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Old 07-28-2018, 01:00 PM   #1
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Schoolie Conversion Timeline Estimate Please

I have read the following thread and found some good stuff in it but I didn't really see where anyone kept close track of time.

I am wondering if a build timeline of January to June working 3 evenings a week and one full day a weekend will get it. Basically putting in about 20 hours a week. That is 5 months lets say 4 weeks a month that is 400 hours roughly. We also have a spring break that I can work full time to get as much done as possible.

We are both teachers and I am a football official. I plan on starting the build after Football season. We want to involve our kids as much as possible so that will slow things down.

Has anyone kept track of hours on their build?

We are planning on having a raised queen bed in the back with storage underneath. Two twin size beds (probably shorter than a full twin length) for our kids with storage underneath. A small bathroom with composting toilet. Small kitchen with single sink and induction hot plate. Also with a couch folding into a bed for guests across from the kitchen. Lastly I would like to keep the first row of the original bus seats for driving on the road safely.

If there is time before summer I would like to put in a fresh and gray water tank, storage under the bus, and solar power, but that can wait until after our summer trip.

Someone tell me this is doable. I am a fairly decent handyman, I have built a couch, a raised bed with storage, bookshelves, a desk and various other things for the house. I don't think the build will be too difficult.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:30 PM   #2
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A six month build? I'd say it depends on size and condition of the bus and what you got with it that's already done. Also how much outside work you're willing to pay for. Also be advised plumbing and water and waste takes time to plan out so all systems are placed where they're usable.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:32 PM   #3
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I'm limping around all the time And at one day a week it took four months just to get seats out. I had other problems that kept me from working on it.
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Old 07-28-2018, 03:46 PM   #4
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It took me 11 months 40-50 hrs per week. You can check my build thread to see what got done to the bus.
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Old 07-28-2018, 03:57 PM   #5
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:26 PM   #6
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yes you can,but

Every thing takes longer than you think it will.

to do this, you will have to live, eat, sleep, and drink schoolie.

In addition to every thing that is normal to do... then add in the bus work. unless you totally can drop everything else. How much extra time did you have before this?

think about it.

every day you must put in an hour of work. minimum

if you can stay focused and keep others focused too......

good luck

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Old 07-28-2018, 05:55 PM   #7
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Depends on the complexity of the build really and how to get and stay organised as far as material.
Don't even think about it until your bus checks out mechanically and electrically. You need to know those things are good or will do a lot of work for nothing.

I'm handy, have made changes and redone things after much time spent building them. Better ideas tend to come as you get into it.
5 years for me building and just getting painted now. Inside is about 80% if that. Unexpected medical issues slowed me down 2 eye surgeries and now 2 shoulder operations needed so going slow but better than stopped I guess.

Wish you luck but be prepared for the unexpected problems if you don't plan it right. Helps to have storage for tools and materials because you are always needing to know where things get put after not using them for a period of time. Or maybe that is just me but I am forever needing a tool I just saw recently but where is it
All you can do is try and give it your best but cancel everything else important in your life to do this quickly.

Good luck,

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Old 07-28-2018, 06:35 PM   #8
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Old 07-28-2018, 07:25 PM   #9
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Always add more time, there's a learning curve your not anticipating.
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