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Old 07-08-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Plans For The Future

Hello to anyone and everyone who is reading this!

For the past couple months my girlfriend and I have been talking about getting our own bus and converting it into a place for us to travel the country and do some work from. We do not plan on buying a bus yet because we are still in our planning stage and we want to get a bus that can fit our needs but still be affordable. I plan on doing most of the work on the bus myself or with a couple of friends. We are open to any and all suggestions as we figure out what we will be needing.

we are wanting a short diesel bus so we can pull a small vehicle for city and off-road use, we want enough room for everything a person will need to live in the bus like shower, toilet, sink, bed, fridge, and a place to wash clothing. We are also looking at getting/making a miniature wood stove to heat our bus.

thank you to anyone who makes suggestions and if you have any questions I will be happy to answer them.
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Old 07-08-2019, 11:34 AM   #2
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Start collecting the dimensions of the things you want to put in it and see how it works out. Don’t forget storage and space for utilities. Sounds a little bigger than a shorty. You’ll find people and their buses on YouTube to give you an idea. Watch a few hours of that and you’ll have an idea.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:14 PM   #3
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Nows the time to check with you're insurance company to see if they cover wood burning stoves, it's a stickler to some.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:19 PM   #4
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I didn't even think about insurance, thank you very much for mentioning it!
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:24 PM   #5
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My insurance company won't write a policy on a bus or RV, in Washington, if it has a wood burning appliance.
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I didn't even think about insurance, thank you very much for mentioning it!
They frown upon decks also, so check that out if it's in the plans.
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They frown upon decks also, so check that out if it's in the plans.
Decks? like just an flat table?
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Decks? like just an flat table?
Especially if it's a flat table that drunks can fall off due to no railing, yes. Too much liability having people on the roof of a bus partying.
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Especially if it's a flat table that drunks can fall off due to no railing, yes. Too much liability having people on the roof of a bus partying.
Oh, I kept reading desk not deck, my bad. I can see why they wouldn't want those. thank you again for the heads up!
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Travelling long distance with 2 people aboard with all of the amenities you desire will be extremely "crowded" on a short bus.

If you can live without a dedicated bathroom/shower onboard, it might be more doable but it will still be tight space wise.
Go mid size at a bare minimum, if a bath/shower is a "must have"...
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