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Old 09-03-2014, 09:53 AM   #1
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Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

So, the fiance and I are in the market for basically a non converted moving truck. We have our eye especially on a 1997 Ford E350 11 ft box truck with 158,000 miles for $5,500. The idea is to buy something like this and convert it into our little travel home. Anyways, as soon as we begun to tell our friends and family about it all we got was skepticism, literally not one good comment.
Even my father said it was a completely bad idea because when a diesel needs fixing it can get extremely costly, like $10,000 for all new fuel injectors; I guess it's true since he has had diesels for many years. And god knows we won't have that much money for a bit after we finish our project, not that we would even want to spend that much if it broke down!
Our goal is to somewhat settle down in South Carolina because my fiance can move anywhere for work (we're from Michigan) when the process is finished and be full timers, or at least halfway livable finished, so the overall plan was to not put too many miles on it.
My fiances brother tried his hardest to talk Mike (my guy) out of it, I wasn't sure what was said, but alas, still negative comments about the idea.
I guess what i'm asking of you folks with experience is for some negative AND positive feedback about the overall idea.
Is it worth it? I can get a decent loan and we have about 8K saved up.
Any and all information to help us move towards some sort of decision would be greatly appreciated.


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Old 09-03-2014, 12:13 PM   #2
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

Once you got a "mobile" home...you can just hit the road and leave mean people behind

158k on a diesel is nothing, biggest Issue I see is that it is a 1ton chassis

will you have enough wt left to build a mini house?

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Old 09-03-2014, 12:15 PM   #3
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

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Thanks to the great American home depression hitting most the country, we're losing our home, our actual home and need to be out in a month (actually i'd say we're just giving it back, we gave up on the horrendous payments they were all of a sudden expecting and said shove it lol), so this was a best quick plan that we've been dreaming about for some years. We're taking this push as a way to take a dream down from the catcher and actually pursue it. But without viable info about how to get started, it may not happen, and the internet really isn't that great of a tool when i'm just reading Google articles that all say the same thing, so I'm really hoping you great people can help us!
Don't help us prove our friends and family wrong, help us prove them that there is a way to do it and live life better =)

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Old 09-03-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

$ 5500 is way too much money. You can find a full sized bus for less than that. And injectors for a powerstroke ford are only $100 a piece. ( I got a set of hopped up ones for that much.) Does the truck have a walk thru door from the cab to box?
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Old 09-03-2014, 01:33 PM   #5
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Yeah? Well it's off a dealer lot so i'm sure they def jacked it some. And it does have a walk through cab.
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Old 09-03-2014, 03:27 PM   #6
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

I have about $7500 in my bus as of today, this includes:

buying bus
all wood, screws bolts and such
both mattresses
2 TV's (22" on sale $50 ea)
full size fridge
all 12v and 120v wiring and misc electrical
solar setup
3 window ac's weird deal I ordered 1 5500btu from Wal-Mart for $99 and was shipped 2 @ 49.50 ea )
third one was brand new on ebay, listing was spelled wrong, found it less than an hr left bid on it and won (6500btu to my door like $60)
microwave on sale before school started like $25/$35
rotisserie
water heater
sink
faucet
plumbing crap, lots of it
tub (not installed)

bus $3500
electric $1000
plumbing $1000
appliances $1000
ac,heat lights and lamps and solar and batteries $1000

I have done all the work myself, so labor would probably be about $5k more (pure guess)

this has been spread out over a couple years

So being more frugal you can spend a lot less than me or more and even a lot more isn't that much

think of a $2500 dog nose diesel bus, and go from there (flat noses seem to be about $1500/$2000 more around here)
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Old 09-03-2014, 05:40 PM   #7
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

Sorry to say but you need new friends and relatives.
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Re: Everyone is telling us it's a bad idea...ADVICE?

Both sides of our families have always laughed at us. You know how every family has those "crazy" relatives that are fodder for the conversation at every family get-together? That's me & David. We are the odd ones. During our homeschooling years I learned a wonderful phrase. "That's your opinion and your opinion doesn't count with me". I have used it with family (really pissed them off) and with total strangers (really pisses them off too). I still use it. Basically, if they are not supporting you, then they have no real say-so in how you live your life. So shut up and do what you need to do for your own mental, physical and financial health. We started telling folks (family & friends) that we were leaving NC. We got hung up in NC and were unable to leave in January which was our planned date. We had decided to change our destination from LA (Lower Alabama) to NM in order to bring one of our daughters out to NM to be with her sister (they're twins so they get clingy for each other every so often.... then it passes and they have a hard time being in the same town... until they get clingy again). No one believed we were leaving. My cousins drove up as we were getting ready to back out of the driveway and STILL didn't believe we were leaving. And they were still laughing at us. And my mother doesn't speak to me because I am "the bad one" because I hauled Das Mel 1700+ miles away from her influence. There are perks to being the bad one!



We bought a 1986 Blue Bird All American FE (40 ft) for $1400 in Spring 2009 (we were also looking at box vans but the $$$ were too high). So far we have $5,515.08 (no taxes counted) into our fulltime residential vehicle conversion so far. We used a lot of residential stuff that we already had plus we bought some used stuff. I will tell you the same thing I have told my daughter. Keep an open mind and have the money ready to buy. The right bus will turn up at the right time. That may be an already fully or partially converted bus that can be remodeled or it may be a stripped out shell. And try for a diesel engine. A bus that has been converted and already titled as an RV would be a big help and saving of time and stress. It is very difficult to convert in a campground. We know as we are converting in a campground.

BTW, you might want to use www.searchtempest.com so that you can search craigslist within a radius of where you live. Use "RV" and "bus" when you search.
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Okay, so as far as money goes, we should be good on having what we need for a full decent conversion (including already owned appliances) if we can find a bus under 3K, so that's excellent news with the buses we've been running over. We're not so into the uhaul idea since joining these forums =p Also, diesel I guess is still in the game plan, i've been hearing/reading more positives that out weigh the negatives.

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Both sides of our families have always laughed at us. You know how every family has those "crazy" relatives that are fodder for the conversation at every family get-together? That's me & David. We are the odd ones.
That's basically us already and we haven't even started much of the process yet, lol. But from all the research we've put into it, it just seems like the best idea for where we're at in our lives. The key is simplicity ;)
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it will lots of hard work and don't forget wheelin' and dealing
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