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Old 10-24-2015, 01:26 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Broke College Kid New to this Bus thing

Hi all, first off I'd like to say that I'm very happy to have found this awesome site. As the title says I'm a broke college kid only 20 years old and I'm interested in converting a bus for me and my fiancÚ to live in off campus since apartments and crap and too expensive, I think I'd be willing to try and invest about 10K into this, any tips for starting off or if it'd even be a good idea?
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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Its obvious, but do you have a place to park it? Will you need to be off grid/plan on using generator for power? Will you insulate/lift roof? Keep original windows? All these questions need to be answered, then you'll have some good info. Welcome!
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Old 10-24-2015, 10:10 AM   #3
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Having somewhere to park/work on a bus is harder than it seems. I'd say have two or three places so when the first location doesn't work out there isn't that scramble to find a storage yard or whatever.
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:08 PM   #4
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well judging from the area I'm in here in northern Pennsylvania find a place to park it wouldn't be all that hard I don't think but yes I would want it atleast semi insulated and off grid with solar panels and heated with a fireplace. structurally I want it pretty untouched as far as windows or raised celling go since I would try and do this cheap. I would have a good place to build this though and if you more experienced people think itd be a more cost effective method of living off campus to start paying the bills then i'd like to start planning it now and complete it over my summer break, roughly 4 months.
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Old 10-24-2015, 01:16 PM   #5
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It could be awesome for you! How tall are you? If you're over 6' insulating the bus well and keeping any headroom will be almost impossible without a raise or finding a hi roof bus, but still might be a bit low.

For moderate power useage, id say your solar setup will run abour 3k

Dont plan on selling the bus when you're done with it for a profit. Youll be lucky to get what you put in it and probably lots less.

Wood stoves are cool for heating, but if you're gone all day, the internal temps of be bus will get cold in the winter and in the mornings. You dont want to leave a burning stove unattended if you can help it
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I'm 5' 6" so I think I might be fine with a simple insulation and as far as wood stove goes I'd be on campus most of my day so starting up the stove might not be that bad. Overall I'm just looking for a cheaper alternative to apartment living and being able to save money, I'm willing to take a hit and invest some money in order to save money in the long run. Would you say that 4 months is enough time to get a bus equipped and livable
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5'6" is fine, that's about the cutoff of where you NEED a roof raise, IMO.
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I'm 5'8" have almost three inches of insulation in the floor and still have room for another inch or so for ceiling insulation without even beint close. I do have a high roof Bluebird.
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At 5'10 I'm out of headroom in mine. Standard height AmTran.
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Do you have $20,000 min to build a bus for full time living?

Insulation, solar, appliance's, heating / cooling parts, ect all adds up far faster than anyone thinks.

A steel tent can be done cheap, but is no good to live in full time in any climate.

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