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Old 08-12-2016, 04:01 AM   #1
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New Canadian

Im pretty much brand new to this concept but love it and am presently looking to acquire a bus to convert.
But Im brand new, single, female and not particularily handy, I don't even own any tools but do have a very stable "rent a husband program" and they're all trademen so Im not without resources.

Im planning for my bus to be my full time living situation. Any hints, tip, tricks in advance would be fabulous!

Newbie mistakes to avoid?

I do want to run on at least partly solar.
I need to bus to remain mobile.
I want a full kitchen and bathroom.

Ive been absorbing as much information as I can and bingewatching youtube conversion videos.
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Old 08-12-2016, 07:45 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard I'm sure you'll find answers to your questions, there a lot of knowledge to be had here

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Old 08-12-2016, 08:21 PM   #3
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Hi, meldy!
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Old 08-12-2016, 11:26 PM   #4
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Welcome!

One thing i did to keep it simple was just put a bunch of my stuff inside and see how it felt; chairs, rugs, bed, table, lamps, etc. It helped me get a feel for what i wanted and needed.

I went with the 200w Renogy solar kit on amazon, and two Trojan 6v t105 batteries, and it has been plety of power for lights, tv (tv needs to be low power led so as to not drain batteries) charges all my electronics; phone, laptop, tablet, led low power lighting, and Nightowl 4 camera survielance system. Can't beat it. Oh and during the day is sit in front of a fan to cool off.



Good luck!
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Old 08-13-2016, 09:32 AM   #5
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welcome, lots on here to check out, as a Canadian, the first thing you have to do is make sure you can get insurance ,it can be the hardest part of the build. especially if your in Ontario
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Old 08-13-2016, 03:49 PM   #6
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Hey Meldy, fellow Canadian here near Calgary. Sounds like you've got good people to help. Where are you from?
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Old 08-13-2016, 04:26 PM   #7
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Hey Meldy, fellow Canadian here near Calgary. Sounds like you've got good people to help. Where are you from?
I'm in Olds! Where are you?
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:00 AM   #8
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Hey - just realized I hadn't responded to this. I did send you a PM though - hopefully you can help me out with the spray foam guy you know - and I can help with information, etc!
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Old 09-16-2016, 02:22 AM   #9
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Rent a Husband???

Can i get into a Rent-A-Wife program??? I don't need one with any particular skills, just the willingness to Travel Skoolie style, be chill, and not be a Glamping-Princess..... AND if they can make decent coffee while cruising down the highway, that's a HUGE bonus!!!
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Old 09-16-2016, 01:10 PM   #10
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Hey - just realized I hadn't responded to this. I did send you a PM though - hopefully you can help me out with the spray foam guy you know - and I can help with information, etc!
I got it but haven't heard back. I'll try again this weekend.
They work in camp so they're not around much.
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