Originally Posted by jake_blue
Well he IS president of the whole galaxy! Even I know who Zephod Beeblebrox is...
That and he clearly has had one too many Pan-Galactic Gargalblasters.
Look Zephod's choices are not what I would suggest if you wanted to live in the conversion for more than a week or two a year and has knowingly or unknowingly left safety and durability by the wayside long ago.
Nat_ster is very opinionated, fairly knowledgeable, and quick to make his opinions known. He will also not listen to people with goals and opinions different than his own (or if he does he won't say it, must be an aries).
Mr SomewhereintheUSA's bus it a top notch A+ conversion. You could easily convert a bus into a good weekender for $3-5k depending on what you want.
things that don't matter as much if it is just a camping enabler are:
Electricity: if it is just a glorified self propelled tent camper and you are using a cooler and a Coleman stove an old car battery and low voltage lighting from a yard sale is all you need. If you want to live in it for months and years it will cost $3-4k to have a safe, durable semi self sufficient power system.
Insulation: If you say to yourself I've slept on the ground in a tent in colder weather than this, I can make it 2 weeks in here. You might not need to spend a dime on insulation. However if it is you home for long durations spend $2k on spray foam you will save on heating and cooling, and generally live better.
Bathrooms: You can use the campgrounds facilities for FREE, or crap in a home depot bucket for $10. like wise you can purchase a composting toilet, or a black water tank and a flushing toilet and a custom shower surround...
Kitchens: there are many a bus that have little more than 5 gallon bucket (don't get this confused with your poo bucket) and a $20 butane stove. Or you could have an 4 burner induction cooktop and convection oven with a marble counter top and sink.
These differences are why some people will always turn their nose at a skoolie as the can be as dodgy as worn out school bus stripped of its seats and filled with random 5 gallon buckets, to a master piece made from an old crown with custom everything that cost more to build than the entire GDP of a small island nation. That said a damn fine conversion that you (and your family ) can be really proud of yeah about $30k seams right, Also just like a house you don't have to spend this all at once. You can start by crapping into a bucket and build you way into a custom marble shower.