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Old 05-21-2015, 07:54 AM   #11
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That's a lot of living things to have in ~175 square feet. I understand your husband's apprehension.
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Old 05-21-2015, 07:56 AM   #12
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Mine got sick of the work that it takes to keep up a house. We have had cars/trucks in the past that we worked on as projects. We did a list of expenses, monthly plus annual and repairs that the house takes. We figured our income and how much of that goes to the expenses. We then said, if we did away with the house, what expenses would go away and what would it cost to live in a bus. What would it cost to get the bus where we want it and maintain it. Gee, the bus is cheaper. That means we don't have to work our current jobs.
Things started making sense and it was just a matter of that sinking in.
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:42 AM   #13
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big difference in Glamping with a Skoolie and Living in one, Wifey says no to living in one (working on that) she LOVES staying for a couple weeks now!
Actually lived in our Glamping machine for 7 or 8 weeks last summer when I was doing chemo, she did go home everyother Sunday to "check" on things and see her mom

So maybe start with Glamping and then see how he reacts to the metal tent at first?

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Old 05-21-2015, 10:30 AM   #14
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I see it!

(And thanks family bus for the tutorial- I've been trying to figure out that multi quote thing too- but how do you choose the quotes? I check the box, but can't seem to click anything to attach it?

Otter- That is a lot of animals, and you've got some that are quite temperature intolerant too... Hmmm... where are you located, and where do you plan to be when the weather is below tolerable for your birds, iguana and spider? They will require special consideration in your heating/cooling plans if too far north. I'm not trying to be discouraging, but rather help you plan for contingencies.... Lol

All in all, it looks like the guys have thrown out some great advice. I especially like the get a glamper idea (glamorous camping ICYDN) or just camping in a steel tent, especially if you are already campers. That _could_ be a good segue into a full-time conversion/conversation. Since space is a concern, I would definately keep your eyes on the 40 footers.

Even if you just strip out your starter bus and use it to haul camping gear and the fur babies, it would also give him time to get acclimated to the space too, especially if you will be abe to park it in your own yard (is your yard big/tall enough and does zoning allow it?)

One thing though- remember that the majority of school buses were built for lots of stop and go driving at low speeds. The "power package" (engine+transmission etc) of many of these buses was not designed for highway speeds, and some top-out as low as 45mph, and/or don't have the oomph for climbing hills. It all depends on who ordered what and their budget limitations. Some states also have higher minimum requirements. Activity buses usually do have better power-packages when it comes to highway speeds. Learn about this, and by all means don't get one of the 50 mph buses for your starter-bus unless hubby always drives slow on country roads! lol I imagine this would be a deal-breaker for most.

That cost-comparison of a house/skoolie idea is great too.

Someone once mentioned that they were able to live for about 1/3 the cost of their 'other life', so they split the extra left over cash - half went to bus conversion, and half went into a bus-savings account. Kind-of like a health savings plan. It was destined for the bus, but was for major infrequent expenses/maintenance/repairs like tires, tows, engine and tranny stuff- a rainy day bus fund.

Good luck with both of your conversions!
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:42 PM   #15
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(And thanks family bus for the tutorial- I've been trying to figure out that multi quote thing too- but how do you choose the quotes? I check the box, but can't seem to click anything to attach it?
On my browser, when I click the multi-quote button, the button color darkens almost imperceptibly to show that it has been selected. Click once each on several of the multi-quote buttons, then click the "Post Reply" button at the top or bottom of the page. (not the "quick reply" nor "go advanced" buttons) That will take you to a new "Reply to Thread" page with the selected quotes already in the edit window.
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Old 05-21-2015, 04:22 PM   #16
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I got a divorce, and found a new wife that is cool with the idea.

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Headed to Craigslist now!
I'll keep ya posted
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Old 05-21-2015, 05:01 PM   #17
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Try bribing with cold beer?

buy a bus, get a cooler and keep it stocked?
just saying is all
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:00 PM   #18
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OMG, everyone here is awesome!

Well, yes, it is a lot of pets. The iguana is a veteran road trip camper, camping out of the canoe and tent camping for 20 years now. Honestly, this drafty, crapheap of a house is probably not as easy to keep air-conditioned / heated as a bus would. Plus, I included her needs in the plans.

We live in Texas (currently) near Houston. That's how we can keep tropical type critters in such a drafty, uninsulated house...
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:16 PM   #19
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O.k. nobody else touched on this can of worms so I will...
Is there something special he likes that he has been wanting? Something that might make him want to do something nice for you?
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Old 05-21-2015, 08:17 PM   #20
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I got a divorce, and found a new wife that is cool with the idea.

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lol , ive done that a few times.
If you don't have the same idea's, it makes sense to me.

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Headed to Craigslist now!
I'll keep ya posted
Lol.

I'm looking forward to the updates.

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