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Old 07-28-2018, 03:00 PM   #1
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Doing the impossible. Converting in under 30 days.

So here's the background. We were living in Gainesville Florida while my wife got her Ph.D. during that time we purchase a home here. After she graduated she got a job teaching at Iowa State University for one year. A few months ago we discovered that she got a teaching at the University in Bellingham Washington. We had already planned on selling our house before we got this notice. So here is the problem, we had a bunch of our crap in Iowa that needed to get down to Florida. We also needed a vehicle that could haul trash from her home renovations to the dump and to the hardware store. Since it's probably going to be a couple years before my wife gets on a tenure-track oh, and I was really tired of packing up and moving every year, I bought a school bus. It was about the same price that U-Haul wanted if we were to move our stuff from Iowa to Florida and back up to Pennsylvania to see family before heading out to Washington. So the plan is to finish up with the house in Florida here this week, drive the bus up to my parents house in Pennsylvania and literally spend 12 to 15 hours a day for the next 25 to 30 days renovating the bus. I'm going to keep it fairly simple. The idea is to basically turn it into a studio apartment that I can work on further when I get to Washington State . First the bus needs to be painted because the RV Park near the University is expecting a fairly nice vehicle from the designs I showed them. Since the vehicle came from Iowa there's a decent amount of rust on the undercarriage. So that all needs to be angle ground down and Corosealed. Next I'm going to rip out all the walls and flooring and clean out the inside of the vehicle. I'll build the subfloor and frame out the different areas of the bus and spray foam it. I plan on putting acoustiblok all throughout the engine area near the driver. And if the house sells and time I'll put acoustiblok all across the subfloor. I'm going to be putting in a combination of tongue and groove and shiplap Cypress boards because there cheap as crap here in Florida. Couple of my cousins are electricians so I'm going to have them do the wiring for me. I'm not going to bother building a bed because I have a decent steel frame that I can bolt to the floor and build a bed with storage compartments later. I am putting in a kitchen counter and a bathroom area with a composting toilet. I probably won't put in a shower until I get to Washington because we can probably use the University's gym shower till I get one put in. Before all of you tell me I'm absolutely crazy, I probably am. Unfortunately I don't have a choice. I've already committed to the project and because of my wife's career choice, I'm tired of packing and unpacking every year. That and the town will be living in has really expensive rent.
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Old 07-28-2018, 03:46 PM   #2
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Quite an ambitious project. Possible, Yes. Probable, not likely. Especially if there's outside help you're counting on.
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:37 PM   #3
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Quite an ambitious project. Possible, Yes. Probable, not likely. Especially if there's outside help you're counting on.
I know right? I've been basically working non-stop on my house here in Gainesville to get ready to sell and then I'm going to turn around and drive up to Pennsylvania and work even harder for the next month to get this bus converted. I left out the part where last week I got a pinched nerve so bad but my left shoulder is partially paralyzed. I can barely move it past 45 degrees. Anyone here know who holds the record for a bus conversion on this group?
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:49 PM   #4
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I had a sign in my shop that said:
We offer the following:
"Fast Service
Quality Work
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You can have 2 of the above."

I think this rings true here. A good, quality build is going to cost money and a good bit of time. Record breaking builds usually end up cutting corners. I have residential construction experience, race car fabrication experience, and if I had all the money up front I wouldn't attempt a build in 60 days.
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Old 07-28-2018, 05:55 PM   #5
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whats your wife PhD in ?
Did she do it with the idea of going into teaching?
I want to teach college eventually and might go the PhD route in the future.

Given the time frame, I assume, you might want to keep the conversion minimal.
gl !
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:27 PM   #6
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whats your wife PhD in ?
Did she do it with the idea of going into teaching?
I want to teach college eventually and might go the PhD route in the future.

Given the time frame, I assume, you might want to keep the conversion minimal.
gl !
She has a degree in biological and forensic anthropology. If you're thinking about getting a Ph.D I can't say I'm going to encourage you. If you're single or not yet married, go for it. If you're planning on getting married or you are married understand that 80% of PhD candidates wind up in divorce. It's not only a rough ride for you but it's a really rough ride for your spouse or partner. Also keep in mind once you do have your PhD it may be 5 or 10 years till you're on a tenure-track position. So plan on moving every year once you have your degree until you get on a tenure track. And whatever you do don't adjunct. The last thing in the world you want to do is be pegged as an Adjunct professor. You don't want to be permanently cast into adjunct teaching hell.
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:40 PM   #7
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She has a degree in biological and forensic anthropology. If you're thinking about getting a Ph.D I can't say I'm going to encourage you. If you're single or not yet married, go for it. If you're planning on getting married or you are married understand that 80% of PhD candidates wind up in divorce. It's not only a rough ride for you but it's a really rough ride for your spouse or partner. Also keep in mind once you do have your PhD it may be 5 or 10 years till you're on a tenure-track position. So plan on moving every year once you have your degree until you get on a tenure track. And whatever you do don't adjunct. The last thing in the world you want to do is be pegged as an Adjunct professor. You don't want to be permanently cast into adjunct teaching hell.
The idea of teaching in college is just another mountain to climb; It is a bucket list item, so is the PhD. If or when I go for the PhD, it will probably be after my kids go to college ( they are 3 y/o and 7 months now, hehe). No idea what to do it in yet. But probably something that involves education/teaching/social work.
I know exactly what you mean about it taking lots of time and energy. My wife and I started dating when she was on her junior year of med school. I was the last thing on her mind.
Show this to your wife:
https://www.keyt.com/news/education/...gree/771419912
87 years old. it is never too late to do what ever you want !!!
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Old 07-28-2018, 08:52 PM   #8
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How disappointing Raul!
I had you pegged to become a master diesel mechanic/technician.
How many careers can one have?


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How disappointing Raul!
I had you pegged to become a master diesel mechanic/technician.
How many careers can one have?
John
hey john,
I dont know about master mechanic, but definitely want to learn enough to work on my own car but who knows, maybe I love it so much that I forget about any other plans.
careers, what is that? I just study & learn what ever I find interest in.
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hey john,
I dont know about master mechanic, but definitely want to learn enough to work on my own car but who knows, maybe I love it so much that I forget about any other plans.
careers, what is that? I just study & learn what ever I find interest in.

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