Apparently I made a thread in the registry while trying to fill out my profile, so I thought I should introduce myself.
Currently I have an enclosed trailer I have set up to haul toys then quickly convert to camper once on location.
I am beginning my skoolie research as I am nearing retirement and plan on living in the skoolie most of the time. I will have a home base with a large shop I can return to for maintenance or any needed repairs.
I have a long way to go to get my head wrapped around what we want and our priorities for the bus. Even the 40 footers wont accommodate all I'd like to do.
A few of the questions I have are:
- How / where do you find school auctions?
- Pros and cons of a line-x'd roof?
- Pros and cons of a residential fridge?
- Is there a protocol for trading labor with fellow skoolies?
A little about myself.
Dad of 4, grandpa of 4, married to a beautiful redheaded angle that spoils me rotten.
Love my dog, my horses and my toys.
I'm extremely old school self reliant.
Some of the skills I have to work on my projects:
I have worked as an industrial mechanic for 30 years, my current title is a mouthful... "Electro-mechanical technical specialist". I weld, have my own equipment, mig, tig, stick... etc. I worked as a machinist for 5 years and have my own mill and lathe. I've done upholstery work since I was a kid, and of course have my own equipment. I grew up restoring old houses and building church buildings with my dad and grandpa. I do all my own plumbing. I have and operate a backhoe, bulldozer and crane. I have my own manual sawmill, I can cut 40" X 40" X 24'. I farm a little. I've never taken our vehicles to a dealer or other mechanic, I do all my own service. Engines, trans, A/C, suspension...etc. ( I did send out the injection pump on the tractor one time.) Between my knowledge and youtube university I believe I can do most anything.
I've been very fortunate to have some incredibly intelligent people / family share a wealth of knowledge with me. It has allowed me to save a ton of money and ensure the work done to my equipment was done better than you'd receive from hiring it out.
When I get there I'd love to trade out some work. I don't think there's anything I couldn't do to a skoolie, but some of the work I see coming can be quite monotonous. Besides, it always fun to put in a days work while the chickens are on the smoker and the beers on ice!
BTW, thanks to all ya'll sharing the tons of info here, it's always easier to learn from those that have been there before you.
Brad... but most folks call me Papapoo.