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Old 02-23-2016, 01:17 PM   #11
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got a bunch of free parts from my grandfathers rotting camper (propane electric fridge, power converter, switches, outlets, sink, tanks, foam, air conditioner). also got a bunch of free 11 x 3/4" wood..

pics, etc: http://www.facebook.com/AdventureBus2016/
I'll have to start scanning Craigslist regularly for old "parts" RV's. Be a good, cheap way to get many of the needed items as many have mentioned.
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Old 02-23-2016, 05:41 PM   #12
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Make your best guess then triple it.

Ours cost 15k including the bus, repairs to the bus and the conversion itself. I scrounged a good bit and got most of my appliances scratch & dent or lightly used.

Not included is the cost to extend our driveway to appease the local zoning people. That was another 2K.

My original guess was 5K for the whole project. What fools these mortals be!

(but I'd do it all again in a heartbeat)
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Old 02-23-2016, 07:59 PM   #13
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we have about $12k including the bus, all the little things add up fast, plywood, steel, fridges, stove , furnace, beds, nuts and bolts add up fast, all the wire, hundred's of feet of 12v and 120, light fixtures, led bulbs, plumbing, tanks, toilet, generator , 2 a/c it just goes on and on. Then the upgrades start, new flooring, etc, etc. Then there's all the beer, lots and lots of beer.
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Old 02-23-2016, 09:29 PM   #14
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Not included is the cost to extend our driveway to appease the local zoning people. That was another 2K.
Yeah, I've got to factor in a driveway build in the back yard as well. I'm probably looking at 5k-8k for the driveway alone because I need a curb cut done and the driveway will run the length of the backyard. Good thing is it will be less grass to cut
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:23 PM   #15
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We paid $2500 for the bus, $350 for overhauling the engine ourselves (would have cost $4000 or more at a mechanic), then another $6-$7k for the conversion. No solar yet, and we got most of our supplies for free or cheap used. The most expensive parts were probably the hardware and wood, and I'd estimate 60% of our materials were free. Buying new materials our bus conversion would be in the $15k zone easily.
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:41 PM   #16
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Actually, this would make a great sticky poll. Indicate a range of purchase price...then a range for conversion.

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Old 02-24-2016, 08:56 PM   #17
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cost to date...

So far our bus conversion project on the Blue Bird of Happiness has cost $8800. that includes a mini fridge, portable a/c (SWITCHED TO AN icybreeze), all the framing wood, finishing wood, stains, brushes, carpet, wood flooring, water heater, some plumbing, some electrical, electronics, sinks, and misc stuff... We haven't had to hire any outside labor but I still figure that the total cost, when finished will be around $14,000...Mainly due to buying a tandem trailer to pull our smart car, hitch, inverter generator and other finishing materials. the bus is a 1992 mid sized blue bird. visit us at www.Schoolbusadventures.com or on facebook.
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Old 02-24-2016, 10:26 PM   #18
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At this point I'm right about $13,000. I had alot of stuff I used over though. I would say the last couple years its been very comfortably usable. But, I seem to spend at least $1000-1500 a year adding more to it. I really do think its a disease. I'm happy while I'm spending money on it...
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:31 AM   #19
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- radiator recore and intercooler rebuild: $2700

- front bumper: $2500
OUCH! Is that front bumper price a typo? That is way off a realistic price if you look at the price of your radiator and intercooler work. A friend just bought a HUGE Chrome bumper for a heavy duty mack and it was like 600.

No bus yet...but planning on buying a better equipped bus from the start. Must be long, a 40ft, RE, Storage underneath, air ride suspension (got spoiled from air ride big rigs) heated mirrors (again, big rig) and several other things that I cannot remember at the moment.
I expect to pay 5000 to 20,000 for a bus, and another 15-25,000 inside. I am considering slide outs and an internal garage for my motorcycle in the rear. How this all plays out has yet to be seen...but all those extra "ideas" add to the total price. So, all said and done it should be about 5000 to 45,000 not including Roach711's formula, your best guess and triple it! Yikes, I hope that is not accurate.
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Old 02-28-2016, 07:50 AM   #20
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I am considering slide outs and an internal garage for my motorcycle in the rear
You may want an FE if you're thinking about a garage in back. With the rear door, it'd be easier to maneuver the bike around
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