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Old 06-06-2020, 07:39 PM   #1
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Skoolie for our "Freedom 35" semi-retirement plan

We're three weeks into a build that we've chosen to call Freedom 35. Freedom 35 is a semi-retirement plan for some characters in one our favorite shows, Trailer Park Boys. I also turn 35 in a few days so it seems right. We plan on living full time in our bus for at least a couple years while we move out west, but we do intend to chase nice weather all over the country.

A few weeks ago we flew down to pick up our 2005 International CE300 71 passenger bus. I chose this bus because judging from the pictures it had minimal rust and it had the drivetrain I was looking for. There's around 153K which is reasonable mileage for a 15 year old vehicle; it didn't sit too long or rack up too many miles. We had new Hankook tires installed before we even picked it up. We went with some Hankook DL12 rears and AH37 fronts which were available in the 16 ply rating. The bus ran great the whole way home although the check engine would cycle on and off. I wasn't too concerned since all the gauges were fine and I believe it is something minor. Part of the deal was them changing the coolant and the fuel filter. I'll change the oil myself.

We got it home without issue other than the starter interlock setting us back an hour and a half at a Shell station. We got that figured out and tore into it right away once we were home. We're happy with our three week progress which includes travel time to get the bus.

We've order many of the major appliances and have received most of them.

Build List:
-Suburban range
-Brisk Air II 15K BTU A/C with Micro-Air SoftStart installed
-One Honda EU2200W inverter generator
-MaxxFan Deluxe roof vent 4 speeds, one for each roof emergency hatch
-GE 9.9 cu/ft 12v ONLY refrigerator (still waiting to recieve it, it was $500)
-Suburban on-demand water heater
-Suburban 40k BTU furnace that will be ducted to three vents
-Dometic 310 18" toilet
-24"x32" bath tub
-4 LED off-road light bars (2 7.5" and 2 13"), one on all sides wired to a remote "Squatch/security lights"
-Two 98 gal fresh water tanks under bed, 53 gal grey tank, 53 gal black tank
-Flame King 29.3 gal propane tank
-Kuppet compact washer to be placed in bathroom

1240 watt Solar System spec:
-4 Peimar 310W MONO 60C panels
-Victron Multiplus 3000W 24v inverter charger
-Victron Smartsolar MPPT charge controller
-Victron battery monitor
-4 KiloVault 2.1kWh 12v batteries wired for a 24v bank
-GoPower pass-through on the roof

We plan on towing a 12ft v-nose enclosed trailer hauling my Suzuki DR650 and her Royal Enfield Himalayan. I'll also use the v-nose as a garage and to house my tools.

I'm going to document our build on YouTube if anyone wants to follow along. I'm not begging for subscribers nor do I beg you to "SMASH THAT LIKE BUTTON!!!" as some say. I'm not looking to make a living from YT.

We're super excited and the plan just feels right. We are both enjoying ourselves and can't wait to see what we learn and experience along the way!
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Old 06-06-2020, 07:58 PM   #2
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Our roof was screwed in which made it quick and easy to remove it. The seats also weren't an issue. The hardest thing about the interior was removing the rubber floor. It took a constant 6 hours with a tile remover to get it all removed. It was a huge PITA but we're glad we did it. We discovered some rotten wood and replaced all questionable subflooring. There was no rotted metal and the little rust there was we coated with Rustoleum Reformer and then a coat of primer.
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Old 06-06-2020, 08:11 PM   #3
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Replacement sub-floor, primed and topped with 1x3" boards, 3/4" foam, 1/2" OSB, and more primer.

*Sorry for the vertical pictures not being orientated correctly
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Old 06-06-2020, 08:17 PM   #4
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My air chisel was more helpful than I had imagined it would be for this project. While removing the screws that held the ceiling and wall tin on some were difficult. The adhesive/sealant they put at the joints acted like thread locker. For all the stuck screws I just gave them a quick rap with the air chisel and it broke them free. It was 100% successful on all screws that were stuck. The air chisel was also crucial for removing the wall tin. I ripped right through making removal much faster. I was able to separate all the tin just below the windows in about 15 minutes.
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Old 06-06-2020, 08:19 PM   #5
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For anyone interested this is the first video of our build.

https://youtu.be/_np5_9x5wIU
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