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Old 08-28-2019, 01:38 PM   #1
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Hello!

I知 a new member and looking to buy a bus in the next 4 months so I知 doing research now. Is there a checklist of all the supplies I will need somewhere that I can download or print out??
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Old 08-28-2019, 03:31 PM   #2
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No. The supplies you will need depend on your floor plan, layout, what you're using it for, among other factors. I would find it difficult to even list out every piece I'd need to get for a specific portion of the bus. You'll never have a comprehensive list of everything "needed" to build. You may in hindsight be able to produce such a thing, but never before getting into it and working through the process.


Perhaps if you could give us some background, what your intended use is, what kind of bus you're going for, etc, you may be able to get a very rough overview of what you might need. But it will never be comprehensive.
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:21 PM   #3
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Thank you so much for the kind reply. I’m from New England and want to leave for the winters and travel where it’s warmer . I’m looking to get a bus with the flat front and as big as I can make it. I want to be able to boondocks with solar panels but I know I’ll probably need a generator. I would ultimately like to avoid needing to use RV parks as much as possible and go as cheaply as possible. I would want a wireless security system of some sort, maybe one of those home systems might work ? I’m a single mom with a baby that is 8 months old so he will probably be at least a year and a half by the time I get Into a bus, maybe older .most of the time it will be me and the baby and one other adult with me but I would like to be able to accommodate sleep for a max of 4 adults. I have a friend that can help Me do the build and his dad is an electrician. I want to go visit my friend in Key West for sure as one of my destinations . I lived in small spaces for 12 years when I was in the DC area so I have no problem being a minimalist but I need AC and heat of course. Probably won’t want to do a wood stove though. I want to put the pretty wood on the ceiling , I’m aware that it all needs to be ripped out first and insulated. I found another article with a whole detailed list of a solar set up and I know they can be expenisive depending how much power I will need.
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:29 PM   #4
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I also want to add that I may want to live in it in cold weather or more year round so I need it to be warm enough for New England too.
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:39 PM   #5
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I also want to add that I may want to live in it in cold weather or more year round so I need it to be warm enough for New England too.

Alright. Your needs sound similar to mine. I live in Southern NH, and am two years into my build. I've done a lot of things to accommodate the cold weather here. If you'd like, we could network. Before me and my girlfriend got started, we went to a class by THNE (Tiny House North East) on tiny houses/trailers, and while kind of adjacent to skoolies, alot of the same problems and solutions fit, so we know how having a precedent resource can help.


Feel free to check out my build page, or PM me.

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/ka...ild-22680.html
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:44 PM   #6
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OMg I live in Claremont NH!!! I’ll check out your page right now. Small world.
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Old 08-28-2019, 04:50 PM   #7
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OMg I live in Claremont NH!!! I値l check out your page right now. Small world.

Windham, myself.
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:15 PM   #8
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Item number one on your checklist is "buy a bus far far away from New England".
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:19 PM   #9
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Item number one on your checklist is "buy a bus far far away from New England".

Haha, yeah, mine came from Oregon. I gave up looking for buses around here when I went to see one in RI, the floor joists crumbled to the touch. Wouldn't have made the right turn out of the driveway- yet the interior was immaculate.
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Old 08-28-2019, 06:30 PM   #10
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Wow. That’s great advice. I wouldn’t have realized this. How can you tell? Get underneath it and look for rust?
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