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Old 09-17-2020, 03:19 PM   #1
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Hello from Florida

Hello everyone! I have been doing research for quite some time now and looking forward to 'building' a shuttle bus conversion. FYI, I was a trucker for two years over the road, so living out of a truck I can do - living out of a conversion would be wonderful in comparison!!

So, I have no problem doing the plumbing and I am a fair to middlin' carpenter, however, I need someone here in Central Florida who can do the electric, solar, inverter once I get going.... been looking at Ford E450 shuttle with back door hatch. I plan on using propane, mounted on a (secured) swinging platform on the back side of the bus. However, I love my wifi, watch TV off of it and talk to my kids/grands on the 'puter. I want a killer solar package. I've been looking into high end inverters and lithium batteries... probably about 6 - 8. No I don't have a bunch of moolah right now, but I have an awesome sign-on bonus for the job I'll be starting next year. So I need to start planning for the build.

I love to cook, been a chef for quite some time so my kitchen needs to be rambunctious. Don't care for a bedroom per se', I'm looking to have more cabinet space and more counter top than usual, so a nice murphy or folding couch will do it? Or maybe a facing bench bed would be more like it.

I want a shower I can 'shower' in with a tub base, for those days I want to soak and hooked to city... So I need an insta-hot water heater, and figuring on over the hub water tanks on both sides with a composting toilet. grey water will be mounted under the bench/bed.

Any advice would be wonderful - links, info - Thanks!
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Old 09-17-2020, 06:57 PM   #2
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Old 09-18-2020, 03:25 AM   #3
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I do believe you are the first member I have read about that wants a "rambunctious" kitchen in a shorty. You go! After all, if you can't get what you want in a conversion that YOU build, you just cant get it.
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Old 09-18-2020, 12:57 PM   #4
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Aw, no... not a shorty. Thinking a 30 footer/25-36 passenger. When I think of a shorty, I think a 14+2.
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Old 10-12-2020, 07:14 PM   #5
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There are several auction options around Central Fl. Good ones become available all the time, bad ones, do too. Be patient, diligent. Finding Your 'ideal bus' is worth waiting for the next auction.
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