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Old 07-28-2018, 01:00 PM   #1
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Schoolie Conversion Timeline Estimate Please

I have read the following thread http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f9/sko...ies-20932.html and found some good stuff in it but I didn't really see where anyone kept close track of time.

I am wondering if a build timeline of January to June working 3 evenings a week and one full day a weekend will get it. Basically putting in about 20 hours a week. That is 5 months lets say 4 weeks a month that is 400 hours roughly. We also have a spring break that I can work full time to get as much done as possible.

We are both teachers and I am a football official. I plan on starting the build after Football season. We want to involve our kids as much as possible so that will slow things down.

Has anyone kept track of hours on their build?

We are planning on having a raised queen bed in the back with storage underneath. Two twin size beds (probably shorter than a full twin length) for our kids with storage underneath. A small bathroom with composting toilet. Small kitchen with single sink and induction hot plate. Also with a couch folding into a bed for guests across from the kitchen. Lastly I would like to keep the first row of the original bus seats for driving on the road safely.

If there is time before summer I would like to put in a fresh and gray water tank, storage under the bus, and solar power, but that can wait until after our summer trip.

Someone tell me this is doable. I am a fairly decent handyman, I have built a couch, a raised bed with storage, bookshelves, a desk and various other things for the house. I don't think the build will be too difficult.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:30 PM   #2
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A six month build? I'd say it depends on size and condition of the bus and what you got with it that's already done. Also how much outside work you're willing to pay for. Also be advised plumbing and water and waste takes time to plan out so all systems are placed where they're usable.
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Old 07-28-2018, 02:32 PM   #3
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I'm limping around all the time And at one day a week it took four months just to get seats out. I had other problems that kept me from working on it.
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Old 07-28-2018, 04:26 PM   #6
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yes you can,but

Every thing takes longer than you think it will.

to do this, you will have to live, eat, sleep, and drink schoolie.

In addition to every thing that is normal to do... then add in the bus work. unless you totally can drop everything else. How much extra time did you have before this?

think about it.

every day you must put in an hour of work. minimum

if you can stay focused and keep others focused too......

good luck

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Old 07-28-2018, 05:55 PM   #7
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Depends on the complexity of the build really and how to get and stay organised as far as material.
Don't even think about it until your bus checks out mechanically and electrically. You need to know those things are good or will do a lot of work for nothing.

I'm handy, have made changes and redone things after much time spent building them. Better ideas tend to come as you get into it.
5 years for me building and just getting painted now. Inside is about 80% if that. Unexpected medical issues slowed me down 2 eye surgeries and now 2 shoulder operations needed so going slow but better than stopped I guess.

Wish you luck but be prepared for the unexpected problems if you don't plan it right. Helps to have storage for tools and materials because you are always needing to know where things get put after not using them for a period of time. Or maybe that is just me but I am forever needing a tool I just saw recently but where is it now.lol
All you can do is try and give it your best but cancel everything else important in your life to do this quickly.


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Iím four months in and have a good bit done. About to start framing.
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Also be advised plumbing and water and waste takes time to plan out so all systems are placed where they're usable.
Yes, I am sure that is going to take the longest for me. Since we have a long run up (December or January for Bus purchase) we are doing as much preplanning as possible. Ultimately we are only planning on fresh water and gray water for the kitchen sink and the shower. We will be using a composting toilet so no need for black tank.

Electrical is what I am really concerned about. How do I plan on what wires to run and where. We would love solar, but maybe not before summer. Do I prewire in anticipation of a 24v and 110v system? Or do I just redo it all at a later date?
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to do this, you will have to live, eat, sleep, and drink schoolie.

In addition to every thing that is normal to do... then add in the bus work. unless you totally can drop everything else. How much extra time did you have before this?


if you can stay focused and keep others focused too......

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Great advice.

I teach and will get home at about 4 nearly everyday. So I anticipate an average of 3 days a week to actually work on the bus. Yes I will be eat sleep and dream about the bus.

Also once football season is done I am going to take a break from that. That will free up a lot of time.

But I do have a lot of things around the house to do as well. I have to really hammer those out until December when we get the bus.
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Iím four months in and have a good bit done. About to start framing.
Thank you for the update. Do you have a build thread started, I would like to follow.
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Schoolie Conversion Timeline Estimate Please

I sure do

http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/19...ion-21657.html

I should note that Iíve been working about 15-20 hours a week. (Minus three weeks vacation)
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Old 07-29-2018, 08:05 AM   #18
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Reading this reminds me of what my loving wife calls "Jeep-Time". See as a Jeeper I'm always under estimating time. She found that if I say it will take 4 hours times it by 4. That said.

We'll be buying our Skoolie in the next 4-6 weeks. Do to alot of things I have a window of 12-14 months that it has to go from School to Kool and living in it.

I'll have about 8 hours a day to work on it and 32 hours every weekend. And I'll also have helpers from time to time. What we are doing now is planing out our electrical systems, water, waste, fuel sources, storage, ect. All now on paper.

Example: we are planning 1200 Watts solar, 400-800watts wind (Setup when in place), 6000 AH battery bank, 4000 Watt Aims Inverter/charger, a 48 to 12 volt converter (Yes we're building our system around 48 volts).

That's just one example of our planned systems. And this is all ahead of even having our Bus.

I'm no noobie to rushed builds. I did a Jeep Cherokee once from body to complete and driving in 36 hours. And I know that I will hit snags on our Skoolie build.

Be flexible on your time and work at a pace you can handle.
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Who the hell knows? Today I spent five hours and three trips to two auto parts stores to change my turn signal bulb.
HA!! I feel your pain!!
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