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Old 07-11-2019, 07:47 PM   #1
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Random question on explaining bus conversion

I'm currently working to find a professional to help me convert my eventual bus to a nonprofit bookstore. (I've reached out to the professionals others have mentioned in earlier threads).

Someone asked me today if it's like redoing a basement. So now I'm curious myself. Is it like redoing a basement? Any similarities? Major differences?

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Old 07-11-2019, 09:56 PM   #2
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For myself, converting the bus interior was mostly a woodworking project with some electrical and plumbing thrown in. Your bookmobile will likely be mostly shelving and possibly some sitting space. With a short bus bookmobile you probably won't have need for or space for a bathroom.

Bolting bookshelves to the steel body is pretty easy but you'll need shelving that can stand some bumpin' and bangin' when driving down the road. You definitely don't want a half ton of books coming at you during a panic stop.

It could be as easy as caulking the windows closed and adding in the shelving or as complicated as doing a window delete and a custom paint job. It all depends on your needs and funding.
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