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Old 09-20-2015, 11:05 PM   #1
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brand new here from, boston ma

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I have sooo many questions
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:23 AM   #2
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Such as???????? Point one, begin reading threads. Some on this site tend to be a bit judgmental to noobs that don't read threads first before asking questions. Just a heads-up. Suggestion: read some threads before asking questions to find out how the people here build, and what kind of builds you're interested in.

Just a thought.

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Old 09-21-2015, 07:13 AM   #3
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Point 2, dial in a place to park and work on it (they should be the same location), insurance and state-specific requirements for flipping the title from bus to RV
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Old 09-21-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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I appreciate all the input. I have some experience with the trades. I think I can do a conversion if I have access to information from some experienced skoolies. My questions right now are the same ones everyone comes in with: Can I really do this? How far off-grid can I get? Is bigger better? Where can I park? Do I need special tools beyond what I already have? What are the insulation considerations? Where will I get water? How much wattage will I need? How many panels and batteries are needed for that wattage? Should I establish redundant systems for power and water?

And blah blah blah you get the idea.

I will read up before I jump in the deep end.

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Old 09-21-2015, 01:10 PM   #5
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Cool

I appreciate all the input. I have some experience with the trades. I think I can do a conversion if I have access to information from some experienced skoolies. My questions right now are the same ones everyone comes in with: Can I really do this? How far off-grid can I get? Is bigger better? Where can I park? Do I need special tools beyond what I already have? What are the insulation considerations? Where will I get water? How much wattage will I need? How many panels and batteries are needed for that wattage? Should I establish redundant systems for power and water?

And blah blah blah you get the idea.

I will read up before I jump in the deep end.

Welcome.

All that info is waiting for you in the build thread section. I would start with threads over 20 pages. That way you will get passed all the failed builds that never go anywhere.

Asking questions will only get you opinions, not experience. The build threads will share the experience they learned the hard way.

If I can't see someone do it, I don't even want to hear what they have to say. People run their mouths far too much.

Glad to have you here. We always like to see one more.

We all look forward to pics.

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Old 09-21-2015, 03:25 PM   #6
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People run their mouths far too much.

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Try to ignore the people here who think that their post count makes them special.

There are plenty of very experienced people here who will answer any newbie questions you have.

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Old 09-21-2015, 09:50 PM   #7
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I agree that the build threads should be your first stop. You'll find ideas and pitfalls you never thought of. Anyone with experience in the trades should be well able to do a conversion though it took me a little time to wrap my head around getting 120v AC, 12v DC and solar to play together.

First thing, make sure you can park the thing at home without hassle from the neighbors or city Powers That Be.
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:04 AM   #8
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Started reading the electricity safety thread and also scoping out a place to locate/plant the bus for work. Got some ideas for models and engines and trannys off the board already. I'm just gonna go really slow for this stage and look around really carefully til I find something close to EXACTLY what I want.

I plan to live in the converted skoolie full time. Like, it will be my house. My biggest question right now is: should I go directly after a 37-40 footer? Is there any reason to go smaller?
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Old 09-22-2015, 12:48 AM   #9
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