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Old 09-21-2020, 11:00 PM   #1
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Hey, Everyone!

How's it going, everyone?

I'm not sure how this all works, but I think this is where you introduce yourself.

I am TheOwlSpirit, and I live in Canada! My fiancée and I are currently in the process of purchasing a bus, and we have absolutely no idea what we're doing.
We've been planning to go tiny for about 3 1/2 years now, but last year we stumbled upon converting buses instead of building a house on a trailer bed. Way more doable, and ludicrously more affordable for us!
So, we found a bus. It's a 32 ft. 1992 Bluebird flatnose that used to belong to a Christian school near here, and it's in pretty good shape.
The catch, however, is that we are floor planning with absolutely no experience! I have been poring over endless amounts of websites and videos for information, and it's an understatement to say that I am overwhelmed.
I decided to join this forum, since I kept stumbling across useful threads (thank you for the info!!!!), and well, here I am.

Anyway, I look forward to being involved here and learning new things!

Cheers!
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Old 09-22-2020, 12:01 AM   #2
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Pease feel free to post questions ... and pictures.
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Old 09-22-2020, 03:03 AM   #3
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Welcome!


Pease feel free to post questions ... and pictures.
Yeah, what *THEY* said. Bus porn requested.
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Old 09-22-2020, 10:43 AM   #4
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We've been planning to go tiny for about 3 1/2 years now, but last year we stumbled upon converting buses instead of building a house on a trailer bed. Way more doable, and ludicrously more affordable for us!
We were the same. We actually went to a class in northern NH hosted by THNE ( Tiny Homes North East), where we saw several THOW (Tiny House On Wheels) builds, got cost estimates, etc. About a month after the class I discovered bus conversions, pitched the idea to my girlfriend. Wasn't a popular idea at the time .

Then I took her to go see a bus in person, intending to sell the idea. Turns out I didn't have to sell it too hard, showing how much space was available was enough We had no experience building stuff either... we just had to put forward one foot at a time figuring things out.

My advice: While I wish I had a better transmission, I have no regrets with my choice in chassis, as there's virtually no rust. Do not buy rusty if you can help it, and do full demolition/remediation before building anything. The peace of mind is worth it.

Best of luck and welcome.
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Old 09-22-2020, 04:58 PM   #5
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I agree on the full demo. The ceiling is next along with the rooftop condenser unit and hoses. (Hoses had abrasion cuts and one screw hole so AC is a goner.) Best of luck Owl. I am sure you'll find your groove and get your project in gear. I have this picture that I use as my motivator. It is from a larger coach rather than a skoolie, but nonetheless, it is the look we are after.
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Old 09-22-2020, 05:32 PM   #6
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I agree on the full demo. The ceiling is next along with the rooftop condenser unit and hoses. (Hoses had abrasion cuts and one screw hole so AC is a goner.) Best of luck Owl. I am sure you'll find your groove and get your project in gear. I have this picture that I use as my motivator. It is from a larger coach rather than a skoolie, but nonetheless, it is the look we are after.
Ummm, show a clapped out school bus, and then a sweet motorhome..probably with slide outs..no unrealistic expections, nope.
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:15 PM   #7
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I have very realistic expectations. Plenty of cash to see it through too ;)
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Old 09-22-2020, 09:43 PM   #8
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Ummm, show a clapped out school bus, and then a sweet motorhome..probably with slide outs..no unrealistic expections, nope.
You should look up reprobate on this site... Quite a few members here with similar-quality rigs as well. The whole purpose of this community is to share ideas and gather advice to increase the possibilities of one's own build.
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Old 09-23-2020, 01:07 AM   #9
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You should look up reprobate on this site... Quite a few members here with similar-quality rigs as well. The whole purpose of this community is to share ideas and gather advice to increase the possibilities of one's own build.
The links to the pictures in reprobate's "The Bus with No Name,Yet" thread no longer work. However, there is a nice collection of images in their album.


https://www.skoolie.net/forums/membe...albums320.html
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