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Old 10-24-2015, 09:17 PM   #11
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would it actually be around 20k?
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:17 PM   #12
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You could go bare minimum to save money but there's some things that are costly that you would need.

You need to make a list of what you can live without and for those items that you just have to have, you need to consider the cost of installing to accommodate.

Are you going to have running water?

Are you going to bathe on the bus?

Are you going to cook?

Do you need electricity?

Do you need a crapper?

The original cost of a used bus does make this venture sound ideal, but it's the little things that will nickel & dime you.

With 10K it's doable depending on what essentials you have to have.
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Old 10-24-2015, 11:34 PM   #13
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would it actually be around 20k?
If you wanted something nice, it would at least be $10K, if you scrounged for deals, went with the cheapest bus, did EVERYTHING yourselves and took over a year to do it. If you want something very nice yeah, $20k is probable. The less you do yourselves the more it will cost.

A bar napkin breakdown.
bus min $2k max $10k avg $3k
solar min $2k max $40k avg $4k
insulation min $0 max $6k avg $1.3k
heating min$0 max $6k avg $1k
electrical (just wiring and boxes).5-1.5k Depending on complexity
kitchen min $.3k(you won't cook much with this one) and you can spend as much as you could imagine on this one I am guessing most will spend either 1k or 3k depending on your tastes and appliances.
Plumbing probably at least another 1k and could spend as much as you can set on fire.
What kind of walls and floor and ceiling you want that will probably cost .5-2k
propane tanks?

You see why Nat said $20k

If you want to live well on the cheap get a used prebuilt RV if you want to live in YOUR OWN RV then build a skoolie. It may not be cheap but in the long run it is worth it.

All that said $20k isn't a lot for a cool tiny house that moves itself.
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:08 AM   #14
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Thank you soo much for all the estimates and details of what to look for, I guess I'm gonna sit down and research the heck out of everything tomorrow and start adding it up
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