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Jsneeb 08-05-2020 01:46 PM

I understand where you are coming from with the stress of a project that you need to sell or abandon.

I bought my bus in much the same circumstances, from a gal in a similar ( health crisis ) situation. I didn't lowball her or try to get a steal on the bus, but paid for what I though it was worth.

What you're selling is SO MUCH MORE than what I bought at a similar price. I wish I had the commitment to buy it from you today and fly out to pick it up.
I'm happy with what I have, but I do see so much potential starting over with your rig.

Would you consider a trade of sorts?
I have a ready to live in bus, and could trade.
That way you have somewhere to live, and something you can travel in?
Just an option to consider.

davisdesigns 08-05-2020 03:14 PM

Thank you for the kind words. Trading isn't really an option an option at this point in time but tanks for the offer. I have seen many videos on you tube spending $50k on sub par builds due to lack of skills i guess and having the money to just by everything as they need it.

I have spent the last 4 years looking at Marketplace and Craigslist to get deals on everything such as the $6k generator with 2 hours for way less or the pallets of solid bamboo flooring for several hundred, 24 solar panels for something like $0.25 a watt the $350 kitchen sink that had a small scratch for less then half, etc.

Finely got the bus to a place where it was starting to get fun building stuff. I never even got to use my bead roller i made to do dash and kitchen work, vent hoods and trim. I spent a month just making that bead roller and dies. It just disgusts me how i can make a person so much money had have him turn around an crap on me

franchesca2bqq 08-05-2020 05:54 PM

So sorry for your situation Dave, I am a nurse and have cared for Lyme disease patients and yes, it destroys their lives. You live for the good days. Such a frightening disease cause anyone could get it.
My husband and I will be buying a bus next year and would love to contact you for a roof raise then. We are in SoCal/San Diego. How could I reach you in the future?

davisdesigns 08-05-2020 07:39 PM

As of the 31st if the bus doesn't sell or if i cant find some income, you'll have to look under bridges for me. I and sunk all my money I saved for 10 years into it and was living paycheck to paycheck for that last several years.

Bon Voyage 08-05-2020 10:35 PM

Have you posted it for sale anywhere else?

If itís suitable to live in you could drive it up to my place in Canada and finish the work while living in it. The winters are cold though. :)

BeNimble 08-05-2020 11:37 PM

Does it not drive? Can't you move it somewhere and live in it?
If you are here in Davis, the Yolo Causeway doesn't flood during the summer... lol ;)
Certainly somewhere you can park it around here.
Given you got the solar panels cheap, maybe sell them and get some cash to tide you over until you find some work.

And btw, I spend 12 months full time working and thousands of dollars on my $500 Midget when I lost my job. After unemployment ran out, another 6 months had me going broke, had to start selling stuff.

davisdesigns 08-06-2020 12:18 AM

Not finished enough to have inspected and registered as an RV, I don’t have a CDL and risk losing it when driven. It now has lights but no rear running lights as the LED set was 2 wire, didn’t plan on moving it at night anyways. Tomorrow I’ll try to get the OEM rear bumpers back on.. what a waste of time. Its in no way livable, I could get by in it if supplied power and water, use a bucket.. But life with chronic Lyme is difficult enough living in a house with income. I can’t eat most things due to food intolerances and histamine issues. Everything has to be frozen.. Been eating blended peas for the about 8 mo. now.. I have to sleep in a hammock due to Lyme arthritis.. People just don’t get how difficult life is with amenities, unless they have chronic Lyme, fatigue and pain. Plenty of FB groups and forums with similar story’s getting railroaded by quack Doc’s. Living in it in its current stat is not conducive to increasing ones health. Even at the end of this month unless I find a place to park it that doesn’t require current registration and will accept work or a small amount of money it’s all pretty pointless without income to live and put into it.

Bon Voyage 08-06-2020 12:32 AM

What does Rv storage cost per month in your area?

Dr.Foo2202 08-06-2020 01:53 AM

First off...I'm sorry for the situation you are in. You obviously poured a lot of yourself into this project. I know what its like to not want to let a project like this go.

Have you thought about selling some of the parts you have? Offload the generator for a few grand to get yourself some temporary housing and cheap RV storage for a couple months. Same with the solar panels, tools, other extras.

If the bus was derivable, I'd likely be PMing you with an offer. No lights and no plates means I wouldn't have a way of getting it to where I am.

davisdesigns 08-06-2020 02:12 AM

As per my last post… it as lights as of today, tomorrow it will have bumpers (stock one) and it has always had ‘plates’ no-op’ed but commercial due to not making a “livable” space yet for the DMV to sign off on. I built the foundation before building the house. To me it was the logical thing to do if you want I to last and not continually have to make repairs.

Bon Voyage 08-06-2020 02:37 AM

Well I’d help you out with some Rv storage if you’re interested. Till you’re back on your feet.

BeNimble 08-06-2020 01:03 PM

I've checked on bus storage here in Sacramento, and it is $75 to $150 a month.

TransFatty 08-07-2020 05:51 AM

All of this is making me slightly ill, because we're in the market for a Skoolie and this one looks to be so well done already. We're paring down in the house and have a spare room and a place to park it, even. But we are very far. Good luck, I love the way it looks.

Jsneeb 08-07-2020 10:00 AM

I saw the original interested buyer posted something about backing out of the sale and staring a GoFundMe instead for Jeremy to complete the build?

What happened to that post? I don't see it any more?
Kristopher, had you talked to Jeremy about setting up the donation? It is very generous of you to do so but I'm just wondering if it complicates things?

I had a motorcycle that I loved, rode across many states, modified and built to my exact needs, meticulously maintained, and then got into an accident with it. It was repairable but in a moment of stress and frustration all I wanted to do was get the thing of my shoulders and never ride a bike again. I sold it at a 5,500 loss, but at the time it was what I wanted to do.

Kristopher 08-07-2020 10:21 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jsneeb (Post 399712)
I saw the original interested buyer posted something about backing out of the sale and staring a GoFundMe instead for Jeremy to complete the build?

What happened to that post? I don't see it any more?
Kristopher, had you talked to Jeremy about setting up the donation? It is very generous of you to do so but I'm just wondering if it complicates things?

I had a motorcycle that I loved, rode across many states, modified and built to my exact needs, meticulously maintained, and then got into an accident with it. It was repairable but in a moment of stress and frustration all I wanted to do was get the thing of my shoulders and never ride a bike again. I sold it at a 5,500 loss, but at the time it was what I wanted to do.

Hi Jsneeb,

I did start a GofundMe to help davis designs. It was removed by the moderator I believe because I am new here. I requested that she put it back up. I also requested that she takeover the fundraiser to remove and doubt of my intentions. This is 100% for him.

He is in such a tight spot, the man is sick, his boss ruining his small chance at success. I thought this would be the best way to help him out. We were working out a sale but the clock was ticking down fast and I thought this would be a great way to help someone out. I was concerned we would not be able to get to a position where he could get his money and lose ABSOLUTLEY EVERYTHING!

I PM davis for his approval but I hope he will accept, the skoolie community will get behind him and he can finish his bus.

I was very excited about getting such an amazing rig but I will find another. I believe I am doing the right thing.

Please spread the word. I am sure the moderator will allow the fundraiser to go ahead. What is more representative of a community than a fundraiser for someone in a bind like this?

Kristopher 08-07-2020 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jsneeb (Post 399712)
I saw the original interested buyer posted something about backing out of the sale and staring a GoFundMe instead for Jeremy to complete the build?

What happened to that post? I don't see it any more?
Kristopher, had you talked to Jeremy about setting up the donation? It is very generous of you to do so but I'm just wondering if it complicates things?

I had a motorcycle that I loved, rode across many states, modified and built to my exact needs, meticulously maintained, and then got into an accident with it. It was repairable but in a moment of stress and frustration all I wanted to do was get the thing of my shoulders and never ride a bike again. I sold it at a 5,500 loss, but at the time it was what I wanted to do.

Jsneeb,

To respond quickly to the last part of your message. As you can see from Davisdesigns post, this is not just about the loss of his bus. He has lost his, job, health and about to be homeless. He is effectively locked out of the workshop and has almost no access to the bus.

Even if he walks away from the bus due to stress and desperation, the fundraiser will at least provide him with somewhere to live with dignity.

We have communicated a great deal in PM. This is a genuine crisis with few good options.

Jsneeb 08-07-2020 10:50 AM

Thanks Kristopher for the follow up.
Indeed you are doing a good thing.

I'll get behind the fundraiser with what I can contribute.
I'm sure other members of the skoolie community will feel the same way.

The challenge is though, that this is not a financially rich community. Many of us can donate time, supplies, or a place to stay, but not always money.

Best of luck to everyone.

Kristopher 08-07-2020 11:01 AM

I understand completely. If the moderator will get the message I wrote back up and get behind it and spread the message, at least on this forum. Poor Davisdesigns will be in with a chance.

A small donation multiplied out will make a big impact.

And who would not want to see the final product! See what he has done so far!

Janet H 08-07-2020 12:29 PM

Folks - this is a difficult situation but the gofundme link was removed to comply with the sites rules about fund raising solicitations. Unfortunately fund raising campaigns can exist for the best purposes and for the worst and when they go sideways the board gets dragged into the middle. They are not allowed.

Thanks for understanding.

Kristopher 08-07-2020 01:15 PM

Sadly the plan to run a last ditch fundraiser was not permitted. The need for such rules are tough but necessary.

I was unable to buy the bus because the logistical hurdle from the West Coast to Poland and the difficult situation Davisdesign found himself in was too much.

Perhaps there is a lucky buyer out there that can be found before the end of the month.


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