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Old 03-18-2019, 12:29 PM   #1
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Howdy from Portland, OR!

Hey, all!

I've been lurking on this forum for a long time now, finding inspiration from all of your excellent build threads and pictures. I've had aspirations to go the tiny home route since the first Tumbleweed was profiled in (I think?) Modern Home in like 2001? Over the years my tastes have expanded and I started eyeing housebusses and housetrucks. The thought of living with a minimum of monthly expenses, in a small home by myself, picking up and moving around whenever I want, visiting and making friends around the country, is all very appealing to me.

I've gone through multiple floorplans and aesthetic styles in my search, started a couple pinterest boards, and been thinking a lot about the process. I know when it comes to it I'm going to have to at least do a roof-raise, but after reading Rolling Homes (1979 classic about housetrucks), I had the idea that I could just strip the bus down to the chassis and build up from scratch. I'm not as sold on that idea as I used to be, mostly for safety reasons, and extra materials. But I still don't want to be limited to the size and shape of the original bus. Right now I'm leaning toward this hybrid I just rediscovered in the same Rolling Homes book (with some modifications to the floorplan) - it's a bus up to the top of the windows, but looks stick-built the rest of the way up, and incorporates the original bus roof as well.

Anyway, I know I still have a lot to learn about the less-glamorous parts (plumbing and electrical), but there's a good chance that my bus will be the home I eventually retire in, so I want to make it count. I even already have a name for my future bus...

-indy
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Old 03-22-2019, 02:07 PM   #2
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I'm in Portland as well. I'm also just looking at ideas and inspiration here and on Pinterest.

Happy Busing!
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Old 03-22-2019, 07:09 PM   #3
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Hey! Yeah, this board is a great place for inspiration. I've spent too many nights going down the rabbit hole of 100+ page build threads. But it'll be totally worth it when I actually do purchase a bus!

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Old 03-22-2019, 07:20 PM   #4
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Hey! Yeah, this board is a great place for inspiration. I've spent too many nights going down the rabbit hole of 100+ page build threads. But it'll be totally worth it when I actually do purchase a bus!



-indy
I'm sure I will do the same thing. There's another forum i used to frequent and I used to spend hours on there when my husband was deployed.
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Old 03-22-2019, 09:27 PM   #5
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Hey, all!

I've been lurking on this forum for a long time now, finding inspiration from all of your excellent build threads and pictures. I've had aspirations to go the tiny home route since the first Tumbleweed was profiled in (I think?) Modern Home in like 2001? Over the years my tastes have expanded and I started eyeing housebusses and housetrucks. The thought of living with a minimum of monthly expenses, in a small home by myself, picking up and moving around whenever I want, visiting and making friends around the country, is all very appealing to me.

I've gone through multiple floorplans and aesthetic styles in my search, started a couple pinterest boards, and been thinking a lot about the process. I know when it comes to it I'm going to have to at least do a roof-raise, but after reading Rolling Homes (1979 classic about housetrucks), I had the idea that I could just strip the bus down to the chassis and build up from scratch. I'm not as sold on that idea as I used to be, mostly for safety reasons, and extra materials. But I still don't want to be limited to the size and shape of the original bus. Right now I'm leaning toward this hybrid I just rediscovered in the same Rolling Homes book (with some modifications to the floorplan) - it's a bus up to the top of the windows, but looks stick-built the rest of the way up, and incorporates the original bus roof as well.

Anyway, I know I still have a lot to learn about the less-glamorous parts (plumbing and electrical), but there's a good chance that my bus will be the home I eventually retire in, so I want to make it count. I even already have a name for my future bus...

-indy

If you decide to built your bus conversion in this way make sure you keep within the front and rear GAWR and the vehicle GVWR. The addition of wood siding and framing can actually cause your bus to weigh more than if you were to use steel panels for siding and steel for framing.



You also need to keep the top below 13'6" to remain legal.


Good luck!
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Old 03-23-2019, 08:45 AM   #6
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Thanks, CowlitzCoach! I'll keep that in mind. I did know about the height restriction, and I think I can get what I want and still squeak in under 13.5'. Weight is definitely a concern, though, and I'm also trying to avoid getting top-heavy with the design.

To maximize the floorplan, I probably should go with steel beam supports for everything in the upper level (the walls, for sure), but is that any lighter than using 2x4s? I wouldn't think it would be, but I don't have any numbers for it. I do love the warmth and look of using wood, so I know at least I'll be using that for all the trim.

Ohregano: Do you remember the other forum you used to frequent? This is the only one I've found.
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Old 03-23-2019, 10:35 AM   #7
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Ohregano: Do you remember the other forum you used to frequent? This is the only one I've found.
The other forum was totally unrelated to Skoolies. It was for Cloth Diapers and similar topics.
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Old 03-24-2019, 01:19 PM   #8
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Ohregano: Haha! I remember checking out those kinds of forums when I was a new parent. Lots of anti-capitalism/off-grid ambition there too!

Do you have an idea yet for what kind of bus you want for you and your family?
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Old 03-24-2019, 03:11 PM   #9
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Ohregano: Haha! I remember checking out those kinds of forums when I was a new parent. Lots of anti-capitalism/off-grid ambition there too!



Do you have an idea yet for what kind of bus you want for you and your family?
Ideally we would like a 40ft, front engine, flat-nose. I've driven a few different styles of buses from 20 year old busses with hand door openers to brand new buses. Really any style would be fine as long as it's those first few requirements.
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Old 03-25-2019, 03:09 AM   #10
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Thanks, CowlitzCoach! I'll keep that in mind. I did know about the height restriction, and I think I can get what I want and still squeak in under 13.5'. Weight is definitely a concern, though, and I'm also trying to avoid getting top-heavy with the design.

To maximize the floorplan, I probably should go with steel beam supports for everything in the upper level (the walls, for sure), but is that any lighter than using 2x4s? I wouldn't think it would be, but I don't have any numbers for it. I do love the warmth and look of using wood, so I know at least I'll be using that for all the trim.

Ohregano: Do you remember the other forum you used to frequent? This is the only one I've found.

Steel weighs more per square inch but you will need considerably more wood to achieve the same strength as steel.



Have you seen the new metal studs that are being used in new construction? They look pretty spindly next to a wood 2x4 or 2x6. But structurally they are just as strong. They just weigh a fraction of a the wood.
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