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Old 06-03-2016, 09:33 PM   #11
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To someone in your position, I would start out by reading countless builds the (Sky wagon is a great build written out in laymen) until you start to see a pattern and develop the smallest amount of confidence necessary to take your first step. If you bookmark your favorite way everyone does X then you'll have directions to follow! There are a lot of varying levels of complexity to conversions so if you're fine with using water jugs and camp stoves, you could convert a bus much easier than someone with a off grid house level conversion.

If you're unwilling to do so, then maybe you should try to find a guy with carpentry skills and you can siren him into converting the bus with you? Otherwise maybe you should start out with simpler work like converting a van, or improving an RV.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:07 PM   #12
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Lowes/Home Depot/Menards often have free classes on plumbing, electrical and carpentry and there are plenty of DIY books on those subjects. None of it is rocket science but you do need a good grounding in electrical because of it's ability to fry living things.

If you have a desire to learn the stuff, you will.
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Old 06-03-2016, 11:50 PM   #13
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Great idea Taolik, I'll get it done somehow.

As for starting out with something simpler. That is no longer an option. My husband & I have spent 3 1/2 years converting our bus. He tried hard to get it done before he went & died on me but his body just wouldn't let him. I plan to get her finished out however I can & take her down the road. He would have like that and I plan to do it.
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Old 06-04-2016, 09:51 AM   #14
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Don't sell yourself short.

Just think about all the dummies you know that get paid to do what you don't think you can do.

This isn't rocket science.

There is no reason why your first bus conversion has to your last bus conversion.

I know of a couple of people who have had more than one bus over the years and their projects are never finished. Yes they are livable and driveable. But new ideas always crop up, especially as technology changes that necessitates changes. It wasn't that long ago cathode ray tube monitors and tv sets were your only choices. Flat screens are much easier to place and install.

Take some free classes at the big box stores or spend some $$$ and take some classes at the community college. Basic auto repair and basic welding is offered at almost every community college in the country.

Few of us on this forum are experts in all things. Knowing your limitations can save you a lot of time and $$$ in the long run. chris'crown just posted some updates to his build. He freely admitted that part of his project was beyond his ability and paid someone to come in and do some welding for him. In the long run that was probably $$$ well spent in time and materials saved.

Remember, you don't have to have something that looks like it just rolled out of the shop at Country Coach to have fun. A roller paint job, a Coleman stove and lantern, and air bed, an ice chest, and a porta potti is all you really need. And who knows, after a few trips doing it minimalist you will have a clearer idea of what you want your final built to look like.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:21 PM   #15
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To someone in your position, I would start out by reading countless builds the (Sky wagon is a great build written out in laymen) until you start to see a pattern and develop the smallest amount of confidence necessary to take your first step. If you bookmark your favorite way everyone does X then you'll have directions to follow! There are a lot of varying levels of complexity to conversions so if you're fine with using water jugs and camp stoves, you could convert a bus much easier than someone with a off grid house level conversion.

If you're unwilling to do so, then maybe you should try to find a guy with carpentry skills and you can siren him into converting the bus with you? Otherwise maybe you should start out with simpler work like converting a van, or improving an RV.
Love this comment lol. Don't feel very siren-like these days.

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Lowes/Home Depot/Menards often have free classes on plumbing, electrical and carpentry and there are plenty of DIY books on those subjects. None of it is rocket science but you do need a good grounding in electrical because of it's ability to fry living things.

If you have a desire to learn the stuff, you will.
This is definitely worth checking out. I know this stuff and then I forget it.

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Great idea Taolik, I'll get it done somehow.

As for starting out with something simpler. That is no longer an option. My husband & I have spent 3 1/2 years converting our bus. He tried hard to get it done before he went & died on me but his body just wouldn't let him. I plan to get her finished out however I can & take her down the road. He would have like that and I plan to do it.
Sorry to hear about hubby. I started a post about that, got sidetracked and lost it. Been there.

Well when your perseverance pays off, come on down to Florida. If you need someone to take a trip with you, "you just call out my name....and you know wherever I am, I'll come running.....for a skoolie road trip..." LOL.

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Don't sell yourself short.

Just think about all the dummies you know that get paid to do what you don't think you can do.

This isn't rocket science.

There is no reason why your first bus conversion has to your last bus conversion.

I know of a couple of people who have had more than one bus over the years and their projects are never finished. Yes they are livable and driveable. But new ideas always crop up, especially as technology changes that necessitates changes. It wasn't that long ago cathode ray tube monitors and tv sets were your only choices. Flat screens are much easier to place and install.

Take some free classes at the big box stores or spend some $$$ and take some classes at the community college. Basic auto repair and basic welding is offered at almost every community college in the country.

Few of us on this forum are experts in all things. Knowing your limitations can save you a lot of time and $$$ in the long run. chris'crown just posted some updates to his build. He freely admitted that part of his project was beyond his ability and paid someone to come in and do some welding for him. In the long run that was probably $$$ well spent in time and materials saved.

Remember, you don't have to have something that looks like it just rolled out of the shop at Country Coach to have fun. A roller paint job, a Coleman stove and lantern, and air bed, an ice chest, and a porta potti is all you really need. And who knows, after a few trips doing it minimalist you will have a clearer idea of what you want your final built to look like.

Good luck and happy trails to you!
Seriously, it might as well be rocket science. I was watching a vid and the guy was under the bus and I'm looking at it, with my mouth agape like, "Yeah. I got nuttin'."

And leave it to me to be overly ambitious because honestly, if I got one rolling, I'm done. I'd be living in that b*tch in all of the continental US at some point I think. Or at least half of them. Maybe ignore some of the boring ones, lol. I'd just want to be free to go wherever. I'd want it to be very cush and cute.
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Old 06-04-2016, 01:45 PM   #16
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here is the thing.. like others say your bus doesnt have to be perfect... I know my bus isnt perfect..

it also doesnt have to be done to take it on a trip just to get away....

the classes at home depot, lowes, and such are great !!

also your neighborhood hardware store.. "hey im trying to drill a 4" hole through metal and wood and then put a toilet flange in... what do I need?

"im trying to anchor a cabinet to metal studs.. (the frame of a bus) what do I use?"

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Old 06-04-2016, 02:35 PM   #17
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I feel bad about hacking YMIHeres post. You can continue posting regarding my situation at The-Breeze in skoolie conversions.
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Old 06-04-2016, 06:26 PM   #18
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Appreciate that East Coast....I think I can handle it if I go with the quick fix of sticking it in the emergency window.

Now if your any good at running electric....I sure could use some major help there. LOL
I live in Winder and travel to Gainesville occasionally. Feel free to PM me.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:49 PM   #19
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Welcome. You know i bought a bus and just removed the seats and put in 2 nice rugs and some chairs and a coleman camping stove and a bookshelf and my tools and ... been here 4 nights now. Better than camping and i love all the light from the rows of windows. It's a bit hot in the mid day so i bring all the windows down and it helps. Not perfect but i own my home for $1k.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:56 PM   #20
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btw i am watcjing Scoony Doo on a laptop. The birds are chirping outside. One day at a time.
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