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Old 05-30-2017, 06:25 PM   #11
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Oh, gee, of course. Thanks. I hate Pinterest and never go there, so I didn't think of it. I prefer to visit the site a picture came from rather than someone's Pinterest board. I'll keep googling around.

Yes, that this is a build-focused site seems obvious since it is the "school bus conversion network," but wouldn't a predominant purpose of all the building and converting be geared for RVing and/or F/T living? Otherwise, what else would anyone be converting buses for, other than for mobile businesses? I'm curious. I'm totally new to the idea of nomadding in a bus, and have been focused on researching other types of vehicles, so I have no idea what other uses there are for converted buses.
sorry - i dont fit the Mold.. I drive my busses around for fun.. one is kind of a Mobile Tech development / test lab.. the other is a daily driver.. starbucks, roadtrips, groceries, friend-outings..

im more into the "hot-rodding" side.. not so much make it fast stuff.. but more like a classic / custom car style.. upgraded mechanicals, paint. stereos, electronics, etc.. that bus still has all its seats.. and will always likely unless I change them to more comfy seats.. .. alas im a wierd-bird type of "conversion"

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Old 05-30-2017, 06:47 PM   #12
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We are going to rent a space in Staten Island at a maker space (with tools). Right now we are just trying to figure out how to make time for the build and not go completely crazy.
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:55 PM   #13
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Old 05-30-2017, 07:59 PM   #14
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I hate to send people away from this site but YouTube has plenty of full-time schoolies living in their buses completely converted year round even with small children and big children.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:26 PM   #15
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We are going to rent a space in Staten Island at a maker space (with tools). Right now we are just trying to figure out how to make time for the build and not go completely crazy.
That's too awesome you found a maker space.
Finding the time has been the hardest thing for me and it's parked right behind the house!! I work 30hrs a week AND babysit 6 hrs a day but my two days off​ are completely dedicated to my build. The things that took up most of the time has been removing the rivets from the walls and ceiling, removing the seats and dealing with rust after removing the flooring. I think the demolition part of the build takes up most of the time. I see smoother sailing ahead with the actual "build".
Yeah, you'll go crazy but only out of frustration that you can't be working on it around the clock or your just plain out exhausted LOL
Plan on spending much more time on it than you originally figured it would take. I thought 6mths would do it but I'm 8mths in and not half way through!! Everybody's different though with different schedules, energy, muscle, resources and general know how. You say "we", so hopefully you'll have some help. I'm doing it alone so it's taking me twice as long.
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Old 05-30-2017, 09:46 PM   #16
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And I'm at the other extreme. Living in the bus while converting it alone.

It takes most people a couple years before they consider it finished, but most builds are easy to use before they're completed. It's nice to get some actual camping experience in your bus to help define the floorplan.
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Old 05-30-2017, 10:33 PM   #17
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Hello everyone. I'm here because I want to learn about converting a school bus and whether or not it is possible to live in one and travel full-time. I'm nowhere near ready to embark on my dream of nomadship, but my research has to start sometime. I will definitely have a steep learning curve about a lot of things, but I think small mini-buses are pretty cool and I'm glad a forum like this exists. Don't worry - I'm not shy about asking questions!

Well hello there where from Staten Island New York and will be in the same boat as you on the learning curve.

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Old 05-30-2017, 11:15 PM   #18
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What was previously said about dropping off the map when your conversion is finished is spot on. Mine is set up for full time boondocking, and I admit I've been awful at updating my build thread. I'll be nearly finished in about a month or so. Might be worth the hike out here to check all the systems out if you are hoping to do the same.
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And I'm at the other extreme. Living in the bus while converting it alone.

It takes most people a couple years before they consider it finished, but most builds are easy to use before they're completed. It's nice to get some actual camping experience in your bus to help define the floorplan.
As soon as I can I'll be living in mine full time and finishing on the road
I gotta be movin'on because I'm getting antsy!

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I definitely know how you feel? I'm scheduled to pick mine bus up on June 20th and I'm anxious to get to work on it and hit the road during the summer. I will be doing some work on it as we travel also.

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