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Old 02-03-2015, 04:45 PM   #21
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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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Old 02-03-2015, 05:02 PM   #22
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In any case, if I may from my noobster point of view: I love building stuff. I've loved Lego's since i was a little kid. Been taking electronics and toys apart since I could hold a screwdriver....not always with good results, but you gotta try, right?

To me, IKEA is the most fun ;) second to Lowes or home depot. Been wanting to build my tool collection, and with the bus project, I have the perfect excuse.

Already bought a grinder, used it, and lost no fingers!!!!
Long story short: worth it so far

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Old 02-03-2015, 06:01 PM   #23
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Five Grand builds nothing in my world.

30 to 50 grand is my projection by the time it's done. All depends on how far I take the solar, ect.

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Old 02-03-2015, 06:06 PM   #24
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;)I'd have popped for that riveter then, if you got that kinda budget...
just sayin.
Is that figure materials and paying workers?
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Old 02-04-2015, 09:14 AM   #25
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;)I'd have popped for that riveter then, if you got that kinda budget...
just sayin.
Is that figure materials and paying workers?
Material only.

It takes what it takes. No matter how long it takes.

The money isn't sitting in the bank waiting, I make it on a annual basis.

I like the bolts better. I can test fit, remove, ect. No rivets thx.

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Old 02-04-2015, 09:27 AM   #26
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So your bus will be even more, since you have "employees" working on it too.

I just don't see how in the hell you can be spending that kind of coin on materials alone!
Are you going with the gold plated bath fixtures like Al Gore's private jet? ;)
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Old 02-04-2015, 10:52 AM   #27
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So your bus will be even more, since you have "employees" working on it too.

I just don't see how in the hell you can be spending that kind of coin on materials alone!
Are you going with the gold plated bath fixtures like Al Gore's private jet? ;)
I don't pay my employee's anything but food when they work on privet projects. Likewize, I don't charge them my time for fixing their cars, ect.

Start adding up material. I have $2500 in windows alone.

Windshield will be over $1000

Bus $2500

Spray foam $5000

Rigid Styrofoam $3000

Steel for skinning and sub floor $1200

Radiant heat plates for floor. $500

High efficiency propane hot water heater for radiant floor heating. $4000

Custom built wood stove $1500

Leveling jacks $600

Shop costs for bending and sheering metal $1500 so far.

Incinerating toilet $2500

Water tanks $1000

$1200 for FRP for the interior.

$6500 for the inverter

I still have the belly storage boxes to build. $5000 ?

Solar $10,000 ?

10 kw lithium ion battery bank $5 to $10,000

Roof and passenger side deck $5000

LED lighting for interior and driving lights $2500 or more.

I live in the real world where nothing is free, and almost nothing is cheap.

After this is done, I will no longer have to pay any utility bills.

The bus will pay for it's self in 12 years or less.

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Old 02-04-2015, 03:45 PM   #28
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Are you suggesting that I don't live in the real world?
I find cheap and free stuff all the time. I'm not saying to build your bus/home out of it though.
I think you're grossly overestimating a whole lot of that, but to each their own. Opinions always vary.
I'm enjoying watching your build...
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:42 PM   #29
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I think you're grossly overestimating a whole lot of that, but to each their own.
One thing to rememeber, if memory serves me right Nat lives in Alaska. things are a LOT more expensive there than in the lower 48.
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Old 02-04-2015, 06:48 PM   #30
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I'd imagine they are.
A friend just moved here from Fairbanks. He said its cheap here compared to there.
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