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Old 02-06-2019, 08:17 PM   #1
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My name Royce, I'm married, and me and my wife have raised 5 kids, youngest one is only a couple years from being out of the house. In 2012 we had a huge financial setback and since then it's been a struggle, but the future looks better. We both have decided to get a bus and convert it into our full time home after our youngest moves out. I want to do as much of the work myself as I can. I have limited resources but I'm determined and very excited to start this journey. I'll be learning as much as I can until I can start working on my plan. Happy travels everyone!
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Old 02-06-2019, 08:23 PM   #2
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Plenty of places to start and information to soak up, and this is a great place to begin!
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Old 02-08-2019, 05:46 PM   #3
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Old 02-08-2019, 11:53 PM   #4
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Hey y'all I'm new to this ive decided after a device and multiple shitty things going on that ima tackle a conversion and hit the road I can't buy my bus tell may and that sucks but does anybody know if there is somewhere around Iowa with an RV salvage where I can get my basic necessities like wireing amp plumbing and stuff cheap so I can have it ready? If so that would be great
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Old 02-09-2019, 12:58 AM   #5
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My name Royce, I'm married, and me and my wife have raised 5 kids, youngest one is only a couple years from being out of the house. In 2012 we had a huge financial setback and since then it's been a struggle, but the future looks better. We both have decided to get a bus and convert it into our full time home after our youngest moves out. I want to do as much of the work myself as I can. I have limited resources but I'm determined and very excited to start this journey. I'll be learning as much as I can until I can start working on my plan. Happy travels everyone!

The beauty of a bus conversion is that you don't need to pony up all of the $$$ at the time of purchase. A lot of folks do the big stuff first--insulating, flooring, roof raise, plumbing, and electrical. Some of that stuff is dependent upon the floor plan. But the beauty of it all is except for when you are in the middle of a roof raise or insulating the floor/ceiling/walls you can usually use the bus as is and build onto as time and $$$ allow to do so.


One way to reduce expenses is to find a travel trailer or moho that has been wrecked, water damaged, or rotted out for a donor. Most of the time no matter how bad the actual RV is as far as a usable RV the tanks, fixtures, appliances, genset, etc. are still very usable. And with the purchase price of many of those wrecked RV's under $2K you can get all you need to convert your bus for a fraction of what it would cost to purchase all of the parts and pieces brand new.
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Old 02-09-2019, 02:35 AM   #6
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That is extremely good advice. Thank you.
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