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RAMwoodworks

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Posted: 09/28/21 01:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The Mrs and I are considering building a skoolie vs getting and older RV and fixing up what needs to be fixed.

If we go the motorhome route we would want one preferably with Cummins and an Allison. Definitely don't want any new computerized ****.

Then there is the walls and floor. I know that Travel Trailers are just styrofoam covered with Luan. We want to avoid that as well.

The question is, were there any motorhomes built with real framing, either metal or wood, with a drivetrain that was built to last?

Yes, we want an EM50 UAV.


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Have you ever driven an old school bus? Back 35 years ago I drove one for the local school district. Sometimes I did multi hour activity bus trips. Believe me when I say school buses are not built for ride comfort instead they are built for durability and safety. Do yourself a favor and buy an older class A.


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There are some very good older RVs that have metal studs and real wood floors, not frames. but you are looking at more money. Wanderlodge, Prevost, Newell , Monaco, Newmar and Foretravel and many others. Give us an ideal what length and how much and pretty sure you will get a lot of links posted. All of these will ride like your car, not a school bus. I also drove one.

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My Monaco is a 1998 and I wouldn't trade it for a new one. 36 ft and built to last. I have put about 91K on it and the only thing thats wrong is the dash a/c has to be charged every now and then. But I have kept it inside and well maintained inside and out. These are a little pricey even now after all these years.....No to a skoolie!

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Look for an RV that was made before 2008...if you can get it for a good price...fit it up & have fun...


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Pre 08 class A or super C is the way to go. Super C`s were new just coming around so not sure they will be available pre 08. I wouldn`t want to drive farther than 100 miles in a school bus. I would also check into older MCI conversions.


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https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/rvd/d/lake-oswego-2005-country-coach-inspire/7382519517.html

I'd be looking at some thing like this/...


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I totally agree about the pre-2008 comment. Also, a used med-high end one is a good choice.

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Newmar and Foretravel come to mind. Also know there are some snooty campgrounds that don't like converted school busses, no matter how good they've been done.


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Definitely the older class A route! If you have never seen or heard of a Barth, suggest you visit www.barthmobile.com.


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