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ashley 12-27-2018 05:26 PM

Potential New Skoolie Owner
Hey folks,

I'm fairly close to purchasing my first bus. I've been doing a ton of research this past year and as I think more and more about it, just seems like the right thing to do. I work for myself remotely, have a couple of pups and love to travel and road trip. I also have been on a self-improvement crusade for the past couple of years and want to A - live with less and B - not have to rely on someone else for basic living needs (ie paying rent like I do now).

The bus I'm looking at is an '86 Intl S1753. Seems like a pretty solid platform and already registered as a camper *gasp*. Already got a quote for insurance and think I may have found a storage place for winter months before I can actually start working on it.

The two major things I know I'll need help with are the electrical system and plumbing. If I get it I'd be pulling out what's inside already, reusing a lot but insulating the floor, rethinking the layout, etc.

Johnny Mullet 12-27-2018 08:12 PM

Welcome to the forum! Hopefully the bus you found will serve you well. I am not an electrician or plumber, but learned to be along the way on my build.

ashley 12-29-2018 04:43 PM

3 Attachment(s)

Will be getting a rusty cab mount replaced then free to get stripped.

EastCoastCB 12-29-2018 10:00 PM

Very cool. Enjoy!

Do note we already have a green Mule Bus on the forum.

ashley 12-30-2018 04:05 AM


Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 302840)
Very cool. Enjoy!

Do note we already have a green Mule Bus on the forum.

I have no idea what that means?

EastCoastCB 12-30-2018 05:40 AM


Originally Posted by ashley (Post 302848)
I have no idea what that means?

ashley 12-30-2018 06:24 AM


Originally Posted by EastCoastCB (Post 302850)

Yeah I have no idea what that means haha.

cadillackid 12-30-2018 08:25 AM

I love the S-series!! any idea what engine / trans? 1700 series i think are diesel V8s, so likely a 6.9 or a 9 litre?


ashley 12-30-2018 09:27 AM

It's an s1753 with the 6.9

BlackJohn 12-30-2018 09:32 AM

Welcome Ashley,great looking find. You can do this and will!
Happy New Year in your new to you bus!


FreedomPanda 01-02-2019 04:58 PM

Hi Ashley, welcome to the family!

Sounds like you have made a pretty good choice that will blend with & enhance your lifestyle!

Electrical: I found someone whose job was RV repair, and experienced in RV electrical. There are unique aspects to our electrical needs & systems that a regular brick & mortar house don’t have. Finding someone to help with that aspect of my build was not easy, but knowing I didn’t want to do it myself & burn my beautiful home down, I set out to find someone who could do it. One thing you might run into, and it may vary from state to state: because my bus was a conversion, he couldn’t do the work on my bus. His insurance only allowed him to work on professionally/commercially built RV’s. He generously offered to verbally guide me through everything, and we spent several hours while he told me what to connect & where, explained what did What and how and why, and at the end of the day I had it all hooked up: two Fantastic Fans (fore & aft); refrigerator; kitchen lighting; 3 outlets in the kitchen, one behind the fridge, one at the front of the bus; the main control unit (set up to accept solar at a later date); and wired the outside hook up to the outside power source. He made sure everything matched up wattage/voltage/amperes/etc etc etc :) Stuff I’m clueless about. So that’s the electrical route I took and recommend.

Plumbing: I kept mine simple. I don’t want leaks, because a leak will/could destroy your flooring and cause mildew in wood flooring beneath. So I have a kitchen sink. I don’t drive mine all over the continent, she’s a sitter that’s got the ability to go when needed. So I have an outdoor shower (summer months), with a self-composting toilet next to that, and in the process of adding a sauna. Everything can go with me/be rebuilt at a new location. I also have a gym membership that’s two miles away. It leaves more space inside as well.

I also had someone do my floor for me. I started, but realized the floor plan for the back of the bus would be tricky, and I’d never cut/laid floor before & was in a time crunch.

Anyway, good luck, look forward to seeing shots of your build!

ermracing 01-02-2019 05:16 PM

Welcome aboard! We're fairly new to the skoolie group, but have received lots of help from the forum. You mention insulating the floor, but I'd recommend doing the ceiling and walls as well, unless they've already been done. We are done with the ceiling on ours and now working on the floor.

firebuild 01-02-2019 05:25 PM

Welcome - cute bus!

Gdog 5651 01-03-2019 11:33 AM

Welcome to the forum I assure you there are people who started with almost no skills Who learned them along the way and have built some pretty remarkable skoolies. Persevere and welcome. Gene

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