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Old 02-02-2015, 04:45 PM   #11
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One thing I'd heartily recommend is getting it really stripped down. The ceilings, side panels, the floor...
To me thats the bare minimum. Some go way further.
Its way more work, but anything worth doin, worth doin right.
Just my 2 cents on that. I just spent a lot of time gutting mine. Getting ready to start doing some paint and body work if I can decide whether or not I'm going to mess with the raising of the roof.
I think you folks will be fine. I just try to be real with people about the actual PITA stuff involved with the bus thing. I had the worst time with my first one and ended up losing the bus. This time around I was ready.
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:49 PM   #12
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I have had 100% positive comments from everyone who has seen it. In fact I have a TV station coming this week to film it! I am expecting it will take 4 months weekend and evening work and cost 15000 ($25000)
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Old 02-02-2015, 04:57 PM   #13
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I have had 100% positive comments from everyone who has seen it. In fact I have a TV station coming this week to film it! I am expecting it will take 4 months weekend and evening work and cost 15000 ($25000)
Your American bus must get a lot of attention over there.
I'd imagine parking to be quite a nightmare!
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Old 02-02-2015, 05:02 PM   #14
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Your American bus must get a lot of attention over there.
I'd imagine parking to be quite a nightmare!
Probably as bad as trying to hide(and fix) a double decker here
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Old 02-02-2015, 06:52 PM   #15
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as it worth it? I thinks so, will I do it again? maybe.Most people loved it a couldn't believe how nice it looks. We could of gotten a nice class A motor home and yes it would nice to have a smooth ride and a bit more room but, our bus is better built, no leaking roof or soft floor, motor is easy to work on(dog nose) it can go anywhere and not worry about road conditions lots of pos stuff. Down side is there are a few parks that won't let you in, but thats ok with us.
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Old 02-02-2015, 07:00 PM   #16
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I just jumped in head-first just under a month ago. Bought an old paratransit bus and proceeded to start gutting it down to the bare frame. It was more of a PITA than I had ever imagined (I'm guessing that gutting a school bus might have been easier), but now that I've gotten rid of most of the rust and started priming I'm finally starting to feel good about this.

I actually got laughed at by a few people right after I bought the bus. People still ask me "so how's the bus coming along?" in a semi-mocking tone, and are shocked that I plan on living in the thing. I've questioned myself a lot because I really did just jump in and decide I'd rely on my handiness, creativity, and stubbornness to get me through. Fortunately I've got some really supportive friends who are totally stoked on my project and have been helping out. That's been the real key for me.

By the end of this year I should debt-free on account of no longer paying rent, and I will have built my own home by the age of 28. I'll be able to take all of my friends on awesome adventures and will forge the kind of memories that most people will envy.

In the short term it's miserable and stressful. When I move out of my place in a few weeks I'll be living like a vagabond until I get the furniture built and this thing looks more like a real home (then I'll be a classy vagabond!). But there's no question that it'll be worth it in the end.
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Old 02-03-2015, 02:00 PM   #17
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Lived in it full time from 2006 through 2012, moving seasonally throughout the southwestern US. Spent 2009-2010 living on a friend's property for cheap while I worked & saved money, then took off for 10 months riding a motorcycle around the world.

When I met my current wonderful GF on Match.com, she said that my bus conversion put me way ahead of the other candidates.

So yeah, it's been worth it.

I still have it, parked in storage. Need to sell it.
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Old 02-03-2015, 03:02 PM   #18
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$25K for a completed conversion?!? What did you use, carbon fibers, tungsten and titanium?!? I'm planning on $5K max, with the genny being the most expensive at $1K max....of course as budget go, I'm flexible ;)

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Old 02-03-2015, 04:36 PM   #19
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Different strokes for different folks.
What amazes me about this site is that so many "wealthy" people are doing the school bus thing.
If I had their kind of money, it would be MCI or Prevost all the way. Variety is the spice of life, though!
Looks like we have similar budgets, Skoolie Noobie...
My buddy who came from michigan in his school bus converted in himself, lives in it and only spent 4k including the bus. I wouldn't wanna live in his, but everyone has their ideas of what they "need".
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Old 02-03-2015, 04:40 PM   #20
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Oh I'm not knocking Sean's budget one bit! If I could, I would, too! and make it rain, up in heah!

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