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Old 09-06-2020, 09:07 AM   #41
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Join Date: Dec 2015
Location: SE WI
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Year: 2001
Coachwork: Eldorado
Chassis: Ford E450
Engine: 7.3
And here are some interior and misc pics.
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Old 09-06-2020, 09:10 AM   #42
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Engine: 7.3
And these are pics of our electrical components. 120v breaker box, 12v fuse box, fuses, 3000W Victron inverter. And our (4) 12V 155ah AGM batteries.
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Old 10-04-2020, 12:58 AM   #43
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Smile Skoolie conversion in Wisconsin

WOOT! I saw srponies email and just about fell off my chair! Hi Raina and Steve!! Brigitte here, trying to figure out how I am going to convert my skoolie that I drove up here from Texas last year. After you are done with yours, are you up for a new adventure? More soon!
Love from Brigitte, Kelsey, and the furry/feathered family members!
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Old 10-08-2020, 09:33 AM   #44
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How long did it take you to lower the center isle the 5"?
Isther anything you would have done differently?
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Old 10-08-2020, 02:52 PM   #45
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Impressive build, start to finish, overcoming mechanical and structural challenges and doing all the modifications with robust precision and care.

Glad to see the build story here, others will also be inspired.
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Old 10-09-2020, 07:39 AM   #46
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How long did it take you to lower the center isle the 5"?
Isther anything you would have done differently?
We had already removed the original flooring (rubber, plywood, and sheetmetal) in preparation of rebuilding from scratch. That is when we looked at the floor framing configuration and realized that lowering the aisle would work. It was a lot of work. Welding in the new main framing across the aisle was the easiest part. Boxing in (framing/finishing the sidewalls) of the lowered aisle was time consuming. In the end it was definitely worth it. I think that lowering the aisle took us an additional 3-4 months. We were only working on it a little at a time. Reconfiguring the side entry steps, reframing the side entry for the new door, extending the kitchen/pass side flooring to meet the door were all additional challenges.

I think that we could have used that time when the floor was removed to add some additional storage under the floor. That would have been the ideal time to weld/frame in storage. I can't think of anything else with the lowered floor that we would change.

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Old 10-09-2020, 07:43 AM   #47
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Impressive build, start to finish, overcoming mechanical and structural challenges and doing all the modifications with robust precision and care.

Glad to see the build story here, others will also be inspired.
Thank you for the kind words. We have enjoyed the building process and the use of the bus.

We posted to the community to share the ideas and the possibilities.

Steve
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Old 11-01-2020, 10:50 AM   #48
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Most recent additions... We added a side toolbox on the passenger side. Cut out the fiberglass and mounted/bolted the box to unistrut that was welded to the shuttle framing. I moved the propane quick connect port to within the toolbox.

Mounted a fourth solar panel on the roof. We are planning to create a wind deflector for the front of the front panel over the cab. The wiring for the panels still needs to be done.

Steve
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Old 11-01-2020, 01:34 PM   #49
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That toolbox looks great!!! I have a little room under my bus in the same location you put your box. I was thinking of building a tool box and installing a door, but yours turned out really nice! I might have to take some measurements and see if I can just fit a whole box in my space!
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