Hello To All!
I am living in Chicago and looking to build a shorty conversion, quit my job and travel the country for my 30th birthday all by the summer. I have been scouring craigslist daily looking for a shorty that fits my budget and is mechanically sound enough to take me across the US. Here are a few of my options...
I want to spend $2,000 on the bus and $4,000 on the build out.
Ideally I would like to have some kind of fold up bed, a shower/toilet room, this kitchenette (that I have found for $600)
and a small work bench.
I want my shorty to keep me self reliant and safe I will be traveling alone. I want to avoid places like truck stops for showering that will expose me to danger. That is why I am shooting for toilet/shower set up.
Currently, my biggest obstacle is finding a place to store the bus that I can work on it without getting it registered, needing a CDL and insurance.... until the conversion is complete.
All of my friends and family are telling me that I can not take a project like this on. I work in construction as a project manager, so I have basic knowledge of plumbing & electric systems. But I have never done more than replace a hardwired light fixture in my apartment. Most people are encouraging me to buy a used RV. For my budget the RVs available are 40+ year old and in need of considerable mechanical & interior work.
I really want to make this dream happen for myself. I believe that with forums like this site, the knowledge is out there to execute the project.
If there are any skoolie people in illinois or the neighboring states that would be willing to help me out, that would be AMAZING!!
Any suggestions, words or wisdom, or harsh truths are welcomed.