I figured I would show some pics of our rig Farold that my 13 year old son and I converted in 1 month (14 days of concentrated work). We decided to name the Skoolie Farold because the name means Powerful Traveler.
I bought this bus 3 years ago and after spending the summer in our 35' park model at our seasonal campground we decided we wanted to extend our summer by traveling south for about a month so the work began.
We have been on the road for 21 days and everything is going great. I am getting about 11 mpg average. We also installed a 45 watt solar panel array about a week into our trip.
We did a little touch up painting but still have some work to do on the outside. We figure we will tackle that project next spring when the weather is a little nicer.
Here is a pic of the the couch and cabinet at the front of the bus. Under the couch is the electrical components that are shown in pics later.
Here is a pic of the kitchen area.
Another pic of the kitchen area
Here is a pic of the right side bunk. The bunks fold down to make a seat while traveling on the road. Pic of the bunk folded down is below.
Another pic of the right side bunk.
Here is a pic of the left side bunk.
Here is a pic with the left side bunk folded down and the seat belts out.
Another pic of the bunk down.
Here is a pic of the bus looking forward from between the bunks.
Pic of the toilet. There is a little dust on the lid. I suppose I should have cleaned it before I snapped this pic but I was anxious to share the work with you all.
Here is a poor pic of the shower but you get the idea.
Here is a pic of the master bedroom, what you can see of it anyway.
Gotta have a TV in the bedroom
This is a pic of the breaker box and battery charger under the couch. I have the battery charger wired into the breaker box so when we are not plugged in I can trip a breaker to shut it off.
I currently have three deep cell batteries and a 3000w continuous and 6000w peak power inverter. I have cables with shut off ran from the bus batteries so when we are on the road we can use the bus’s alternator to charge the batteries also.
The holding tanks are my favorite creations. I took two 55gal barrels and cut them in half vertically, butted the two pieces together top to top and welded 16 gauge sheet metal to the top. I have one for black water, which this one is and one for grey water which is pictured below.
Here is a pic of the grey water tank. I priced 35 gal plastic holding tanks online and found they were around $200 – $250 each plus shipping. I have about $75 invested in both tanks between the two 16 gauge steel sheets I had to buy and the welding wire.
I hope you enjoy the pics of our project.