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Old 07-29-2014, 05:10 PM   #1
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How far will $1000 get you in a conversion?

I'm looking at purchasing a bus and was looking to initially invest $1000 into converting it and was curious if anyone had an idea of how far I could get....
I'm looking to rip out seats and do flooring, then I was thinking of electrical and water.... The bus I'm looking at is already painted black so I don't have to do that.
And while you're here, if you have an idea of how much it cost you to do specific parts in your conversion (I.e. Electrical, Plumbing, A/C, Insulation,etc.) that would be appreciated as well...
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Old 07-30-2014, 09:06 AM   #2
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Re: How far will $1000 get you in a conversion?

I have no experience yet, but I was thinking it might help to tell everyone what your goals are in this conversion. Veggie? Roof deck? Septic tank? Propane stove, hot water heater and heater? Bathroom? Outdoor shower? If you give this kind of information (floorplan maybe?) Then I bet others could better answer your question.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:03 AM   #3
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Re: How far will $1000 get you in a conversion?

Depending on what you're looking for to get out of the bus, $1K won't be enough to do it unless you're going for a Hunter's Special.

I'm thinking it will run between $8K-$10K for my bus, not including the purchase of the bus. It might be less, since we have to build cabinets to my height (I'm short), but it might be more since we have to locate appliances that are special in size as well.

But, like I said, it really depends. Using different appliances, tools, woods (I'll be using Maple stain grade wood, much pricier than anything else, for the bed alcove since it won't be painted), tiles, carpets, water systems, showers, tanks... it's all massively different in price depending on what you're using.

Can you build a bus with $1K? Sure. It'll look somewhat like that crappy Architect Kid's bus (it really shouldn't count as a conversion, seeing as it had no bathroom or much in the way of a kitchen... I'm sorry, I just really hate that kid. Liked his wood stove, though), but it can be done. Nothing will look finished and you probably won't get the flooring in place (which can cost you anywhere from free to $400 and up depending on materials). But ya can still give it the ol' college try. Won't hurt nothing and if ya can do it then more power to ya and if ya can't, well, learning experience if nothing else. And you'll still have the bus anyhow so keep a log of what you're spending to see just how cheaply you can go. Should be able to find some shoestring budget buses on here by using the search function and those are always fun to see. Humans are a creative lot, after all.

What's your location? Do ya plan to travel? Where to? That would help in the way of what kind of heating/cooling you'll be needing.
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:05 AM   #4
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Re: How far will $1000 get you in a conversion?

I did mine for about $1,000. But Its just 2 used futons and a portapot and ice chest and fan and electric heater with a $500 Hyundia generator. Sooo, yes you can but it ain't plush.
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In our conversion (not counting the bus itself) we passed the $1000 mark just after the the rough framing went in. So $1000 got us gutted bus, stripped sealed and painted steel floor, vapor barrier, insulation, plywood subfloor, and wall studs. Depending on how in depth you want to make your conversion will determine how far $1000 will get you, but I agree with Das Mel in that it won't get you far... YMMV
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It'll look somewhat like that crappy Architect Kid's bus
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You do relize that she is talking about the Brady Bunch sit-com from the 70's????
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http://www.hankboughtabus.com/
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Old 08-01-2014, 03:48 PM   #9
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Re: How far will $1000 get you in a conversion?

He's got some good ideas about modularity of spaces, but overall, I rate it as it works and I'm jealous that he has a bus.

Definitely an architect, not a carpenter.

And not using the front door to enter and exit? I would think he would partition off the driver station when it is non-mobile. But not using the front door and walking directly into the bathroom???? Ewwwwwwwwww.

But I am still jealous, the bastard!!!
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I spent almost $1000 on the paint.
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