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Forum: Conversion General Discussions 02-20-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 506
Posted By Mark_In_MA
What's the transmission in it? Skidding logs...

What's the transmission in it?
Skidding logs sounds like a great way to fry an AT545.
I'd really look at that before you start your build.

Sounds like it could be a really cool rig when its done.
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 10-18-2019, 02:12 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 79,269
Posted By Mark_In_MA
There's also the occasional time when people (and...

There's also the occasional time when people (and or threads) disappear from the site - so it was there, at one time, but isn't anymore. One of those things that happens, albeit it rarely.
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 10-09-2019, 11:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 507
Posted By Mark_In_MA
To further the madness, you can drive one with a...

To further the madness, you can drive one with a standard cordless drill.
A few from Harbor Freight, some wiring, and a 12-volt power source, and you've got powered screw jacks. (Not as fancy or as...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 10-09-2019, 11:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By Mark_In_MA
As long as you can secure it rigidly enough so it...

As long as you can secure it rigidly enough so it doesn't leak, but loosely enough so that it doesn't crack, I'd think it should be fine.

I think the clear is going to be the biggest problem - I'm...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 10-08-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mark_In_MA
So I realized I haven't updated in a while - ...

So I realized I haven't updated in a while -



So far, so good.

Camping has been fun, and I haven't found any serious problems with the rig yet.
(This is after 4 long weekends with a...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 10-02-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,391
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I have one more nail for the coffin here. ...

I have one more nail for the coffin here.

While I'm sure there are some totally cool 3-axle all wheel drive vehicles bombing around and totally tearing up some off-road trails out there, I'd be...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 09-30-2019, 10:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 348
Posted By Mark_In_MA
That's probably true of all the white lights of...

That's probably true of all the white lights of this type.

Generally speaking, the only white lights you can display on a vehicle are the headlights and the backup lights - both of which are DOT...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 09-08-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,035
Posted By Mark_In_MA
There can be issues with condensation, but I'd...

There can be issues with condensation, but I'd also check to see if that black stuff was mold, or some sort of glue used to hold the batt insulation in place. I remember seeing some pretty...
Forum: International | Navistar Drivetrain 09-06-2019, 01:18 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,130
Posted By Mark_In_MA
In the past week and a half, I've driven from...

In the past week and a half, I've driven from Massachusetts -> Iowa, and back. (Not in a bus or camper, but in our F250, with my little utility trailer in the back.)

I can say that over the...
Forum: Skoolie Life 08-17-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,138
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I think there are two separate problems -...

I think there are two separate problems - overcrowding, and conservation.

People are ALWAYS going to flock to the big-name parks - the grand canyon, yellowstone, etc. They're the parks with the...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 08-13-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,521
Posted By Mark_In_MA
The answer to the first part of your question is...

The answer to the first part of your question is obvious :


Your current rig is not right for you, replace it.


It doesn't sound like its particularly highway-capable, makes noise at speed,...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 08-10-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 399
Posted By Mark_In_MA
There's no way that's accurate mileage for a bus...

There's no way that's accurate mileage for a bus that age. 500 miles a year for 22 years? Not gonna happen.

It's very likely that the dashboard cluster (including the odometer) was replaced 13...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 08-07-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,211
Posted By Mark_In_MA
For a 5-window, the gasser is probably plenty...

For a 5-window, the gasser is probably plenty powerful.

These things have great interior space, and all the ones I've seen have decent headroom. I'd say its a great alternative to someone looking...
Forum: Conversion Tutorials and How-to's 08-04-2019, 11:21 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 5,618
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I understand the desire to travel off the beaten...

I understand the desire to travel off the beaten path, or to visit areas up north that get a lot of snow - but how far off the beaten path are you going with a full-size 40' bus where 4x4 is a real...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 08-04-2019, 09:46 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 48,921
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I like it, but I'd pressure-test it. Get out...

I like it, but I'd pressure-test it.

Get out the garden hose, give it a good soak, and check to see if it pools water, or if it runs off freely. I'd be interested to know how/where it's gonna...
Forum: Electrical, Charging and Solar 08-01-2019, 03:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 506
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I'm still not totally sold on electric buses yet....

I'm still not totally sold on electric buses yet.

Electric cars are getting pretty darn good. 300 mile range, and you can charge 80% of that in 20-30 minutes? That would be charging once a week...
Forum: Classifieds | Buy, Sell, Swap 07-27-2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 5,333
Views: 505,713
Posted By Mark_In_MA
Short transit-style (flat nose) TC2000 in Iowa. ...

Short transit-style (flat nose) TC2000 in Iowa.
114k Miles, 24v Cummins Engine.


https://www.govdeals.com/photos/10645/10645_150_1.jpg
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Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 07-27-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mark_In_MA
Thanks for all the replies! I'm actually...

Thanks for all the replies!

I'm actually finishing the paperwork and title transfer tomorrow on it (so I'll officially own it.) I have a family wedding next weekend, so it's still a week or two...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 07-23-2019, 02:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mark_In_MA
When I started looking, I decided that my main...

When I started looking, I decided that my main criteria was the size. I'd have considered older, mechanically sound rigs if they were cheap enough. (To save a couple grand, I'd paint cabinets and...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 07-23-2019, 02:05 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I ended up with a 2003 Winnebago Minnie, 40,000...

I ended up with a 2003 Winnebago Minnie, 40,000 miles, Chevy G3500 chassis, Gas V8. 22 feet bumper to bumper. I paid a little over $12,000 for it. From the research I did, I think it's a fair...
Forum: Everything Else | General Skoolie Discussions 07-23-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,752
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I turned to the dark side. . .and got a Winnebago.

Soo. . .for a variety of reasons, I've put my skoolie ambitions on hold in favor of purchasing an existing rig/conversion. I'm starting this thread to explain why I ended up going this route, and...
Forum: Short-Bus Conversion Projects 07-22-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By Mark_In_MA
From what I've read, it really depends on the...

From what I've read, it really depends on the specific chassis. Ford made small tweaks, changes, and adjustments to the different models over the years - which makes it hard to say outright that the...
Forum: Skoolie Conversion Projects 07-12-2019, 01:41 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 5,754
Posted By Mark_In_MA
There are many different ways to build a skoolie...

There are many different ways to build a skoolie - tons of people on here for different reasons, with different goals, skill levels, and budgets. There's no one way to do things. Like a lot of...
Forum: Mechanical and Drivetrains 07-07-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,858
Posted By Mark_In_MA
What transmission do you have? I'd be equally...

What transmission do you have? I'd be equally interested (I wouldn't say "worried" yet) about the transmission temperature as the engine temperature.

I'd be tempted to get the 170 thermostat...
Forum: Conversion General Discussions 07-07-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 791
Posted By Mark_In_MA
I wonder if coating the cable in something hot...

I wonder if coating the cable in something hot (like literal hot sauce / buffalo sauce) or one of the spicy pepper sprays designed to keep critters out of the garden might work as a deterrent?

I...
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