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Old 08-31-2015, 07:02 PM   #1
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Greetings!

I'm planning to convert a bus to live in full time in the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, I have a great living situation (cost wise). I want to make sure this is financially the best move. I know I want to have a space that's mine, but I don't want to end up paying out more monthly, after the initial build.

With all that being said, how much do you pay monthly to live in your skoolie?

I will to have a small kitchen (I don't cook much) with two burner stove, microwave, toaster over, a compost toilet or dry flush, a shower, a nice size sink, washer/dryer and the normal amount of outlets for a laptop, tv set up...

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Old 08-31-2015, 08:05 PM   #2
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Welcome, where in the bay area are you?
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Old 08-31-2015, 08:51 PM   #3
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Welcome, where in the bay area are you?
Thanks!

I'm in Oakland. I know a couple people who are trying to do tiny living. But, they have set ups in the back yards of friends. There is also a illegal shipping container group on the west side of Oakland. i don't know how well that's going, but I'm not interested in that type of set up.

I am willing to move outside of Oakland, if it's worth it. However, gentrification is happening and property values and rental rates are climbing through the roof. Thanks San Francisco!

So, moving would be significant.
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Hey there, we are also in the Bay Area in a skoolie. Berkeley and Oakland are both pretty good for parking. SF is a lot tougher but can be done. We spend around $300-$400 between the two of us. That's with gas, insurance, bus payment (I financed it) and food stuffs.
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Hey there, we are also in the Bay Area in a skoolie. Berkeley and Oakland are both pretty good for parking. SF is a lot tougher but can be done. We spend around $300-$400 between the two of us. That's with gas, insurance, bus payment (I financed it) and food stuffs.
That's pretty good! For two people? Wow. What does your set up look like? Short bus or full size? Do you all have a shower and toilet?

One of my main concerns is I work full time as a Human Resources Manager and am generally busy afterwork. I don't want to look for parking every day of the week. I don't have the time or desire. How has finding a few decent locations workes for you?
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If you have a current living situation already, it would be very foolish to move into a bus in the Bay Area without having a parking location.
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If you have a current living situation already, it would be very foolish to move into a bus in the Bay Area without having a parking location.
Hi!

Do you live here in the East Bay? What has your experience been like?

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Old 09-01-2015, 11:26 AM   #8
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I have been driving commercially in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Mainly West Bay Area but have been all over. I have moved buses around trying to stay one step ahead of the meter maid. One ticket could be as little as $50 or as high as $150. If towed, it could cost you $500-$1000. If you don't have a job and are with your bus all the time, moving it isn't a problem. When you have a job and try to stay ahead of the craziness, it is difficult.
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I have been driving commercially in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Mainly West Bay Area but have been all over. I have moved buses around trying to stay one step ahead of the meter maid. One ticket could be as little as $50 or as high as $150. If towed, it could cost you $500-$1000. If you don't have a job and are with your bus all the time, moving it isn't a problem. When you have a job and try to stay ahead of the craziness, it is difficult.
Wow. So you know the area well.

Yikes!!! That's scary to have to dodge the meter person soo often.

What were the tickets about? Do they ticket when they see an rv set up or if you are just in a no parking zone?

Thanks for sharing. I really appreciate it. I have this real burden to be free of pouring into someone elses lifestyle. My apartment is great but I want to invest that rental money in my own future.
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Hard to believe its worse here than the San Fran area! When I got my notice it was "move this or you will incur a $250 per day penalty".
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