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Old 08-28-2017, 08:10 PM   #1
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Your Perfect Converting Order

Hey Everyone!

In the process of converting and after all my research I've noticed some people put flooring before infrastructure and vice versa, Electricity before Infra and vice versa, some paint their bus at the beginning others at the end!

So I guess my question is from experience what is your Order preference?
What goes first? Floor? Infra? When would you start Electrics and plumbing? How about painting and insulating?

Thanks!!!
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Old 08-28-2017, 08:44 PM   #2
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1) make it run dependably. It must start and go.

2) Tear-out seats- cathartic/legal.

3) Paint legal color

Start tearing-out flooring-go until it looks good, repair. Clean, ospho, seal prime, paint.

Do all the least-sexy stuff first. A bus with Corinthian leather and Italian Marble that doesn't start isn't an RV.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:16 PM   #3
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Pretty much the same thing.
1. Take out the seats.
2. Take out the walls and ceiling and insulation.
3. Take up the old floor.
4. Fix the old floor.
5. (optional) raise the roof.
6. (optional but highly recommended) Insulate.
7. new floor.
8. new walls.
9. new ceiling.
10. systems (electrical, solar, plumbing, waste, etc)
11. interior build-out (interior walls, furnishings, appliances, decoration)
12. drive it around!

Note that items 7-12 get done in parallel and sometimes twice. Good luck.
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Old 08-29-2017, 05:18 PM   #4
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I'd put systems before floor, walls & ceiling. Much less to work around.
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Old 08-29-2017, 06:16 PM   #5
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As Rusty mentioned, start by getting to know the workings, electrically and mechanically of your bus fist or why bother with anything else.

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Old 08-29-2017, 07:20 PM   #6
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My perfect converting order...

1. Win the lottery

2. Pay someone else to do it
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Old 08-29-2017, 08:36 PM   #7
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what they said....

pretty much, i think waste tanks and plumbing is one of the first things. electric is before walls too.

if i did mine over, the bed would be the very last project. everything is stored under my bed; fresh water tank, water heater, furnace, battery charger. i disassembled my bed 5 or 6 times thru the course of the build. would have been easier if it were last.
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Old 08-29-2017, 09:58 PM   #8
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I ripped out the seats, walls, flooring.
Pulled the lights and painted the exterior.
Cut and installed the ceiling lights and vent.
Cut and installed the window AC (in the back of the bus)
Pulled all the windows, cleaned, flipped re-sealed and re-installed.
I did any further grinding that needed to be done. Any metal work that would cause a bunch of nasty chips and metal dust.
Then I rebuilt the walls and added electrical wiring and outlets.
Built the bath and a designed in a place for all of the electrical stuff.
Built the composting toilet and shower.
Built the overhead cabinets and painted the ceiling.
Painted the walls.
Painted and sealed the floor... installed insulation and hardwood flooring.
Installed carpet around the driver and passenger seats.
I left wire ways in the cabinets to allow additional wire pulling.
I rebuilt the heater box and i'm currently connecting all the switches to various circuits around the bus.

and on and on and on...

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It seems that it depends on your mind set. For me I need to see pretty quick progress otherwise I get burned out.
Most of the fun is dreaming what you want and how you are going to do it. My order was for a part determined in what showed up in the junkyard or dumpster. The logical order might not be the most efficient one. During our builds ( never finished) we camped and traveled and then implemented what was most desirable.
Have fun.

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Old 08-30-2017, 06:39 AM   #10
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Hey Everyone!

In the process of converting and after all my research I've noticed some people put flooring before infrastructure and vice versa, Electricity before Infra and vice versa, some paint their bus at the beginning others at the end!

So I guess my question is from experience what is your Order preference?
What goes first? Floor? Infra? When would you start Electrics and plumbing? How about painting and insulating?

Thanks!!!
im raising the roof and will paint it last as it will not be on the road yet in iowa it must be a different color than yellow so those that paint sooner can drive it if they need
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