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Old 05-22-2017, 12:20 PM   #1
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I'm a thirty year old single mom getting ready to buy and covert. What are your top tools hacks or time saving devices. Like a top ten of things I need to do this efficiently.
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Old 05-22-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Oh, you're going to be popular on here with an opening like like that.

The tool you'll need depends a lot on what type of build you're doing. Weekend camper type build primarily in warm areas, or a live in made for harsher climates?

You'd need wrenches and/or sockets for removing the seats, prybars for pulling up the floor (full build), either hammer and chisel or pneumatic chisel for removing rivets. Cordless tools are really nice but they limit how long you can work.

The tools you'll need are something you should probably buy as you move along through your build. The decisions you make about how you're going to put together you bus will determine what tools you need.

A good size canister vacuum will be your friend when you're cleaning up.

Have you decided what type of bus you want yet?
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Old 05-22-2017, 01:41 PM   #3
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Those fein multi tools are pretty bad-ass.

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Old 05-22-2017, 02:46 PM   #6
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First tool any bus conversion needs is gonna be an angle grinder.
Air chisel and impact are pretty essential as well.
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Old 05-22-2017, 03:29 PM   #7
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Seriously, what tools you buy depends on your skill level and what needs to be done. Making a bus into a tin tent for occasional camping won't need much more than basic tools such as those from Home Despot, but if you plan on doing more you'll be amazed how many you'll end up buying! Even if I only need a tool once, I never begrudge buying it - I think of tools as an investment that will always pay for itself. For example, I bought a very pricy crowfoot wrench just to tighten one hydraulic fitting about an eighth of a turn, but I had no choice, and maybe I'll need it again at some point.

Harbor Fright has some decent tools and some utter crap - you just have to be selective what you buy there. HD has sales when their prices are crazy-low, so I stock up then even if I won't need it for a while. Oh yes, almost forgot - buy good eye protection; your eyes are irreplaceable.

Tools are good! (And opposable thumbs, but they're free.)

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Oh, you're going to be popular on here with an opening like like that.

The tool you'll need depends a lot on what type of build you're doing. Weekend camper type build primarily in warm areas, or a live in made for harsher climates?

You'd need wrenches and/or sockets for removing the seats, prybars for pulling up the floor (full build), either hammer and chisel or pneumatic chisel for removing rivets. Cordless tools are really nice but they limit how long you can work.

The tools you'll need are something you should probably buy as you move along through your build. The decisions you make about how you're going to put together you bus will determine what tools you need.

A good size canister vacuum will be your friend when you're cleaning up.

Have you decided what type of bus you want yet?
I'm currently bidding on a 1999 blue bird 40 footer. I will be converting to off grid and living in the bus in Colorado so some hot lots of cold. I'm mean the bigger purchases simpler tools aside. So what kinds of tools that make lots of noise so to speak!
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So what kinds of tools that make lots of noise so to speak!

The ones you want to make your life easier. I've spent a fair bit on tools but they are an investment and having the right tool makes things easier and better.

Angle Grinder
Impact Drill
Sawzaw
old fashion wrench with an elbow
Local Harbor Freight for destroyable tools

Later I found these tools needed
20g Air compressor
Chop saw
Table saw
Jigsaw
all sorts of saws
Corded powerfull drill
Air tools
Youtube
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If your serious you can accomplish anything. Great knowledge on this subject between this forum and Youtube.
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Old 05-22-2017, 04:36 PM   #10
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The ones you want to make your life easier. I've spent a fair bit on tools but they are an investment and having the right tool makes things easier and better.

Angle Grinder
Impact Drill
Sawzaw
old fashion wrench with an elbow
Local Harbor Freight for destroyable tools

Later I found these tools needed
20g Air compressor
Chop saw
Table saw
Jigsaw
all sorts of saws
Corded powerfull drill
Air tools
Youtube
Skoolie.net

If your serious you can accomplish anything. Great knowledge on this subject between this forum and Youtube.
This is exactly what I'm looking for thanks so much. I may be behind the converting curve but I know I can do anything if I fail long enough first.
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