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Old 01-04-2018, 10:19 PM   #41
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Those into hotrodding... ever see anyone buy a car , paintcit and put a new interior in it before they make it run right? Hoopties not included in this.. oh wait they are.. seen some beautiful looking G body cars in the junkyards awesome multicolor paint and leather dashboards .. cracked frames and blown up engines... sucks to be those guys ..

This bus is being transported to the conversion company.. hopefully they are driving it there so it gets the shakedown run
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Old 01-05-2018, 12:47 AM   #42
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Sounds like it will not only be nice, but likely done at a faster pace than us personal built. Will def be following.
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Old 01-05-2018, 01:19 AM   #43
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In technical terms I expect it to be fancy smancy and a little girly whirly, with a wood stove.
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Old 01-05-2018, 06:43 AM   #44
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I wonder if it will get a coat of "converted bus blue" aka seafoam/tiffany.
After the OP started laughing at my situation with my broken bus, it made me wonder about their true intentions here.
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Old 01-05-2018, 08:00 AM   #45
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I like the idea of a shake down trip, but during the summer. Even for a trip like that you'd need decent tires and a few things.

It's no wonder there are so many people getting into bus building. On tv they drop $150,000 to have someone go through the bus build process, and then the builders will commonly have a $20,000 overrun. I've never heard anything about mech maintenance from any of the builders. I'm pretty sure I could build a bus with all the reasonable toys needed for living off grid that we talk about here for about $20,000 give or take a little. I could probably get that done in a decade or so.
1) Don't believe the TV shows. One of the bus drivers we had in AK was on the house buying show they had. It's true they were looking for a house. One for about $150k. The show made them go look at $400k houses in places they didn't want a house even if they had the money.

2) That said, if you are putting $150k in an RV or bus, you aren't starting with a 150k miles on the chassis.

3) Even if you did, with a $150k from the floor up, you're going to replace the engine, tranny, and whatever else blew up (vice moving all the stuff to a new chassis).

It really boils down to what you're willing to risk. You can blow up the bus before you get started and end up buying a new bus or you build on an unknown platform and fix it when it blows up.
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Old 01-11-2018, 06:19 AM   #46
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I agree with the futon suggestion, it would give you more room. It looks like you are planning a tub in your bathroom, why not a simpler shower, that would also take up less space. This is just my opinion, and I love wood stoves, but again it would use a lot of space. I am new to this forum, and to the idea of building a skoolie, so I don't know all the heating choices, but I would think you could install a small, efficient heating system that runs on propane. Just a thought. Good luck with your project.
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