my car until i saved up for an apartment I decided, I wanna live in a bus! ��

Was the roof raise easy? How did you come up with how to do that? Was it expensive? Do you know of a company that does this type of work in the Houston area?

I know, alot of questions but i so desperately want to convert. Been researching for months!

Thanks in advance for any answers to my questions and any tips/advice
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:23 PM   #10
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Well done for your first attempt! Most of us need a second (and sometimes third) bus in order to get the results you've achieved. Well done! (Just like the way my wife likes her steaks - with just a bit of ashes around the edges.)
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:54 PM   #11
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What made you choose fiberglass insulation? Are those 2x4's you framed them in with? I think the R13 stuff is designed to utilize the full 3.5" width. Most of us here chose rigid foam because of mold concerns. I checked mine, saw that it was brand new, and laid rigid foam over that for a heavily insulated skoolie.
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:37 AM   #12
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Great looking build.

Interesting sequence to the project.

I think I would have done the ceilings before I did anything else, including the floor. But, I am sure you did it your way for what seemed like to you to be a logical and smart reason that I am too dim to guess.

At a rate of $1,200.00 per month you can accumulate a lot of cash to pay for stuff rather than losing it each month to your landlord.

Now that it is basically completed are you going on the road with it?

Good luck and Happy Trails to you!
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Old 07-13-2017, 10:05 AM   #13
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Just realized your bus looks exactly like mines (make and model). What year is it?
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