So, I've been reading through message boards on this site like crazy for the past month. I've fantasized about skoolie life for a real long time, and I'm hoping to take the plunge soon. Here's the thing: I'm not particularly handy and have no experience doing anything like this at all. Go ahead and laugh if you'd like.
I'm a seasonal national park ranger, and I'd really love to have a home on wheels. The biggest factor driving my decision is that I have two dogs who I love like crazy, but they're not allowed to live in park service housing. The family members back east who had looked after them while I rangered in the past can't do it anymore. I can either give my dogs away which would be heartbreaking, or I could buy an rv or bus and bring them along for the ride. RVs feel too cramped inside for me and two large hounds, so I've decided to move forward with the bus.
My start date is mid April, and since I don't think I can build one myself by then given that I have no experience, I'm looking for a completed conversion. My budget is kind of limited, since I mostly get paid in cool hats and beautiful sunsets.
I found this guy on tiny house listings. It looks lovely to me, and the folks who built it say it starts right up and that the tires are good and there's no rust.
Would anyone be able to offer up some solid advice? Should I do it? Will it get me around? It would have to be able to make the annual drive from Northwest Montana to Southern New Mexico! That's a lot of time in the Rockies.
Here's the link:
Here's the specs:
t’s an 87 Bluebird 40′ long
Non turbo CAT diesel with a new injection pump. Runs Great! 137,000 miles and 8,603 engine hours.
Has an RV AC/Heat pump unit in roof and a wood stove that really makes it cozy in the winter!
Purchased from a local school in 2015 and we converted it in 2016.
*Has a propane cooktop, mini fridge, full size kitchen sink, and a crafted gorgeous cotton wood table in the kitchen!
*Shower and self contained Porta potty in the bathroom. Bathroom is VERY roomy!
*A 30 gallon water tank and a 6 gallon electric water heater
Skoolie community? I'm at your hands. Please be nice and forgive my naïveté.