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Old 07-28-2020, 11:42 PM   #1
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The Story Begins - A long long time ago

So I have officially purchased my first skoolie.

https://ibb.co/PYgSmn2

https://ibb.co/7N2CnJL


Here are the specs:

2005 Freightliner Thomas
Miles: 144K
Engline C7 CAT
City: Colorado Springs

I fell in love with this bus first time I saw it. It has RV style windows, 3 outer compartments (Air compressor, Battery, and fuse box). Garage in the back is very roomy.
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:09 AM   #2
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So a bit of a time skip, I got the seats removed, the underside of the bus was coated in the dark goo (protective covering). If you look in the back of the bus there is a very long bench. Under the cushioning its actually straight METAL...

What I really wanted to do was remove that medal seat...but now I am thinking of leaving it and adding my bed to it seeing as it is straight solid metal. The garage of the bus is closed off via a metal wall. Kinda limits what I can store under the bed...

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Old 08-01-2020, 10:25 AM   #3
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Great bus to start with--love the windows. What are your plans for the bus?
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Old 08-08-2020, 07:32 PM   #4
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So Im planning on legit moving out of my house into the skoolie.

I want the following:
Bed, Kitchen area, wooden stove, and toilet/shower (perfect world).
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Old 08-16-2020, 07:15 PM   #5
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This is a great bus. I'm vacillating between a longer bus and one this size. (As do many of us.)

Where did you find this one?
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Old 08-16-2020, 10:38 PM   #6
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I fell in love with this bus first time I saw it.
I can see why. Love those garage doors.

The metal bench seat across the back would be easily removeable......but I'd still have a storage area there, to take advantage of those doors.....you could store your skis or a kayak back there.
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Old 08-17-2020, 12:31 AM   #7
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Isn't the back wall of the "garage" the front wall inside? Leave it there. When you build your bed, you will have storage inside and out under the bed.
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Old 08-17-2020, 08:20 AM   #8
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Beautiful bus,
I know this is not a popular subject but with the barn doors and the emergency window I would say that the bench inside is structural. Before you take it out i would check how it is connected to see if my above statement holds any water.


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Old 08-30-2020, 11:09 PM   #9
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So i do want to do the following:
-Wetbath with naturehead composting toilet
-Solar (entirely off-grid)
-Cubic Mini wood stove (grizzly)
-Small kitchen area
-TV mount in the bed area
-100 gallon water tank (with level sensor)
-Underbus storage (nothing massive)
-Paint job (not sure what colors yet....)
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Old 08-30-2020, 11:16 PM   #10
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Some further progress on the bus:

Here is how it looked before



I took both the heater element out and looped it. I also took the AC units out and gutted the extra tubing from the bottom of the bus....that was hell...as im doing this all by myself.



I grinded all the small rust spots and treated it with Ospho (had my bus sizzling...sounded really cool haha).

I thought about it and I really wanted that back seat gone...so i actually used the grinder and chopped that thing right out....it was easier than I thought but heavier than a hippo.



All the holes I penny blocked and then put a nice coat of rustoleum rust paint on.

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Old 08-30-2020, 11:59 PM   #11
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I do like your garage doors and the RV windows. Now that you have removed the metal bench, what's your plan with respect to the garage doors?
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Old 10-30-2020, 11:25 PM   #12
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So I ran into a snag. The place where I was working on my Skoolie made me move it. So I have it in storage now....but they don't allow me to work on it in there. Anyone in the Colorado Springs area know where I can store and work on my Skoolie?
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