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Old 03-29-2019, 01:58 AM   #1
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Hello from Central Washington!

Hi! My husband and I are purchasing our bus tomorrow and hope to get our conversion under way! We want to have the main livable elements in within a month and we will both be working on it full time. My only concern about that is getting the parts and appliances we need within that time as we will be searching all the ReStore's and used things to keep the costs down. We are super grateful for this forum and all the wisdom in it!
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Old 03-29-2019, 08:29 AM   #2
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:51 AM   #3
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We purchased our bus from the Spokane area & feel really good about it's condition. Hopefully you're having the same experience! Good Luck!
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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Old 03-29-2019, 10:57 AM   #5
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for a plethora of usable parts shop around for a damaged RV/camper/trailer. It is like one stop shopping. That is what I did and figured I saved a ton of money. didn't take long to strip everything off of it, recycle the metal for $. Do you plan to insulate?

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Old 03-29-2019, 11:32 AM   #6
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:49 AM   #7
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for a plethora of usable parts shop around for a damaged RV/camper/trailer. It is like one stop shopping. That is what I did and figured I saved a ton of money. didn't take long to strip everything off of it, recycle the metal for $. Do you plan to insulate?

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A number of members here have had luck going this route. One gent even found a late model trailer, that a tree had fallen on, for free. He furnished his bus and had a flatbed trailer left over.

Myself, I am not fond of the fixtures and appliances that are used in most stick & staple RV'S. I am going with residential fixtures as much as is practical.

That is one of the great things about building your own. You get to do it YOUR was and not settling for somebody else's idea of what you need.
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Old 03-29-2019, 11:52 AM   #8
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PNW Steve is right. a blank canvas for your own needs. I am boondock camping so shore power will not be available thus, my needs for an RV fridge that also runs on propane. million ways to do your set up tailored just to you!
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:12 PM   #9
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Yakima area for the first month and then we are moving down to California to finish the conversion end of April.
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Old 03-29-2019, 12:13 PM   #10
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Awesome! I'll let you know! Yes, one of the reasons we are doing a school bus is for that blank canvas. I'm not a huge fan of the standard RV appliances either and hope to make our bus comfortable for living in full time. But my husband has been looking for free RV's on craigslist to see if it would be worth it for us. We will post our design soon! Should I start a new thread?
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