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Old 05-07-2018, 12:38 PM   #1
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ISO a finished/mostly finished bus

Hi everyone! Our little family is finally ready to take the plunge and get us a schoolie! We have had doing our own conversion in the back of our minds for a while but recently decided we need a part time home outside of the city and nearer family sooner rather than later so we are looking for one that is move in ready. Here are some of our main criteria:

We need something that is livable as-is (willing to do some final touches such as install a compost toilet or similar small jobs). It doesnít need to be polished or Pinterest ready but we do need an open and flexible layout.

Budget is capped around 15k

We are looking for something within 2 days drive of us here in northern NY but have looked at listings as far west as Colorado. We will travel for the right bus

Good winterization/insulation/heat is a must for cold winters. We will only be in the bus part of the week but it will be year round. A wood stove or room set aside for one would be a huge plus

We need room for a queen bed or larger, and are a growing family so no shorties ;)

We do not plan on touring in the bus. It will mostly be stationary and used for occasional/regional travel only so it doesnít have to be mechanically ready for a cross country trip.

Iím really quite in love with this bus in georgia but havenít had success reaching the owner yet - any chance they are here somewhere?! 😃
https://athensga.craigslist.org/rvs/d/converted-school-bus-tiny/6562006503.html
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Old 05-08-2018, 10:18 PM   #2
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I should add that we will not have access to hookups so a conversion with a composting toilet/solar/woodstove is ideal. We will also be living in it at least half time so a complete kitchen or space for one is important
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Old 05-09-2018, 05:42 AM   #3
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I'm afraid you'll end up spending more than your budget on the solar.

Some folks pay upwards of what you're looking to spend on just buying the bus to convert.

Good luck in your search though. Closest thing you'll find in that price range is probably gonna be a bookmobile or mobile police command center. Neither will have solar though.
The folks who do 100% solar setups usually spend a TON on that stuff.
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The bus in the OP has the original ceiling. It hasn't been insulated to the standard you are asking for and it would be tough to fix that.
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Old 05-09-2018, 07:25 AM   #5
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Oh that is super helpful to have an experienced eye on that! Thanks!
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I know our budget isn’t the biggest! Solar is not a must, just a perk we have found several surprisingly close to our budget with panels that have either sold or are too far etc. Just like with anything, we won’t get something that ticks ALL the boxes. But that will be the fun of continuing to work on the bus over time.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:21 PM   #7
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Update - we decided against the Georgia bus for a few reasons but are looking into partial financing to upgrade our budget to 25k
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May I ask why you decided against the bus in GA? We are looking for a skoolie for our family of 4. We like the one in GA but don't have an experienced eye. Any advice you could give would be great. Thanks!
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:27 PM   #9
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Contrary to the listing, a CDL is not required to drive that bus.
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Old 05-22-2018, 06:33 PM   #10
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My husband and I went back and forth about that a lot and determined that was certainly the case in NY and very possibly the case in GA. Ultimately (thanks to the guidance from members here!) we walked away due to the vast number of things it needs. The price is really not reasonable (plumbing, air conditioning, additional insulation, proper water tank and plumbing to name just a few). Thankfully we found our bus elsewhere But I think he is going to have trouble selling it, especially as the batteries are dead and it hasn't been run or driven in at least 7 months.
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