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Old 12-29-2017, 04:31 PM   #1
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Hello from Charleston, WV

Hi. I know very little about such matters so please forgive any stupid questions.

I don't have a bus--yet--and am only toying with the idea. If I were to get one, it wouldn't be for full-time living (where would I put the piano?), but rather for travel. I've looked at RV's and most have lots of "bells & whistles" I neither want nor need, and many lack features I do need, or at least want. Hence, the idea of converting a vehicle, either a school bus or perhaps something like a U-Haul or Ryder box truck. (Would the latter fall within the purview of this board, or would I have to look elsewhere? And, if so, where?)

The thing is, I am the world's greatest numpty when it comes to tools. If I tried to convert one myself, I'd probably end up cutting one or both of my thumbs off. Are there companies one could do the conversion for me?

Thank you.
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Old 12-29-2017, 04:42 PM   #3
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I appreciate your confidence, but really, I know my own abilities.
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perhaps something like a U-Haul or Ryder box truck. (Would the latter fall within the purview of this board, or would I have to look elsewhere? And, if so, where?)
That would be a Truckie.

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perhaps something like a U-Haul or Ryder box truck. (Would the latter fall within the purview of this board, or would I have to look elsewhere? And, if so, where?)

The thing is, I am the world's greatest numpty when it comes to tools. If I tried to convert one myself, I'd probably end up cutting one or both of my thumbs off. Are there companies one could do the conversion for me?

Thank you.
This is why you were born with TWO thumbs.

Tell us what State you would keep this, how many people, how tall, pets, budget, timeframe and favorite colors.

We will help point you in the direction to finding a bus that suits you. It sounds like you should get completed or partially completed bus to skip steps.
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Old 12-29-2017, 04:46 PM   #5
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I appreciate your confidence, but really, I know my own abilities.
Honestly I'd just jump in and do it. You should see what some folks have done completely alone and with zero experience. Both men and women.

A company will charge you something like 40 grand for something you'll still end up having to work on.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:07 PM   #6
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This is an experience that you can do yourself. Few here have had a lifetime around buses. It's a learning experience, and in that you'll be able to fix just about any aspect of your bus.

Put it this way, if you're good at taking photos of the problem in question and putting them on this site, someone will try to help you solve the problem. It's more fun than you'd think.
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Old 12-29-2017, 08:16 PM   #7
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This is an experience that you can do yourself. Few here have had a lifetime around buses. It's a learning experience, and in that you'll be able to fix just about any aspect of your bus.

Put it this way, if you're good at taking photos of the problem in question and putting them on this site, someone will try to help you solve the problem. It's more fun than you'd think.
I know my limitations. If I should try a conversion on my own, I'd be a danger to myself & others. I've tried DIY projects before and more often than not have ended up paying someone who knew what he was doing more to re-do it right than it would have cost to have him do it from the beginning.

If doing it myself isn't an option, and hiring it done would be cost prohibative
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A lot of people have someone do key elements of their builds. As you know, most of the work is manual labor anyway. It's easy to hire someone to make sure specific points are right and still not blow the budget. Others have done it, or are doing it. You could learn to do all that here, in little baby steps. That's what it feels like. Lots of baby steps. Pretty soon you're over your head in bus with the end in sight. It always seems to cost a little more than we're expecting, but that's all a matter of choices.

Basically we're betting we can get you through a bus build if you want to do that. One little step at a time. You can do everything yourself, and it is always hardest the first time. I think most of us have put a little blood into our buses during the sheetmetal removal process. Or was it just me?

If you've got the time and the will you can build your bus with the help of people here. Then you can fix anything on your bus. It's good to know how to fix it.
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Old 12-29-2017, 10:46 PM   #9
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Honestly I'd just jump in and do it. You should see what some folks have done completely alone and with zero experience. Both men and women.

A company will charge you something like 40 grand for something you'll still end up having to work on.
Hmmmm. . . .$40K+the cost of the bus. That would still come out less than a manufactured Class A or Class C motorhome.

Honestly, people, I appreciate the encouragement, but I know my limitations. I flunked shop in HS, for crying out loud!

Or, perhaps, I could look into buying something someone else has converted? I see that there is a 'for sale' section on the forum.
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That's certainly an option. There are some really nicely done conversions available.

Still, at some point you are going to need repairs. Say you're out camping somewhere and something breaks. It's good to know how to fix things, even if it's just temporary fixes. It can make the difference between a weekend without a toilet or a weekend with a private throne.

You hang around here and you'll start learning things. Pretty soon you're going to get a few tools. Before you know it you're fully addicted to buses and planning what you'll do differently on your second bus. We've seen it happen before.
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