SKOOLIE - tool wishlist?
Hello, all! New here, in the early stages of planning a conversion. I tried posting this earlier but missed the notice to include "SKOOLIE" in my first post (sorry!) so it was not published.
Anyway, I was hoping for some advice on budgeting for tools and equipment for the conversion process, including which are best borrowed/rented (limited use) and which are best bought/kept (for maintenance on the road). We have a lot of basic home tools like drills, nailers, sanders, recip. saw, shop vac, dremel, etc., we don't have bigger equip. like a jigsaw or power miter box.
I'd also love some advice on whether we should seek out apprenticeships or take courses at our local technical schools to pick up skills before we buy our bus. My husband is an engineer by trade and an avid handyman around the home. He does most of our car repairs/maintenance, as well as some basic framing carpentry (closing off our porch), wiring and plumbing. For my part, I learned basic woodworking and gas welding for sculpture courses in art school, and I do a lot of home sewing including basic upholstering. We are both good with our hands and we are both quick learners. But we have never embarked on a project this big!
We're patient, meticulous planners, so we're giving ourselves one year to plan before buying our bus and two years for the conversion. We want to be as off-grid as possible so we can boondock for longer periods, so we're budgeting for that. Some of our projects-within-the-project include: roof raise, greywater recycling, large capacity fresh water tank and filtration, composting toilet, rooftop solar panels, ply furnishings and cabinets, plexi privacy/space dividers, LED lighting, solar heater, solar fridge, possibly cigarette lighter-style outlets for electronics, still deciding on oven type and how we'll do heating (not wood stove, although we like the look of them). Once we're on the road, we are also planning for a layover to convert our engine for waste veg oil (my brother does fleet conversions for a living).
We'll be traveling full-time so we'd rather not buy big equip if we can help it. On the other hand, if the equip will be used a lot, it makes sense to buy.
I would be so grateful for any input! Loving reading the inspiring stories on this forum!