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Old 11-03-2018, 02:00 AM   #1
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Blue Ridge Conversions

I know half the fun of building a skoolie is doing it yourself and making it your own. However, for me, asthma tends to put a damper on doing much of anything very physical. So I'll either die working on it, or die before it's finished.

I ran across a few videos on a YouTube channel called "Sow The Land" that show some conversions done by a company called Blue Ridge Conversions out of Hot Springs, North Carolina. Has anyone here dealt with BRC or seen their work? Looks like some pretty nice work, although I'm sure the cost would depend on the size, how nicely you want it appointed, and so on.

I've thought about going this route if I can afford it. I was also curious if anyone here might be interested in doing a conversion if and when I start going that direction?
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:44 AM   #2
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I ran across a few videos on a YouTube channel called "Sow The Land" that show some conversions done by a company called Blue Ridge Conversions out of Hot Springs, North Carolina. Has anyone here dealt with BRC or seen their work? Looks like some pretty nice work, although I'm sure the cost would depend on the size, how nicely you want it appointed, and so on.
I've watched some of their videos and it seems to be quality work. There are certain aspects of building a skoolie that I will need some help. It sounds like something to explore.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:55 AM   #3
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Some other options.



This guy will come to you to help.



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Old 11-03-2018, 11:26 AM   #4
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Which one will travel to your location to help? The one above the caption or the one below?

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Old 11-03-2018, 11:59 AM   #5
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Transcendence in bottom two videos.
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Old 11-04-2018, 09:56 AM   #6
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Old 11-05-2018, 01:06 AM   #8
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I'm actually planning to go with BRC myself!

They've been easy to talk to so far and their quotes seem reasonable for what they include. Last time I talked to them they said they were booked up through summer 2019, just fyi.

I'm hoping they'll let us drive down there and help out just to get some experience - they're only about 5 hours-ish from me, so it'd be a 'weekend' thing.
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Old 11-05-2018, 09:39 AM   #9
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BRC did the Adventure Happiness bus and Justin Rhode's great american farm tour bus. and you can see some of the construction in their videos.

Justin's bus is for sale now https://asheville.craigslist.org/rvs...714780329.html

I live 30 min. from hot springs so I've been following their projects.
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BRC did the Adventure Happiness bus and Justin Rhode's great american farm tour bus. and you can see some of the construction in their videos.

Justin's bus is for sale now https://asheville.craigslist.org/rvs...714780329.html

I live 30 min. from hot springs so I've been following their projects.
62 grand and no insulation?
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Old 11-05-2018, 02:26 PM   #11
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62 grand and no insulation?
Funny that's exactly what I thought, I just read their post and it said nothing about insulation...
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The quote they sent me says they do foamboard insulation by default. If you want spray or something else, that's on you to pony up for. Chances are that bus has the basic package, but I can't remember offhand. They've mentioned (or Sow the Land has) in other videos that the door from that bus is very popular and people keep asking if it can be reproduced.
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Transcendence in bottom two videos.
I've been watching this guy's videos with great interest. He does nice work, seems knowledgeable. I just wonder if he would take on a project knowing he would be doing most of the work. I can help to some end, but I am basically allergic to air from March to September and get winded just washing my car.
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The quote they sent me says they do foamboard insulation by default. If you want spray or something else, that's on you to pony up for. Chances are that bus has the basic package, but I can't remember offhand.
Setsu - Would you mind discussing that quote or the process one-on-one?
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62 grand and no insulation?
EastCoast - Insulation or no, $62k is a bit ridiculous IMO. It's nice, no doubt about it, but I would think more along the lines of about 42-48k. I'm sure the low miles (48k) is a big factor in the asking price, but I'm not sure I believe an 88 model only has 48k miles.
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Old 11-05-2018, 11:56 PM   #14
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I wonder if the mileage is since the last rebuild on the engine - that would make sense to me.
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I wonder if the mileage is since the last rebuild on the engine - that would make sense to me.
Maybe so, but that doesn't change the mileage on the tranny or its condition.
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Old 11-06-2018, 04:09 AM   #16
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The quote they sent me says they do foamboard insulation by default. If you want spray or something else, that's on you to pony up for. Chances are that bus has the basic package, but I can't remember offhand. They've mentioned (or Sow the Land has) in other videos that the door from that bus is very popular and people keep asking if it can be reproduced.
Looks like a metal ceiling to me.
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I've been watching this guy's videos with great interest. He does nice work, seems knowledgeable. I just wonder if he would take on a project knowing he would be doing most of the work. I can help to some end, but I am basically allergic to air from March to September and get winded just washing my car.

Setsu - Would you mind discussing that quote or the process one-on-one?


EastCoast - Insulation or no, $62k is a bit ridiculous IMO. It's nice, no doubt about it, but I would think more along the lines of about 42-48k. I'm sure the low miles (48k) is a big factor in the asking price, but I'm not sure I believe an 88 model only has 48k miles.
Nothing special there. No RV windows, no super nice paint job.
Seems like they'd mostly get the "uninitiated". And even then 62k is a hell of an ask.
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Yeah you can see the lack of insulation here https://youtu.be/y_m5n6ppFS8?t=191
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Yeah you can see the lack of insulation here https://youtu.be/y_m5n6ppFS8?t=191
The walls may have some foam board but the ceilings are still a metal sandwich of fiberglass.
I noticed the OSB. 62 grand should get you marine grade throughout.
That rear layout would get REAL old real fast when climbing over each other to get into and out of bed.
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