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Old 07-05-2022, 05:26 PM   #1
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SoCal Storage and Build Location Needed

Hey all ... Newbie here and just starting the skoolie desire/adventure. I am certain this will be the first of many questions.
Currently living in SoCal (Orange County specifically) with ZERO room/property to store or work on a bus. Will be looking at getting a 36+ ft bus and have called a few boat/RV storage places near me. None, so far, offer the ability to work on conversions at their property. Anyone have other thoughts or suggestions that might help?

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Old 07-05-2022, 06:56 PM   #2
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I have my bus out near Santa Clarita, I could ask if they have space. I supply my own power but there is water on site. There's also spots with power if you need it
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Old 07-05-2022, 08:17 PM   #3
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Get that storage/work spot signed and sealed BEFORE you start bidding on a bus. And while I'm at it, get a firm quote on insurance as well. Those two items have caused skoolies the biggest headaches. If you don't heed my advice and the project blows up I'll show no mercy when I say "I told you so!"
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Old 07-06-2022, 11:39 AM   #4
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Hey all ... Newbie here and just starting the skoolie desire/adventure. I am certain this will be the first of many questions.
Currently living in SoCal (Orange County specifically) with ZERO room/property to store or work on a bus. Will be looking at getting a 36+ ft bus and have called a few boat/RV storage places near me. None, so far, offer the ability to work on conversions at their property. Anyone have other thoughts or suggestions that might help?
You're doing the exact right thing by figuring this out in advance, and not underestimating the logistics tax on a build, on your wallet, your patience and your sanity.

My bus is parked in my driveway, right in front of the shop. I don't know if I could take on a build under any other circumstances.

Bus conversions are messy, noisy and annoying to others nearby. Progress will be slowed by heat and cold. Travel time adds significantly to the overall effort, and storage costs will just continue...

I imagine SoCal is one of the most challenging locations to do a build if you don't have space. A little google searching turned this up:
https://www.neighbor.com/driveway-pa...0aAgCEEALw_wcB

You'll have to be dedicated, creative, and prepared to eat, sleep, dream bus conversion while the clock ticks.
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Old 07-06-2022, 01:14 PM   #5
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Get that storage/work spot signed and sealed BEFORE you start bidding on a bus. And while I'm at it, get a firm quote on insurance as well. Those two items have caused skoolies the biggest headaches. If you don't heed my advice and the project blows up I'll show no mercy when I say "I told you so!"
Jack
Thanks much! Of course getting a "firm quote on insurance" seems a little cart before the horse if I don't know the exact skoolie I am going to be insuring. But I get your inference and appreciate the advice immensely!!
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Old 07-06-2022, 01:14 PM   #6
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You're doing the exact right thing by figuring this out in advance, and not underestimating the logistics tax on a build, on your wallet, your patience and your sanity.

My bus is parked in my driveway, right in front of the shop. I don't know if I could take on a build under any other circumstances.

Bus conversions are messy, noisy and annoying to others nearby. Progress will be slowed by heat and cold. Travel time adds significantly to the overall effort, and storage costs will just continue...

I imagine SoCal is one of the most challenging locations to do a build if you don't have space. A little google searching turned this up:
https://www.neighbor.com/driveway-pa...0aAgCEEALw_wcB

You'll have to be dedicated, creative, and prepared to eat, sleep, dream bus conversion while the clock ticks.
Much appreciated!!! Thank you!!
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Old 07-06-2022, 09:55 PM   #7
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You're doing the exact right thing by figuring this out in advance, and not underestimating the logistics tax on a build, on your wallet, your patience and your sanity.

My bus is parked in my driveway, right in front of the shop. I don't know if I could take on a build under any other circumstances.

Bus conversions are messy, noisy and annoying to others nearby. Progress will be slowed by heat and cold. Travel time adds significantly to the overall effort, and storage costs will just continue...

I imagine SoCal is one of the most challenging locations to do a build if you don't have space. A little google searching turned this up:
https://www.neighbor.com/driveway-pa...0aAgCEEALw_wcB

You'll have to be dedicated, creative, and prepared to eat, sleep, dream bus conversion while the clock ticks.
$$ Yikes $$
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Old 07-07-2022, 11:01 AM   #9
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Old 07-13-2022, 04:45 PM   #10
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Bus storage with working area

I have a condo in OC, but my son lives in the high desert. I got a storage lot there with an open corner space. I am allowed to work on my bus as long as I use my own power. I have a generator, so that works for me. Right now it is being used just as storage while I wait to have my catalytic converter which was stolen, replaced.
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