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Old 10-14-2018, 04:03 PM   #1
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Greetings from Utah

Hello all! My wife and I are looking at living in a skoolie conversion full time! I am going to try and do a full conversion in ONE month! I will be depending on this site and YouTube a lot for help! I should be purchasing our bus this week and then the clock starts ticking!
Our bus will be named Lad and we want to eventually design the outside to look like a train engine! We have 2 dogs, 2 cats, and 3 rabbits. I'm planning on building a home for the rabbits on some land I bought so they don't have to live on the bus.
My plan is to go to Idaho- mountain bus sales in Nampa- and buy one of the larger buses. Do you guys think I could do a full conversion in 25 days if I take 10 days off to work on it plus a few hours a day for the other 15 days? I have all the tools I should need already...
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:24 PM   #2
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One month (25 days) is wholly unrealistic.
  1. Strip the seats (2 days with 2 kids)
  2. flooring (strip the rubber barrier, fix any sub-floor issues, carpeting/linoleum)
  3. Wiring (inside ligting, power strips)
  4. Plumbing (sink, shower) & composting toilet)
  5. Custom bed frame
  6. Insulation (rigid or spray in)
  7. Paneling (purely cosmetic)
  8. Custom furnishings/cabinetry
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:49 PM   #3
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I can see how this might look realistic if you live in one of the "Cannabis is legal" states--otherwise, don't cancel the lease on your abode. On the other hand, If you have all the skill sets covered, a through plan of action, all the materials on hand and a cast of thousands to help get-er-done, it might just work. It sounds like an interesting challenge as long as you have a place to tuck into should things slow down.
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Old 10-15-2018, 11:21 AM   #4
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Ol Trust is a pessimist.

I converted my first bus, to the point that it was liveable, in 90 days.

Sun rise till after dark almost every day. I had two fabricators a cabinet maker and two helpers working with me.

Seriously, if you are doing a very minimal conversion aka "metal tent" then 30 days may be attainable with some help. I would suggest that you have a contingency plan in case it takes you a bit longer.
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Old 10-15-2018, 12:02 PM   #5
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I can see how this might look realistic if you live in one of the "Cannabis is legal" states--otherwise, don't cancel the lease on your abode. On the other hand, If you have all the skill sets covered, a through plan of action, all the materials on hand and a cast of thousands to help get-er-done, it might just work. It sounds like an interesting challenge as long as you have a place to tuck into should things slow down.
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You're right- Cannabis makes working on a bus much more fun.
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Old 10-18-2018, 11:55 PM   #6
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Welcome, Im building a 30' bus in Erda out by Tooele. Ive been at it since March, its slow going but lots of fun.
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Old 10-19-2018, 07:36 AM   #7
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I thought I could get the roof, stripped, painted, the e-hatch rebuilt, and done in under a week, most in one weekend. I started 2 weeks ago...
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