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Old 11-25-2022, 03:44 PM   #1
Mini-Skoolie
 
Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: New England
Posts: 10
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Corbeil
Chassis: GMC Savana 3500 Dually
Engine: 6.0 Gas V8 > GMC/Chevy
Rated Cap: 14 - 12,500 GVWR
Hello from New England

Jumpin’ on the bandwagon here...

Wifey and I are building out a mini that we bought last September. Sunny is a 2005 GMC Savana 3500 6.0-liter gas dually with a Corbeil coach. We bought it from a fella who bought it from a local prep school in CT (he worked there too). It has/had a lot of rust in weird places (think it was parked in a puddle), but we’ve gotten most of that cleared up already. Only 99k on the clock.

We got it at a time (it may be still be ‘the time’) when school buses were not available at all locally, like kayaks were the year before, but we lucked out I think because the PO listed it as just a ‘van’.

So we became skoolieists sort of by economic accident as we were looking to upgrade to a travel trailer, up from a vintage popup camper I restored, but the prices went absolutely bananas. We also heard camper quality was suffering too for supply-chain and demand as well.

Anywho, we’re not done by any stretch, but we’re a lot further along than the blog suggests. If you’re interested in that, it’s SunnyTheBus.com.

The plans are thrice-fold for this rig. We’re not going to be full-timers (I like my home-base), but we will use it for my wife’s worksite wellness business, general camping and extended road trips, and for hauling around my stage rally car. I am a writer/graphic designer by trade, but do have plenty of DIY automotive experience. Building a house on wheels though, that’s a whole new thing to both of us.

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Old 11-28-2022, 12:42 PM   #2
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Hey OP, your thread was held for moderation due to the links. I cleaned up the HTML and CSS in there (please don't do that!) and approved the post.
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Old 11-28-2022, 01:25 PM   #3
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Year: 1999
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Chassis: Ford E450
Engine: V10 Gas
Nice. Sounds like you might have some trade skills in your background if you've already gotten some of the chassis work done...
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Old 11-28-2022, 02:25 PM   #4
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Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: New England
Posts: 10
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Corbeil
Chassis: GMC Savana 3500 Dually
Engine: 6.0 Gas V8 > GMC/Chevy
Rated Cap: 14 - 12,500 GVWR
Thanks! Not sure what I did, but thanks for clearing it up!
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Old 11-28-2022, 02:27 PM   #5
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Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: New England
Posts: 10
Year: 2005
Coachwork: Corbeil
Chassis: GMC Savana 3500 Dually
Engine: 6.0 Gas V8 > GMC/Chevy
Rated Cap: 14 - 12,500 GVWR
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Nice. Sounds like you might have some trade skills in your background if you've already gotten some of the chassis work done...



Thanks! Years of DIY and YouTube University, with a lot of pro help from friends along the way. Mostly from the rally world.
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