Hello from Southwest Virginia
My wife and I want to build our own house, but need something in the shorter term and have found we are both really drawn to skoolies! We want to do the conversion ourselves (with a fairly large network of helpful friends and family), but aren’t sure about timelines. So far some browsing on this forum and other research around the web has given us confidence that we can figure out how to do everything. We just want a realistic idea of how quickly we could get the bus livable - plumbing, wiring, basic kitchen area, bathroom, and sleeping area. We can put in bells and whistles as we go. We’ll be parking it outside of my parents’ house so will have access to modern comforts. Does it seem realistic to be able to get it to this point in 3 months or less with three people putting in about 15hrs of work a week each? Our goal would be to buy a bus in the next few weeks, make it livable by the end of May and move out of our expensive rental with the two of us, our two cats, and dog. Then spend the summer really making it comfortable and able to weather the winter. We are thinking of living in the bus full time for up to two years, then building our house, and would then use the skoolie part time for travel. Neither of us are experienced with any kind of building but my dad builds timber frame homes and has a lot of knowledgeable connections as well. We feel super excited but pretty nervous about getting into this project, but I think it’s going to be a really rewarding experience.