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Old 08-23-2019, 05:40 PM   #1
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Percent of people who actually complete their build?

Kind of curious what some of you 'old timers' here guess to be the success / completion rate of people who start down the path of converting a skoolie. I'm surprised by how many new member introductions pop up, yet they never seem to stick around long.
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Old 08-23-2019, 05:46 PM   #2
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I agree with your observations. The few, the....... It's not for everyone.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:31 PM   #3
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I was under the impression that they are never actually finished.
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Old 08-23-2019, 07:41 PM   #4
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Looking at forum numbers there are about 29,000 members and about 1,800 active members. That would work out at about 6% over the life of the forum. I don't imagine it means much but the raw data is here for someone with way more computer programing savy than I have to figure it all out.
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:26 PM   #5
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There's also gotta be a decent amount of people who just dont have time to keep up here. Like me! I'm still around and still building, but, haven't posted in a month or more. Between working 60+hrs a week and them working on the bus to get done before the sessions hit here, I rarely have time to do the forum stuff. Hopefully, once it's complete, I'll be able to spend far more time here, helping those just beginning their journeys!
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Old 08-23-2019, 09:29 PM   #6
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I would say, like a lot of folks, is that it a work in progress that never ends! I keep on thinking of upgrades and little projects!

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Old 08-23-2019, 09:36 PM   #7
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Go back to posts 3 years ago, and most of the "regulars" posting in the forums then are no longer "active" today.
Many dreamers buy something to convert and become disillusioned for many reasons, money being likely the main factor...
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:07 PM   #8
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Go back to posts 3 years ago, and most of the "regulars" posting in the forums then are no longer "active" today.
Many dreamers buy something to convert and become disillusioned for many reasons, money being likely the main factor...
I'm glad you mentioned this... "Bansil." Bansil was apparently a very active member. He's listed as leadership here. Yet, I see no sign of him anymore. I read his entire build thread, prior to buying my little bus. I REALLY wanted to see how he finished that rear staircase. I even went as far as PM'ing him to ask. No reply. Anyone know what happened to him?
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Old 08-23-2019, 10:11 PM   #9
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I also wonder about Bansil. For the record, I finished mine, and did it in the year that I planned. But I was 2.5x on budget.
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Old 08-23-2019, 11:07 PM   #10
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I wonder how many that finish there build, keep it past the first let’s say one year mark. I can think of a handful of YouTubers that just sold or disappeared.

FYI I fished most of my built in three months or so. That was 2017, still love my bus and always tinkering will it even end lol
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