Originally Posted by JakeC
Yeah...I'm not worried, actually. We can camp in the bus as is. Might end up finishing it in a campground!
A few tips from someone who is stealth converting in a campground for anyone who plans on stealth converting while in a campground...
Get the exterior stuff DONE before shifting into a campground
... Most folks frown on things like pulling windows and exterior painting. Even if the cg owners are okay with it, other campers might not be. They can leave nasty reviews on places like RVparkreviews. You don't want that to happen. It makes us all look bad. This isn't a must do. There are some places that are deserted that you can get away with converting openly (but I would keep the debris laying around openly at a minimum. I know of a campground in GA that we could have gotten away with a stealth conversion very easily. I fiberglassed the exterior of the Class C and did some exterior painting in that campground.
Don't leave bits of wood laying around outside your bus
. Makes the weekender/overnighter neigbours cranky.
No early AM or late PM cutting.
Circular saws make lots of noise. So do routers. You would be amazed at what you can slice up in the parking lot of Home Depot. Gotta love battery powered circular saws. All but the pegboard & the countertop plywood was cut in the parking lot at work. We did not buy the pegboard at HD and the countertop plywood was a cull that we got for 51¢ when we weren't planning on buying it. I used a freebie program called "CutList" to plan out the cabinet pieces. Also helped that we could put several decades of worth of cabinetry building expertise to work and layout (on paper) the cuts we needed to make to get the most out of a sheet of plywood. HD & also Lowes (I think) will make some cuts for you. First cut is generally free, 2nd cut costs. You do not want them making precision cuts unless you know the person doing the cutting is willing to do that. I only have 2 folks rip down our plywood. The next 4X8 sheet for remaining base cabinets, two 30" cut off the ends yields two 30"x48" plus one 36"x48", then rip all in half so we end up with (4) 30"x24", (2) 36"x24". The side panels of the base cabinets are 30"x24" (we set them on a prebuilt toe kick box). The 36" panels will make the floors and cross members. We will cut them at home as needed. I still need to do the last of the upper cabinets. But that's yet another sheet of plywood unless I have a piece in the pile leaning up against the wall. I think I picked up a half sheet out of the culls bin last month.
Interior sawdust is easily sucked up by the uber noisy shop vac.
We have made a lot of sawdust and very little other waste.
Make use of the culls bin at Home Depot/Lowes.
Think of the 2x's, etc not as cut in half but as already "shorted" to make use/storage inside the bus easier. We have used very few full size 2X's (actually only one so far).
You don't need to build everything from scratch. We use flush luaun hollow core doors as walls. Simply trim to fit the ceiling curve with the jig saw (outside) and we have instant walls. I painted them outside before installing.
We have folding aluminum tables that we use as saw horses.
"What saw horses?"
Back when we first bought our original pair, they cost $13. We currently have three. We use them as TV dinner tables (we have no "dining" table since we rarely need one), saw horses, work bench, and one I have attached two large polyethylene cutting boards to each side to place our little table top LP gas grill on. This way we don't have cooking greases fouling the picnic table. And the cutting boards tops are very easy to clean. I need to repaint the inside tables when we finish. They have all different colours of paint on them.
Get your shower and toilets up and working before pulling into the campground.
Trust me. It will be worth it. We will be setting up our ceramic tile wet saw in the shower stall. It's loud, noisy and makes a whopping mess.
Don't tell anyone you are converting in the campground.
Word gets around. And it could cause problems.
Keep your windows covered
so folks can't see that you are building stuff inside.
Remember, you don't want others to know what you are doing.
that's the object of "stealth".