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Old 11-03-2016, 03:21 PM   #1
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What was your budget?

Does anyone mind sharing how much they ended up spending on their skoolie? Time and money, start to finish! We might be able to work with around a $9000 budget, I have most of the tools that I will need, and I have a lot of construction experience. Ideally we will be finished by (or atleast livable) by March 1st.

Also, why is Skoolie coming up as a typo on!?
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Old 11-03-2016, 04:27 PM   #2
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$26,700 including cost of bus, time doesn't count.
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Old 11-03-2016, 06:29 PM   #3
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I've found since starting my project a budget only constrains me, I just tell the wife ,Gotta have can't stop now
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Old 11-03-2016, 07:27 PM   #4
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im at 10 grand now, hope to only spend another 10 to finish

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Old 11-03-2016, 07:55 PM   #5
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So far I have spent only $5500, but I just started. I'm in serious build mode now so that number will climb quickly!
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:11 PM   #6
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i'm north of $20k.
i put about 5k a year into it, took 4 years to finish.
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Old 11-03-2016, 08:26 PM   #7
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My budget was $5000. In the fullness of time that expanded to $15,000.
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Old 11-03-2016, 09:20 PM   #8
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1 year and no more than $30k plus a $10k emergency fund for bail, rental truck, plane ticket or a new engine? I think I'll be closer to $20k as I get started here I see I was way over on estimates for things. Plus I got a great deal on a bus with a remanufactured engine and trans so I wont be doing anything to them. And i have decided to paint the bus myself with a roller.
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Old 11-03-2016, 10:07 PM   #9
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Wow including the $1k spent for the craigslist bus and another $1k for the solar setup with inverters, i bet i am still under $3500. But i did minimal construction outside framing a bed, and a wheelwell stand for the $70 propane fireplace that i bought on Craigslist, oh and a $200 survielance system.

I just filled the bus with my belongings, most of which (about 90 percent) are dumpster and alley finds. Even the wood for the bed was all scavanged, though i did purchase 10 2x4s for the rear benches, and a nice tune up and brake job for my sweetie.

Good luck with your build.
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Old 11-04-2016, 07:12 AM   #10
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... though i did purchase 10 2x4s for the rear benches...
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