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Old 02-14-2017, 05:14 PM   #1
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Hello, my girlfriend and I are looking to acquire a bus and turn it into a skoolie. We have been looking at purchasing a home for a while, but houses in the area are $300,000, and while we could afford a mortgage in that range, we would rather not have that high of a cost of living. We were looking at tiny houses, but bare properties around here are still in the neighborhood of $120,000, and again, we'd rather save our money for travelling. We are looking at this one right now. I can't find much information about it though. Does anyone have any idea what the interior dimensions would be? How tall/wide/long it is? Is there anything I'm not thinking of that makes a bus like this difficult to convert? What should I be looking for? I like that this has the entire basement, making it much easier to put in the electrical and plumbing components. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated!
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Old 02-15-2017, 05:30 AM   #2
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welcome! I like your attitude toward not paying 300k for a house. Im in the same boat, I live in an old little house, and cannot bring myself to part with that much money for a McMansion. Anyway, do some research, you'll find what you're looking for. Lots of good people here. Bus dimensions vary a lot. They are generally all about the same width, (a bit over 2M), but vary a lot on length and height... Mine is about 10M long, (but its more for weekend trips, not full-timing).
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What's an air beam? Something specific to motor coaches? Or have you just sent me to the commissary for 50' of shore line?
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I live in an old little house, and cannot bring myself to part with that much money for a McMansion.
See, the problem here is that old tiny house, that is barely livable is $279,000. McMansion's start at $500,000. I live in a rural town of 15,000 people. If i move to a town 20 minutes away, with 3000 people, I might saved $50,000 for that shitty old beat up house. They call it a housing crisis here. They recently instituted a 15% tax for foreigners buying property in Vancouver, and another large penalty for houses sitting empty, as a lot of foreign property investors have driven prices so incredibly high. Income has barely moved in 20 years, but housing has gone up 1000% in some cases. The girlfriend and I make 70k+ a year, the bank tells my I can buy a house that is 40% of my income, being I have no debt. I just refuse to pay $2000 a month for a reasonable place to live. 40% of my income is not reasonable. Right now I live in a basement suite that hasn't had a rent increase in 3 years, ~$1000 a month, if I move to a tiny studio, my rent won't even change.
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