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Old 09-08-2015, 09:52 AM   #1
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Angry How much does a skoolie cost?

I don't know if this qualifies as a money pit, I'm sure I've missed some things. Here is a summary of my expense spread sheet. I always said I didn't really want to know, but here it is. Should be pretty self explanatory. Original bus purchase is included in cost per mile.



It's not finished yet, but I hope all of the major expenses are over (I keep saying that), unless something breaks.

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Old 09-08-2015, 11:19 AM   #2
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That doesn't sound like a whole lot for both a custom motorhome built to your spec AND a very rewarding hobby. I've spent thousands on miniature wargaming to only end up with a box of nicely painted pewter and plastic. I don't even want to know what my dad has wasted fishing.

Would you feel better if you drove it more? If so you should take it to the grocery store and the post office and just use it for daily errands. Start taking your friends to the airport... in other cities.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:32 AM   #3
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$4/mile
i think thats about right, your numbers are close enough to mine, i started calling it a money pit @year 2 of the conversion. but it is fun

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Old 09-08-2015, 11:35 AM   #4
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Value is purely subjective and in comparison to a class A motorhome I'd say you're still a couple of hundred thousand dollars ahead! It really is just a question of how much you want to use it and what that usage is worth to you.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:39 AM   #5
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Would you feel better if you drove it more? If so you should take it to the grocery store and the post office and just use it for daily errands. Start taking your friends to the airport... in other cities.
I'm not complaining, far from it. I'm glad I have it. Mumsywumsy likes it, she even volunteered, that she had fun on the last trip. I will start using it more, but at the cost of fuel there's only so much I can spend, so building takes precedence over using right now. On the spreadsheet fuel cost per mile isn't likely to change much, but as the miles increase cost per mile figures will go down. Not that it really makes any difference.

I like to play with spread sheets too, I had one on the semi that told me exactly how much it cost me, by mile,day, month, and year to operate, both loaded and unloaded.
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Old 09-08-2015, 11:48 AM   #6
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Great info.

This will really help the newbies out.

Thanks for sharing.

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Old 09-08-2015, 04:47 PM   #7
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That is a great spreadsheet!

Definitely going to have to create something like that.

I figure the skoolie will be a lot like a Break Out Another Thousand
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Old 09-08-2015, 07:45 PM   #8
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Also I would say you should only add half of the fuel cost taking into account MPG skoolie vs mpg of average motorhome.

I have seen your build log there is no damn way you would have touched a motorhome with everything you have in it for that price.

I wasn't being serious I just thought it was a funny image.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:09 PM   #9
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your in about the right price range that I'm in, but don't forget the $3.5million in labour costs lol
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Old 09-08-2015, 09:03 PM   #10
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$1.5m please I am sure he would give himself the hommie hookup.
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