Originally Posted by Robin97396
Our theory seems to boil down to "It's a lot of manual labor". It's a fun process and we all do it a little differently. There are a lot of opinions here that will help you avoid mistakes and save money.
So tell us what you've got planned. How far is this build going? Complete strip down with insulation, plumbing, electrical and interior? Or a weekend camper with minimal internal changes and a woodstove?
One consideration is what to do with an eye on the future ... if, for example, you need to sell and move on, or want to do a different bus.
I would always advise folk to do the basics properly. It's not expensive and pays dividends.
We all start by taking out the seats. Many then go on to remove the floor, walls and ceilings, then build back to an empty shell with decent insulation.
That should be the starting point for everyone. Get a bus to that state and you have increased its value and fabricated a base vehicle that you can pretty much adapt in any way you like.
Crucially, so can anyone else. If you leave the OEM walls and ceilings in place it simply means that the interior will always be either hot or cold. Condensation will be an issue and any prospective buyer would know that they have to rip out everything you did, to do it right.
Yeah, it will cost a little in time and dollars, but surprisingly little given the investment you are making. You can fully insulate and reline even a 40' bus for under $1000, and even on a $10k build that is only 10% of the total.