Today was the day! After a much anticipated week or final repairs from the dealer, my skoolie came home today. I picked her up after work and drove her home. I asked the dealer to make a few repairs after the purchase. New pinion seal, new air brake cylinders (front and back), as well as some new hinges on the engine compartment doors. Truth be told, the extra week was nice before bringing her home. This gave me time to wire up some permanent electrical outlets that I showed you in the last blog post. Likewise, I was able to get insurance!!! Yeah, I was shocked too. Our agent was able to insure me (minimum liability is all I wanted) BEFORE the conversion to RV was completed. I simply had to promise to not stop and pick up any school kids. We even got a discount for having two skoolies on the same policy! If you need Skoolie insurance, call Kenya Duckworth at A.I. King Insurance (and be sure to tell her that Michael Kaufmann sent you too. – 317-841-6004.
With new brakes, a solid transmission, and a DT466 engine she drove smooth and easy on the way home. It took me about an hour to get there, but pulling down my long driveway and coming to a stop was just awesome. Here’s a 360 degree walk around.
Once I got her home, I drove her back to the workshop. This is really gonna be a great setup to start the conversion. Plenty of work space, heat, air conditioning inside my shop, great internet, access to all my tools, welder, carpentry equipment, etc. Also, not that I care, but the bus is pretty well concealed behind the shop as to keep the Mrs. happy. Here she is in the wild.
After dinner the family came out for the grand tour. My 16 and 15 year olds were the first to claim the stop signs and unbolt them from the body. My older daughter thought it was pretty cool too. My oldest son who’s away at college was the master mind behind the first skoolie conversion. He thought it was pretty cool too! I ended up parking on top of pressure treated 2×12’s that I picked up from Lowe’s and cut in half. This should help keep the tires off the ground and help keep her from sinking into the dirt this winter. Oh yea, I highly recommend opening up a Lowe’s credit card before starting a project this size. 5% savings on all purchases adds up. I wish I had done that with the first skoolie.
I’ll leave you all today with a few more pics and videos of me bringing her home today. There’s also a great picture of what salty roads in Indiana will do to your air brake cylinders. Thanks for checking back in. Leave me some comments if you like the blog and feel free to send the URL to your skoolie friends too.