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Old 05-24-2015, 10:12 AM   #1
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ok... here we go.

I have been looking into the idea of building a Tiny Home for about a year and just could not get excited about it. Not sure why other than thinking about the cost of building and then the additional cost of buying a truck to tow it, the fact that I could not pull a motorcycle trailer, etc, etc, etc.

I have only discovered the whole school bus conversion idea in the past 2 weeks. HOWEVER, I am all-in on this idea. I am COMPLETELY excited about the bus conversion idea!!

I have NO IDEA where to even start, other than buying a bus!! What year of bus, what kind of bus (FE, RE), flat nose, Make/Model, how long of a bus. I need help in every way. Where to find a bus, where to find someone to check it out for me....

I will be on a pretty tight budget but am READY to get started!!

Thanks for any help I can get!!
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:24 AM   #2
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You can do it on a tight budget-as long as you have time. Time to learn how to do everything yourself-time to find the best deals-time to find the free furniture.
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Old 05-24-2015, 11:29 AM   #3
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I have ALL the time I need. No rush just anxious to get started. I now feel like I wasted at least a year considering the Tiny House idea!!!
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Old 05-24-2015, 12:36 PM   #4
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I have NO IDEA where to even start, other than buying a bus!! What year of bus, what kind of bus (FE, RE), flat nose, Make/Model, how long of a bus. I need help in every way. Where to find a bus, where to find someone to check it out
First you need to start with what you need from your Skoolie. Will it be mostly stationary? Full-time cross country travel? Low speed country roads of are you hoping to get up to highway speeds ? How much space is enough for you?

I don't have time today, but look in my history for other similar answers. The power package/drive train are as important as the engine if you really want to match a bus to your purposes.

I highly recommend reading through cowlitzcoach's comments if you want to learn about pro's and cons and capabilities of your bus options.

Good luck and
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Old 05-24-2015, 01:12 PM   #5
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I will be living in this thing full time. It will be stationary a big part of the time. I travel between Colorado and California A LOT and am usually in one or the other places for 2 or 3 months at a time. It would be nice to be able to take my house with me so I have the comforts of home. One of the things I haven't decided at this point is just how much space I need but am thinking anywhere between 30' and 40'.

THANK YOU for any and all advice!!
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Old 05-25-2015, 04:36 PM   #6
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Where in California do you go....I hear that it's not easy to find a place to park there.
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Old 05-26-2015, 01:12 AM   #7
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I spend a lot of time in the Redondo Beach area but that is without a bus. I am just starting the process of building a bus. However, I know a couple of people in the Los Angeles area that have enough space for me to park on their property for a couple of months at a time.
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Old 05-26-2015, 08:40 AM   #8
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In California, the difference between a 30' and 40' bus is night and day. If you are going to be in city traffic a lot, I would lean towards the 30' range.
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:43 PM   #9
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Lots of great skoolie action in Colorado! Glad to see another
If you ever want to swing by my bus and take a look, I always love visitors! I buy lots of buses and can help you find them if you like. I recommend the public and government auction websites first. There is also a local auciton place called Roller and Associates that often has buses. If it were me, I would get either a conventional (with a hood and engine in front) or a rear engined bus. If you can find a re bus in the 35' range, you'd be a happy camper I reckon. Search around this site. Most of your questions have already been answered many times. And post lots of pics
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Old 05-27-2015, 01:51 PM   #10
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I would love to come by and take a look at your bus at your convenience anytime !
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