I need to start a thread of my build. I won my bus on auction Wednesday evening picked it up Friday morning and drove it home. I was happy with the drive. They were nice enough to give me an over half full tank of fuel!!! ran 65mph easily. 90 minutes later I got it home and went to town on it. got the seats out, deleted the heaters in the middle and back, removed the front mirrors, new windshield wipers, various mechanical checks. here are some pic (I hope). total length is 28 ft. 19.5 behind the drivers seat.
Had a horrible time trying to get images to show up using photobucket and google images. I finally got it to work with imgur. no idea what the problem was. here are some pics after I got Skoolie Doo home.
Update. I have been pricing out parts that I think I will need in my bus. I was going to keep it pretty basic as this is not a fully time live in. searching craigslist, local used places, online, etc., I decided it would be more economical to look for a donor RV to salvage what I need, recycle what I can, and take the rest to the dump.
I found and purchased a 1995 S&S 14' camper which recently had water damage to the front where the sleeping area is. I am going to cannibalize that entire thing.
Things I initially was looking to buy individually for my simple build was:
Rooftop a/c unit
for the purchase price of the camper at $750 I got all of that plus a heck lot more including some bonuses.
Awning (around 10', great condition)
Ladder (hopefully the length will work)
holding tanks (Fresh, Grey, Black)
hot water heater
RV door (if I go that route)
SOOOO much more.
I am pretty excited, but I think my build just got a lot more in-depth.
Marc, I was just looking for parts on craigslist and noticed a fixer upper that just popped up. there are a ton of water damaged rv's that people just want to unload. they are spendy to fix. here in Portland, OR we get a lot of rain and a lot of people who don't spend the time to keep their roof sealed good, thus they will all eventually leak. This is huge reason I wanted a school bus. (yes, I know they can leak, but are much less prone)
Got it to my buddies house where I have room to do the demo. I want to get a start on it immediately but I gotta do family business first. Girl (7) to swimming, and probably the boy (3) to urgent care... He has asthma thus prone to pneumonia and was super wheezy all night.
love the awning. S&S builds great campers. too bad this little unit got water damage. I am excited to tear this thing apart.
It took a week to gut the camper and salvage all the good bits. I think it was $750 well spent. I actually got $72 for the scrap aluminum. all components are in great shape and think I might use more than I planned.
Stove, furnace, sink, hood
fridge, windows, doors, holding tank
tanks, and storage compartment will be reused. yes, reinforced and vented to outside
one piece bath in great condition. I might use it or sell it....
$72 worth of aluminum
all the the wood is being burnt in a fire pit. the small pile in front and the 2 bags of insulation are the only things that need to be dumped!
Just need about 2 more hours to pull out the waste holding tank and clean up my mess.
Quick update on last evenings progress. Got the ceiling behind the driver all out. I still need to remove PA system and radio to get some panels in the front off. Then I need to remove the end and front caps. then I am getting into an area I really don't like..... electrical. I think I am going to delete all the crap I don't need. There are way too make wires in this thing. finally had to use my angle grinder. the L-tracks mounted in the ceiling were mounted with some molly bolts. I then chiseled the heads off. the ceiling is in fantastic shape. I found no signs of any leaking. posting pics after this post...