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Old 12-26-2017, 11:38 PM   #1
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Newbie with a Potential Skoolie Build

Iím BRAND new to the Skoolie world, but after a wild idea and some research, I stumbled on this awesome community!

Iím thinking a Skoolie build is right for my situation, but Iíd like opinions!

Iím John, 27, and single. I have a regular day job during the week, and I race cars on the weekends. Right now Iím bogged down with an apartment I canít afford and living out of my SUV during race weekends. Iíd LOVE to be able to ditch my rent payment, build a suitable bus for full-time use, that would also be able to haul my race car behind it during race weekends (car and open trailer weigh just under 6,000lbs, rounding up). Which engine/trans combos tend to be the most powerful and most reliable?

From the research Iíve done so far, it seems that with light to normal water usage, itís not unheard of to be able to live ďunpluggedĒ for 2 weeks+... and a generator and/or solar is sufficient for electrical power... but what about heat? Here in KC, itís 11 degrees tonight, and Iím wondering how realistic itíd be to keep a bus heated during such cold. I would need it to be self-sustaining so my cat can stay warm while Iím at work during the day? What types of heaters should I look into?

Also: height. Iím 6í0Ē tall... and I plan on insulating the crap out of the bus for efficiency.. should I be concerned with roof height? Which busses tend to have the tallest roofs?

In terms of buses, Iím not AS familiar with them specifically, but Iím pretty mechanically inclined... I do look forward to reading more about which makes/models/engines you all have and what you like. Thank you in advance!

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Old 12-27-2017, 10:23 AM   #2
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Hello from another newbie, south east mo but building bus in fl then moving there full time .
Keep searching the forum you will find answers to just about anything and opinions for everything .
Good luck
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Old 12-27-2017, 10:29 AM   #3
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Howdy John...and Welcome! --- Sounds like a plan. And a familiar one. There are several "Toy Haulers" built here or in progress. I would suggest you dig through the threads and read them before diving in just to get the broad view.
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Old 12-28-2017, 12:04 AM   #4
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Great! I will! I plan on learning all I can before actually making any moves.
Future bus owner!
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