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Old 09-08-2015, 09:15 PM   #11
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I do get the discount for knowing the owner.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:45 PM   #12
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I calculated the manhours I've invested... Turns out ~ I'm 92yrs old
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Old 09-09-2015, 12:23 AM   #13
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To quote Indiana Jones, "It isn't the years its the miles."
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:21 AM   #14
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lets see:
(bought when scrap was $12.50 a hundred and it was 25 miles from home, with a full gas tank and excellent tires...win...win)


Bus = $4000
appliances =$1000
Electric =$1000
plumbing = $1000
wood,mattresses, light fixtures etc for build = $1000

just general type numbers and all can be different per build

electric covers all 12ga wiring,conduit, boxes, breakers and panel; set up dual zone to cover all our needs, also includes 2 batteries and some solar (need..urgh..Want more)


wood for me was 1x4 furring strips (very cheap) if I had wood skills that would probably be 4x as much using oak/teak/laminates etc

my plumbing is high due to a home setup, tub and shower, 40 gallon water heater and kitchen sink and 220V/120V switchable for WH

appliances I used: 2 5000 btu window ac units ($50 each on sale at Christmas)
1 apartment sized fridge/freezer; a couple burners to set on counters, a microwave, a keurig; an awesome oven/toaster/rotisserie

and these are estimates (high)

when planning trips I use $5.00 a gallon and 5 mpg to budget cash (real numbers have been 10 mpg and $2.50/$3.65-ish a gallon for diesel
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Old 09-09-2015, 07:26 AM   #15
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Skoolies are by nature like Jeeps and boats... Fun but huge money pits. I think though if you look at the multi-purpose nature, being both a hobby and a functional asset, skoolies probably come out ahead. It can be transportation, lodging, recreation and utilitarian all at the same time. I guess it's all how you look at it.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:01 AM   #16
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lets see:
(bought when scrap was $12.50 a hundred and it was 25 miles from home, with a full gas tank and excellent tires...win...win)


Bus = $4000
appliances =$1000
Electric =$1000
plumbing = $1000
wood,mattresses, light fixtures etc for build = $1000

just general type numbers and all can be different per build

electric covers all 12ga wiring,conduit, boxes, breakers and panel; set up dual zone to cover all our needs, also includes 2 batteries and some solar (need..urgh..Want more)


wood for me was 1x4 furring strips (very cheap) if I had wood skills that would probably be 4x as much using oak/teak/laminates etc

my plumbing is high due to a home setup, tub and shower, 40 gallon water heater and kitchen sink and 220V/120V switchable for WH

appliances I used: 2 5000 btu window ac units ($50 each on sale at Christmas)
1 apartment sized fridge/freezer; a couple burners to set on counters, a microwave, a keurig; an awesome oven/toaster/rotisserie

and these are estimates (high)

when planning trips I use $5.00 a gallon and 5 mpg to budget cash (real numbers have been 10 mpg and $2.50/$3.65-ish a gallon for diesel

Hey Bansil yours came with a full gas tank of diesel.....hows that workin' for ya? lol.
Mine also came with a full tank of diesel, about $300. worth. Including bus I'm about $4000. ....but I'm not building a home so costs, I'm hopin' don't get to out of hand.
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Old 09-09-2015, 08:24 AM   #17
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damn. Scrap is $4 a hundred here.
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Old 09-09-2015, 09:42 AM   #18
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damn. Scrap is $4 a hundred here.
dude, my bus is like 3 years old

it is $5.25 here last friday I have more to scrap for my rail buggy build...it doesnt even pay gas now...I will think of it like a retirement account in the back yard

oh and!!!!!!!!!!!!


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it's a lovely day to bask in Skoolie-aid
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:58 PM   #19
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Wow $20k on conversion??? I think my conversion is $3k-$3k
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Old 09-09-2015, 11:18 PM   #20
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Wow $20k on conversion??? I think my conversion is $3k-$3k
We are talking about real conversions, and real numbers.

Not some cobbled together pile of crap.

Hell a good bus cost 3 to 8 K just for the bus. Then comes the conversion costs.

The bus is always the cheapest part. Everything after cost way more.

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