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Old 08-06-2017, 02:55 PM   #1
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Looking at converting a bus over to an RV. Currently have a Travel Trailer that we will be gutting out and plan to reuse the major equipment from it in the conversion.
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Old 08-06-2017, 02:57 PM   #2
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Old 08-06-2017, 04:37 PM   #3
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Looking at converting a bus over to an RV. Currently have a Travel Trailer that we will be gutting out and plan to reuse the major equipment from it in the conversion.
Many of us have gone from factory made RV's to bus conversions because the factory RV's are built soooo cheaply. Personally, I would not have the fixtures & fittings that came in my factory RV in my bus. I want something nicer that "stick & staples".

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Old 08-06-2017, 05:31 PM   #4
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some of the fixtures in the rv's are fine for bus conversions. i have used rv pieces since 1970 when I built my first bus. items like the stainless sinks, bath sink, are often just right, and i have never had any problem. I normally grab holding tanks from more than one rv, as the last two busses i had over 150 fresh water storage, not to mention two grey n black tanks, two types of water heaters,etc. even things like the bathroom door can be a rv inside door.... i have lived in two of these busses for yrs, and stuff doesnt fall apart as mentioned...
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Old 08-06-2017, 06:23 PM   #5
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some of the fixtures in the rv's are fine for bus conversions. i have used rv pieces since 1970 when I built my first bus. items like the stainless sinks, bath sink, are often just right, and i have never had any problem. I normally grab holding tanks from more than one rv, as the last two busses i had over 150 fresh water storage, not to mention two grey n black tanks, two types of water heaters,etc. even things like the bathroom door can be a rv inside door.... i have lived in two of these busses for yrs, and stuff doesnt fall apart as mentioned...
You are fortunate that your factory RV's have had some nicer parts. My $30k Forest River had ABS sink and shower pan. Cheapest of cheap.
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Old 08-07-2017, 05:49 AM   #6
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where in Iowa are you? we may be neighbors, i can throw a stone from my house in Minnesota over the Iowa border.
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Old 08-07-2017, 08:44 AM   #7
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Looking at converting a bus over to an RV. Currently have a Travel Trailer that we will be gutting out and plan to reuse the major equipment from it in the conversion.
good way to go if you want to save lots of time looking for parts (and money)careful around here as some get sarcastic and will tell you your doing it wrong watch for buses that are just retired from schools thomas in des moines had some and they have other locations too around here if you consider a private seller you need to ask yourself why are they selling beware ragbrai items avoid like the plague (poor service and sits tooo long) check school districts and call them i just got a sweet deal 3k for a 71 pass 112,000 miles1998 by watching schools (took about 6 months but summer is the best time to get fresh retires) good luck im by c r
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