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Old 05-05-2016, 09:59 AM   #11
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Your best bet since you are looking to make a mobile office quickly with little effort might be to buy a used Class A or Class C rv and do some interior modifications to make the layout match your business needed. An rv will already have all the systems properly installed (generator/electrical, HVAC, bathroom, etc) and will be much more accepted and professional looking as a mobile business than a school bus will. You can have the outside wrapped with your company name/logo to complete the professional look needed to be successful. Just a thought.
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:34 AM   #12
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for heat and A/Cwhen im inside my bus I just plan to fire up the diesel engine.. if I were full-timing or campng I guess that wouldnt work.. but as far as seeing clients in it.. maybe you can go that route?

as mentioned a propane heater is an option.. though an open flame in a bus.. esp in cold weather seems like a lot of cndensation occurs on the windowsand bus metal.. but I may be wrong about that..

-Christopher
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Old 05-05-2016, 10:58 AM   #13
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For heat you can use a mr heater portable buddy buy the one that has 18k btu i think. Second, you at a bare minimum want to tear down to bare metal floor. It is important to address rust as soon as possible. Once you seal the metal floor, create a floating floor. Use normal 3/4inch wood and frame out your bedroom and bathroom. I then suggest carpeting the floor and installing a desk in the front. This should give you the key spaces you want and allow you to in the future remodel.

NOTE: you will have to tear down the framing to do future remodels as well as pull all the rug. To be honest, based on what im guessing your budget is 4-5k total. Your bus will be of lesser quality and driveability and your interior space, unless you get quality reclaimed pieces for free will look a bit, well cheap. I am not including plumbing or electrical either.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:38 PM   #14
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This is just not adding up for me. You don't have enough time or enough money. Anything you buy will HAVE TO BE stripped to the bones and re-surfaced with SOMETHING because you can't take clients for money into an environment that may not be minimally healthy.

I'm guessing from your screen name and the use of the word "client" that you might be a clinical hypnotist by trade, or at least some sort of mental health professional. How are you going to bring a client into that environment and make them feel relaxed and secure if the place is draped with blankets and used IKEA furniture and you are offering a sleeping bag for comfort?

Again, I have no intention of offending you, belittling you, or making fun of you. It just seems to me that if I understand the constraints on your situation, they add up to "No way, Jose. Not even a little bit."

My wife is an LCSW. When she hung out an independent shingle she found a cooperative that had office space with a waiting room and 4 small offices off it suitable for therapy. She paid $10/hr for the use of an office, as many or as few as she needed. It worked for her for the year or so she tried indie work.

I stand prepared to be corrected.
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:47 PM   #15
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The tip about insurance is really helpful. Thanks for the time you take to respond to everyone's questions!
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:50 PM   #16
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Thanks for the ideas! I'm stuck on the aesthetics of a school bus...RVs make me feel quite claustrophobic, but you're right about practicality!
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:53 PM   #17
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Tricky for sure! Definitely not a fan of idling cars, so alternatives to that are great. Thanks for your input!
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Old 05-05-2016, 08:56 PM   #18
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Yeah, the impracticality of my fantasy is becoming very apparent. I may be overestimating my ingenuity! Thanks for your input!
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:08 PM   #19
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Joining this forum and having an opportunity to get so many questions answered has definitely laid bare how unprepared for a project like this I am! I don't doubt that I'm aesthetically savvy enough to make the interior attractive, even in early stages (so no sleeping bag or hanging blankets, ahem), but you are absolutely right that I do not want to invite anyone into a space that is anything but healing. I've unfortunately not come across anything priced even near as cheap as $10 an hour!!! Disadvantage of office shares is the inability to cater my own space, which is very important to me, but yes, office shares with other individuals in the healing arts are plentiful. Thanks for your input!
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Old 05-05-2016, 09:21 PM   #20
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Thanks for the ideas! I'm stuck on the aesthetics of a school bus...RVs make me feel quite claustrophobic, but you're right about practicality!

me too... thats why im not ripping out the original interior of my bus.. I bought a BUS.. and thats what I want.. and thats what I will have..

sure i'll move things around inside.. and you can definitely make things look nice inside a bus..

im going to give you my OPINION.. and I know others will take issue with it...

1. you dont HAVE to remove all of your ceilings and walls unless your bus truly has a major water / mold / air quality problem... you can test the air quality.. or if your bus smells musty, rank, or has water leaks in prolonged rain then yes your bus should be gutted out.. but not all busses leak bad..

if I were living full-time in my bus I would probably be a lot more inclined to gut and rebuild.. otherwise not so much.. my last bus was 20+ years old when i got it and didnt leak a drop.. i stored it indoors when I wasnt using it..

an electronic air-cleaner can help with some of the "old bus smell" as long as noted above you dont have tons of mold.

2. you CAN heat with propane using a Heat exchanger based heater.. one where the Flames are in a chamber and exhausted to the outside while warm, dry air is blown into the cabin.. similar to the furnace in a house... thus eliminating the moisture from the flames..

3. mini-blinds (esp when anchored at top and bottom look nice on bus windows.. and also look modern and semi-professional.. (buy metal ones.. the plastic ones will de-form in hot hot sun)..

4. air conditioning solves a lot of moisture issues.. a good A/C that dehumidifes well makes things much nicer .. there are inverter-driven portable units now that need simply a couple 4-6" round holes cut to the outside for operation and do a dandy job of humidity removal...

yes you will need a generator or connection to shore-power to run them..


just my thoughts.. others can flame away.. but nevertheless I have no plans of pulling down my ceilings in my bus unless I cant breath... then im going to make a real go at pulling them down in such a way I can replace them for that BUS FEEL...

-Christopher
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