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Old 09-04-2020, 08:19 PM   #1
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Circa 1974 Roll Your Own Book

Anybody here old enough to remember the Roll Your Own Bus Conversion Book?

It had a robin's egg blue cover.

This was the way to get knowledge way before the internet.

I remember discovering it in my local library.

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Old 09-04-2020, 09:49 PM   #2
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I have heard it mentioned in this forum a few times.
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Old 09-04-2020, 11:46 PM   #3
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I still have a copy
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Old 09-05-2020, 08:14 AM   #4
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Anybody here old enough to remember the Roll Your Own Bus Conversion Book?

It had a robin's egg blue cover.

This was the way to get knowledge way before the internet.

I remember discovering it in my local library.
I have a copy of it. Its glorious.
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Old 09-05-2020, 08:27 AM   #5
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Anybody here old enough to remember the Roll Your Own Bus Conversion Book?

It had a robin's egg blue cover.

This was the way to get knowledge way before the internet.

I remember discovering it in my local library.
There is a copy on Amazon for $20. The rest are $66 and up.
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:28 PM   #6
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I will have to keep on the lookout in used book stores for this one. I think the modern equivalent would be "Tiny Homes on the Move"
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Old 12-06-2020, 08:43 PM   #7
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I will have to keep on the lookout in used book stores for this one. I think the modern equivalent would be "Tiny Homes on the Move"

Its such a unique piece of Americana. No other book could compare. Today's skoolie fad isn't quite like the bus gypsy scene of the 60's and 70's. Roll Your Own must be read to be fully appreciated lol.
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:21 PM   #8
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There is a copy on Amazon for $20. The rest are $66 and up.

Imagine, if you will, buying 100 copies back in the day at $3.95/per.
Fast forward to 2020 and they are now selling for $20-66/per.

Quite the return on investment!!!

Now back to our normally scheduled posting...
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Old 12-06-2020, 09:55 PM   #9
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There is a copy on Amazon for $20. The rest are $66 and up.
I just looked ... currently selling for $698.06 in hardback (used) and $693.61 in softcover (used).
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Old 12-06-2020, 10:35 PM   #10
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Imagine, if you will, buying 100 copies back in the day at $3.95/per.
Fast forward to 2020 and they are now selling for $20-66/per.

Quite the return on investment!!!

Now back to our normally scheduled posting...
I'm sure there are probably several copies in public libraries. Mine has several oddities. Like "Petersen's Vanning Trends" from the 70's.
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Old 12-07-2020, 06:52 PM   #11
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I'm sure there are probably several copies in public libraries.
I'll bet that those copies in libraries will evaporate quickly IF local patrons somehow find out about the serious windfall they could achieve selling said merch on evilbay or other internet venues.
Heck, it'd pay the fine for "losing" the book a hundred or so times over...
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Old 12-07-2020, 07:22 PM   #12
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Ugh!

That would destroy the library in the physical form, though most of the content could be had online nowadays. In the bigger picture the demand for books is way down. Just stuff going to the pulper or landfill.
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Old 12-07-2020, 07:47 PM   #13
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If anyone wants my copy I'd let it go for only half the $698. I'd even ship for free.
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Old 12-07-2020, 07:50 PM   #14
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If anyone wants my copy I'd let it go for only half the $698. I'd even ship for free.
Guess I'd better go check the local library... ;-}

But Good Luck on your sale!
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Old 12-07-2020, 08:37 PM   #15
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I'll sell my copy for $200 ;)
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Old 02-10-2022, 02:46 PM   #16
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Last one I saw they wanted hundreds.
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Old 02-10-2022, 03:00 PM   #17
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Old 02-16-2022, 03:26 PM   #18
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Some Turtles Have Nice Shells..

"Some Turtles Have Nice Shells".. Roger Beck

"Rolling Homes" .. Jane Lidz

Both influenced my build before being an "infuencer" was a job description on social media..
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Old 04-03-2023, 01:19 PM   #19
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"Some Turtles Have Nice Shells".. Roger Beck

"Rolling Homes" .. Jane Lidz

Both influenced my build before being an "infuencer" was a job description on social media..
The rigs I saw some deadheads traveling in circa 1994 when I was younger are what got me interested in old school buses.
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