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Old 07-20-2018, 01:55 AM   #1
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New Member 1.5 month timeline for move in ready

Well where to begin... A skoolie has been the plan for over a year now. We were hoping to get a bus in early spring but lost on on some bids. I am sure those busses are floating around here somehwere

We had an arrangement with our current landlord to be month to month and flexible since she wanted to sell and we were planning our skoolie

We bought our bus about a month ago had a mechanic check it and got one week into the build when we found out the property is being sold Sept 1 st so we have about 1.5 months to get this bad boy livable.

When I say livable I mean bare necessities we can finish the rest as we go. We have a property to live and work on the bus at so that is not a problem but we need to be as self contained as possible.

Priorities:

Roof Raise: 18" so I am not crouching over for the next 2+ years.
Freshwater tank and grey water tank
Propane
Electricity
Subfloor
insulation

In your honest opnions is this doable. Regardless We will be gunning for it...

Our bus is a 98 Amtran Type C bought out of Denver CO. it has a little rust I almost freaked when I saw it then I saw some of the projects on here and immediately did not feel so bad anymore

To date we have stripped the floor ceiling and sidewalls removed all insulation. put in orders for sheet metal to patch the holes around the wheel wells and treated the rust with prep and etch. We should finish painting/sealing the metal and patching the holes this weekend. leaving us one month and a week for the other tasks.


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Old 07-20-2018, 01:59 AM   #2
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I already have a question for you all as well! with the roof raise I was expecting to find the hat channel empty and have a shop create some hat channel and c channel to fit into it to weld in for the roof support. Lo and behold my hat channel already has c channel running up ever single rib.... it is bead welded every 7 inches or so.

My original idea is shot for now and I need some suggestions.

I was told I could take a flat piece of metal and lay it over the c channel and weld it to create the support. Good or bad Idea?

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Old 07-20-2018, 10:53 AM   #3
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How about some pictures to help us understand what's going on?
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Old 07-20-2018, 12:21 PM   #4
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Four of my hat channels had C channel nested inside of the hat channel.

I found that 1" square tube fit nicely inside of the C.

All of the others we had 1-3/16" channel bent up.
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:22 PM   #5
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I had hat channel made to fit over the existing ribs, rather than inside them. It was fortunate I'd gone that way: like yours, mine has a C channel inside every one of the hat channels.
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Old 07-20-2018, 02:25 PM   #6
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Ambitious project to say the least.
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:44 PM   #7
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so remember when I wanted to do this in 1.5 months and then it took me 3 years? ��
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Old 07-27-2021, 06:59 PM   #8
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so remember when I wanted to do this in 1.5 months and then it took me 3 years? ��
I bought mine in January 2019 and was planning on living in it by April of that year when my lease ran out. I'll be thrilled if I'm done in 3 years.

3 years from today, that is.
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:50 PM   #9
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so remember when I wanted to do this in 1.5 months and then it took me 3 years? ��
So is it done? Pics or it didn't happen.
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Old 07-27-2021, 07:51 PM   #10
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I bought mine in January 2019 and was planning on living in it by April of that year when my lease ran out. I'll be thrilled if I'm done in 3 years.

3 years from today, that is.
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Old 07-28-2021, 02:11 PM   #11
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Pictures

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So is it done? Pics or it didn't happen.
Not sure if these will upload as viewable but here is the link to my drive with the finished pictures



https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BP?usp=sharing
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Old 07-28-2021, 02:32 PM   #12
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give uo the roof raise and you can make the bus liveable.. put the windows back in if you have them out, insulate, make it liveable.. buy or rent some land then go get a second bus that you can build the way you really want..


otherwise if you do the roof raise then you'll have a tall tin can that you may not crouch in but youll be tripping over yourself and a bunch of materials you continually shuffle around to try and build and live in at the same time..
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Old 07-28-2021, 02:37 PM   #13
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Well no wonder it took 3 years, it looks amazing!!
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Old 07-28-2021, 04:03 PM   #14
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I'm glad you went with the 3 year plan and not the 1.5 month version. Worth the wait.
Beautiful work!
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Old 07-28-2021, 05:13 PM   #15
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3 years? What did you waste all that time on?
Haha just kidding, that looks amazing!
Congrats on building a beautiful home.
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Old 07-30-2021, 12:46 PM   #16
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Not sure if these will upload as viewable but here is the link to my drive with the finished pictures



https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BP?usp=sharing

Holy moly that looks good!
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Old 07-30-2021, 04:59 PM   #17
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Not sure if these will upload as viewable but here is the link to my drive with the finished pictures



https://drive.google.com/drive/folde...BP?usp=sharing



AWESOME looking build!!!!!!!
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Old 07-30-2021, 06:57 PM   #18
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Not sure if these will upload as viewable but here is the link to my drive with the finished pictures



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Wow great job!


I'd like to have seen how you mounted those windows?


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Wow great job!


I'd like to have seen how you mounted those windows?


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And how they hold up in rain while driving.
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Old 07-30-2021, 07:31 PM   #20
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And how they hold up in rain while driving.

Insulated and comparatively inexpensive to RV windows, I'd like to use them too.
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