Originally Posted by BusPrincess
3. How much do you think any potential repairs would be? (I don't predict anyone has ever gotten a bus brand-spakin-new without replaying anything)
My bus was $3600 and has needed $3000 in mechanical repairs at the shop (this does not include any of the body reconstruction which I've done myself). Basically doubling the cost of the bus in shop work does not seem uncommon, at least for those of us who aren't mechanics and have to pay someone to do that kind of stuff.
Partly because of how large the incidental expenses for a build are, I would budget a minimum of twenty grand (and I wouldn't feel completely confident getting in under that) - considerably more if you want a good solar/battery setup. And that's with doing most or all of the work yourself. If you ever have to pay people to do things for you (and the mechanical work is an example of this, could also be plumbing, electrical, rust repair, painting etc.) the labor costs will really make your meter spin. This is how people end up paying ten to fifteen grand (or more) for something like a roof raise.