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Unread 10-10-2019, 07:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Skoolie Mini Crawler Hauler

Well I just recently purchased this Skoolie/Toy Hauler that has already received a decent amount of work.

It currently has:
a rear ramp with a 20-24ft Garage(need to take measurements)
Gas Generated mounted to the underside
Toilet
2 Sofas with a cooler/drain under one of them
Rebuilt drive axle with better gearing for highway use.
Roof A/C
DTA-360 Inline 6 Diesel Engine
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As you can see from the pictures, it is pretty much ready to use as a toy hauler. It just needs some TLC to get back onto the road(new batteries and fuel line.. likely more but those are the 2 I know for sure).

I am likely going to use it as is for the next year but do have some plans for it which include:

Install on demand propane water heater and sink.
Outdoor Shower.
Use ARB or similar portable fridge/freezer combos as to not require permanent placement for a RV type fridge. Plus be able to pull out and use on any of my other vehicles. Thinking about mounting it on a slide out drawer underneath to make full use of the small living space.
Install more tie downs in the garage area
Install removable winch in garage area for vehicle loading(currently has one at the very back on the roof for the rear door)
Remove sofa's and replace with swivel RV recliners with seatbelts(wives orders if I want to drive it around with the kids)
Mount a TV in it for the kids
Install a York Air Compressor to run off the DTA360 and air tank underneath with lines running into the shop and a quick connect at the side of the bus for on board air.
Some Sort of Fueling Station.
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I'm a little jealous. I have fallen down the Skoolie wormhole and really digging them. The only thing I struggle with is them being notoriously slow
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Yeah, that is one thing I was worried about since they are geared mostly for in town driving and not so much on the highway... However was told that the drive axle was rebuilt with better gearing.. I unfortunately do not know the exact gears that were taken out and what was put in since the gentleman passed away and I dealt directly with his wife that knew what happened but didn't have the specifics.

Also mine is a 5sp manual, I kind of wish I would have ended up with a 6sp but we will see. she stated they took it down to florida(we are in Ontario Canada) and all over with no much issue keeping up with the traffic.. not going to speed by any means but should easily go the posted speed limits if not more.

I unfortunately will not be able to put it on the road until spring so wont be able to see how fast she can really go until then but considering my current tow vehicle is my 1998 AM General H1 Hummer which is notoriously slow this should be a decent upgrade for hauling the Suzuki's around.
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Cool!

Is the roof mounted winch in the back for picking the ramp door up?
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Correct the winch in the back is for picking the door up. I would love to mount one in the front of the garage floor to drag in any broken down vehicles if need be. That will likely be one of the first addons I do after I get it on the road and running good.
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Thank you, excited to take it on our first trip.
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that thing is rad!
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that thing is rad!
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The first of many purchases for the bus... the first pics of them on the trailer are my actual seats... the other pictures are just showing what they are and how they function... they are 3way bench seats from a full size camping van complete with legal seat belts.

The bus just went from a legal single seater.... to a legal 7 passenger! With dinette and fold down bed!











Definitely going to refurbish them.. fresh paint on the metal and new foam/fabric but definitely a good start.. going to be replacing these 2 couches(that don't have seatbelts) with these 2 benches then a small kitchenette on the opposite side(if space permits..)

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It's 200 HP on a good day. Keep it wound out. shift at the governor.
if it's a spicer 5 speed like what was in the uhaul you'll find the gear split between 4th and 5th atrocious.
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Those seats are pretty dope
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Whats the inside width and height of a school bus....curious what would fit.
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Whats the inside width and height of a school bus....curious what would fit.
they are built pretty modular, so moving the back wall u and getting a flat bed isn't the hardest thing inthe world.

leave some roof overhanging for back porch to grill on while going down the highway.
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Those seats are pretty dope
Thanks, yeah I needed something that the wife would approve putting our kids in and hitting the road.. as well as having a dinette/bed.

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It's 200 HP on a good day. Keep it wound out. shift at the governor.
if it's a spicer 5 speed like what was in the uhaul you'll find the gear split between 4th and 5th atrocious.
Thankfully I don't live in the mountains so hopefully will be sufficient for myself. Rear end was rebuilt and geared for hwy use so we will see.. might turn up the pump a bit.

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Whats the inside width and height of a school bus....curious what would fit.
Width is about 92" I believe. The height at the rear most section is almost 90" but that is because it was dovetailed/dropped down). I measured and should fit my lifted suzukis on 33"s without issue.
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Here is a little tour of the bus with talks of the basic plans I have for it:

https://youtu.be/r2VIimKQ_6c
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